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 Post subject: Elephant legs wetsuits
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:10 pm 
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Anyone got a tip on how to stop loads of water gettng trapped in your wetsuit above the ankles? I'm pretty sure the water is gettting blasted up from below as it's a pretty sealed new suit.

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant legs wetsuits
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:14 pm 
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You know there is a Search function in this Forum, which works quite well

For instance look here: http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2347050


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 Post subject: Re: Elephant legs wetsuits
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:14 pm 
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Cut some drain holes in so the water can drain out.


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 Post subject: Re: Elephant legs wetsuits
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:18 pm 
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a couple wraps of black electrical tape.

BOOM !


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 Post subject: Re: Elephant legs wetsuits
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:19 pm 
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Or also here:

http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2300188


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 Post subject: Re: Elephant legs wetsuits
PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:26 pm 
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Good one. Should double my jump height now :)
It would be good if they had a search function on this website though... ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Elephant legs wetsuits
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:33 am 
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Read on a forum about a month ago and tried it and it works beautifully!

Use a soldering iron and with the flat tip vertical I came up about 3" on back side of leg and with hot iron pushed it through the suit and back out. This seals the neoprene from running or splitting. It puts about a 1/2 " split that is closed except when water gets in. I have not had the problem since and no issues with getting cold.


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 Post subject: Re: Elephant legs wetsuits
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:01 am 
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I can second the idea of a hole in the lower leg at the back, it can be very small (much less than 0.5 of an inch) and works well, any influx of water is not noticable. Taping the wetsuit tight to the ankle instead works for a while but just tansfers the problem, when/if you get flushed the water cannot get out. The taping solution probably works fine if you are just mowing the lawn.


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 Post subject: Re: Elephant legs wetsuits
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:23 am 
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Clarencephil wrote:
You know there is a Search function in this Forum, which works quite well

For instance look here: http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2347050


Hall monitor...the post you referenced is so freakin' old it is now irrelevant.


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 Post subject: Re: Elephant legs wetsuits
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:28 am 
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gingerfinger wrote:
Anyone got a tip on how to stop loads of water gettng trapped in your wetsuit above the ankles? I'm pretty sure the water is gettting blasted up from below as it's a pretty sealed new suit.

Ta


Cut them off about halfway between your calf muscle and they will never fill again. If the water you kite in is extremely cold then this may not be an option for you. I cut my suit this way and it works perfectly but then again the coldest the water temp gets where I kite is the low 50s.


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