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Posted: 10/09/2009 15:43:38
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mountainpenguin wrote:

might be tempted to get one from
[web link] next time


I'm told these are pretty good (I'm contemplating replace my yellow PVC Meander with one of these at some point), and there's somewhere does them cheaper I think - I'll see if I can find the link when I get home....


Here it is : [web link]

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Posted: 10/09/2009 16:04:35
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of course anyone going to Hidden Earth will have the opportunity to see products available from other suppliers


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Posted: 11/09/2009 12:25:41
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Thinking about it, the Holloch oversuits are made by a French company, so perhaps we can persuade them to produce the "little black oversuit", to enable us to look effortlessly chic in any cave or mine Laugh

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Caving oversuits... (cleaning them)
Posted: 09/11/2010 18:30:12
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Just resurrecting this thread to ask an embarassing question.

Can you stick a Warmbac in the washing machine. My washing machine likes mud and hasn't broken down yet.

They're made out of Cordura I think so similar to Gore Tex (?) which you can wash.

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Posted: 09/11/2010 18:44:19
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Course you can bung a warmbac in the washer, I do on a regular basis, I set mine on the rince and spin cycle, works a treat. Especially if you spin twice before hanging it up to dry.

(The missus got upset 'tother weekend after a trip when I bunged all our kit in on that cycle, she was agasht because it wasn't on a 40 degree economy setting with detergent and conditioner!! - "Get over it!" sez I "Its the mine explorer setting, enough to get the dirt out and enough to keep the funky smell in!!" Laugh )

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Caving oversuits... Cleaning What?!?
Posted: 09/11/2010 18:44:44
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The best way to clean oversuits is to go to wetter mines.
Other than that an occasional rinse in a stream is the very most they need.

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Posted: 09/11/2010 18:45:54
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Ta Wormster!

RJV wrote:

The best way to clean oversuits is to go to wetter mines.


Laugh good advice Smile

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Posted: 09/11/2010 20:03:52
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I did my old Warmbac in the washer once, and I am sure it was less waterproof - reasoning - the ploymide / PU coating inside cracked really badly.

Warmbacs are a right pain to clean, mud gets ingrained in the 'course' fiber of the material.

Last years summer I splashed out for a PVC Meander, great suit and so much more waterproof and so easy to clean. Down side, I cannot see it lasting as long as the Warmbac.

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Posted: 09/11/2010 20:22:40
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If you're going to go the PVC route then Petzl/TSA is the way to go. Rather stronger than the Beaver jobbies so i'm told.

Finding one might be a bit of a problem though Roll Eyes
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Posted: 09/11/2010 20:54:31
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simonrl wrote:

Just resurrecting this thread to ask an embarassing question.

Can you stick a Warmbac in the washing machine. My washing machine likes mud and hasn't broken down yet.

They're made out of Cordura I think so similar to Gore Tex (?) which you can wash.
Mine is about 20 years old, and has given up any pretence at being waterproof. I rarely stick it in the wash, but when I have, it comes up like new!

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Posted: 09/11/2010 21:26:09
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I'm a bit confused by the turn this thread has taken. A quick rinse in a river or with a hosepipe will remove the excess dirt from a suit. After that exactly what are people hoping to achieve by sticking their suits in the washing machine? Confused

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Posted: 09/11/2010 21:41:01
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If you visit a lot of dry sweaty places, then an occasional wash is not a bad idea unless you enjoy caving solo. There are not many crystal clear streams in the South East!

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Posted: 09/11/2010 21:48:32
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RJV wrote:

I'm a bit confused by the turn this thread has taken. A quick rinse in a river or with a hosepipe will remove the excess dirt from a suit. After that exactly what are people hoping to achieve by sticking their suits in the washing machine? Confused


Satorial elegance Laugh

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Posted: 09/11/2010 22:07:43
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I just like to remind myself from time to time whether the blue bit is at the top of the bottom. It's at the bottom.

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Posted: 09/11/2010 22:10:25
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Peter Burgess wrote:

If you visit a lot of dry sweaty places, then an occasional wash is not a bad idea unless you enjoy caving solo. There are not many crystal clear streams in the South East!


I find that the sweaty furry which has invariably been left in a bin bag in the car boot for a week between trips means I don't have too worry too much about any smell which might be coming from my oversuit Sad

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Posted: 09/11/2010 22:18:19
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Here's the difference between a clean and a dirty Warmbac. There are two such suits in this picture. I am not the one wearing the clean suit!



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Posted: 09/11/2010 22:22:57
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The urge to dislodge massive piles of deads at opportune moments must have been overwhelming...

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Posted: 09/11/2010 22:23:03
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Does`nt the one in Red and Blue ,look like Michael Portilo? IP: 81.157.1.0
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Posted: 09/11/2010 22:26:04
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RJV wrote:

The urge to dislodge massive piles of deads at opportune moments must have been overwhelming...

How can you suggest such a thing? This is the man who saved the Settle and Carlisle Railway!

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Posted: 09/11/2010 22:37:22
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Alisdair Darling is lurking in the background Shocked

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