Do drysuits keep you dry?

If you’ve never worn a dry suit before you may be wondering, ‘does a dry suit keep you dry?’

Does a dry suit keep you dry - What are the exceptions & do you get wet

If you’re looking for a quick answer to , “does a dry suit keep you dry”, the answer is yes, but there are exceptions to this. Please read the rest of the article to find out more.


Do drysuits keep you dry?

The name of a dry suit implies that it is designed to keep you dry in water. Which it does.

The design of a dry suit is such that:

  • The dry suit itself is made of waterproof material that will keep the water out and keep you dry.
  • Your feet are enclosed within integrated boots or socks as a part of the suit.
  • Your neck and wrists have a watertight seal to prevent water from entering the dry suit.
  • Plus the entry part of the suit for putting it on and taking it off is closed using a waterproof zip.

It’s therefore the combination of the above three main properties that keep you dry in a dry suit, but there are exceptions to this.

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Exceptions of when you may get wet in a dry suit

Whilst a drysuit is designed to keep you dry in water, I couldn’t finish this article without explaining the exceptions of when you can get wet in a dry suit.

These exceptions are as follows:

  1. The integrity of the dry suit itself may become compromised and let water in this way.
  2. The neck and wrist seals may get damaged or worn and leak water.
  3. The waterproof zip may fail and therefore leak water.

Depending on which of the above problems occur with your dry suit, will depend on the resolution to fix the problem. Let’s take a look at each of these in turn.

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1. The dry suit itself is compromised and has a leak

The main body of a dry suit can get compromised during use. This can easily happen if you kneel on a sharp object and puncture the suit. Or it can happen over time and small holes in the material can appear. This usually happens when you catch it on something. But it can also happen over time as your dry suit ages.

Unfortunately and most of the time you only discover a leak of this nature when you’re using your dry suit. It’s only when you’re underwater when you suddenly feel wet and cold. But you’ll also find that if the hole is only very small, say like a pin-prick size, you’ll only discover this on deeper dives.

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If your dry suit is old and you have a water leak in it, it may be time to replace it. However if the suit material has been compromised due to it being caught on a sharp object, this can be repaired.

Either you can repair the suit yourself, or alternatively you can send it off to have your dry suit professionally repaired.

2. Neck and wrist seals get damaged or worn

The neck and wrist seals on a dry suit are probably the most delicate park of the suit. It isn’t uncommon for these to get damaged when you’re putting your dry suit on or over time they become perished.

Whatever the reason why the neck or wrist seals become compromised, these can be replaced quite easily.

To replace either a neck seal or a wrist seal on a dry suit, this can be done DIY or by a professional dry suit repairer. If you’re going to replace the seal yourself, you’ll need to buy the seal itself, together with some special glue.

To do it yourself to replace a dry suit seal, you also need something like a large coke bottle to put in the sleeve to help with the repair.

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3. The dry suit zip fails and lets water in

The third reason why a dry suit may not keep you dry is when the zip fails. Over time the zip can become worn and begin to leak. This doesn’t mean the end of your dry suit, as you can buy a replacement zip.

But like with a hole in the suit itself, you only really find out your zip leaks when you’re in the water.

Of course with all of the above problems with dry suits, you can have the suit ‘leak tested’ before you use it for diving or whatever sport you need it for. At least this way you find the leak before getting in the water.

Zip maintenance and use wax for lubrication

It’s important to use a special type of zip wax or silicone to put on your zip in order to make it easy to open and close, but this also prolongs the life of your zip too.

I hope you enjoyed this article about does a dry suit keep you dry

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