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2014-05-06 7:22 AM

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Subject: New wetsuit - after unpacking
Hello there.

I just got my first wetsuit. What to do before trying it for the first time ever? Do I need to soak it, clean it or something, before actually trying it for the first time?

Thank you in advance for your answers.


2014-05-06 7:37 AM
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2014-05-06 9:58 AM
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Subject: RE: New wetsuit - after unpacking
Originally posted by tkos

Likely you need to do nothing. It is fresh and new. If you are on the cautious side, a 1 hour soak in some water won't hurt.

Definitely soak a wetsuit that has sat unused for any length of time in a dry climate.


Good advice on soaking the wetsuit. I live in a very dry climate and haven't worn mine since last September so I need to soak it before my first OWS on the 19th of this month.
2014-05-06 2:53 PM
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Subject: RE: New wetsuit - after unpacking
Use plastic grocery bags on hands and feet to slip it on. Cut your fingernails. Soak overnight.
2014-05-06 2:56 PM
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Nothing if it is brand new. Learn to put on a wetsuit correctly so you don't need to use plastic bags, etc. Never, ever wear it in a pool...........

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2014-05-06 3:06 PM
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Subject: RE: New wetsuit - after unpacking

 

Not to hijack too much but...

I have a very nice Orca Sonar suit that I am not interested in replacing ($$). I have only swam in it 5 times or so but I bought it in 2009. Last swim was 2011. It will be getting some good use this summer so what should I do when I get it out of storage? I have stored it properly, just worried about it being dry or something from lack of use.

Soak it in the tub for a few hours? Any chemicals or moisturizers I should use?



2014-05-06 11:38 PM
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Subject: RE: New wetsuit - after unpacking

Originally posted by DV 1 Use plastic grocery bags on hands and feet to slip it on. Cut your fingernails. Soak overnight.

x 2 on cutting your fingernails.  Nothing will damage your suit quicker than fingernails cuts, especially in a warmer climate or direct sunlight which will soften the rubber.

2014-05-07 5:51 AM
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Subject: RE: New wetsuit - after unpacking

Soak it first!!!

Don't just try it on as it will be very dry and much more likely to tear or rip.

After it has sat for any extended time you should soak it in the bathtub as well.

Watch some videos on how to put on a wetsuit properly.

2014-05-07 7:05 AM
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Subject: RE: New wetsuit - after unpacking

Others have replied well.  But you don't need to soak it for long, 5-10' tops.

2014-05-07 9:24 AM
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Subject: RE: New wetsuit - after unpacking

Originally posted by KathyG

Soak it first!!!

Don't just try it on as it will be very dry and much more likely to tear or rip.

After it has sat for any extended time you should soak it in the bathtub as well.

Watch some videos on how to put on a wetsuit properly.

All of this!!!  Oh and in one of the videos that Xterra did there is a super hottie showing you how to put on a wetsuit.  Needless to say, I'm an expert at watching that video....   ermmmmm putting on a wetsuit. 

 

edited to add the link since I just relearned the proper way to put on a wetsuit again. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL7iJcOuBo0

 



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