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PostPosted: April 16th, 2019, 3:36 pm 
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I'm daydreaming about a dry suit again. Another thread introduced the Ocean Rodeo suits and pointed out that they are a Canadian company. The Heat model is really cheap right now ( C$679 ). It looks good overall. The one thing it doesn't have is wrist gaskets. It has the neck gasket and attached dry socks.

https://oceanrodeo.com/product/heat/

At that price, how big an issue is it not having the wrist gaskets? Particularly if I'd be pulling neoprene paddling gloves up over the cuffs anyway?


My most likely real world use would be to finally start paddling some spring whitewater in Ontario. If get to do another far north whitewater trip, then it would be nice to have then too.

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PostPosted: April 16th, 2019, 4:36 pm 
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No wrist gaskets? That's really bizarre.

If you dump you will definitely be taking on water, how much is hard to say. Might just be a trickle or maybe not depending on the length of time in the water.

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PostPosted: April 16th, 2019, 5:08 pm 
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Splake, yes, it does have wrist gaskets. It would not be a dry suit without them.

In the ad that you provide the link to, in the Compare Suits Chart, it lists that they have "trim to fit polytex seals". Polytex is an alternative to latex, that many people claim is more durable than latex. The Heat is Ocean Rodeo's flagship drysuit. It most certainly does have waterproof wrist gaskets.

If the ad itself, and me, do not convince you of that, contact Ocean Rodeo and ask them, they are very easy to talk to, and they provide stellar customer service.

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PostPosted: April 16th, 2019, 5:15 pm 
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Nice thread. I looked at the spec section, I didn't see it mention a relief ziper there on the heat, just the other more expensive ones, maybe I overlooked something there.

Not to take it off course but if I could ask as I know next to nothing about these...... for use in Ontario spring or fall use when it's cold or say to Superior shore sometime.... Do you buy it large and wear a sweater fleece and such over top of your regular pants and stuff? Any broad suggestions or link to previous threads. Thanks a bunch.


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PostPosted: April 16th, 2019, 6:13 pm 
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First off, a correction to my last post, the Heat is the lower end of the Ocean Rodeo drysuits, not the flagship of the line, but it still has wrist gaskets.

Steve.of.London, generally people wear wicking base layers under fleece onesies under a drysuit when it's cold out.

The fleece garments are purpose made for drysuits and I think that most drysuit manufacturers also sell them.

So yes, you would want to have a suit that is at least one size larger than what you normally wear for clothing. I've never met anyone who wears pants under a drysuit. I that would be very restrictive I think.

A relief zipper is always a good thing to have if funds permit, but they are not by any means essential.

One thing that a lot of people don't realize is that a drysuit, once donned, must be "burped". This is done by putting on the suit, opening either the neck gasket with your fingers, or the relief zipper if you have one, and squatting down to push all the excess air out of the suit. Otherwise you will look like the Michelin Man, and have a difficult time of keeping your face out of the water if you end up in it. If you don't burp the suit, you end up like a beach ball with a face, which is funny to see, but not so much for the person in the suit.

The Ocean Rodeo suits don't look like typical dry suits. They have an upper that is constructed to look like a jacket, and they allow you to pull the top of the suit over your head in what they call "stand-by" mode, when you will be wearing it out of the water for any length of time. When it's time to get back onto the water, the top of the suit pulls back over the head and zips watertight closed. A very nice feature.

The neck and wrist gaskets generally need to be stretched over a tin can or ball of some type, and cut to size for the wearer. It's easy to do. Replacing torn gaskets is also relatively easy as well. I've had an Ocean Rodeo Soul drysuit for several years now, and the gaskets are still in very good condition, which is normal for all makes and models I think.

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PostPosted: April 16th, 2019, 8:36 pm 
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Thanks for your time there....


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PostPosted: April 17th, 2019, 11:18 am 
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Thanks guyfawkes041

The line for the "Neoprene wrist seals" which are only available on the Ignite and Boss suits had given me the impression that there weren't wrist seals on the Heat suit. I hadn't realized that it was calling out a 'premium' feature of the more expensive suits.

How do you like the "jacket" style for the upper? What I'm wondering there is if it would be more of a pain when do you have to swim.

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PostPosted: April 17th, 2019, 4:38 pm 
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Splake, the jacket is a plus IMHO.

It provides pockets, a collar, and a removable hood, and it looks good, and really doesn't add any noticeable bulk.

I've swam in my Soul a lot on a swiftwater rescue course on the Panther River in the foothills near Sundre Alberta, and in Bras D'or Lake, and the Atlantic in Cape Breton, for hours at a time. I never felt that the jacket part was a hindrance in any way.

Check out this kite surfing video about the Soul, to see how the jacket works (sorry, you'll have to highlight/copy/paste this URL into the URL bar on a search engine as I don't know how to do the active link thing on this site)

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=vi ... ORM=VRDGAR

The thing to remember is that it is not really a jacket, it only looks like one; it is a one piece drysuit that the top part can be pulled on or off. Great for driving to your put in. Cheers.

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PostPosted: April 18th, 2019, 8:33 am 
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That's great info. Thanks

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