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Old 08-20-2005, 02:12 PM
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Dry suit advice...

It will get cold here soon, and I want to get a dry suit. My use will be primarily hydrofoiling (Air Chair), so I don't think drag is a big issue. Water temps down to about 60 F, I suspect. I'm not hard core, and I don't want to spend a lot of money on the thing.

Overtons...I'm torn between nylon and neoprene...

versus

I'd appreciate insights into one vs the other concept.
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Old 08-20-2005, 03:14 PM
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All the guys that I foot with have the nylon "bag" style suit. That is what I will be buying in September or early October. Probably from www.barefootcentral.com
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Old 08-20-2005, 03:31 PM
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Here is the link to the one that I plan to buy:

http://store.barefootcentral.com/ind...ROD&ProdID=115
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Old 08-20-2005, 03:56 PM
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A neoprene suit is definitely more comfortable & should be fine for air temps down to 40 & water temps down to like 50.

Baggys are best for cold temps when you need to layer up to keep warm. We'll see air temps in the 20s & water temps in the 30s & be warm (relatively speaking) & dry. Plus when you shed the suit, your still dressed. I've skied with my wallet & my cell phone in my pocket more than a few times & not had a problem. The suits with the feet, barefoot cuffs & non-skid butt are sold at: Wiley's and Adrenaline Watersports .

We always called the neo suits "semi-dry suits" because thats about how dry they will keep ya after a year or two. Plus it's a drag to change clothes in the boat when it's 35 degrees out!

Some more items to help extend your season......
Heatercraft boat heaters
Hot Wrap Blankets

Another option is a hot water shower, also made by Heatercraft, and easily mocked with parts from Home Depot. But frankly using a baggy suit with the feet in it & a good boat heater, your set.

Hope that helps!!

-edit- interesting little side note...... most all baggy suits are made in a factory in Oregon. USIA, OS Systems, Staydry, Adrenaline, Bare, etc. For the most part the materials & seals are the same. The only difference is the pattern itself.
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Old 08-20-2005, 04:26 PM
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Plus when you shed the suit, your still dressed. I've skied with my wallet & my cell phone in my pocket more than a few times & not had a problem.
That cracks me up...

My MC does have the heater.

I think I'm going to go baggy. I know that that will disappoint my wife - I think she was thinking that if I got the neoprene, I'd look like the guy in the ad...
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Old 08-20-2005, 04:48 PM
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Can you guys recommend any specific heater? It would be going in a 96 MC PS 190 and would be used by driver area and possibly oberserver. Not to go to the rear of the boat.

I looked at the link that is posted above, but it has a bunch of heaters on there, which one would be specific and good for use in the MC?
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Old 08-20-2005, 04:59 PM
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I have 300HSD Super Duty with 2 snorkels, 2 dash vents & one at the driver's feet & it flat rocks.
But most MCs have the 200-H2 with 1 snorkel and 1 at the driver's feet.
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I have 300HSD Super Duty with 2 snorkels, 2 dash vents & one at the driver's feet & it flat rocks.
But most MCs have the 200-H2 with 1 snorkel and 1 at the driver's feet.

Do you mind me asking how much that runs? I can't find anything pertaining to pricing or ordering on the website.

How is the install? Did you do it yourself or have the dealer do it?
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Old 08-20-2005, 05:11 PM
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You'll probably have to order it thru a dealer anyway. I'm not sure if Heatercraft does any direct sales.
SkiDIM carries them here

And be sure to get the Y fitting to install your heater intake at the raw water pump in your bilge. This pump is a higher volume pump than the one on your engine & you'll get heat at lower RPMs.

The install was pretty easy. The hardest part was removing the windshield to get the dash vents installed. But if your only doing the 2 vent, thats a moot point.

Also, seems like Brad's list group is doing a group buy. Maybe thru Wakeside? Might be a way to get a few bucks off.
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Old 08-20-2005, 05:19 PM
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Thanks for the info! I will probably go with the 300 series as it gets pretty chilly up here

Also plan to add a hot water shower before Oct.
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