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Which pee valve?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by wgmontgomery, Apr 24, 2018.

Which drysuit pee valve should I buy?

  1. Halcyon

    12.5%
  2. Dive Rite

    3.1%
  3. Lite Monkey

    50.0%
  4. Other brand

    18.8%
  5. Balanced

    34.4%
  6. Unbalanced

    31.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Until I decided to glom onto this thread, I had been thinking about starting one, asking for suggestions for fixing the problem. I vaguely recall a thread or two in which someone mentioned the problem of leaking balanced p-valves.
     
  2. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
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    My first DS came with a 'no name' pee valve. It worked fine, but prefer the DR mainly for ease of installation and removal. Don't take that as a comprehensive test across all brands. I just preferred one over the other. I would suspect you will be fine with whatever you choose.

    Good luck with it!


    Edit:
    Go easy on the alcohol, I use highly diluted white vinegar and no alcohol.
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2018
  3. ChuckP

    ChuckP Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    Gotta ask dumb question - I might order a dry suit, seen this whole pee valve thing. How the heck does thing thing work? You pee in a bag? Sorry, don't know any other way to ask it....
     
  4. Bowers

    Bowers Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ohio
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    you wear an external catheter (like a condom with a hose) that goes to a valve on your leg. this allows you to pee without taking the drysuit off. Nice for long dives that you just cant hold it long enough..
     
  5. ChuckP

    ChuckP Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    Thanks - was really wondering how the heck I was going to spend two hours in the water in a "dry" suit
     
  6. wgmontgomery

    wgmontgomery Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Levittown, NY
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    There's a company that makes a bag system...or DID anyway. I saw it on YouTube while researching p valves.

    IDK why someone would want that vs an actual p valve that empties into the water though...to each his own I guess.

    Thanks for the replies & poll votes...keep 'em coming!
     
  7. wgmontgomery

    wgmontgomery Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Levittown, NY
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    Light Monkey & unbalanced are ahead by a nose...
     
  8. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
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    Oh, OK.

    But I'm going to vote for DR as I've never had problem one with it. Just know that I have no experience with LM or H.
     
  9. wgmontgomery

    wgmontgomery Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Levittown, NY
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    NP...& thanks for your input!
     
  10. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
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    Since you seem to be able to effectively filter unsubstantiated input, here goes my view on alcohol in the rinse solution:

    I have this ancient gem of a chainsaw, an old car (now gone), a wood chipper, and a couple of Lawnboys. They all have one thing in common. The advent of ethanol in gasoline(petrol) messed up the carburetors. Ethanol is wonderful stuff in gasoline, but the old gaskets weren't ready for it.

    So really, you are just flushing out a pee valve. It ain't aseptic surgery. IMHO, plain water is just as better. I add a bit of distilled vinegar...
     

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