Dry Suit FAQ
Dry Suit FAQ
Are your dry suits made with GORE-TEX®
The simple answer is no. But this question is a lot like pointing at a pair shoes and saying “Are those shoes Nike?” GORE-TEX® is a well-known and respected brand of waterproof breathable (WB) fabrics, and like all WB fabric manufacturers, they make countless variations of their fabrics and laminates. Some of these variations work well for paddlesports, and many, many others would be disastrous if used in a kayaking garment. For example, a Gore fabric designed for running would be far too light and breathable for a dry top, and it would fall apart very, very quickly. Paddlesports creates unique challenges for WB fabrics, and the key to a building a great dry top or dry suit is starting with a WB fabric that properly addresses all of those challenges. Subsequently, our job as a paddling gear manufacturer is to partner with a fabric manufacturer who is willing to work with us very closely in developing just the right fabric for our dry wear. While Gore is a great brand and certainly capable of doing this, we currently work with other WB fabric manufacturers who we feel can give us the attention that we need. The bottom line is that making good fabrics for paddlesports isn’t necessarily technically that difficult- you just need to have the experience of building lots and lots of dry wear to know exactly what to ask for. Thats what we bring to the table.
What's better - a front entry zipper across the chest or a rear entry zipper across the back?
It’s mostly personal preference. The front zips are easier to close solo, but the rear zip is more out of your way while paddling, and tends to let less water in through the tunnel of the skirt.
What's better - fabric socks or latex Socks?
Once again, it’s mostly personal preference. Latex booties are more durable against daily abrasion, are much lower profile, and are easy to replace. Fabric booties are really easy to slip in and out of, and are not as clammy. In either case, we can switch these out on your IR suit for a small fee, so if your suit came with fabric but you want latex – no problem. Give us a shout and we’ll get that started for you.
What's your warranty policy?
We offer a lifetime guarantee on materials and construction of all IR garments. Latex gaskets are covered 100% for one year after purchase. We also offer free repairs for one year from the date of purchase. Expect that latex gaskets and fabric feet will last about 2 full seasons. Your milage may vary. We can also repair almost all normal wear and tear at a very nominal cost. We know that defining “normal wear and tear” can be a little subjective, and if you want to know more, we would encourage you to research IR’s customer service reputation – it’s second to none.
I just bought a dry suit, and I'm getting wet. What gives?
That is a complicated question. But if the suit is new, chances are that you’re getting water in through the gaskets or perspiration is condensing on the inside of the suit. It’s really, really really super duper hard for any dry suit to keep you 100% bone dry, especially while paddling in whitewater. In addition, each suit we sell is pressure tested in-factory before they are shipped, so the probability of a new suit leaking is quite small. Head over to our page called is your dry suit leaking to find out how to do a simple test to your suit before you send it back
I was thinking about pairing up my dry top with a pair of paddling pants. Won't this be the same as a dry suit?
No. That combo will be good for overall warmth and splash protection, but if you go in the drink for any length of time you will be soaking wet inside.
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