Sailing Option Features Details

DAMX 3000 Series sailing dry suits are the result of a process of continuous development dating back to 1996. Our made to measure service means the suit will be specifically tailored to fit you and the type of sailing you participate in – providing maximum comfort, excellent freedom of movement and encouraging you to extend your performance limits.

Available with either BREATHABLE or NON-BREATHABLE upper section.  ( for breathable upper sections we offer a very cost effective replacement service – the non-breathable trouser section will typically last four or five times as long as the breathable upper section )

100% waterproof year after year after year…..

All DAMX dry suits come with a tough, long lasting non-breathable tri-laminate trouser section with a track record for frequently lasting into the teens of years.  We do not EVER produce breathable trouser sections – breathable fabric is simply not robust enough to last a decent length of time in the highly stressed shin, knee, thigh, seat, crotch areas.  Fully breathable off-the-peg dry  suits typically begin leaking in the second year and are in the bin by the fourth year of average leisure use.  DAMX dry suits won’t leak until you eventually wear holes through them. Holes are ALWAYS repairable at any age.

There are examples of the DAMX 3000 Series dry suit still in use at twenty years old.

Features included in base price:     

  • Latex neck, wrists and socks.  –
  • Fabric ankle cuff latex sock protection
  • Adjustable belt

An extensive options list is available.

We offer either a breathable or a non-breathable upper section.  We use world class, well tried and tested examples of both types of fabric.  There are pros and cons to each.

Why choose breathable?    The advantages offered by breathable fabrics can be useful in terms of increased warmth, comfort and hence performance. These benefits are a result of your sweat being exhausted through the waterproof membrane of the suit and escaping in the form of water vapour. Yes the suit is 100% waterproof. And yes, breathable fabrics do work.  BUT these advantages do not come without a down side: VERY much shorter life expectancy and greater care requirements.  Think 3-5 years compared with 12-20 years life expectancy.

The benefits of breathable fabrics are often exaggerated. The scientific fact is that breathable fabrics function VERY poorly when they are cold and/or wet or covered by a buoyancy aid or trapeze harness.  If you only wear a dry suit when it’s cold and/or wet, you should seriously consider choosing a fully non-breathable dry suit it will last you a very impressive number of years.

Which type of sailor would benefit most from a breathable upper section?     Inland sailors of hiking dinghies who habitually wear a dry suit for most of the year are likely to get a worthwhile benefit from a breathable upper section.

Who should choose a non-breathable 3000 Series dry suit?
If absolute cost-effective 100% leak free longevity is your priority then choose non-breathable. If you only wear a dry suit when it’s cold and/or wet, choose non-breathable.  If you frequently have to store your kit wet, choose non-breathable. If you sail a very wet boat or capsize endlessly choose non-breathable.

For many dinghy sailors there is no clear cut right or wrong decision, and in any case, we can always fit  a replacement non-breathable upper to a breathable suit and vice-versa.

If you would like advice, please phone Andi 01234 267314

Total protection for the latex wrist seals – prevents accidental damage, approximately doubles the life of the latex wrist seals and gives a much improved watertight seal.  Neoprene and velcro adjustable design.  ( We do offer a cone type, non-adjustable design by special request, but this is not our preferred version )

A protective neoprene cone which protects the latex neck seal and makes the suit warmer by reducing wind chill.  Designed to avoid the abrasion and discomfort that can be experienced with some of the velcro adjustable designs.

Please note that this feature is not designed to be a tight fit – it will not provide any additional level of watertight seal beyond acting as a deflector.

A short dry suit zip allowing you to have a pee without the hassle of getting out of your dry suit. Fitted horizontally across the crotch area to minimise the flexing of the zip and fabric by aligning it with the natural folds of the suit when you are seated.  The zip is in a minimally stressed location and the failure rate is almost zero even in suits over ten years old.  The zip is concealed beneath a protective fabric cover. 

It is possible for women to use a comfort zip in conjunction with a “Shewee” ( funnel type thing! )  The zip is sited as low as possible in the dry suit for women.  It must be said that some women do not get along at all well with the comfort zip!!!  The Drop Seat design is the other option for women.

High contrast, high impact asymmetric two colour design.  Multi-coloured suits usually mean extra seams and early failure points. We have designed these suits to have only one additional waterproof seam in a totally unstressed part of the suit. Amazing colour contrast with no negative impact on the durability or flexibility of the suit. 

Please note:  this option is only available in non-breathable back zip dry suits.

Although a good option for SUP enthusiasts and for open canoe use, the drop seat design is not a viable option for dinghy sailing dry suits.  The stresses on the trouser seat area of the suit when hiking in a sailing dinghy make the drop seat zip a very likely early failure point and likely to cause discomfort to the wearer and damage to the boat deck.

Adjustable braces with quick release buckles and a short elasticated section for strain relief.  Braces are unnecessary for the majority of body shapes – the belt will do the same job as braces but without the hassle of getting them crossed over, twisted or wrapped around your leg etc.  Braces can be fitted at a later date if you change your mind.

If any of your body measurements fall within the “extra large” definition, a 10% surcharge is applied to the base price of the suit. ( the +10% does not apply to the cost of any optional extras – over-cuffs, over-necks, comfort zips etc ) 

Extra Large is defined as being in excess of any of the following:  6’4″   18 Stone    49″ chest, stomach or hips/bottom.