Caring for your Gear

Swimming is a not too expensive sport and with some care and attention your gear will last you well. Of course, if you like shiny new things, we can help with that.

In the meantime follow these straightforward tips to make sure that you get the best out of your equipment investment.

Goggles

These important items help you see where you’re going for the most expedient route, so do look after them!

  • Always rinse them in clean water when your done and never touch the insides (or spit or use anything inside – it destroys the antifog)
  • Don’t store them in a hot car and store in breathable case so they don’t sweat.

Check out our goggle care tips.…

Wetsuit

It gives you speed, buoyancy, protection and more – so look after it.  Some simple care tips, if followed, will help prolong the life of your suit:

Do:

  • Pull on your suit using smaller movements – just like putting on compression garments or tights , small movements of 5 -10cm at a time work best – dragging the fabric to the thigh from the ankle won’t work
  • Rinse your suit in clean water and dry thoroughly after each use to prevent build-up of bacteria and keep the suit in good condition.
  • For drying and storage – hanging on a wide shouldered coat hanger (such as a suit hanger) is ideal. Do not store rolled up or folded in bag for long periods. A mesh bag is great for transporting – pop it inside your transition bag and you’ll have everything in one place.
  • Minimise nail nicks and cuts most commonly caused by sharp nails – yours or other peoples. These little half-moon shaped cuts can be minimised with the use of gloves (latex or nitrile coated gardening gloves are great) and short filed nails. Neoprene needs an external force for cuts and tears to occur – so avoid exposure to sharp objects…. (sorry, nail nicks aren’t covered by your warranty, but we’ve got some tips on our site for repairing small ones and keeping that suit in great condition for longer.
  • Avoid rough/sharp surfaces such as rocks and rough concrete which can cause scratches and cuts. Rough stubble on a man’s beard can be abrasive too.
  • Choose your anti chafe lubricant carefully. We recommend an approved lubricant such as Body Glide®, Tri Slide® or Suit Juice® – nothing with petroleum as an ingredient (such as Vaseline®) should be used as it eats into the neoprene over time. Chafing can happen with any brand of wetsuit, and generally occurs if your suit is too big or commonly around the neck area.  Relief and healing may be assisted with the application of topical remedies such as Pawpaw ointment.
  • Choose the right suit for your current size and note they will give up to 5% over time. Our sizing charts are pretty accurate and we’re happy to help guide you.
  • Those suffering from extreme fears of claustrophobia, or if the suit is particularly tight around the neck (restricting circulation), or over sixty; then you may wish to consider a size larger than suggested. As we age, the extra “give” will aid in ease of getting in and out of the wetsuit; and lessen pressure around the chest area.

Don’t:

  • Swim in chlorine – it kills the delicate material of your suit.
  • Don’t use petroleum-based products (such as Vaseline®) as these have chemicals that can cause disintegration of the suit fabric and the glue used to construct the suit.
  • Minimise exposure to sunscreen which can have a similar impact. Our advice is to apply your sunscreen well in advance and allowing it to dry on your skin before putting on your wetsuit. Sunscreen works better when it is absorbed into the skin – ideally apply at least 20mins before exposure.
  • Leave exposed to the elements such as extreme heat (like leaving it in the car) or in direct sunshine (dry it out of the sun)

A little time and care invested here will keep your gear swimming with you for longer.

Most important on the list – is do enjoy being part of the blueseventy® legacy… and happy swimming!

blueseventy.co.nz

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