I am sure this subject has been discussed before, but I am hoping to get some updated input.
I have an older Ocean Rodeo Pyro Pro suit. Other than the seals the suit is still in excellent condition. All of the latex seals are completely shot. I have repaired them as much as possible, but now they have basically rotted all the way to where they are attached to the suit.
I sent the suit to a drysuit repair shop in Maine last year who said they did not have the ability to repair the suit due to the manner of construction (something unique about the OR suits I guess). I have heard this from other drysuit repair shops as well...so this is rather frustrating of course.
I would also like to put in neoprene wrist and neck seals, and keep latex for the ankle seals.
I would appreciate any input/names of shops that can do such a replacement/repair (based in USA for shipping purposes), or if anyone has done this with their suit and had good results or not.
ps...the reason I want to use neoprene wrist and neck seal is that these seals seem to deteriorate the fastest. Since the suit is never really immersed in more than a few feet of water I think the neoprene seals will be adequate (and they use neoprene on other drysuits)...so I am hoping to find a solution that gives better life-cycle, and easier to care for . I probably only have a need to use the suit 15 times/year (when it is super cold) and I prefer to use my 6/5/4 hooded neoprene suit when it is above 40F.
Do you know for a fact that they will install neoprene seals?
In prior years it was my understanding that OR ony replaced with Latex seals.
To be honest, I have to question the quality of the seals installed in the original suit because they became very "tender" after very little usage and very attentive care/storage. The last time I unpacked the suit the seals had completely melted. I do not want to throw $300 at this suit every 2 years to replace seals, because that is about as long as I trust the latex seals for. I gave up for a while and just relied on a good neoprene suit...but the drysuit is still appealing on occasion.