Do you need lube for open cell wetsuit?
Putting on an open cell suit would be close to impossible without lube. For most, lube is a mixture of hair conditioner and water. Usually prepared in a rush right before heading out for a dive. I like to keep an extra bottle of conditioner in my dive bag in case I forget.
How do you lubricate an open cell wetsuit?
Always use lots of soapy water or wetsuit lubrication to dress in your wetsuit. Use water mixed with plenty of soap / conditioner or a brand name wetsuit lubricant. Never user your fingernails to pull on the material, always use an open palm to slide the wetsuit over your body.
Is Vaseline bad for wetsuits?
Use a wetsuit-approved anti-chafe lotion. Petroleum-based lubricants such as Vaseline may damage the neoprene (although many people use them). Avoid sitting on rough surfaces in your wetsuit and take care entering and leaving the water as it’s easy to damage a wetsuit on sharp rocks.
How do you store an open cell wetsuit?
The best way to store an open cell suit is to lay flat on/under a bed with nothing on top of it. I rinse the outside down with fresh water as soon as I get out of the water, with the suit still on. Take the suit off, which flips it inside out and rinse the inside.
Is baby oil bad for wetsuits?
Johnsons baby bath is excellent and does not irritate skin or damage wetsuit. Squirt some in a 1.5l plastic water bottle, fill with water and you have more than enough for getting any open cell suit on.
How do you know if a wetsuit is open or closed?
If neoprene is lined on its interior surface with fabric such as nylon, polyester or modern ‘quick-dry’ materials it becomes a closed cell wetsuit whereas if it is not lined it becomes an open cell wetsuit.
How long does an open cell wetsuit last?
The heat retention effect of Open-Cell neoprene is so extreme that a good fitting 5mm open cell wetsuit will keep a diver warm for 40-50 minutes in ice water (0c temperature).