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Old 08-04-2011   #1
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Buying Used Dry Suit

Is there any special wisdom about buying an older dry suit? I've got a line on a Stohlquist dry suit in my size, appears to be 10-15 years old but has obviously not been used much. Looks next to new, and the lady replaced all the gaskets to try and get it sold on consignment. How does one tell without actually getting into the river with the thing? Worth a $150 gamble? I wouldn't even consider but the thing is in great shape and I get cold during high water.

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Old 08-04-2011   #2
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ten year old Stolquist with little use and new gaskets for $150.00? check to see if it's made from 'Gore-tex' fabric, if it!
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Old 08-04-2011   #3
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I bought an older one and have had some issues with the goretex delaminating around the seams. Mine had been used a lot and its mainly an issue in the booties, but nothing that a couple tubes of aquaseal can't fix. That sounds like a great deal. If you want to really get into it and look for leaks you can use pint cups to seal the wrist/ankle gaskets and fill it with water from a hose.
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Old 08-04-2011   #4
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We bought a 15 year old Stohlquist here on the 'buzz for $200 for my lady on the Grand. It wasn't perfect, but it kept her pretty dry, even swimming in the creeks. I have since washed it with McNett's waterproof/breathable gear wash and revitalized the Durable Water Repellant with a Nikwax product. I expect like-new performance after replacing the gaskets (with socks for the feet). It won't last as long as a new suit, but for the price - and for the right weekend warrior, I think it will last several years.

Whether it's Gore, eVent, Tropos, whatever, the membrane will be waterproof if it is in tact (not cracked or delaminating) and clean. When it takes on oil it takes on water. The Durable Water Repellent keeps the membrane from having to work by adding some beading capability to the face of the garment. I prefer wash-in to spray-on treatments, but for this old dry suit you might try both.

If it fits and the fabric is in good shape, buy it. You can always fix small leaks and learn about replacing gaskets.
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