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  1. #21
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    another option if you have gear that doesn't let in any/much water is to skip rinsing with fresh water. My drylock stuff gets wetter when I rinse it out. I personally don't find that gear lasts any longer by rinsing it with fresh water (contrary to the wetsuit industry's claims). An occasional rinse will keep away sand buildup though.

  2. #22
    just buy rip curls "Piss Off" wetsuit shampoo. just use it once every 2 weeks or whatever and it will clean it and take care of the smell. it only costs like $8

  3. #23

    I'm the other guys buddy from work. This thing works!

    Quote Originally Posted by borguetaa View Post
    I just recently built my own boot dryer. Very simple. Made a box out of spare 1/2 inch plywood. About 6 inches X 24 inches by 16 inches. I then bought a cheap bathroom exhaust fan from the Home Depot ($13) and installed it in the box. Drilled four holes in the top of the box put 2 small sections of PVC in 2 of the holes for my gloves and 2 thicker PVC pipes (still not very thick) for my boots. Ran the cord out of a whole I drilled. Caulked the whole thing air tight.

    The thing dries my stuff in about four hours or less. Never gets hot because it is simply an exhaust fan. The whole project probably cost me about $25.

    I'm the other guy's buddy from work. This thing totally works.

  4. #24
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    Just hold your boots and gloves up to your car heater right before you go out. That's if you drive to your shred spot. Cold, wet boots and gloves builds character. Good Lord by the time you dry your rubber and press your steamer(ha that's for you Australians out there) the swell will have dropped.

    As for the smell.......embrace it. Make your car stink. Scare non-surfing friends and family. Leave them wet boots right in the trunk or back of your vehicle. Let them fester. Nothing says, to your investment banker friends, "Hey look I am a sub-culture surf dude," better than a boot-rot smelling car.

    Oh since BODYGLOVE is a sponsor I would like to inform them that they messed up a pair of boots I bought some time ago. They lasted FOREVER.......Man, boots and especially gloves are produced to rip, tear and get holes in them in like one to three months. Never fails......except for this pair of five mil booties I got from BODYGLOVE. Man they lasted a long time......like forever. That's BODYGLOVE.

  5. #25
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    yet another option...try the new Flashbomb line from Rip Curl. They apparently dry pretty fast.

  6. #26

    DryGuy really does work

    If you can spare the cash, the dry guy really does work. You can normally dry the gloves without using it by turning them inside out, but booties are hard to do this too and relentless in their stink. I've never had trouble with neoprene drying out, but I'm from the PNW where everything is moist.

  7. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by borguetaa View Post
    I just recently built my own boot dryer. Very simple. Made a box out of spare 1/2 inch plywood. About 6 inches X 24 inches by 16 inches. I then bought a cheap bathroom exhaust fan from the Home Depot ($13) and installed it in the box. Drilled four holes in the top of the box put 2 small sections of PVC in 2 of the holes for my gloves and 2 thicker PVC pipes (still not very thick) for my boots. Ran the cord out of a whole I drilled. Caulked the whole thing air tight.

    The thing dries my stuff in about four hours or less. Never gets hot because it is simply an exhaust fan. The whole project probably cost me about $25.
    Now THAT's the DIY spirit I love.
    Last edited by LBCrew; Jan 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM.

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by borguetaa View Post
    I just recently built my own boot dryer. Very simple. Made a box out of spare 1/2 inch plywood. About 6 inches X 24 inches by 16 inches. I then bought a cheap bathroom exhaust fan from the Home Depot ($13) and installed it in the box. Drilled four holes in the top of the box put 2 small sections of PVC in 2 of the holes for my gloves and 2 thicker PVC pipes (still not very thick) for my boots. Ran the cord out of a whole I drilled. Caulked the whole thing air tight.

    The thing dries my stuff in about four hours or less. Never gets hot because it is simply an exhaust fan. The whole project probably cost me about $25.
    Would you mind posting a picture of it?

  9. #29

    Drier design

    I'm trying to attach photo. We'll see if it works. The demensions are 8x12x24
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  10. #30
    I agree. Ha Ha
    Quote Originally Posted by wbsurfer View Post
    but peeing in the suit is the best part of surfing in the dead of winter.