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DRY SUIT and DRY TOP
STORAGE and CARE INSTRUCTIONS
kokatat.com/customer-service
Washing
When washing, always follow sewn-in care instructions. With dry suits and dry tops
Kokatat recommends using cold water, delicate cycle, gentle liquid soap, with no bleach
or harsh chemicals, and high water volume, in a front loading machine. Rinse well
(which may mean running it through a second time, inside out with no soap OR use a
cold shower). Line dry.
Gasket care and repair
Latex gaskets need to be treated every 4–6 weeks to prevent drying and cracking.
Kokatat recommends 303 Protectant. Small tears or holes in the gasket may be repaired
with Aquaseal. Replacement gaskets and kits are available from your dealer or directly
from Kokatat.
Kokatat (and some dealers) will replace gaskets for a reasonable charge. Kokatat will
replace gaskets and socks on Kokatat garments only. Please contact Customer Service at
800.225.9749 to obtain an Return Authorization Number (RA#).
Zipper information and care
The zipper is one of the most sensitive components of your drysuit. Treat it carefully.
The most common causes of zipper leakage are failure to close the zipper firmly, or dirt
in the zipper teeth or closing end.
1. Pull the zipper in a straight line, in a smooth and even motion. Avoid yanking or
pulling to the side. Have another person help you if you cannot easily reach any part
of the zipper. Be especially gentle in colder air and water temperatures.
2. Never force a jammed zipper. Unzip, examine the jammed point for obstruction
or damage, then carefully try again. Zipping over a piece of dirt or underclothes can
derail the teeth and ruin the zipper. (Continued on the other side.)
3. The zipper is most vulnerable to damage when you are getting in and out of your
suit. Be sure the zipper is open completely, and try not to put force on the ends that
could tear the zipper apart.
4. Keep sand and dirt out of the teeth and the closing end of the zipper. Clean the
zipper occasionally with mild soap, water and a toothbrush. Lubricate occasionally
with a light coat of paraffin, beeswax for metal tooth zippers. For plastic water tight
zippers, a dab of McNett Zip Tech™ Semi-Solid Zipper Lubricant in the closing end
improves sealing.
5. Dry suits should be stored in a clean, dry environment. Metal tooth zippers
should be partially closed with the zipper slide left about 2 inches open. This will help
alleviate pressure on the sealing elements. Plastic water tight zippers should be stored
in the entirely closed position. Store either hanging or loosely rolled.
Broken zippers cannot be repaired but can be replaced. This work may be performed
only by Kokatat at our factory; if you feel your zipper has been damaged, please contact
Customer Service at 800.225.9749 to obtain a Return Authorization Number (RA#).
DWR
Durable Water Repellent (DWR) prevents liquid from building up on your garment’s
outer layer which can make you feel damp and clammy (“wetting out”). Regular wear
and tear, exposure to dirt, detergents and other impurities causes DWR to wear off
over time, but the good news is that it can be restored. The effective life of the DWR
depends upon how the garment is cared for, and how rigorously it is used. The most
effective way to maintain the garment’s water and stain repellency is to rinse it and let
it drip dry (washing helps, and if it’s not a gasketed or a coated fabric, then it can be put
in the dryer). DWR is not what makes a garment waterproof - it’s a treatment applied
to the face fabric that keeps water beading on the outer surface rather than soaking
into it. Eventually the DWR will wear out. There are many aftermarket DWR renewal
treatments available from your local dealer.
Leaks
If you feel as though your GORE-TEX® garment is leaking, please contact Customer
Service at 800.225.9749 to obtain an Return Authorization Number (RA#). We can
water test and patch your garment.
Rev.: June 5, 2015
5350 Ericson Way • Arcata, CA 95521 • www.kokatat.com • 800.225.9749 • 707.822.7621 fax 707.822.8481
[email protected]