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Old 05-14-2010   #1
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Latex neck-rash relief

Anyone have any suggestions about how to prevent neck-rash stemming from a latex gasket on a dry top? I'm one of those weird neck-beard people and everytime i paddle i have a nice pretty red guillotine neck-rash line across my neck. My top feels comfortable when I wear it but it'd be nice to not have look like I've tried to slit my own throat for a day or two after i'd paddled. Anyone else have this problem? I'm new to paddling so this may be a dumb question but remember there are no dumb questions, only dumb people. Any suggestions that i could try would be great, thanks

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Old 05-14-2010   #2
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I've ran into the same problem last trip and had a nice red line on my neck. Have you tried Vaseline?

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Old 05-14-2010   #3
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Don't use vaseline it will destroy latex and you'll end up replacing your gaskets. Try a non-petroleum based lube.
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Old 05-14-2010   #4
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KY works great
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try baby powder seems to work
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Old 05-15-2010   #6
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Get you some Seal Saver and put that on the inside and mush it all around before you put on your top. That did the trick for me.
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Old 05-15-2010   #7
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glide anti chaffing from your local running store
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Old 05-15-2010   #8
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I just avoid latex neck gaskets. IR makes a great semi-drytop. I find it to be as dry as any latex-necked drytop I've owned, and way more comfortable.
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Old 05-16-2010   #9
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Try one of the new sheepskin neck gaskets. That should take care of that rash.
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Old 05-16-2010   #10
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I second what Paul said. The IR tops are way more comfy, and almost just as dry as latex, without the chafing.

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