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How to get in to an opencell -suit?

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Sep 16, 2001
A few days ago i bought a new opencell suit (Chino 45)but it took me 15 minutes an the help of my brother to get in the suit. Is there a special trick or technic to get into it faster.
suit lubrication

teh key to putting an open cell wetsuit on is lubrication, for example i use this very mild shampoo mixed with water to make the suit more slipery-- > more easier to put on. It is also much easier to tear the suit if one does not use any lubrication.

Ofcourse the whole preparation process how to aply the chosen lubricant for suit and then putting the suit on requires more time than putting on a closed cell wetsuit.

The method i use for my chino 45 is:
i squirt some shampoo mixed with water into the suit and rub the suit from outside to get the lubricant all spread in the suit. when the suit feels as slippery as possible all around, i put on. Using as litle clothes inside as possible.. ;)

Practicing makes it lot easier, just dont rush, youll just tear the suit. Youll tear it anyhow so be prepared to use neoprene glue.. ;)

lubrication for putting on opencell suit

I just got my first open cell suit and had the same question. I used a 2 parts water to 1 part hair conditioner solution in a spray bottle. I give a half dozen squirts in each arm and leg. The suit goes on with less effort than my old nylon skin suit.
putting on a suit

is a laugh and a half!
for best results -
Putting it on
put it on in the shower
squirt a bit of baby shampoo (don't use any shampoo that contains silicone as it will rot your suit) into the suit and up the sleeves
wear nothing underneath
remove all jewellry
wear a swim hat while you put it on if you've got long hair
smooth it down from the top rather than pulling it down from the bottom
watch your fingernails

and it's a whole lot easier if you have a suit-putting-on buddy!

Taking it Off

put the hood up
undo the beaver tail and pull up the front until you've got a little bucket type thing in front of you
fill said bucket up with water from shower
hold breath and pull up on beaver tail gently from behind
MAGIC it's off!

but don't sue me if you rip it please

and if it doesn't go so well..

Black Witch neoprene glue is fabulous stuff

:p :p :eek: :eek: :eek:
Putting the top on is like putting on a huge condom. You want to roll it all the way down your torso as opposed to pulling it. Therefore start with as much of the torso turned inside out as possible.
I was gonna toss you some karma


I was going to toss you some karma for the great link (Jersey Jim forwarded it to me at work). It turns out that I've been donning/doffing my suit all wrong.

Then you went and made that "giant condom" remark ...

Now I really, really, really hope my suit doesn't tear ;)
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