I've had lots of trouble with severe neck chafing from wearing a drysuit in salt water, sometimes even in fresh water.
Last time I used it, I tried putting BodyGlide on my neck, in a wide band that should've been bigger than the contact area. That helped; I didn't get the dreaded hangman's neck until after a couple of hours. But eventually it hit me. Because the chafing takes so long to heal, I have not tried it again.
Anybody else use it for this reason? Maybe I should have coated my entire neck and jaw bottom with the BodyGlide.
The chafing has been the worst when rolling many times or doing a lot of backpaddling or checking what the water is doing off to the sides. Unfortunately, those are exactly the times I would prefer to use a drysuit, unless I'm in both warm air and warm water, which just doesn't happen anymore unless it's a little pond.
I've been using wetsuits instead to avoid the problem, but with winter fast approaching those are going to be too cold unless I get a thicker wetsuit.
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Posted by: JackL on Sep-16-13 6:55 AM (EST)
is my savior for blisters.
Posted by: sing on Sep-16-13 7:02 AM (EST)
and gave up on it long time ago. Glide doesn't last anywhere as long and is way more expensive than silicone grease:
Already tried silicone grease|
Posted by: pikabike on Sep-17-13 12:23 AM (EST)
Like the BodyGlide, it helped for a while. And then the salt particles or sand or something seemed to act like a file on my neck.
Posted by: natehanson on Sep-16-13 10:18 AM (EST)
2 years ago i was getting a lot of neck irritation. I tried glide, and didn't find it helpful. I got one of those gooey neck cover things, and it was too weird. The problem was resolved when the gasket failed very quickly, and when I replaced it I wasn't irritated anymore. I think the glide, the gooey thing, or likely both of them, caused my gasket to break down very quickly.
I rinse the entire suit after each use|
Posted by: pikabike on Sep-17-13 12:18 AM (EST)
But I have not focused on washing the neck gasket in particular. I will wash it with regular bar soap and rinse well. That's what I use to completely wash sunblock residue from my hands (before going paddling), so I know it will wash similar build-up, if any, on the gasket.
Posted by: jbernard on Sep-17-13 6:46 AM (EST)
I used it several times one winter and early the next winter the gasket failed, I think the glide contributed to the degradation, it wasn't that old. I now cut a LARGE amount off my gaskets now so that they are not that tight against my neck. That seems to help.
Posted by: Jaybabina on Sep-17-13 9:27 AM (EST)
Try a thin plastic bag like you get free in the produce section of the grocery store as a sleeve. I would think you'll still get a good seal and avoid the chaffing or allergy reaction. Powder your neck first too.
Does anybody get neck calluses?|
Posted by: pikabike on Sep-17-13 6:59 PM (EST)
That would be the simplest barrier. Ugly, though.
Posted by: Peter-CA on Sep-17-13 12:24 PM (EST)
A bunch of people I know have swapped out their latex neck gasket for neoprene. If they are sized well, neoprene can be almost as water proof as latex, but are much more comfortable.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Sep-17-13 12:51 PM (EST)
My neoprene gasket makes a watertight seal. From what I hear, neck size may be a factor for some people though.
My Wetsuit Gives Me "Ring Around|
Posted by: sing on Sep-17-13 4:31 PM (EST)
the neck" too if I don't apply silicone grease. In fact, when surfing (don't have as much problem with fresh water), I have to apply grease on any skin area that comes in contact with something else, be it latex, neoprene or nylon strap (from my helmet)... Otherwise I end with up with a very short session.
Posted by: pikabike on Sep-17-13 6:56 PM (EST)
The neoprene cap's chin strap and the wetsuit collars sometimes irritate my neck also. Just not nearly as bad as the drysuit gasket.
You might want to give neoprene gaskets|
Posted by: dong on Sep-17-13 9:15 PM (EST)
a try. They aren't that hard to make and they make wearing a drysuit a joy. The best part is that their very dependable. Here is a link to help you if your interested.
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Posted by: Kudzu on Sep-18-13 6:09 AM (EST)
I'd get out the scissors and start trimming. If that didn't fix it I'd replace it with neoprene. I trimmed my neck gasket and made cold weather paddling much more pleasant.