When you use your home made wetsuit always take a tin of glue with you to the cave in which you wish to wear it in.In the 70s when we made our own we often had to glue them together after putting them on before a trip commenced. Happy days, thank God for flurries and vortex.
My father made his own wetsuit from a mail-order kit back in the 70s. I remember seeing the pattern/instructions that came with the suit with some old caving literature in the attic about 10 years back. Might still be there, but I've no way of getting at it till the end of July...
I googled Aquaquipment, and got the following thread - Pitlamp, did you ever get around to making that suit?
I'm a bit concerned for Pitlamp - it's been well over two hours now. Are you stuck? Or just frantically trying to dye the new blond highlights out
Had a chat with the father over the phone just now and he told me that the wetsuit kit came with all the pieces pre-cut. You got given a list of measurements to take, which you sent off, and then the wetsuit company did all the cutting. So you just had to do the assembly. So the old instructions in the attic are probably just that, assembly instructions, and not a pattern.
I could never really understand why unperfumed talcum powder was always more expensive than the smelly stuff.
I just found that the price of the Oliain wetsuit from Decathlon has changed from £129-99 to £199-99. I think they're manufactured in France, so this is probably the fault of all those people who were conned into voting for Brexit. Having said that, I've caved (and cave dived, in combination with other neoprene garments) a lot in the suit since I bought it and I do like it, so I'd be tempted to fork out even this much for a replacement. Some of the very similar competition would set you back >£300 if you were daft enough to spend that much on something that may not last too long if caving seriously in it.Incidentally Decathlon does also sell what looks like an equivalent Oliain 4 mm / 3 mm suit but with a back zip for only £69-99. (I don't get on with back zips though.)
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