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 Post subject: Offshore suit for kiting?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:06 pm 
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Hey you guys. Even though where going into summer here, i still remember the cold Winther.
I Got one of these, from a guy who supplys ships, rigs etc. and certifies whatever....

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Size : 42/XS, 46/S, 50/M, 54/L, 58/XL, 62/XXL, 66/SPL
Colour : 20 Red
Material Configuration
Outer : PU coated Nylon, 135g/m2
Lining : 3mm buoyancy foam; quilted with2 x polyester 120g/m2
Features : Leg intake; Netting in sleeve and trouser leg; Sleeve intake; Waterproof split zipper with 1 slider
Retro-reflective trim : Lime, 50 mm.
Pockets : 2 Breast pocket(s)
Cuffs / Gloves : Knitted cuff with thumb hole
Stitching : Polyester thread
Washing instructions
Outer :
Lining :
Main applications : Offshore personnel
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Could it, maybe with a shorty under?, work for cold water kitesurfing??

Best of wind!

Mikkel


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 Post subject: Re: Offshore suit for kiting?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:17 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Offshore suit for kiting?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:01 pm 
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Assuming that is a drysuit, and assuming it fits well, it might work, but probably is not your best bet.

1.) It looks to be extremely restrictive. Between that and a harness, you might not be able to move.

2.) It may not be designed to stand up to kitesurfing, a leak in a drysuit can be really bad news.

3.) Overheating in a drysuit is a real concern, and it is terrible. If you haven't had it happen, you can't properly imagine how terrible it is.

I don't know where you ride, but the modern wetsuits are so good, most people no longer need drysuits. I recently got a 5/3 steamer that took me comfortably into 40 degree F water (something like 4 or 5 Celsius, I think). Having been accustomed to older wetsuits, I couldn't believe how well it worked.

Unless you really need a drysuit, avoid one. If you do need a drysuit, your best bet is to either use a drysuit made for kiting or if you can't afford that, a neopene drysuit (the kind that looks like a really thick wetsuit) because if a neoprene drysuit leaks, it still provides some insulation; if one of those baggy drysuits leak, they provide no insulation(and no flotation).


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