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Argonaut Drysuit FAQs

Frequent questions about the Argonaut Drysuit range.

What’s the difference between the Flex and Hybrid suits?
The Flex material is made up of three substantial layers – two layers of very durable fabric with a rubber membrane in the middle. The Hybrid suit uses both Flex fabric (lower half of suit) and Kevlar fabric (upper half of suit). The Kevlar material is also very durable, constructed with a Kevlar outer layer with a breathable membrane. Inside, a light-weight fabric is laminated to the material to protect the coating. The Hybrid offers divers the best of both worlds with a durable Flex lower half, which has a small amount flexibility in the fabric and a tough, light-weight and breathable Kevlar upper half. The approximate weight of the Flex material is 450g/m2 and the Kevlar is 300g/m2.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of the wrist seal options?
Latex seals are the most common drysuit seals as they are very durable and generally inexpensive to repair or replace, however some people can find them uncomfortable or may have a Latex allergy. Neoprene seals are considered by many divers to be more comfortable and more durable but they can stretch with use. They are also not suitable for those with a neoprene allergy. Si-Tech seals appeal to divers who require quick and easy seal changes. However the systems makes the wrist and neck apertures slightly wider and therefore are not suited to everyone.
Which drysuit boot is best for me?
The Standard dry-boot is the more rigid of the two dry-boot options, well suited for shore-entry dives. The Tech dry-boot has less vulcanised rubber, making it lighter-weight and more flexible. This is particularly suited to technical divers doing more complex finning.
What is meant by adjustments?
We offer our men’s and women’s Argonauts in a wide range of stock sizes, which will fit most people. Each size comes in a Standard, Short or Tall option. In addition to this, the arm and leg lengths of the suit can be adjusted by adding or removing up to 5cm off the arm and leg lengths to achieve a better fit. These adjustments are included in the price, so you won’t pay any extra.
What if I don’t fit in a standard size?
We know that people come in many shapes and sizes and if your measurements put you in Made to Measure territory there is an additional fee and our in-house pattern technician will create a tailor-made garment pattern for your drysuit. Please allow a little extra time for this service.
What undersuit(s) should I wear with my Argonaut?
This depends on the sort of diving you will be doing. Our undersuits cover all sorts of diving from tropical waters to sub-zero climates. The Argonaut drysuit is sized to allow the wearer to wear a Halo 3D undersuit with a baselayer such as the J2 or Drybase.

IMPORTANT: If you are planning on wearing significantly more or less than this, please let us know so we can take your layers in to consideration.
What are the 4 types of order status?
Order received - We have received your order and are just making a few final checks to make sure we have all the information we need before your suit goes in to production.

In production - Your suit is being made! This step takes the longest, so please be patient. Each suit is cut, sewn and constructed to order, so sit tight, it’s under way.

Quality Control - This is where we carefully check over each and every suit to ensure it meets our high standards. Components are checked thoroughly and various goodies are added.

Dispatched - Your Argonaut is on its way to your dealer/dive shop! You can expect to hear from them very soon.
What are the 6 types of returns order status?
Returns request placed - We have received your returns request. We aim to respond to you with within 3 working days. Please wait to hear from us – we’ll be in touch to advise the next step.

Returns request accepted - We have reviewed your returns request and will contact you shortly to tell you where to send the drysuit, and what we’ll do to get your suit fixed.

Return Received - We’ve received your Argonaut return – this is for your piece of mind and assurance your suit hasn’t got lost on its way to us.

Suit sent for repair - You suit is currently undergoing repair works. Wherever possible we will provide you with as much information as possible regarding your drysuit return, such as where the repair works are taking place and how long it will be.

Suit back from repair - Your suit is back with fourth element. We visually inspect every return to ensure the repair works are up to scratch. We’ll be in contact with you to arrange getting the suit back to you, at a time most suitable for you.

Dispatched - Your repaired suit is on its way back to you. Wherever possible we will provide you with tracking information.
How should I best take care of my Argonaut drysuit?
The drysuit should be washed in clean, cold water after each dive. Mud and dirt can be cleaned off using a non-abrasive sponge and gentle soap and hung to air dry. It is best to keep the suit out of direct sunlight whenever possible. The zip should also be carefully cleaned after each dive to ensure there is no sand or dirt that could get trapped in the teeth. Zip lube should be applied at least every 5 dives to keep the zip running smoothly. Never put your suit in the washing machine.

Important: If you have used the Argonaut drysuit in a swimming pool or exposed it to chlorine it is vital that the YKK Aquaseal zip and surrounding area is cleaned thoroughly after use. Please take care to ensure all parts of the zip are well rinsed, as any chlorine residue may degrade the zip. It is good practice to take extra time and care to clean the drysuit after any exposure to chlorine.

For more information you can download the Argonaut handbook here.

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