Hey all you fellow wetsuit lovers! Its blog time! So in my last blog I filled you in on about how to store your wetsuit, now I’m going to give you some helpful hints on how to protect your wetsuit!
You know the drill, you’ve used your wetsuit either at the lake or at the beach and you’re hanging around for a cold beverage (beer). And some snacks. And to catch up with your mates. What do you do with your wetsuit? I usually drape mine across a railing, a bush, rock, bench, car, just about anything but the floor. And usually in prime position of the sun (if there is any) so that it dries quicker.
We all know that the sun damages our skin (sniff sniff, wear sunscreen. All the time.), but if you ever read the care labels (usually printed on the inside of your wetsuit, so its idiot proof), it will say a whole list of things to avoid, and one being drying in the sun. Why? Because like the sun damages our skin, it damages our neoprene. And neoprene ain’t cheap, and if it is, its usually not worth wearing.
What is the answer I hear you ask.. well, a Dry Bag of course! Hang your baby (your wetsuit, I mean, not your actual baby, although one of my kids is bound to try and climb in at some point), and it’ll be three times more protected from the rays than if it were just thrown over a bench, therefore it’ll last longer. Cha-Chiiing.
If we have been blessed with sun, then you can hang your wettie up in a Dry Bag in full sunlight, knowing its not going to be damaged, and it’ll dry quicker because of the suns warmth. Bonus is that it won’t have that crusty feel to it that can scratch over your skin. Ahhhh soft neoprene…
Also, instead of throwing your wetsuit over a bush (I know this sounds weird but there is usually some sort of shrubbery in sand dunes that keep my suit off the sand), or an old wooden splintery bench, protect your precious cargo in a Dry Bag so that it doesn’t snag. Same goes for when you travel… no, I’ve definitely never shut part of my wetsuit in the car door before… no way. Not me.
All in all, if you love your wetsuit, show it some love by treating it to a Dry Bag and give it some protection.
What are your wetsuit hacks? Get in touch!