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Is a Pee Valve worth it?

Discussion in 'Dry Suits' started by Graysyid, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. JohnL

    JohnL Well-Known Member

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    Despite advice against on the forum, I bought a crushed neoprene suit - I don't regret it as much than if I'd bought a neoprene, but I think laminate would be better.
     
  2. Vanny

    Vanny Active Member

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    I’m biased cos I love my O3.

    Their p valves are good , I’ve got the advanced version. I wouldn’t hesitate.

    Depending on the suit I’d probably get 2 Velcro pockets from the get go if you want to future proof.
     
  3. Tribal Chestnut

    Tribal Chestnut Well-Known Member
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    My Halcyon P-valve flows a lot more freely than my O3. I believe the Light Monkey one is the same as Halcyon, but cheaper.

    Regarding pockets, those on my O3 suit are quite small - I can get a spool and medium sized DSMB in one, but not much else. If you’re wedded to O3 make sure that you have large pockets fitted.
     
  4. timmyg

    timmyg Super Moderator
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    Ive has my O’Three for nearly 8 years & it’s been a great suit, if not more like Triggers Broom now.

    In terms of pockets, I have one of the standard size ones each side.
    Left-2m DSMB & 30m spool, wetnotes
    Right-1m DSMB & 30m spool, 50m distance/emergency spoil, spare mask.
    All on bungee no problems.

    In terms of the p valve, I didn’t get one fitted until about 3 years down the line. Would never buy a suit without one now.

    Next suit will be an Otter. I’d buy another O’Three in an instant but want a front entry next time.


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  5. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    Yes, front entry FTW.

    Rear entry is just a bloody nuisance. Sure, use your buddy to open it -- if they're around...
     
  6. Vanny

    Vanny Active Member

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    O3 front entry is an option. Apparently.
     
  7. nickb

    nickb Active Member

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    The last time I tried on a front-loading O3 suit was back in 2013 and it didn't 'telescope', which made it very difficult to get into. I don't know if they've changed since then but I imagine that the thick material, even with the 1mm suit), wouldn't lend itself to doing so easily.
     
  8. Graysyid

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    Yeah I was looking at either the RI2 -100 or the RI1-100. I was considering Tri-laminate, but was worried about tears. Not exactly tech dive level yet
     
  9. Graysyid

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    Yeah I was looking at either the RI2 -100 or the RI1-100. I was considering Tri-laminate, but was worried about tears. Not exactly tech dive level yet
     
  10. nickb

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    What do you imagine you'll be doing that would tear a suit?

    I regularly squeeze in and out of wrecks but have never torn a drysuit. I've put a few puncture holes in both neoprene and membrane suits. Patching the latter is always easier and quicker.

    The only advantage I know of that a neoprene suit can offer is more insulation but that can be made-up by better undersuit layering with a membrane.

    The disadvantages include: harder to don & doff, more weight, longer drying times, harder to find leaks, fewer customisation options. Travelling with them is a ballache.
     
  11. Graysyid

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    I was looking at the RI 1-100, get so many conflicting recommendations on what to get. I'm treating the Mrs to a weekend in Dorset (to visit O3), so will try it on and see if they can do front entry, with a pee valve and large pockets. At the end of the day if i don't feel comfortable, she can't say I don't take her anywhere and I'll continue looking at membranes.
     
  12. Tribal Chestnut

    Tribal Chestnut Well-Known Member
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    Don’t make you’re mind up until you’ve tried a membrane too.

    Maybe pop into DIRDirect as I believe they are not too far from O3 and probably have a good range.
     
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