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Hi,
I’m getting wetter lately in my Pyro Pro, found a leak at the (stretch) knee section (fixed it) and after today I think there is a leak at the back or crotch also. Will hopefully find it next week.

What concerns me are the seals, getting wet there to much.. I got thin ankle and pols. So I think I got to replace them even they are still in good condition.

Are there different types and sizes available for ankle, pols and neck?
I like the do it yourself replacement of the seals, anyone experience /tips with the OR kit?
Were can I order the seals?

Regards,
Arjan


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Leaks on ankle seals are sometimes caused by clothing / underwear caught in the seal. It only takes a sliver of fleece to break the seal against your skin. I’ve seen kiters leave the ankle stirrups from fleece undergaments around thier feet and then wonder why their legs are soaked.
If this is not the problem, you can try sliding the seal further up your ankle, so it sits above the ankle joint. (lower calf). This also works well on the wrists.
If you decide to replace your seals, they come in several sizes and normally require trimming for a comfy fit. (go with the smaller size if your current seals seem loose.) OR offers do it your self replacement kits, or you can send it in for repair. We have repair setups in both North America and the EU.

For info on how to replace seals, check out the manual on the Pyro Pro page.
http://www.oceanrodeo.com/drysuits/pyro-pro

Let us know your thoughts!


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Hi Richard,
Thx for replying. I’ve checked the PDF document.
It is not the clothing issue, they are too loose (I’m too thin wink, low (but normal) BMI ), in late spring and early autumn (no shoes and gloves) I just pull the seals up high and I’m dry but I get problems with the blood flow in my feet and it hurts on the place were the seal is (it is pulled up to high on the muscle) but I’m dry.. the price is too high.. so I bought some very thin shoes (almost socks) to prevent the water getting in. I think within a few weeks we’ll have to wear gloves aswell so the water will not enter the arms any more.
So it looks like I’ll have to replace the ancle and pols seals, neck seal will follow aswell so I better get a spare neckseal (one size i guess)
Were can I find the OR seal kits and the sizes?
Are there different models available? I see bottle neck and conical shapes on internet? what are the benefits of the different types?

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Arjan


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Found this about the used seals on my Pyro Pro size MT:

Seamtite brand, (http://www.specialisedlatex.co.uk/product_listings.html)
pols: 0004 = medium
ancle: 0010 = medium/large
neck: 0050 = large

I need (I think, I’ll need to measure my pols, ancle and neck):
pols: 0005 = small
ancle: 1010 = small
neck: 0049 = medium
These seals have the same “mounting"diameter

Or are the cone shaped better?
anyone?

edit:
my “diameters”
pols= 5.2cm
ancle= 6.8cm
neck= 11.8cm


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Hmm.. So far still no seals wink ...
Are the OR Seamtite seals the heavy duty ones or not?
So who of OR can tell us all about the seals and advice us about the right sizes?
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Arjan


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Hey Arjan

I’m about to buy a new neck and wrist seals, so how did it go with your replacement? Did you figure out which model was the best fit similar the original OR seal?


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Hi RvonK,
Sorry, missed this… did you get new seals?
For similar fit just order the OR seals for the size drysuit you use (give the size to your supplier and and then you get the correct size)
I wanted the smaller size and I think OR called it the “kids” size… yes I have small ancle and wrists..
The brand used is Seamtite. And the sizes are:
pols: 0005 = small
ancle: 1010 = small
neck: 0049 = medium
These numbers are on the seals.

I’m very happy with the smaller size, in the beginning they were too tight but now perfect. I only cut one ring of the neck seal.. that was really too tight which can cause life threatening cardiac problems.. (to much pressure on the sinus carotid can cause cardiac arrest.. )
Regards
Arjan