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Techniflex :: Shoulder Valve Purging Trouble

Discussion in 'USIA' started by snakebit, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. snakebit

    snakebit Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Washington State
    I've had this problem since my purchase of my techniflex suit back in November.

    The shoulder seems to collapse and sit too close to my undergarment (exo 2) to such a point that purging is near impossible. The valve is fully open and seems to be functioning, i.e. on the surface it's fine.

    I'm beginning to suspect the material around the valve isn't stiff enough and allows the suit squeeze to create a vacuum that doesnt release. Sadly, this is bad enough that I don't really use the suit for buoyancy control and I just live with the suit squeeze.

    Is there a trick to these suits or could there be something wrong? I've taken it into my LDS and they didnt find any defects.
  2. USIA

    USIA Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    Not really a problem I have heard of with our valves or placement. I do know some people have trouble with their valves if they are using something really bulky underneath like a Weezle.
  3. Johanan

    Johanan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Riga, Latvia
    Whites Thermal Fusion undergarments use a special fabric in the valve areas. Something like a thick, coarse mesh. They say, it is for a better venting.
  4. Peter_C

    Peter_C Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    I would recommend taking video to review your form as you are trying to vent. Sometimes what we think we are doing we are not actually doing.

    Have you also tried putting your arm in the air filling the sleeve, then pull your arm back down. This should create an air gap between your undergarment and the suit too.

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