Monday, September 30, 2013

Wetsuit Tip #3: How to: Dry your wetsuit the fastest way

No one likes putting on a cold, wet, wetsuit. It's an uncomfortable experience, but necessary if you want to surf more than once in a day.
To get your wetsuit drying faster we have a few simple tips to follow:


1) Rinse and hang wetsuit - inside out

Rinsing your wetsuit is good practice and will give your wetsuit a longer life. After rinsing, hang it up on a wide plastic hanger, inside out (a ventilator hanger is ideal).
Hang it in a breezy well ventilated area out of the sun. Extended exposure to UV rays will damage the neoprene in your wetsuit.


2) Leave for 20 minutes

Leave it for about 20 minutes. The water in the wetsuit will start to pool in the lower arms and legs.


3) Squeeze

Now squeeze the pooled water out of each arm and leg. Start at the shoulder and squeeze your way down to the wrist.
On the leg, start at the thigh and squeeze your way down to the ankles.

Repeat this step after waiting another 20 minutes.


4) Leave to dry

Leave your wetsuit hanging in the breeze for another hour or two. After this time it should be dry enough to put on comfortably.
Drying time is dependent on the type of neoprene and lining your wetsuit is made of.
Yamamoto neoprene (used in Seventhwave wetsuits) is made from Limestone and is 94% hydrophobic so the majority of the water is absorbed in the nylon lining only.
Most other brands are made from oil-based neoprene which is less hydrophobic - between 60%-70%. These wetsuits absorb more water and therefore take a lot longer to dry.


Extra tips

During Winter or in cold conditions, drying your wetsuit will take longer especially outside or in a garage (it might not be totally dry by morning). Bathrooms are generally well ventilated rooms - perfect for drying a wetsuit. Hang your wetsuit in the shower or over the bathtub and squeeze the water out of the arms and legs a few times in the first two hours.

Ventilator Quick-Dry Hanger These extra wide hangers allow lots of air to flow through your wetsuit - speeding up drying time. The large width of the hanger also reduces strain on the shoulders and keeps the wetsuit from stretching out. Check them out [here].

Seventhwave Wetsuits are made in New Zealand from Yamamoto neoprene. Seventhwave Wetsuits are different because we make each wetsuit Custom-Fit, to the customers measurements. We like to get your measurements and details and then custom make your preferred wetsuit model and thickness to your exact size and shape. We think that's why we get such good feedback from our customers, many of whom come back again and again. To own a Seventhwave wetsuit is to support New Zealand made, to stand up for quality and to experience water sports in a new and warmer way.

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Anonymous said...

Hey I lay out my towell on the floor, lay out my wet wettie on top of it, roll the whole lot up tight (like a swiss roll), then walk all over it, turn 1/4 over and walk all over it again. The towell takes up nearly all the moisture and my big name crap non- Seventh Wave wettie is dry in about half the time it would normally take. Cheers :)

Sue said...

That sort of treatment will work, and may be OK for a "big name crap non-Seventhwave wettie", but no way would I treat my valuable Seventhwave wettie like that. Just saying ...