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Best bang for the Buck Drysuit...

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by ScubaJCBS, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: NYS
    To the OP: Seaskin is popular but be aware that it is UK based. In case you need repairs, you will probably will need to use US repair shops.
  2. mainedvr

    mainedvr Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southern CA
    this question is the best answer, seem some folks recently buy dry suits and have buyers remorse especially since the water here has been so warm even at 60-70 feet that wetsuit is comfy, I like my trilam as I can just wear a thin base layer and still dive dry and not be overly warm for one shallow dive then I can put on something heavier if need be. Lots of things to consider like me I run warm and tend to get hot on the surface quickly at times so I like to be able to layer things so I can cool off before and between dives. And then there is budget yikes :)
    Oh I have a DUI TLS that I picked up used with undergarment for $500 bucks right here on SB had a new zipper before I bought it. It did not leak, I have had to fix a pucture or two since but my doing. I have about 50 dives or so on it. So I feel it was well worth it for me and I like it. Tried on the Aqua lung did not care for it. That's about my experience.

    Oh and as for fit it does fit but would be better if it were maybe an inch or two longer, so do I go custom or try a bunch when I buy next time....? Probably
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2018
  3. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

  4. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot


    Remember they are in the U.K. so call in the morning your time.

    Drysuits need to be dry and to fit. If they are not then they are useless and no amount of cleverness can make up for that.

    While I love my OThree suit, I went to the shop to be measured and don’t think I’d buy a suit from the other side of the world. Mine goes back now and again for seals and once a zip. Postage is £10 each way and it comes back like new. Would I want someone other than them to be messing with it?
    BlueTrin and soggybadger like this.
  5. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    @KenGordon we have Steve Gamble in the US.... O3 respects him and his work quite a bit
  6. electric_diver

    electric_diver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    RobinHood watersports Dive Drysuits
    They include custom fitting for free.

    Any of the UK drysuit manufacturers are a great deal. They make a lot of them and dive in cold and tough conditions. They know drysuits. Add in the fact that the UK pound has taken a beating relative to the USD and they look very inexpensive. Also many of the online prices include VAT of 25% which disappears when they ship out of the EU!
  7. Scuba_Aaron

    Scuba_Aaron Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Des Moines Iowa
  8. Nigel Bryant

    Nigel Bryant Photographer

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: England
    Othree without a doubt. They offer a Skype fit service which is spot on. My suit fitted perfectly and the after service is second to none.
  9. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
    In your opinion, what makes O3 a better bang for the buck than Seaskin (without a doubt)?
  10. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
    It’s just his opinion and if he is correct about it being a better bang for the buck, given the higher price, it must be a truly exceptional suit!
    stuartv likes this.

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