Help... I am being strangled in my new Kokatat drysuit. I recently bought a Meridian suit in XL, where I thought I might be a L until I tried one on. I have fairly average 16 1/2" med/tall neck.
I took it out for a maiden voyage a couple days ago, and if I don't think about it, it is not too bad, but man is it tight. I have tried the suggested approach to stretch the neck by pushing a cook pot into the neck opening. I tried a 4 quart sauce pan on and off for a couple days, and it doesn't seem to do anything. Also the inner gasket does not want to stand up, but rolls back on itself a couple turns.
I understand I can begin cutting back the outlined circular rings on the gasket but am reluctant to start that quite yet, but I may be close. Do these things actually loosen up some?
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Posted by: Peter-CA on Dec-21-13 2:22 PM (EST)
Some people have had some luck buy stretching the gasket over something smooth and large. I tried this using a glass vase. Didn't seem o do much in my case.
neck seal is indexed|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Dec-21-13 2:23 PM (EST)
Find a large bottle and put it in the neck. Cut of small sections until it seals but is comfortable.
I have been told that some latex gaskets|
Posted by: dong on Dec-21-13 2:35 PM (EST)
will stretch but my experience was that mine wouldn't stretch and I needed to cut it down a couple rings to get it comfortable. Most drysuit manufacturers use different types of latex gaskets so stretching might work on some. Once my latex gasket blew open on me unexpedily I started using neoprene gaskets. There's no comparison is comfort and dependability.
I bought a Palm semi-drytop with |
Posted by: ezwater on Dec-21-13 4:17 PM (EST)
neoprene seals, but they are a bit tight, and there is no provision for trimming them. They do not seem to stretch, and my past experience with neoprene in wetsuit type garments is that they do not stretch. In fact, thicker neoprene will shrink over the years due to loss of nitrogen from the tiny bubbles.
In recent years, some gaskets have |
Posted by: ezwater on Dec-21-13 2:43 PM (EST)
been made thicker, and take a lot of time to stretch. And there still doesn't seem to be a system so that a customer can get a drysuit or drytop with a gasket that is "close." Meanwhile, you can buy dress shirts with exact neck sizes.
Posted by: pblanc on Dec-21-13 3:55 PM (EST)
Posted by: Kocho on Dec-21-13 4:23 PM (EST)
I bought a Kokatat replacement neck gasket Large, and o had the same issue (my neck is similarly sized as yours). It would not stretch. After I trimmed it t was fine. I used sharp scissors, making sire the beginning and end of the cut met closely. No issues and much more comfy. As suggested, a sharp knife over some cylinder inside would work well too.
Posted by: chodups on Dec-21-13 6:14 PM (EST)
......I'm a trimmer and even at that I find that I have to pull the gasket below my Adam's Apple. If not my eyes want to pop out of my head.
My NRS Mission has a very wide neck|
Posted by: Kocho on Dec-21-13 9:16 PM (EST)
Trim it as others have suggested|
Posted by: alpalmer on Dec-22-13 12:42 AM (EST)
One ring at a time, make sure to cut SMOOTHLY and not leave nicks that can develop into tears later. You might be able to stretch it some over time but do not fear the removal of one ring at a time.
Posted by: tor on Dec-22-13 9:49 AM (EST)
I had to cut two rings out of mine. Used a plastic bowl and a hobby knife with a new blade.
They do stretch over time|
Posted by: wetzool on Dec-22-13 10:22 AM (EST)
but many tear before people get comfortable (and some new do). Trim if you need to, but do not cut it to make it too loose now or you will be replacing the gasket later on as it stretches. I have a drytop with gaskets dated 2002 that are still good and they have stretched to the point they are comfortable, yet still watertight. All gaskets require cleaning and proper care. I've also had ca. 2009 gaskets that have been replaced because they tore. Kokatat uses two sized gaskets: small and large. When replacing gaskets consider generic gaskets. They are usually available from XS through XXL sizes.
Posted by: pbenter on Dec-22-13 1:06 PM (EST)
Thanks for the feedback from everyone. I think I may have to trim a little. I'll be careful.
Posted by: bnystrom on Dec-22-13 6:44 PM (EST)
Just cut one ring to start|
Posted by: pikabike on Dec-22-13 1:06 PM (EST)
Use sharp scissors.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Dec-22-13 6:47 PM (EST)
I used a 2 liter soda bottle to stretch gasket as I trimmed it with a sharp Exacto knife till I obtained the proper fit.