Richard295 wrote: As an aside you will permanently damage a latex gasket by trying to stretch it out. If it is too tight, then trim the gasket length slightly to fiacilitate a more comfortable fit.
Paddling Regression wrote:Richard295 wrote: As an aside you will permanently damage a latex gasket by trying to stretch it out. If it is too tight, then trim the gasket length slightly to fiacilitate a more comfortable fit.
I'll call bs on that one. Stretch that sucker over a traffic cone, basketball, pasta pot, whatever, just be careful doing it that you don't nick it in any way. I've stretched EVERY neck gasket on the 3 drytops and 2 dry suits I've had over the last 17 years of kayaking and have never once ended up with a permanently damaged gasket as a result. In general I get 3-4 seasons out of a neck gasket and have yet to need to replace any wrist gaskets. (these too have sometimes been stretched) My current neck gasket on my dry suit is starting it's 4th season and it spent 2 weeks straight stretched over an All Clad pasta pot before finely being remotely comfortable. For reference most of those drytops would get 60+ days a season on them. I've found the key is to not get crazy with the 303. It can be a case of too much of a good thing with 303 for sure. I use it once a season. Typically at the end of the season.
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