Wetsuit drying location

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by GnarActually, May 2, 2011.

  1. GnarActually

    GnarActually Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    Been meaning to ask this for sometime, since I never really found the best method to do this.

    The past few years I've been hanging my wet wetsuits in my bathroom to dry - I never leave wetsuits outside to dry since the sun kills the flexiness of the neoprene and the sun tampers with the seams.

    Now, I don't have my own bathroom, yet all i have is my bedroom and an old garage. Whats the least stinky, cleanest, method that you guys found to hang the ol' wetty, and where do you dry them?
    I have yet to perfect this talent, and i need to next year when I'm going to have wet wetsuits in my college dorm..
  2. Rez

    Rez Active Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    I'm by no means an expert on wetsuit drying, but I'll give this a go.

    This past winter depending on the air temp and cloud cover I would let my suit air dry in the shade after a quick rinse, the little lady did not like the idea of bring my sandy ass through the house to rinse in the shower. Once an hr or so passed and most of the water had run off I would take my suit fold it over a plastic hanger with a towel doubled up around it and hand it in the garage. I'd also hang a second towel over it to kinda draw out the water a bit. Seemed to work o.k. and the suit doesn't stink.

    Now that spring is here and summer is around the corner, I'll let my 4/3 air dry outside in the shade for while before bringing it in and folding it over the hanger with the towel.

  3. henryk

    henryk Well-Known Member

    Aug 29, 2010
    I just leave mine in the porch where the sun doesn't hit.
  4. 908 surfer

    908 surfer Active Member

    Nov 24, 2009
    I usually just drape mine over the deck for a few hours and flip it then let it hang in my garage and let the boots and gloves just air out on the groung... My buddy has something called a hang goose and the thing is excellent. It has a spot for wet suit, boots and gloves. Dries like a champ indoor or out. I would recommend it to anyone... http://www.hanggoose.com/ check it out!
  5. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    yea i never really saw a need for all the fancy approaches to drying a wetsuit with the multiple towels and hang gooses and all. Come home, rinse with water, hang in the shade on a plastic hanger, hope i'm lucky enough to be surfing again before the suit is completely dry.
  6. njsurfer42

    njsurfer42 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    i'm kinda w/ scotty...but my gf bought me a hang goose for xmas last year & the thing has been a god send. i'm pretty sure my suits dry faster now, esp. if they're outside (in the shade, of course). when they're inside, they dry in our laundry room. that way, if they end up stinky (it happens), it's not such a big deal. stinky laundry room=ok w/ gf. stinky bathroom=unhappy gf=unhappy njsurfer42.
  7. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    In the winter, when the outdoor shower is turned off, I pull off the wetsuit inside out, and rinse in the inside shower. Then I hang on a hanger hung on the shower head to drip overnight. Next day, once it's stopped dripping, I hang it in front of a radiator where a gentle warmth dries it out completely. In the spring and fall, I rinse it in the outdoor shower, then do what 908 does and drape it over the shower wall. Flip it after a few hours, then put it on a hanger and hang it inside or in the shade to dry completely. No matter what, inside or outside... and this is the important part... turn it right side out to get rid of any dampness that's left. It's important to let your boots drip out upside down, then turn them right side up to dry. Same with gloves... upside down to drip out, then open end up to dry.

    Contrary to popular belief, you CAN hang your wetsuit in the sun for an hour or tww. Not all day, but for an hour or two to kill any bacteria that it's exposed to.
  8. wesman944

    wesman944 Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2008
  9. GnarActually

    GnarActually Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    I have it. its awesome... I just don't have anywhere to use it..which is the point of my question.

    The hangair will dry a 5/4/3 over night almost completely (it dries from inside out witch is nice) and the outside is just barley damp. I don't use it on my 3/2 because it will stretch out the collar.

    MATT JOHNSON Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    inside out on a plastic hanger in you garage is what I would do put a fan by it and I could speed things up . I just hang mine on a hanger in the shower in the winter and in the clothes line in the spring/ summer
  11. ginsumagic

    ginsumagic Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2009
    I stuck gatorade bottles over the ends of big plastic suit hangers, duct taped them on and put drain holes in them, cheap solution to an expensive wetsuit hanger. It allows better air flow and distributes the weight on the shoulders better. Once the heavy dripping stops I hang it in a door way with a towel on the floor and a small fan blowing on it to speed the dry time.

    I'm going to work on a homemade "wetsuit dryer" very soon, let you know how it comes out.
  12. pierpit1

    pierpit1 Active Member

    Jul 14, 2010
    maybe a little overkill but i hate a damp suit in the winter so rinse it in a big tupperware container. drip dry on a plastic hanger from a pullup bar hanging in the garage ceiling. once majority of water is done dripping i put a cheap window fan i bought at goodwill horizontally under the suit to blow air up through leg holes i put boots gloves under neath fan. its all bone dry next morning even in a 50deg garage. $5 for fan alot cheaper than that fancy hanger although im sure that prob works well, the fan moves so much air it dries it all really fast. supposedly ur seams last longer the faster ur suit dries too
  13. padleout

    padleout New Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    put a fan right under it and it'll dry a lot faster.
  14. bushwood

    bushwood Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2010
    I have a 4/3 mutant that I hang up for a few hours in the shade/garage, then I will hang it out in the sun for like 30 minutes a side to dry the fleece lining stuff. Its pretty dry after that. Now my excel drylock booties are a diffrent story, i hnag them up to dry put them in the sun for 30 minutes and they take forever, my quiksilver cypher gloves do as well. ANything with the fleece linning stuff in them seems to take a while to dry.
  15. McLovin

    McLovin Well-Known Member

    Jun 27, 2010
    I flush my suit and dry it in the patio inside-out as soon as I get home. Then when it stops dripping I take it indoors. I actually just lay it on my bike rack, where it can spread out and all areas of the suit is exposed to dry overnight.
    When it’s outside I keep it in the sun for not more than 20 minutes each side. I’ve been doing this to my 3/2 the last 3 years and it’s still in good shape.
  16. rDJ

    rDJ Well-Known Member

    Jul 23, 2007
    It's pricey, but totally worth it, especially in the winter. If you hate pulling on a cold wet wetsuit when trying to do two sessions in a day, the Hangair can dry your suit in a few hours. It also dries it quick enough to prevent any funk from growing in your suit and making it smelly. Now I just need one for my boots and gloves. I could kill a small animal with the smell from those.
  17. wontonwonton

    wontonwonton Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2007
    Hung inside out over something for a few hours after a cool water rinseout. Definitely cool water shower untill I get the thing off and rinsed off.

    Then I put it on one of those wetsuit hangers right side out. Black hangers that the suit hangs by in the shops. Plasitc and a lil wider so it distributes the weight and doesnt screw up the shoulders. Dries in 8 hrs.

    If I get out of the water at dark, Its dry in the morning for a DP for the hooded 5/4/3 or 4/3. Boots and gloves dont dry well. Suck it up.
  18. Alvin

    Alvin Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    I take it off so its inside out after rinsing the outside after a session with a solar shower. Rinse it when I get to the shower. Fresh water dries faster than ocean water. Squeeze by hand to get out the excess. No wringing however. Hang dry it in the porch and with a fan if I need it quick before the next day. This time of year if I'm camping I can hang dry it oudoors near my tent and all the wind this time of year dries it very quickly
    Last edited: May 5, 2011
  19. clandel

    clandel Member

    Jun 7, 2010
    I rinse mine in a plastic storage tub outside in the summer and in the laundry sink in the winter. Hang it up on a plastic hanger (one of those wide one for jackets or suit coats) either in the garage (non-heated) when warm or in the basement in the winter. You can just put the plastic storage tub underneath to catch the drippings. If you are in a dorm or the like, you can rinse the sand off before you get home and then rinse well in the bathtub or shower once there. Toss the wet wetsuit back into the tub to haul it to its eventual hanging spot.

    I like the idea of kludging up a hanger to make it wider for faster drying. Thanks!

    I put my booties over pieces of pvc pipe to increase air circulation inside. A buddy of mine once did the same thing but forced air through the pipe for fast drying. Gloves go inside out in the sun or on the radiator in the winter.

    BTW a solution for donning the cold clammy wet wetsuit--bring along a jug of hot water and apply some to the inside of the suit, either before donning or pour some down the neck afterwards. Bliss on a cold morning!