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gNick

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Posted: 10/12/2013 12:44:06
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I am looking to replace my Beaver oversuit with something a bit more robust (I am getting a bit bored of repairing the seam at the waist/back junction) and I would also like to have something that is a bit less bright in colour.
A restrained green would be nice, as would several pockets.

Any suggestions?

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Posted: 10/12/2013 12:52:20
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Hmm, similarly in the market. This year I've ripped a yellow Meander clean in half & destroyed the apparently not cheap to replace zips on a Daleswear suit & a Warmbac so I'm tending towards full motorbike leathers under chainmail at the moment...

Note the east european company (name?!?) who do tackle sacks sell a variety of colours. Not sure whether they are up to the job or not, they certainly don't seem to have caught on. Twigg has one of the bags - he'll know the name.
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Posted: 10/12/2013 12:59:02
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Mudlark suits from caving supplies were darkish green (although you might want to check- I got mine 8 years ago, I assume they’re still the same) and as for how they last- it’s taken 8 years of abuse and is still going strong, although it’s not waterproof anymore!

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Posted: 10/12/2013 13:01:55
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Trashed my latest Warmbac in a year, big hole in the knee and zip exploded last week (although main culprit is the same local cave thats destroyed RJVs)

Have another Warmbac coming from Christmas, but also in the market for something a bit stronger too perhaps.

The cheap bag I have is a Bulgarian Landjoff, have had no trouble with it at all.

However absolutely no idea if the suits are any good.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/landjoff

Has one tried one of these ?
http://www.starlessriver.com/shop/oversuits/warmbac_starless_digger_oversuit
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Posted: 10/12/2013 13:36:43
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christwigg wrote:

Trashed my latest Warmbac in a year, big hole in the knee and zip exploded last week (although main culprit is the same local cave thats destroyed RJVs)

Have another Warmbac coming from Christmas, but also in the market for something a bit stronger too perhaps.

The cheap bag I have is a Bulgarian Landjoff, have had no trouble with it at all.

However absolutely no idea if the suits are any good.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/landjoff

Has one tried one of these ?
http://www.starlessriver.com/shop/oversuits/warmbac_starless_digger_oversuit


I can vouch for the Landjoff oversuit.
Better fit than my old Warmbac, has natty little adjustable braces inside which actually help. Price is reasonable, seems to be lasting really well, comes with a repair patch which would be big enough to replace a whole arm if required. All Velcro front fastening so no more jammed zips. Velcro wrist cuffs. Washed in cold water in the washing machine it doesn't shrink....more than could be said for the Warmbac Laugh
Downsides? Only one internal pocket which although big (big enough for my Fuji bridge-size camera!) is inconvenient as you need to rip open the collar to access it. The leg cuffs are a tight fit around wellies, a bit too tight but that helps prevent water ingress but also make emptying of the wellies slower. All in all I'm happy with it.

EDIT: Mine is red, but they do blue and green too. The flyer that came with it said that other colours were available. No extra charge but longer delivery time.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 15:24:15
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Another vote here for the Landjoff, mine's held up to two years of thrutching round the grot-holes of Derbyshire. Go for the extra-reinforced version, and if you want more pockets, contact Dennis Jump at Jumpsuits and he'll be able to sort it for you.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 17:40:49
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Starless River do a warmbac in blue: http://www.starlessriver.com/shop/oversuits/warmbac_starless_digger_oversuit IP: 95.147.250.168
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Posted: 10/12/2013 17:55:23
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Would like to see one of those Warmbac's in the flesh as they don't look particularly tough in any of the pictures.

Meander seem to let you pick the colours on some of their suits. Good job really cos their choice is plainly ******* awful!

http://eshop.meander.sk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=298&category_id=18&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&lang=en

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Posted: 10/12/2013 19:39:22
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The problem which has stopped me buying an oversuit is that I have yet to see someone who does not look like they are wearing their dad's clothes (aged about 6) IP: 92.29.170.247
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Posted: 10/12/2013 19:53:53
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Yikes. That outfit would even get you thrown out of a Merry Pranksters' Acid Test! Frightening. I've been admiring AR's suit from afar actually, as it does look the business, and that one is black, for total stealth mode. Not so good if you need rescuing, I guess, and your lights have run out Wink

In the interests of science, I did ask Dennis how much a Kevlar suit might cost, and he said he'd look into it - I might bother him again on that. Would be an interesting prototype, and you may only need one for evermore, even if it's a couple of hundred upfront.

I also sent him some braided Spectra fishing line, as a test for super-abrasion-resistant stitching thread (though I was a bit concerned it might not be limp enough for sewing machines), so I'll ask him if he's had chance to test it yet.
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Posted: 11/12/2013 20:52:11
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What about a pink outfit! Actually would look nice against a back drop of Cwmorthin slate Wink



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Posted: 11/12/2013 20:54:15
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RJV wrote:

Meander seem to let you pick the colours on some of their suits. Good job really cos their choice is plainly ******* awful!


My eyes!!
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Posted: 11/12/2013 23:47:47
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Oh I don't know, its growing on me. You'd look like some sort of tin-pot superhero wearing it which can't be a bad thing. Probably.

You could spend your life leaping out in front of people whilst bellowing the Mighty Mouse song... Bored
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Posted: 12/12/2013 08:33:59
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I'm getting a mental picture of you going underground in Tron-guy kit now.....

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Not sure about Tron but his 'The Joy of Sex' hair-do must be due a comeback... Blink IP: 82.19.131.200 Edited: 12/12/2013 12:23:59 by RJV
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Posted: 12/12/2013 19:56:34
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Drillbilly. wrote:

The problem which has stopped me buying an oversuit is that I have yet to see someone who does not look like they are wearing their dad's clothes (aged about 6)


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Posted: 12/12/2013 20:30:29
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I am honestly yet to see the need for one of these?

I know someone who uses them, and spends extra time gearing up etc, I cant say I have been anywhere, even on all day cold, wet trips, that a boiler suit and some proper clothes underneath hasnt sufficed, and when I get out its 10 minuts and job done!

Also if i rip it im not upset!
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Posted: 12/12/2013 20:47:22
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A boiler suit costs 20 quid or so and can and will rip apart in its first trip given the opportunity.
An oversuit costs about 90 quid and one way or another, you should get a years worth of trips out of it.

For trips where you're in and out of deep water, an oversuit will shed excess water quickly, a boiler suit will soak it up like a cold, clarty sponge.

If you're spending a lot of time lying in sloppy mud an oversuit will help keep it off your body.

Probably loads of other reasons too.

Not sure why people get so hung up about them, they are designed for and serve a purpose which is caving (& by association, the muckier, wetter branches of mine-exploring).
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Posted: 12/12/2013 21:07:44
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I used to have a rather nice Daleswear oversuit in black. Whether they still do them is another matter. IP: 86.143.229.244
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Posted: 12/12/2013 23:13:33
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When I went in the Daleswear shop in Ingleton to get one a couple years or so ago they had to rummage around in the back to find one.

Had the impression that they weren't making them anymore and were down to the last few. Which would be a shame if correct as they seem tougher than Warmbacs.

Their website used to be terrible. Don't know if its got any better.
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