YOUR SOUL BELONGS ON THE WATER!
The suit that started it all, the Soul continues to be our best selling drysuit. This is where highly refined design meets technical performance.
Built to offer you greater flexibility and customizable levels of warmth the Soul features our revolutionary Captive Zip design, giving you the ability to choose fully “dry mode” or “standby mode”.
The Soul features a 100% full dry mode, or when relaxing between sessions use “standby mode” by opening the dry zip and doffing the neck seal which can all be done while still wearing a PFD. With the over jacket then zipped up the Soul provides industry leading ventilation and protection.
- Standby or Full Drysuit mode – Captive Zip Self Entry
- German made T-zip Masterseal main dry zip
- Captive over flap jacket zip
- Outer Chest Pocket
- 420 Denier abrasion overlays at knees, buttocks and crotch
- VENTOR salt water resistant, drysuit specific waterproof breathable material
- Adjustable & removable suspenders
- Trim to fit, Polytex UV resistant seals
- Removable hood
- German made T-zip Masterseal crotch relief zip
- Jacket pockets and inside jacket stash pocket
- Large chest pocket accommodates marine radio, etc
- Available with attached Polytex UV resistant ankle seals
- Lower leg “boot cuff” overlays
- Reflective piping
Notes: 1 Captive Zip technology, patent pending.
CONSTRUCTION YOU CAN TRUST
Ocean Rodeo’s waterproof breathable three layer material “VENTOR” is designed specifically for drysuits, featuring a salt water resistant non-porous, hydrophilic polyurethane (PU) breathable membrane. These materials have enabled us to make suits that have lasted rugged adventurists for over 10 years.
(OUTSIDE *A) ABRASION LAYER:
200 Denier Nylon/Taslan with DWR finish. The tough outer fabric is coated with DWR to repel water while allowing sweat release from within your suit.
(MIDDLE *B) NON-POROUS, HYDROPHILIC
POLYURETHANE BREATHABLE MEMBRANE (PU):
VENTOR works well in both fresh and salt water environments and does not break down with extended salt water use. This is the part of the suit that keeps you dry. It allows sweat vapor out while not letting any water in.
(INSIDE *C) TRICOT: NYLON 18 DENIER TRICOT SCRIM:
The inside mesh layer helps protect the PU breathable film. This is what you are looking at inside the suit.
10,000MM H2O OR HIGHER *1
5,000-7,000 G/M2/24HRS. A1 *2
80 POINTS OR HIGHER (AFTER 20 WASH CYCLES) *3
*1 JIS L1092B, ISO 811
*2 A1 UPRIGHT CUP METHOD (JIS L1099 A1, ISO 2428, ASTM E96)
*3 JIS L1092B, ISO 4920
REACH conforming under EC edict 1907/2006
Should I rinse the suit off between sessions?
Should I hang my suit to dry?
If your suit is starting to smell, we suggest a rinse in McNett’s MiraZyme. This product is completely safe for your suit and will kill odor causing bacteria, etc.
How can I pack my suit for travel?
Your zipper is the most expensive single component on your suit and should never be folded or kinked, as this can cause permanent damage to the zipper and a costly repair!
At the end of the season, how should I store my suit?
If possible, we also encourage you to hang the suit with the zipper open in a well ventilated area rather than folding and storing in a bin or drawer.
Crucially, the seals of your suit will require some special attention. Your seals are made from a high quality, hand dipped latex which is vulnerable to oil. You can use talc or baby powder to soak up residual oils off the seals or McNett’s Seal Saver product to clean and protect your seals.
Best way to maintain my seals?
Never don or doff your suit while wearing jewelry, especially on the hands or ears. If you see a nick in your seal, be sure to repair it before it grows!
Don’t “pull” your seals on over your wrists or ankles. Use your hands to help the seals over your head, hands or feet to prevent undue stress on the seal.
At the end of each season, be sure to clean your seals with McNett’s Seal Saver or similar product to absorb excess oils left on the seal. These oils can eat away at your seal when in storage. Talc or baby powder also helps absorb these oils and can be used.
What if I tear a seal?
If the tear is too large to patch, we also sell easily applied replacement seals. These seals ship complete with a heat activated dry glue which bonds with the rubber. Replacing the seal is as simple as cutting the old seal back to approximately 3-4” remaining and bonding the new seal to the stump left behind of the old seal.
My seals are too tight - help?!
Our seals are designed to keep you dry not by being tight but by sitting smooth and flush against your skin. At no time should your seals be cutting off circulation or breathing!
If you feel your seals are too tight, you can easily adjust their size. However, 1st be sure that you’ve got the seal on such that it is smooth and flush against your skin and not folded back on itself as this will cause it to pinch.
If you still need to adjust your seals, we suggest that you 1st consider taking wine or pop bottles and stretching the wrist and ankle seals over these overnight. This will often relax the rubber significantly. You can use a medium sized kitchen pot for the neck.
As a last resort you can trim your seals to fit. Trimming the seals should be done 1-2mm (1/16th of an inch) at a time. You can see a video on seal trimming here.
Water is getting into my suit. What now?
If you’re getting wet close to the zipper (chest or groin) you’ve likely not fully closed your zipper. The zipper must be pulled fully closed such that the car is snug against the docking end of the zipper, there is a noticeable feeling when the zipper locks into place, fully closed.
If you’re getting wet around the seals, check to make sure your seals are smooth against your skin. Folds, creases or tucks will allow water to slip into the suit. Be sure as well that no thermal underlayers are trapped between your skin and the seal as this will wick water into the suit.
If your suit is not brand new, it might be time to refresh the waterproof barrier of your VentOR materials. NikWax T.X Direct spray on waterproofing will dramatically improve your suit’s breathability and waterproofness.
What if I rip or puncture the suit?
Your suit must be dry and clean prior to applying the patch. Turn the suit inside out and follow the iron on instructions to apply the patch and get back on the water quickly!
Can I wash my suit?
If your suit gets stained with something like mud or dirt you can lightly scrub the area with a light solvent such as hand soap. However, never put your suit in the washing machine or dryer!!
Longer term, you might find that your suit needs a refreshing and is starting to smell a bit ‘funky’. McNett’s MiraZyme is an excellent option to clean and deodorize your suit.
Can I refresh the waterproofing on the suit?
NikWax T.X Direct spray on waterproofing is easy to apply and will dramatically improve your suit’s breathability and waterproofness, breathing new life into your suit!
Are there any tips for zipper care?
Included with your suit is a small packet of zipper lube, this is a simple silicone lube and can be replaced with McNett’s Zip Tech if you run out. Use the zipper lube to keep the zipper moving smoothly.
If you’re zipper car gets jammed with an obstruction (fabric, hair, etc) be sure to carefully back the zipper off the obstruction, do not simply pull harder!
If you feel your zipper is leaking, be sure to check to make sure you have it fully closed by pulling hard to make sure the zipper car is snug against the docking end of the zipper. If you are still getting water seepage, apply a bead of silicone or Zip Tech lubricant to re-seal the small teeth on the zipper.
Lastly, be sure not to ever fold or kink your zipper! This can cause the zipper to leak or, worse, to fail to close at all!