I have a brand new winter wetsuit (a brand's top of the range, spent £260 at bargain price) which I bought last October. Since then I've been in water probably 2x week, 2hrs each session. This is overall average so sometimes I'd be in everyday for a week, sometimes just once or twice a month.
I look after my suit properly, as advised on the wetsuit. I use the garden bucket to get out of the suit, I don't stomp it. I rinse it 2x with fresh water at the earliest opportunity post-surf (from 10min to 1hr). Once in a while I dunk it in freshwater with VERY light detergent (as instructed on the suit...) 10min or so. And rinse it with freshwater again. I hung dry folded at the waist and flip it inside out after overnight of hand drying. I think I'm doing the right things, or am I not?
It's now June (8months later and I'm still using this winter wetsuit, seriously what is wrong with the weather...), and the wetsuit is starting to show some blemishing.
- The rubber tapes of the knee pads on the inside is peeling off like an inch or so and flapping about. Both knees. They will easily peal of if lightly pulled.
- The neck collar stitchings are still intact but can definitely see that the neoprene are stretched around the stitching and letting water in. Not gushing though.
- Liquid taping glue is "leaking"? throughout the suit, especially the inside. What I mean by leaking is that I can see the outline of where the glue was applied initially along the stitching and liquid taping. This is probably due to the neoprene being stretched out of the place.
- No nicks or holes, but loose threads there and there, especially around the chest zip entry.
I understand that I've been using this wetsuit for 8 months, which is probably nearing to 2x seasons worth of usage? I'm not so sure if this is what I should expect as inevitable "wear and tear" or something I should contact the company... Compared to the budget winter suit (could hardly move in it...) the deterioration is noticeable.
Another point that's making me hesitant to contact the company is what are they going to do about it? Will they send it for repair (and how would they repair it)? Surely they won't give me a new wetsuit are they?!
What do yo think?
I'm prepared to be told off that I'm being picky. It's been bugging me for a while so I'm ready to be put into shame. But what if I'm not?