Do wetsuits dry rot?

Dry your suit out in the garage or in your shower, but never leave it to dry out in the sun.” Don’t let it Rot: One of the quickest ways to shorten the life-expectancy of your suit is to wad it up and throw it in your trunk.

Do wetsuits degrade over time?

On average, a good wetsuit from a quality manufacturer should last anywhere from 4 years to 10 years or more, depending on heavily you use it. A cheaper brand wetsuit that doesn’t have the same construction quality may only last for a season or two before things like zippers become issues.

What happens when you leave a wetsuit in the sun?

Don’t leave your wetsuit in the sun to dry as this will accelerate the wear of the neoprene and lining. The ozone and UV rays in sunlight cause neoprene to lose stretch and become brittle over time. UV will also cause colors to fade. The longer you leave your wetsuit in the sun, the quicker it will deteriorate.

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How do you store a wetsuit when not in use?

Keep it in a wardrobe, shed or garage – anywhere cool and dry – until you next need it. We don’t recommend folding or stuffing your wetsuit into cramped spaces as this can cause creases and damage to the suit. It’s also best to avoid leaving your wetsuit in direct sunlight as much as possible.

Is Sun bad for neoprene?

Avoid direct Sunlight

After salt water, Sunlight is your wetsuit worst enemy. The UV rays damage the neoprene fibres. Cracks will appear, and the flexibility of your suit will be affected.

How do you know when to replace your wetsuit?

Check your wetsuit’s arms and shoulders for signs of thinning and/or tears. Stretched, cracked, or dry neoprene around your suit’s elbows, armpits, and shoulders are strong indicators that it is time to replace your wetsuit for surfing. Thinning neoprene across lower back. Hole in seam along knee patch.

Can you wear a wetsuit all day?

As you will hear, wetsuits are not designed to be worn night and day, they become sweaty, itchy bacterial cesspools that destroy skin and spirit and cause long-term neoprene trauma.

Should wetsuits be dried inside out?

Dry Your Wetsuit

Once you’ve rinsed both sides, you have to dry your wetsuit before putting it back away. If you don’t give it time to dry, you’ll trap moisture inside. This can lead to odors or even mold growth. Just like rinsing, you should dry both the inside and the outside of your wetsuit.

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How long does it take for a wetsuit to dry?

Drying Your Wetsuit

Ideally, you will dry your wetsuit in two stages. After it has been washed, hang it to dry, so the outside of the suit dries. After about 24 hours or so, it is time to dry out the inside of the wetsuit.

Can you spin dry a wetsuit?

Washing machines damage neoprene so, if you must, do need to make sure you only use a slow spin cycle and a cool wash. Don’t put anything else in with the wetsuit that could damage it whilst the machine is spinning.

Should a wetsuit be really tight?

It should be tight, but it should not cut off your circulation or restrict your range of motion. A Wetsuit should fit similarly to compression shorts – snug with a little pressure. It may feel weird at first to have such a tight-fitting garment, but it will keep you warm and buoyant.

How do you hang a wetsuit dry?

After you rinse out your wetsuit, ensure you hang it to dry in the shade – and if there’s no shade, ensure it’s NOT hanging in direct sunlight. Additionally, always try to hang your wetsuit over a smooth, round surface, such as a balcony railing. Hang it at the waist with an equal balance on each side.

How do you store a wetsuit over winter?

If you’re storing your summer wetsuit away for the winter (or vice versa), then once it is rinsed and thoroughly dry, don’t fold it up and stuff it in a drawer. If possible, hang it in half as advised on a wide hanger or railing inside.

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Can you get sunburned through a wetsuit?

As others have posted upthread, a wetsuit blocks the sun from reaching the areas it covers. On the other hand, in very general terms, wet suits are not comfortable to wear on the surface. The exception would be where the surface conditions are cold and wet.

Why is neoprene bad?

Nearly every other wetsuit on the market comes in neoprene, a bouncy synthetic rubber derived from petroleum or limestone (both of which are non-renewable resources). Neoprene doesn’t biodegrade, and Lorick’s research found that 380 tons of it gets thrown away every year.

Can neoprene be dried?

Drying your wetsuit in the dryer will not only ruin your suit, but it also voids the warranty. Simply don’t do it! Leave your wetsuit in the sun…. the sun is neoprene’s worst enemy!