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3mm wetsuit

Discussion in 'Apparel' started by FirasR, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. FirasR

    FirasR Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Kuwait
    I'm considering purchasing one of the below wetsuits as my first suit for early winter diving in Kuwait (Oct./Nov. 25-29 celsius) and a future liveaboard safari to Sudan. From cheapest to most expensive they're:

    1. Scubapro Everflex Mens 3mm (2018 UK model, front zipper version)
    2. WaterProof Mens W3 3.5mm
    3. Fourth Element Proteus II 3mm

    I would like people's feedback on general quality and features as unfortunately none of these latest models are available locally for trying out. I know that fit will be a personal thing and will differ person to person. I managed to get my hands-on an older model Scubapro Everflex 5mm (small size fit me well) but none of the other two were available. I'd also like to know:
    • The pros/cons of the front zipper compared to back zipper (other than the obvious convenience) as the UK version (where I'm considering ordering from) of the Everflex is a front zip version.
    • Are the arms & leg zippers on the Waterproof a cause for water leaks?
    • I've read in various posts that the Fourth Element suits are difficult to get on. Is that true of the 3mm Proteus II?
  2. GrafCanuck

    GrafCanuck Barracuda

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: London, Ontario, Canada
    In early 2018 purchased a ScubaPro Definition 3mm. Used in both fresh and salt water all above 70 degrees F. Tried on the SP Everflex and preferred the Definition. Very comfortable and top notch quality. I've worn rented Bares and Mares wetsuits in the Caribbean and neither comes close to the Definition albeit they were rentals so who knows how well they were taken care of.
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  3. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Greater Philadelphia, PA
    I just went through this process ...

    My thread: 3mm Fullsuit time ... ScubPro/SubGear Definition vs. Waterproof W3
    Some sizing feedback I reported:
    wet suit first time buyer

    I found the Proteus a hassle to get into because of the weird floating back panel and took it of my list. I would probably be warmer, though as a result of it.

    I have the W3. They use semi-dry style seals at the ankles and wrists so the zippers are not an issue for water intrusion. I do wish I had the seals from the Medium as the are a tiny bit looser than I'd prefer, but needed the Large for my shoulders. It is still new, with only a few dives, but quality seems excellent. I have no regrets.
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  4. David R Johnson

    David R Johnson Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Arkansas, USA
    I was considering the following suit. I am hot natured (love that a/c) and really think I will seldom need a wet suit in the caribbean. I might want one elsewhere.
    2019 Orca Openwater Men’s Open Piece Triathlon Wetsuit
  5. FezUSA

    FezUSA Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hiram, OH, USA
    Deep 6 has a deal going on right now, should look into that option too! @cerich can give you more info.

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