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Surf top wrist seals too tight

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Has anyone cut or otherwise adjusted wrist seals on a surf top. I have a stormr surf top that is way too tight on my wrists. I realize that cutting them down to make the opening wider may result in some water coming in but I am willing to accept that trade off to make it easier to get the top off.

 

I heard somewhere that you can cut down the seals 1/4 inch and at a time until they fit better. I just want to make sure they are not going to unravel or anything before I start hacking away. 

 

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Kayakers run into this issue all the time with our dry tops.  I used to cut, but don't anymore.

 

It is hard to get a perfect cut, often a tiny nick when you're cutting will turn into a tear a year later.  I avoid cutting as much as I can because I've had too many tears.

 

the simple solution is to put a can of corn (or whatever your favorite canned food is) in each wrist gasket and leave there for a couple weeks.

 

over time those wrist gaskets will loosen and you will be glad you didn't cut.

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Cuffs maybe can be stretched (are they latex or neoprene?).  Put the cuffs over a soup (or other aluminum can) a bit larger than your wrist.  Leave them like that for 3-5 days and they should loosen up a bit.  May be a project for the off-season if you are still using the jacket to fish.

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Before you do anything drastic, try putting a bottle of baby powder in your car. put a little on your wrist, around the seal before putting on or take off the dry top.  You'll be amaze how much easier it would be after powdered.

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2 hours ago, hobobob said:

Before you do anything drastic, try putting a bottle of baby powder in your car. put a little on your wrist, around the seal before putting on or take off the dry top.  You'll be amaze how much easier it would be after powdered.

I will have to try this! Seems like a great idea.

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