How to Care for your Drysuit

  • By Sea Kayak Oban
  • 27 Dec, 2017
a well-looked after Kokatat Gore Tex Expedition drysuit will keep you dry and smiling for years
George Bullard and Olly Hicks landing at Balnakeil in their custom Kokatat Gore Tex Drysuits after concluding Epic Greenland to Scotland expedition

How to Put on a Drysuit

Trying on a dry suit for the first time can be awkward. An assistant who knows how a dry suit should fit would be advisable (your local dealer, a friend who paddles, etc.)

You can see our selection of drysuits in stock  from Kokatat and Peak UK

Find something to sit on- a chair or bench is better than the floor.

Remove rings, earrings, watches and other sharp objects that might tear a gasket.

Take your shoes off, step into each leg, pull suit up to waist and push feet through the dry socks.

Slide left hand all the way through the sleeve and gasket; follow with the right hand.

With both hands, grab the opening of the neck gasket and stretch the gasket a bit while ducking into the suit and up through the neck gasket (this should be one motion).

Do not pull the gasket over your head by pulling on the fabric or the base of the gasket. (Use the same care when removing.)

Then put your shoes back on before walking around: you don't want anything to damage the socks (which are not covered by warranty, by the way). Always wear footwear to protect your socks before walking around.

Olly Hicks in Kokatat Gore Tex Expedition Drysuit rinsing in fresh water during Greenland to Scotland Challenge
Washing your Drysuit

When washing, always follow sewn-in care instructions.

With dry suits and dry tops Kokatat recommends using cold water, delicate cycle, gentle liquid soap, with no bleach or harsh chemicals, and high water volume, in a front loading machine.

Rinse well (which may mean running it through a second time, inside out with no soap OR use a cold shower). Line dry.

Or just use a tub full of fresh water and rinse thoroughly, drysuit inside out, and then line dry (socks well off the ground)
Latex Gaskets Care and Repair
Latex gaskets need to be treated every 4–6 weeks to prevent drying and cracking. Kokatat recommends 303 Protectant , available here at Sea Kayak Oban.
Small tears or holes in the gasket may be repaired with Aquaseal .
Replacement neck and wrist gaskets and kits are available at Sea Kayak Oban.
Kokatat importer System X can replace gaskets for a reasonable charge. Kokatat will replace gaskets and socks on Kokatat garments only.
Kokatat Neck Tool Kit to help you replace the latex seal on your Drysuit, available at Sea Kayak Oban
Drysuit Zip Information and Care

The zipper is one of the most sensitive components of your drysuit. Treat it carefully. The most common causes of zipper leakage are failure to close the zipper firmly, or dirt in the zipper teeth or closing end.

1. Pull the zipper in a straight line, in a smooth and even motion. Avoid yanking or pulling to the side. Have another person help you if you cannot easily reach any part of the zipper. Be especially gentle in colder air and water temperatures.

2. Never force a jammed zipper. Unzip, examine the jammed point for obstruction or damage, then carefully try again. Zipping over a piece of dirt or underclothes can derail the teeth and ruin the zipper.

3. The zipper is most vulnerable to damage when you are getting in and out of your suit. Be sure the zipper is open completely, and try not to put force on the ends that could tear the zipper apart.

4. Keep sand and dirt out of the teeth and the closing end of the zipper. Clean the zipper occasionally with mild soap, water and a toothbrush. Lubricate occasionally with a light coat of paraffin, beeswax for metal tooth zippers. For plastic water tight zippers, a dab of McNett Zip Tech Semi-Solid Zipper Lubricant in the closing end improves sealing.

5. Dry suits should be stored in a clean, dry environment. Metal tooth zippers should be partially closed with the zipper slide left about 2 inches open. This will help alleviate pressure on the sealing elements. Plastic water tight zippers should be stored in the entirely closed position. Store either hanging or loosely rolled.

Broken zippers cannot be repaired but can be replaced. This work may be performed only by Kokatat at our factory or by System X the importer; if you feel your zipper has been damaged, please email us.

Gore Tex Expedition Drysuits for men and women for sale at Sea Kayak Oban
Durable Water Repellent
Durable Water Repellent (DWR) prevents liquid from building up on your garment’s outer layer which can make you feel damp and clammy (“wetting out”).
Regular wear and tear, exposure to dirt, detergents and other impurities causes DWR to wear off over time, but the good news is that it can be restored.
The effective life of the DWR depends upon how the garment is cared for, and how rigorously it is used.

The most effective way to maintain the garment’s water and stain repellency is to rinse it and let it drip dry (washing helps, and if it’s not a gasketed or a coated fabric, then it can be put in the dryer).

DWR is not what makes a garment waterproof - it’s a treatment applied to the face fabric that keeps water beading on the outer surface rather than soaking into it.
Eventually the DWR will wear out. There are many aftermarket DWR renewal treatments available in general outdoor shop, such as Grainger in the UK
Kokatat Gore Tex Women Expedition drysuit in electric blue, with drop seat and socks

If you feel as though your GORE-TEX®  or your Hydrus 3L garment is leaking, please go to Kokatat's  warranty and repairs page  or contact Sea Kayak Oban or System X. 

Your drysuit can be water tested and patched in the UK.

Kokatat Neck Gasket Replacement Kit
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Thank you for visiting us in the shop in Oban and online in 2017.
Thank you for your support.
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Delivering Christmas 

our deliveries are free over £75, this includes the whole of Scotland, Scottish Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, England and Wales, Isle of Wight and the Scilly Isles.

To deliver Christmas Royal Mail recommended these posting dates:

Thursday 16 December for our customers in Western Europe

Thursday 21 December for all UK customers

Item ordered before 12pm on Thursday 21st December are certain to be posted the same day.

Remember, our deliveries are free over £75, this includes the whole of Scotland, Scottish Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, England and Wales, Isle of Wight and the Scilly Isles.

And we are extending our returns and exchange / refund period to 15th January 2018 . (excl custom orders, books, maps and dvds)

By Cathy Wagstaff 24 Nov, 2017

Captain Liz is a surfer, writer, eco/spiritual activist, & brand ambassador for patagonia, among others, living aboard her sailboat Swell & seeking to inspire others to live their dreams!

Most people are impressed by a world traveler. But, if that doesn’t do it for you, her commitment to a goal and her ability to manifest an unconventional life is unarguably inspiring. Liz Clark is a practitioner of relentless positivity and loving kindness — which she truly thinks can change the world. She writes about her travels, conscious eating, and making a better world on her website . But, people who are interested in her life and want more are in luck. Patagonia Books asked her to write a book, Sea Kayak Oban pre-ordered it 18 months ago and now, one 100,000+ word manuscript about her voyages later, it’s happening. In April of 2018, Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening   will be available everywhere. 

By Cathy Wagstaff 14 Oct, 2017

Three demo days have been fixed for this autumn 2017 with local sea kayak clubs:

Cromarty, nr Inverness on Sunday 29th October from 10am to 1pm Winter Time (remember to set the clocks back 1 hour on Saturday night)

We will be on the grass where the road turns sharp right to run along the shore


Stonehaven Harbour on Saturday 4th November from  9.30 to 12pm


Largs Marina on Sunday 5th November from 10am to 1pm

Please contact us and let us know what sea kayaks or surf skis you would like us to bring:   

If you are looking to buy your first sea kayak and you are not certain which model, simply give us your height, weight, and if you would like a plastic or composite sea kayak.

By Cathy Wagstaff 12 Oct, 2017

Sea Kayak Oban got together with Northshore and Valley sea kayaks to offer you huge savings on this amazing Autumn Deal 2017:

10% off the current price of a brand new sea kayak.

This offer is valid on all plastic and fiberglass boats until Tuesday 31st October.

Any custom option on a fiberglass boat is additional (keel strip, custom bulkhead, Kevlar/carbon construction, alpha jewel glitter or colour, etc.) Please email us for a quote

The deadline is Tuesday 31st October to buy or place your order with Sea Kayak Oban.

Placing your order means paying 30% deposit, and the balance is due when Sea Kayak Oban collect the boat from the factory.

If you have contacted us to attend our demo day in Stonehaven Harbour on Sat 4th November, or Largs Marina on Sun 5th November, we are happy to confirm the deadline is extended to Mon 6th November 2017 for you.

Demo Days

Cromarty, nr Inverness on Sunday 29th October from 10am to 1pm

 Stonehaven Harbour on Saturday 4th November from  9.30 to 12pm

 Largs Marina on Sunday 5th November from 10am to 1pm

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Imported from the States, Kokatat prices are going up from 1st November 2017 on some items that we stock, but not all of them.

The purpose of this article is to give you the heads up on the range we carry in our shop in Oban and online .
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