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Drysuit Care & Maintenance Workshop -Feb 4


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Drysuit Care & Maintenance Workshop

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Place: Gould Barn, Topsfield, MA

Presenter: Suzanne Hutchinson, Kokatat Rep

Suzanne will cover the care and maintenance of your drysuit, as well as demonstrate how to replace gaskets, either a neck or wrist. She will actually repair one gasket on a Kokatat drysuit at the workshop. If you have a Kokatat drysuit and need a gasket replaced, contact Suzanne to volunteer. (she is an NSPN member, so you could send her a message directly on this site)

Participants are welcome to bring their bag dinner and eat during the workshop.

If you own a drysuit, drytop or are thinking of investing in one......this workshop is for you!

No need to RSVP, just come to the workshop

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Drysuit Care & Maintenance Workshop

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Place: Gould Barn, Topsfield, MA

Presenter: Suzanne Hutchinson, Kokatat Rep

No need to RSVP, just come to the workshop

Bring your drysuits/tops and I will have 303 and zip wax on hand for all. We will talk about what to wear under a dry suit. Proper care of dry suits/tops and will change a gasket at the workshop - neck or wrist - both if time allows. If nobody brings a suit that needs a gasket, have no fear, I have plenty on hand so that I can demonstrate a gasket change.

If you want to change your own out but want a hand, bring stuff along and we can do them together.

Definitely bring your dinner if you are coming straight from work. In town there are a couple of sandwich shops and pizza places for anyone who wants to pick up prior to showing up.

Suz

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Bring your drysuits/tops and I will have 303 and zip wax on hand for all. We will talk about what to wear under a dry suit. Proper care of dry suits/tops and will change a gasket at the workshop - neck or wrist - both if time allows. If nobody brings a suit that needs a gasket, have no fear, I have plenty on hand so that I can demonstrate a gasket change.

Got any Gore-Tex socks I can install on mine?

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Got any Gore-Tex socks I can install on mine?

GT socks can be purchased. Can't imagine that would be difficult to sew them on and then seal the seam... Although you probably can't buy the Gore-Tex seam tape easily. I won't be doing that as a show 'n tell though!

Suz

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GT socks can be purchased. Can't imagine that would be difficult to sew them on and then seal the seam... Although you probably can't buy the Gore-Tex seam tape easily. I won't be doing that as a show 'n tell though!

Suz

Has Kokatat changed their policy, as the last time I looked into it, they wouldn't sell their Gore-Tex socks separately. I've looked at other GT sock options, but haven't found any that looked like they'd work on a dry suit. As a last resort, I may end up making my own.

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Has Kokatat changed their policy, as the last time I looked into it, they wouldn't sell their Gore-Tex socks separately. I've looked at other GT sock options, but haven't found any that looked like they'd work on a dry suit. As a last resort, I may end up making my own.

I will check into it both the Gore Tex socks and the Tropos socks and see if they will sell direct to consumer for DIY. They won't do any work on other brand suits.

Suz

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I will check into it both the Gore Tex socks and the Tropos socks and see if they will sell direct to consumer for DIY. They won't do any work on other brand suits.

Suz

Hi Brian,

You are correct in that Kokatat won't sell G-T or Tropos socks direct to consumer due to the sewing and seam sealing that would need to be done.

I have an alternative for you though- Kokatat is making a Launch Sock - new for this year. Here is the link: http://www.kokatat.com/product_detail.asp?code=lsk I think this will work for your needs. You would need to cut the top down to size.

It is made from T3 with is a new material for this year - basically Tropos but with a inner liner material which increases breathability and durability. Retail price for the pair of launch socks is $58.

Suz

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I have an alternative for you though- Kokatat is making a Launch Sock - new for this year. Here is the link: http://www.kokatat.com/product_detail.asp?code=lsk I think this will work for your needs. You would need to cut the top down to size.

That does sound like an interesting development. I'll have to find some place that stocks them so I can try them for size.

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That does sound like an interesting development. I'll have to find some place that stocks them so I can try them for size.

Don't know of anyone stocking these in our area right now. I have a sample and will bring to the Drysuit workshop.

Suz

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That was a good workshop last night. Definitely a “membership has its priveledges†learning experience.

I liked that how-to-fold-up-your drysuit part. If you send your drysuit in for repair folded like that, they’ll know you mean business, and aren't to be trifled with.

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That was a good workshop last night. Definitely a “membership has its priveledges†learning experience.

I liked that how-to-fold-up-your drysuit part. If you send your drysuit in for repair folded like that, they’ll know you mean business, and aren't to be trifled with.

That's funny!! I hadn't thought of how they must normally be received - all shoved inside a giant box.

For those not there:

Nearly close all zips.

Lie the suit front down on a flat surface.

Grab the feet and bring them up to the waist. Flatten to get out the air (like folding a tent).

Fold up the legs again, and then one more time. Take the arms and pull them through the legs to help hold the whole "package" together.

You will have a package now that is compact and it could be folded over one more time in half with the front side facing out.

Suz

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That's funny!! I hadn't thought of how they must normally be received - all shoved inside a giant box.

For those not there:

Nearly close all zips.

Lie the suit front down on a flat surface.

Grab the feet and bring them up to the waist. Flatten to get out the air (like folding a tent).

Fold up the legs again, and then one more time. Take the arms and pull them through the legs to help hold the whole "package" together.

You will have a package now that is compact and it could be folded over one more time in half with the front side facing out.

Suz

Thanx for the info Suz. Sorry I had to miss the workshop-- curriculum night at my daughter's school.

Nancy

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