I have been using a Sweet Protection Shadrach dry top for the last couple of years when it gets a little warm for a full dry suit. It has served me well has stood up to the test of time. For 2014 Sweet protection have released the new Supernova dry top and thanks to the guys at Sweet I have been able to give one of the new Supernova dry tops in Gunmetal blue a good test for review here.
Now I must start off with the fact that Sweet kit is pretty expensive. The Goretex Pro shell Supernova retails at a huge £399. Now that this is out in the open and out of the way lets consider what you are getting for your hard earned cash.
A few weeks ago the new Sweet Protection Supernova dry top arrived at Unsponsored HQ.
There is a great deal happening behinds the scenes at Unsponsored HQ. Lots of developments and some huge news for later in the summer.
Lots of paddling kit is currently in for review including some kit from Sweet. This includes:
The new Supernova Dry Top, Shambala Shorts and the Jail Break Jacket.
I also have one of Astral’s Limited Edition Hawkeye Greenjacket PFDs that is being put through its paces, and loads of new GoPro accessories. So…busy times!
You can always tell when a new product is on its way when the manufacturer starts to update their website. Sweet Protection have done just this over the last couple of days.
The Intergalactic drysuit which I tested last year is now up and will be available shortly. In addition they also have some details on the new Supernova dry top.
If the Sweet Intergalactic isn’t your thing how about the Supernova dry top. This looks like a superb dry top from my friends at Sweet Protection.
It’s hit the time of year here in the UK that it is time to put the drysuit away and dig the shorts out. It’s been a long and wet winter/spring so the kit has taken a fair bit of abuse.
I’m currently the proud owner of a Palm Spark Surface Immersion suit. When I say proud I mean it. However you need to look after your gear if you want it to last as long as possible. Leaving good gear in a damp state in the back of the car or in the bottom of a gear bag is not going to help it survive.
The suit has been a superb choice and has served me well over the last year+. It’s now time to get it ready for storage.
The old current kit topics on the forum were always popular, so I thought I’d give you all an update of my current kit.
Buying new kit is an expensive business. But by following a few easy guidelines you can help keep your kit in good condition which will keep you dry and save you some cash along the way.
A number of simple things can be done that are’t difficult or expensive but can add years onto the life of your kit.
The Immersion Research Comp LX drycag is based upon the cut of the LX cag. The main difference being that the LX includes a latex neck seal and 4 layer breathable fabric by Entrant. This is the same material that is used in the Double D drysuit.
I have owned numerous cags, semi-dry cags, dry cags and dry suits over the years. Neoprene seals, latex seals – all have been tried and tested for years and in reality none have ever been 100% dry.
At the end of the day I believe that it’s all relative, if the cag fits right and the seals are constructed or even trimmed to give a good water tight seal you will only ever minimise the chance of water finding its way inside. In some cases the amount of water entering the cag is so small it is virtually dry, but will never be totally dry.