Mine leaks through the cuffs on the legs and arms!!! REAL pain. I have NOT tried it out in cold water yet as I'm too scared since it leaked in warmish water.
Biggins, you should get in touch with your local Ocean Rodeo Dealer
to get that suit off to us for an inspection and a repair if necissary. Your suit should not be leaking!
That being said, some other posters have talked about minor leaks
too. Again, this should not be happening! The most common cause of small leaks, especially around the ankles are these four possible problems:
1) You have allowed a part of your thermal layer to get stuck between your leg or arm and the seal. It then acts as a wick and draws water into your suit.
2) You have not ensured that when you are pulling the suit's seals on they are lying perfectly flat against your skin, by which I mean no wrinkles or folds!
3) The seal (this is VERY common) is sitting too low on your leg or arm and is on the "boney" part of your ankle or wrist. This will tent the seal out and allow a gap for water to come in. Pull the seal up your leg or arm to the flat skin to allow a perfect seal to be formed.
4) You have used neoprene accessories and have pulled the latex seal over the neoprene boot or glove to prevent flushing. The latex seal should be flat against your skin
. Neoprene accessories go over the seal. In the case of the new Pyro Surf Suit
there are secondary neoprene cuffs to pull down over these accessories to prevent flushing.
Finally, to prevent damage to the suit be careful when donning and doffing the suit!
Do not yank the arms, legs or neck to pull the seals on. Pull until there is resistance and you can not pull further without forcing it. Then, use your thumb and fore fingers to "pop" the seal over your foot or wrist. For the neck, pull the seal open with both hands to pull it down over your head. Problems with long hair can be avoided by not putting it in a pony tail and possibly covering it with a neoprene or lycra touque to prevent the latex seal from grabbing the hair (or wet your hair first)
Hi guys I tried OR Pyro and found that rubber collar was very tight. What then to do about it.
In my opinion, do NOT cut it. The reason I say this is that the seal will become shorter and might leak. Put a pan or something in the neckseal and let it strech over night. Strech it just a little at each time since if it gets too streched...werll you figure it out.
Viktor is on the right track here. The seals will actually "relax" over time a bit so helping to speed this process up initially is a good idea. Stretching the neck seal over a pot or pan and the wrists and ankles over a large pop bottle works well. Leave it for 24-48 hours. If you do need to cut the seal do so with your best scissors. Turn the seal inside out and cut one ring at a time
. Be sure that the finish to your cut is clean with no knicks to start a tear from.
Test the fit after each cut to see if it works. The rings look like a small change but it does make a difference! Your seals should all be "snap" tight but not uncomfortable!
One other thing. Latex seals are petroleum based. As such you should avoid any contact with other petroleum products!
Use alcohol based sun screens and water based lubricants if you have chaffing issues (Seal Saver is awesome BTW, as is that stuff tri-athelets use, I think its called anti chaff stick - looks like a deodorant stick!) Oil based sun screens will make the seals become gummy and loose over time and will require that the seals be replaced.
Finally, if you have any questions or concerns about your suit or any other Ocean Rodeo product get in touch with one of our Authorized Dealers
or with us directly! Sales@oceanrodeo.com
or 888-544-4969, NA toll free. 250-544-4969 International calls.
John Z - OR Sales