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Old 03-31-2019   #1
 
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Gasket Repair Near Vail Valley

All,
Does anyone recommend any one shop/person over another for quality and price when repairing gaskets on a dry suit? I'm located in Eagle and willing to travel a reasonable distance. Don't exactly know how far that is, but I think you get the point.
Thank you for any help!

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Old 03-31-2019   #2
 
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Hey Jalthage,
A couple ideas for you.
You could ask Zack at raft fix.com, not sure he does drysuite repair to, but certainly worth asking him.
You could send it back to the factory, I have done that with my IR before.

A third option that I think actually makes a lot of sense if you are fairly capable, is to go on the NRS web site, and watch there short tutorial on gasket replacement. It really is not that hard to do a good job of it yourself, but the main reason I recommend it, is if you are out on a longer trip such as the Grand Canyon, you will know how to do it, and won’t be stuck with a Leaky drysuite for the remainder of the trip.

I did my own neck gasket before my last GC trip, and ended up helping a friend replace both his wrist gaskets that ripped after a couple days, of a 25 day trip. After watching the NRS tutorial, and practicing on my own neck gasket, the two I did at Nankoweep looked almost factory, and all 3 were water tight.
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I used to work for Mountainquest (Now Alpinequest) sports back in the day and we used to do gasket replacements back then. I imagine they still do. They have stores in Edwards and Glenwood so pick your poison. Maybe give em a ring to make sure they still do it.

Not unreasonable to do it yourself either. Cut the old gasket off leaving about an inch of the old material then aquaseal the new gasket to that left over material. Hardest part is getting even tension on everything.

If you can cut some wood... make two circles of thin plywood about the diameter of the widest part of the gasket. Turn one of the circles into ~2" ring and use spring clamps to to have the ring put pressure over the part with the aquaseal glue and leave it to dry overnight. You can use a coffee can or similar too and just stretch it over it.

If Alpinequest can't do it and you don't want to DIY... Immersion Research and Kokotat both offer services to replace gaskets. I'd probably try to send it to whoever makes your drysuit.
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Old 03-31-2019   #4
 
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Thanks for the feeback guys! Alpinequest still does it and for a very reasonable price.
Thanks again!
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Erik at Inflatable Restoration and Repair in Salida did mine. Very fast turn around and reasonably priced.
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