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How to make your wetsuit last longer

7 March 2012 | 2:23 pm

Taking care of your wetsuit is as important as taking care of yourself, your harness, you bar, your kite and your board. How to make it last longer?

First of all don’t ever forget to wash off the salt water after every kite session in the ocean. Salt water is one of the biggest factors in deteriorating the state of your wetsuit. If you don’t wash it off with fresh water the wetsuit will simply start to tear apart.

Never dry your wetsuit in the sun because the rubbber will start to shrink and small holes will start to appear. Dry it always in the shade, it can be in your shower, garage or under a tree.

If your wetsuit seems smelly and dirty try washing it up in your tub or a plastic container. Use warm water (never hot) and special detergent.

Trunk of your car on a summer day is not the best place to store your wetsuit. Actually it is one of the worst. Not only your wetsuit and your car will start to stink but the rubber will begin to deteriorate faster.

You should also use a proper hanger. Don’t hang it on a regular one when your suit is soaking wet because you will stretch it out. The weight of the wet rubber will pull at the legs and stretch out the suit, creating tension at the shoulders that can lead to tears and holes. Put it over something wide or use specially designed HangGoose hanger.

If a zipper break or a seam tear use your warranty. Most of the problems can be replaced by the company. So just keep the warranty card and your receipt.

Last but not least choose the right size for you. Having a comfortable suit that fits will not only make for a better session, but can also extend the life of your suit. If it is too small, you will be constantly stretching it, putting tension on the seams and rubber.

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