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Alternatives to Hyperstretch

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by Azrael, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. Azrael

    Azrael Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Loudoun, VA
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    I currently own two Henderson titanium hyper-stretch wetsuits. A 7mm full and a 3mm Aqua-suede. I love these suits, they are easy to get on/off, they fit well, and I hardly notice them in/out of the water. I have watched others put on non-hyper suits and laugh to myself at the energy they expend just getting the suits pulled up. I do have one gripe with the hypers though, the damn Velcro problem. The outside of the suit wears so damn quick with any contact at all. I know it doesn't effect performance but it looks like crap :bash:.

    My question, are there any other suits/manf's out there who make a suit as easy to put on/off and feels as great as a hyper without the problems with Velcro/wear. I have to get a 5mm for a trip to Stuart's in February and don't want to spend 300$ on a suit that is going to look like crap after a week of diving.
     
  2. SteveAD

    SteveAD Instructor, Scuba

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  3. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Tilos makes a Titanium Super-Stretch Glideskin. Does what a Henderson does for less $$. My buddy has one, it still looks good after 2 years as the outside is conventional black/blue neoprene. It's a TI suit if it's silver inside.
     
  4. Azrael

    Azrael Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Loudoun, VA
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    not yet dry-suit certified, that will come next year.
     
  5. Nismo

    Nismo Barracuda

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: DE
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    Pinnacle's elastiprene is supposed to hold up to velcro better.
     
  6. ZzzKing

    ZzzKing Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dallas
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    FYI - You don't need to be certified to dive a drysuit.
     
  7. Hoyden

    Hoyden ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Rockville, MD
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    Xcel Vortex - just as stretchy as hyperstretch, wears way better and is way warmer for the same thickness.

    Jackie
     
  8. 1_T_Submariner

    1_T_Submariner ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Pontiac, IL
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    Save the $300 and wear the 7mm get a Drysuit.
     
  9. NudeDiver

    NudeDiver Solo Diver

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    This is interesting to hear. I bought a 3mm Henderson Hyperstretch for a trip to Florida last fall, but the water was so warm that I never wore it. So, here it is a year later and of course it looks brand new. Dunno when I will get a chance to wear it (I use a drysuit when diving locally), but it's interesting to hear it's going to look like crap when I do. Can you tell me more about this "velcro effect" you talk about?

    Thanks!
    nd
     
  10. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
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