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Old 03-06-2011   #11
Golden, Colorado
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I notice they are on sale at $75, down from $195. Maybe they are old stock?

Old neoprene loses its elasticity and I think it might actually shrink.

I have some old surf wetsuits that are like that... stiff and they have shrunk.

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Old 03-06-2011   #12
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Flower vases work great..and unused neoprene isn't old or shouldn't shrink. Fresh neoprene stays fairly tight so patients is a vertue during that had an ir when first came out and took a while to wear it in so it wasn't chocking tight. Good luck

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Old 03-07-2011   #13
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Had the same problem with a new suit a few years back. I successfully stretched the neck gasket using all the above suggestions. The gasket failed shortly thereafter. My suggestion is to replace the neck gasket with the proper size from the get go for the best gasket life.
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Old 03-07-2011   #14
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Some people cut it to fit. Too risky for me. I use a coffee can in it for two nights before use.
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Old 03-07-2011   #15
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Neoprene glues back together really well with Aquaseal. A lot of wetsuits aren't even sewn, they are just glued. I had my neck gasket "taken in" a year ago when it was in for maintenance. The seam started to separate, and I glued it back together, no problems. Holding it together is the hard part, I used a band-aid and still have a small piece of it there. According to a friend at the company that makes it, it cures better in cooler temps and higher humidity (but not an extreme of either).
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Old 03-07-2011   #16
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Well I left it on a form overnight (some round exercise or stretching thing my roommate had lying around, about the size of a coffee can or a little bigger). At first when I put it on I thought I had stretched it too much! Way too comfortable and definitely not tight enough. But I gave it another day to relax and now it seems perfect. Tight, but not strangling me. Thanks everyone!

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