What is the best way to store my wetsuit?
Before storing the suit...
Ensure the suit is rinsed thoroughly inside and out. Clean water should be enough; no cleaning agents should be needed. Make sure the wetsuit is left to dry completely before storing. It's usually best to dry inside out first, then reverse it. Hanging it in a shower is a good place so it can drip dry.
To store the suit...
You can loosely fold it and put it in the supplied mesh bag on a shelf out of harm's way but don't stack anything on top of it. You can also hang the wetsuit in a wardrobe using a wide shouldered, rounded hanger. Not the thin plastic or wire type. If you have the space to lay it flat under a bed or sofa then that is also an option. We would recommend covering with a sheet or something to protect it from dust.
Can I use my wetsuit in the pool?
Chlorine is not a very friendly chemical to any material or even ourselves! We highly recommend removing the wetsuit right after a pool swim and ensure it is rinsed thoroughly inside & out with warm water and then left to dry naturally.
Can I use Baby Oil and Vaseline on my suit to prevent chaffing?
Petroleum-based products do degrade or eat away the neoprene, however only if left soaked or covered for a long period of time. If you feel you need to use such products to prevent chaffing or aid quick removal, please make sure you use as little as possible and clean/rinse of as quickly as possible. We recommend HUUB Lube instead. It will protect the skin from friction and moisture, allows a wetsuit or tri suit to slide on and off a lot more easily, and can aid a faster transition - all without damaging the suit.
What Buoyancy options do I have?
Buoyancy is vital to wetsuits, and it isn't always the more buoyant, the better. We offer two buoyancy options for both men and women, two possibilities that compliment different types of swimmers. There is a neutral option of 4:4 for the men and 3:3 for the women. This is designed for swimmers who already have a horizontal and efficient position in the water. The 3:5 for both women and men is designed for swimmers whose legs tend to sink in the water potentially due to a weak kick. The added buoyancy effectively lifts the legs to provide a more streamlined body position and therefore makes you as quick as possible through the water.
I have tears in my wetsuit, what can be done?
'Nail nicks' is a term commonly used to describe little tears in the neoprene due to the U shape of the tear. Neoprene is durable but can be delicate, and it can tear if you catch it on something, not just with your nails. When putting it on, it's best to turn the wetsuit inside out for as long as possible and pull on the inner material rather than pulling on the neoprene outside. Pressure pulls is another type of damage that can occur when fitting a wetsuit. Neoprene is very flexible but does have a limit, when this is reached further stretching will cause the top layer of neoprene to tear and sometimes significantly. If little tears do develop, then you can easily repair them yourself with a bit of puncture repair glue or Black Witch adhesive. It's best to apply this deep inside the cut by folding back the neoprene to open it up and then using the corner of a business card with a little glue on it for a neater application. Then when you lay the neoprene flat, it seals the tear.
Why are my goggles are fogging up?
All of our goggles have an antifog layer, however, this isn't permeant. This layer will wear away if you frequently rub the inside of the lenses. Chlorine or salt water will rapidly wear away this layer as well. To avoid this and prolong the life of the antifog layer, rinse out with cold fresh water after use and leave to dry naturally. Antifog spray can be purchased once this layer inevitably goes.
My zip is really stiff and doesn't work?
Your wetsuit may feature the Breakaway Zipper. Zips will always be a little stiff at first and will loosen up after a few uses. When engaging the zip into the housing you must make sure this is fully bedded; otherwise, the zip will not work, or could potentially come apart while the suit is in use. This procedure may take a little bit of force. It is suggested that you engage the zip and pull up about 5cm before getting into the suit as it becomes harder to do when you are in it, and you likely require assistance.