As you’ll know by now, drysuits are a hefty investment. Nonetheless, they’re an essential part of cold weather watersports. They provide 100% waterproof protection and allow enough space for multiple layers underneath, so even in that chilly English channel, you can still get some well-needed winter warmth.
However, it’s not over once you get your hands on a drysuit. There are a number of products that you may require in order to maintain it. Here we go through all the drysuit accessories you may be on the fence about getting, so you can decide for yourself whether you need them or not…
Dislaimer: This blog doesn't feature life jackets/buoyancy aids, which will depend on what you're using your drysuit for.
Drysuits can lose their water repellency over time as dirt and salt break down the water repellent coating. If you notice that the fabric of your drysuit is absorbing rather than repelling water, you may want to invest in some cleaning and reproofing products to remove all the salt and dirt, and produce a repellent finish to the suit. A great choice is the Gill Reproof spray, which is easy to apply, quick-drying, and can be applied to any fabric.
A drysuit may protect you from the water, but without thermal layers, you won’t stay warm for very long! Whilst many of our drysuits come with an underfleece, if you purchase one that doesn’t you’ll need to snap one up right away.
The Typhoon Lightweight Underfleece is made from thermofibre fabric and is a great base layer, or you could opt for the Gul Underfleece which provides thermal insulation with a tailored fit and foot loop, making it very comfortable and preventing it from riding up.
For super soft, super stretchy fabric, the Palm Tsangpo Thermal Undersuit is so comfy you’ll never want to take it off!
If you don’t fancy an underfleece, you can also go for a thermal long john such as this GUL Evotherm one.
Thermal socks probably don’t need much more explaining. Keep your toes warm on the water with our extensive range of lightweight, fast-dry socks from the top brands.
Last but not least, a pretty obvious essential. Boots tend to be a better choice than shoes as they're more secure, sturdy and durable.
And remember, always go for a half or full size bigger than usual to make room for your thermal socks!
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