Whats the best dry suit for dredging in the cold?

hunterbill

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Any one know of a really good suit for dredging in the serious cold? I just want the best. Only want to buy it one time. Thanks.
 
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Bonaro

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7mm wetsuit with a quality heater will be better than any drysuit.
A dry suit becomes useless when you get one pinhole in it, might as well get wet and be done with it.
 

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I use a 7mm long john with jacket, very warm, ability to make it not so warm if it becomes too much and they were fairly cheap
 

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With new closed cell technology in wetsuit rubber you are toasty warm with a proper hood, dual gloves and water socks with hiking boots. I tried a dozen drysuits and holes, torn seals etc etc make them a pain and cost is insane. No one stays down on the rough sharp bottom like dredgers so made for swimming and fishie looking. ALSO you must pee,just a fact of life. In a wetsuit just pull down the zipper and done. Drysuit,crawl outta the water,turn dredge down/off,tear off them heavy weights,tear that thang off before you pee yourself-THEN you get to repeat the same process multiple times a day at a costs of hours of production instead of a zip,pee and back to work in a minutes time-John
 

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And the way it always works, the instant you're suited up, in the water and dredge is running ,you have to pee.
 
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hunterbill

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It has to be a dry suit. I will be Working in below zero temps and it is an hour on snow shoes back to the cabin. I don't care about cheep. DRY is the operative word. So far i have found one made by BARE available from Alaska Mining and diving supply, and one made for Proline by I forget who. Dose anyone know of any other good DRY suits or Know these ones?
 

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With new closed cell technology in wetsuit rubber you are toasty warm with a proper hood, dual gloves and water socks with hiking boots. I tried a dozen drysuits and holes, torn seals etc etc make them a pain and cost is insane. No one stays down on the rough sharp bottom like dredgers so made for swimming and fishie looking. ALSO you must pee,just a fact of life. In a wetsuit just pull down the zipper and done. Drysuit,crawl outta the water,turn dredge down/off,tear off them heavy weights,tear that thang off before you pee yourself-THEN you get to repeat the same process multiple times a day at a costs of hours of production instead of a zip,pee and back to work in a minutes time-John


I understand the pee part but please explain the "zip"...:censored:

no one borrows my suit...lol
 

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