Typhoon Multisport Drysuit Zip Maintanance
Putting a drysuit on and taking it off can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. However with our latest purchase, at typhoon multisport drysuit it really is as easy as ABC. You see, there is a zip on the shoulders that allows us to easily step into, pull up and then zip the drysuit without the help of anybody else. This is unlike any other dry suit which we have purchased in the past and makes it the ideal choice for kayakers and canoe enthusiasts around the world.
The secret to its success lies in the zip itself since this is the main appeal for not only us but thousands of other customers who have purchased this outdoor water sport garment. If you keep the zip clean and lubricated by applying wax to with every now and then it will zip up and down much easier than had you applied nothing at all.
Comprised of two main elements, the typhoon dry suit’s outer element contains a zip with large teeth, while its inner element contains a row of smaller teeth which all act in conjunction with one another when you attempt to seal yourself in.
Not only is it the dual zip function which protects you and keeps you waterproof, but a waterproof membrane which fits snugly between the two also acts as reinforcement to keep that pesky water out.
To maintain its functionality you need to apply some wax to both the inside and the outside of the membrane and to the zips themselves and luckily you are supplied with a small block of this special wax when you choose any of the drysuits for sale.
When the wax is warm at room temperature or greater, close the zip on the drysuit and rub it into the teeth on both sides making sure that you get it into all areas and all the way down. When this is done, get hold of the zip itself and run it up and down to make sure that all areas are treated by the wax. If you see any dirt then remove this while you were doing this process.
If you don’t have any of this wax, or indeed have a difference drysuit altogether, then don’t worry since you can also use silicon grease and it does the same job. Silicon grease is the easily available at any hardware store.
Whether you choose to use the wax or the silicon grease is up to you, but when you apply it to the drysuit’s zip, always remember to use your thumb to help press it deeper into the zipper area. You should notice how quickly the zip now opens and closes once you have completed these steps correctly.
If you have purchased the typhoon drysuit then there should be a small ticket which came in the packaging which explains the clearing process in depth. You should always clean your water garment with warm soapy water as standard, but the rest of the cleaning methods are explained in detail on this ticket.
One main tip that you should remember is that when you are storing your drysuit, you should always leave the zip in an open position so that you are not putting any strain on the teeth unnecessarily. When you do this the teeth are in their relaxed state and cannot become broken due to stress. Also when you either zipping up or down, remember to keep the entire line of teeth as straight as possible since if you try to zip while the line of teeth are bent the stress that you are placing on them can be enough to damage your dry suit.
Liquid silicone sealant is the ideal choice for cleaning stubborn latex. The latex inside your drysuit can get extremely dirty over time, and by dropping a small amount of liquid silicon sealant onto a damp cloth and applying it to these areas it will help along the life of the latex, stop it cracking, and keep it nice and subtle for the duration of the lifetime of your suit. One additional advantage of this is that it also makes it easier to put on and take off your dry suit when you need to.
Rather than applying it to the outside of your garment, you should applying the liquid silicon onto the inside and by repeatedly rubbing it will begin to work its way through to the exterior side of the latex material.
When you have done this to the neck latex seals, repeat the process on both the wrist and ankle areas. Even if you wanted to apply it to the exterior lair of the latex, you will most likely notice that the exterior layer is much more dull than the interior layer and this is because it would have been treated with some sort of UV resistant paste to stop the sun from destroying your drysuit’s waterproof seals.