Latex Hazmat boots on a drysuit?
Posted by: phrancis on Jan-25-14 7:44 PM (EST) Category: Other Gear
So I have an older Stolquist drysuit that only had ankle gaskets. The gaskets need replacing and I was gonna do the latex socks thing, but my local store won't have em in stock for awhile. However, my local paint store has those yellow latex hazmat boots for a fraction of the price of the drysuit socks. Is that the same kind of latex that aquaseal glue sticks to and would using these hazmat boots be a bad idea? Thanks.
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Why risk it?|
Posted by: booztalkin on Jan-25-14 8:32 PM (EST)
It's a drysuit. If it fails, you may find yourself in a cold and wet situation. I suggest not messing around with unknown materials. Your life could depend on it.
Hazmat stuff is disposable|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jan-26-14 1:14 AM (EST)
Some prefer latex socks|
Posted by: pblanc on Jan-26-14 8:23 AM (EST)
Fabric socks seem more common on dry suits than latex socks these days, but some people prefer the latex socks.
It's a matter of availability|
Posted by: Bnystrom on Jan-26-14 1:06 PM (EST)
Latex socks are readily available as replacements for ankle seals, from companies like OS Systems (www.ossystems.com). Fabric socks (Gore-Tex or similar) are not generally available as a replacement part.
I learned something|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jan-26-14 2:19 PM (EST)
I would not have guessed that latex socks are an option, but it makes sense that when replacing existing ankle gaskets, installation of latex socks would be a whole lot easier than sewing on fabric booties, if they were even available (and maybe the difficulty of installation is why they haven't become available, but I bet a company like Kokatat would sell you a pair if you asked for them).
Replacing Latex Gaskets|
Posted by: booztalkin on Jan-26-14 2:43 PM (EST)
When I replaced my torn, latex, ankle gaskets, I would have loved to be able to replace them with goretex socks. But I have no idea how that installation would have been accomplished. Replacing a latex gasket with a latex sock is straightforward and the same process for replacing any latex gasket. That's a process I knew I could do.
protect those drysuit socks!|
Posted by: NateHanson on Jan-26-14 5:24 PM (EST)
No matter what your drysuit socks are made of, there is no reason to ever wear them without paddle boots over them. You want to protect the material from wear, since this is the most likely spot to develop a leak.
I have had Kokatat do it ...|
Posted by: wetzool on Jan-26-14 5:33 PM (EST)
I have had a suit with ankle gaskets changed to GoreTex socks by Kokatat. May depend on age and type of suit? Mine is a 1994 vintage GoreTex suit and it worked fine.
Posted by: pblanc on Jan-26-14 6:46 PM (EST)
I have a Kokatat Hydrus 3L Whirlpool Bib which comes standard with latex ankle seals. I bought it used but the original buyer had Kokatat add socks and a relief zipper to it.
Posted by: wetzool on Jan-26-14 10:48 AM (EST)
I've had very good luck dealing with Kayak Academy with fast and inexpensive shipping of gaskets.
They probably won't fit|
Posted by: Bnystrom on Jan-26-14 1:09 PM (EST)
Latex seals are made in a specific diameter at the top to fit dry suits. Hazmat boots are not likely to be the correct size, so even if they would work otherwise, you wouldn't be able to attach them.
Posted by: bobholtzman on Feb-01-14 3:00 PM (EST)
I agree, that the openings on latex gaskets and socks are made to a specific diameter, and the fabric of the leg cuffs are sewn to match. However, IF the latex boot/sock opening diameter is smaller than the fabric cuff opening diameter, and IF the latex of these hazmat boots is stretchy enough, one could: shove a cone-shaped mandrel down into the leg so that the cuff is fully expanded and tight around it; and then stretch the sock over the cuff and glue it there.
prefer the fabric socks|
Posted by: tdaniel on Jan-27-14 7:07 AM (EST)
I own both types, seen the latex sock blow out twice in the ww environment. I'm okay with wearing either one, the fabric sock is not as warm or as dry but much easier to slip into a booty and more comfortable to walk around in. I am extra careful putting on and taking off the suit with the rubber socks. I try to stand on a mat when I'm slipping on either suit. I consider the feet to be the most vulnerable part of the drysuit. I wear booties over either type. Using knee high stockings to help the socks slip into a booties that have an inner liner. Footwear is very important in rocky terrain where you are getting in and out of your boat to scout or carry and swims tend to be short.
Try unscented talc...|
Posted by: BNystrom on Jan-28-14 7:20 AM (EST)
...to help your latex seals and booties slip on and off. The difference is absolutely night and day.
thanks for the tip|
Posted by: tdaniel on Jan-29-14 8:43 PM (EST)
I'll try it.
Posted by: phrancis on Jan-28-14 2:08 AM (EST)
Wow, so many replies. Well I'd love to have gortex booties, but cost of custom installation can't be justified on an older base model suit.
As I said above...|
Posted by: BNystrom on Jan-28-14 7:22 AM (EST)
...the boots probably will not fit, as they are likely to be too large in diameter at the top.
Yellow makes your feet look big. |
Posted by: g2d on Jan-30-14 1:15 AM (EST)
Latex Hazmat might be perfect|
Posted by: jaybabina on Jan-31-14 7:46 AM (EST)