Kiteboarding Specific Drysuit.
This amazing high end premium Drysuit with
ground breaking technology is a synergy between conventional
snug fit wetsuits and baggy style nylon fabric dry suits.
The 2014 Fuse Drysuit now comes with a detachable
hood with elastic drawcords on front face and back neck which
can now be taken off.
It combines the advantages without inheriting
the weaknesses of both concepts.
The use of neoprene means you no longer have
to wear many layers of clothing under your drysuit to stay
warm, the neoprene provides this insulation for you allowing
you much more freedom of movement especially when swimming.
As Neoprene floats on the water it helps you
not to drown in an emergency situation. Even if there is a
water leakage in the suit the Neoprene shell still provides
some thermal insulation to save you.
Designed for everyone, who wants to do watersports
throughout the whole year, even in ice cold conditions.
Best suited for temperatures between -6°C
and 12°C or people who just feel the cold all the time!
The 4.0-3.0mm thick loose-fit neoprene shell serves for best
heat retention possible in extremely icy conditions. Much
less extra thermal underwear is needed!
Neoprene construction allows awesome wearing comfort and less
bulky fit which prevents restriction of movement especially
for hardcore tricks and swimming.
waterproof due to new premium TIZIP ® Master Seal dryzipper,
improved highly elastic SEA MTITE® bottleneck Latex cuffs
and fully glued blind-stitched seams with additional seam
Safe: As Neoprene
supports floatation on the water, it helps you not to drown
in an emergency situation. Even if there is a small water
leakage in the suit the Neoprene shell still provides some
thermal insulation to save you.
Why is the FUSE made
First of all because Neoprene has superior heat retention
properties compared to Nylon fabric. Second reason is the
outstanding flexibility of Neoprene! Nylon does not stretch
and therefore restricts the freedom of
The FUSE DRYSUIT fits less bulky than a baggy Nylon suit,
but more loose fit compared to a conventional snug-fit Neoprene
wetsuit. Therefore you feel completely unrestricted in any
way. Dressing up is super convenient and actually it feels
much more like wearing a comfortable overall rather than a
Is the FUSE really
so much warmer?
In combination with our new ION functional quick-drying underwear
the FUSE DRYSUIT will probably be the warmest suit you will
ever wear in your life. ION found out that wearing the FUSE,
your body saves so much extra heat for the extremities, that
you will feel surprisingly warm in your hands, feet and head.
No more deep-frozen fingers barely able to grab anything like
a bar or boom and feeling nothing but pain. Also, compare
the FUSE with a Nylon suit when you are actually swimming
in freezing cold water for a while. The thick layer of 4.0mm
Neoprene insulation always keeps the water in a save distance
to your skin to reduce heat loss by convection. Now compare
it to the thin layer of Nylon and you understand why you instandly
feel the cold creeping into your body!
Is it really dry?:
Yes, but you cannot expect the same as from a diving drysuit
for example, even though it is a very similar construction.
ION use the same SEA MTITE® bottleneck
Latex cuffs and all seams are glued blind-stitched and have
additional 10 metres seam tape for water sealing. The double
lined Supra_Tex and D_Fence Nylon jersey protects you against
rips. In case of leakage, Neoprene still provides some thermal
insulation and can be repaired easily. Providing you grease
and close the zipper properly, the FUSE is dry. Only when
staying in water for a longer time for example a bit of moisture
might soak through due to the permanent movement and capillar
action especially on the ankle cuffs. This is nothing unusual
and normally not a real problem on the water. It can be improved
if the latex cuffs really are tight and by applying some Vaseline
or similar onto the skin area of the cuffs.
What do I wear under
Always wear functional first-layer underwear such as ION Quickdry
Und erwear tops and pants made of quick drying antibacterial
double-layer Polyester. Even though you will always sweat
it will keep your skin feel dry and comfortable because the
sweat gets drawn away from the skin surface.
Additional thermal fleece garment provides extra warmth if
needed. Avoid naked skin or cotton underwear, because it only
sucks up the sweat and makes your skin freeze.
Why is the FUSE Drysuit
a bit heavier than a Nylon drysuits?
Yes, of course the FUSE is heavier than a Nylon suit –
that’s because it is completely made of highly insulating
Neoprene, so do not compare apples with pears! It also includes
useful pockets and a smart detachable hood. But this new concept
offers so much more warmth in comparison, which a conventional
Nylon suit never can achieve. Remember, the thin Nylon shell
basically does not provide any heat retention – you
always have to wear very thick thermo insulation underneath
(plus a hood) to keep you warm at all. Add it all up and you
find out, all the stuff is not much lighter and you are still
freezing. Also do not judge the weight only by holding it
up with your arm! Before you judge, try it on and you´ll
find out, it does not feel heavy at all once you wear it –
even on the water when it is wet!
How do I use the hood?:
The body loses quite a bit of heat on your head – that´s
why the FUSE has a smart hood, which you can wear on the beach
and even while riding on the water! It also works very well
in combination with an additional ION Neo Beanie or Neo Hood.
Simply put it over your head and pull the front elastic cord
to seal your face. Then pull on the elastic drawcord on the
back of your head to adjust the tension. It will keep the
hood wrapped tightly around your head and keep your eyesight
open while turning your head to left and right! If you don´t
like wearing the hood, you can simply fold the top part into
the hood and use it as a large wind shield standup collar
on the back of your neck. There are several drain holes cut
into the hood for water release after submerging. The FUSE
2013 has an improved hood which can be detatched by snapbuttons
when not needed.
ION Fuse Drysuit Main
- Stay Dry:
New Tizip master seal dry zipper with improved opening and
closing slider and bottleneck shaped Latex cuffs.
- Keep Warm:
4.0mm Neoprene and ION cyber stretch jersey inside.
Awesome wearing comfort due
to the flexible neoprene construction.
Neoprene construction keeps
the rider above the water.
- Limestone Neoprene:
Super-Friendly to the environment. ION
have retreated from the oil based neoprene production process.
Instead, ION use a process which relies on Limestone as
a raw material. Limestone largely consists of calcium carbide,
which is the main ingredient for all types of neoprene.
Calcium carbide is then mixed together with other components
to create specific neoprene densities and structures to
serve the needs of the designers.
- Fully Glued
Blind-Stitch Water Sealing:
The edges of the neoprene panels are covered
with a highly adhesive, UV resistant contact glue which
needs to dry for a few minutes. Then the glue is applied
a second time to make it more sticky. Once the corresponding
parts of the neoprene edges are put together by hand and
then firmly squeezed with an electric pressing tool cm by
cm to achieve the high tearing strength, the seams are stitched
on the inside with a special blind-stitch sewing machine.
A curved needle pokes through the neoprene layer and applies
an elastic seam on the outside. By using this technique,
the seam is highly tear proof, elastic and completely watertight
and provides insulation and comfort.
- All seams
completely taped inside for 100% water-proofness
- Inside pocket for
- Elastic key loop
inside the chest pocket for easy access
- Hood with elastic
drawcords on front face and back neck
- Drainholes for
water release - Water which
enters through the back
zipper can leak out easily and keep the back area dry. These
holes are also in the calves which prevent any water from
getting stuck in the legs like a bubble.
- Three cargo pockets
- Supratex reinforcement
on the knees:
Protection panels on the
knees with flex zones for bending and highest abrasion resistance.
- ION Latex Cuffs:
Super flexible Latex Cuffs on neck, wrists and ankles to
prevent water leaking into the dry suit.
Really recommend the ION Drysuit - Kees De Lange >>
I received the suit a couple of days ago,
the first thing I noticed is how cool it looks. It is slightly
more baggy than a wetsuit, but much thinner and better cut
than a normal dry suit. the suit has several nice pockets,
the biggest one right on the front, so it is very easy to
put your gloves in as you set up your kite.
The removable hood is also easy to use and
even this doesn't look half as bad as they do on the most
dry suits. Putting on the suit is pretty straight forward,
although my advise would be to attach a piece of rope on the
main zipper on the back, without it you will need someone
to help you open and close this zipper as it is on your back.
Today I took the suit out on the water, water
temperature about 5 degrees Celcius, air minus 3 and the suit
preformed great. the only things that got cold were my hands,
feet and face, but the rest of my body which was in the suit
kept very comfortable.
The suit offers enough movement even if you
want to do jumps and tricks out on the water.
I can really recommend the Ion Drysuit!
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