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Best bang for the Buck Drysuit...

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

  1. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    OP, if you don’t go crazy with the options Seaskin is hard to beat for value :)
     
  2. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    And even if you do go crazy with the options.... :D
     
  3. RainPilot

    RainPilot OC/CCR Instructor Trainer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Something to bear in mind with Seaskin, if you go on the site and build a suit, the price shown will be inclusive of VAT which will not be charged if you ship outside the EU. That's 20% off what you see.

    I ticked every conceivable box on the suit, bought spare neck and wrist seals, neck seal tool, base layers and a few odds and ends and paid $1100 US landed at my door.

    I have about 60 dives on it now and could not be happier.
     
  4. Nigel Bryant

    Nigel Bryant Photographer

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    When I was diving in the north sea of the seven divers I dived with six were in Othree. The majority of instructors in the UK are in Othree. Most of the guys I buddy with in the UK are in Othree. They are not in them because they are cheap.They are in them because we dive in cold water (+3 is my limit but I know others who dive colder) and Othree are considered the best. If I am going to be in the North sea in the cold I want to be in an Othree without a doubt.
     
  5. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
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    I see. So, you are not answering the OP's question about "best bang for the buck". You are simply saying O'Three are "the best". That's cool. Thank you for clarifying.
     
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  6. kensuf

    kensuf Cave Instructor

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    I'm a huge fan of trilam type suits. The DUI FLX Extreme and the ScubaForce Expedition are the two suits I dive, with the Expedition being my "daily driver" (suit I use most often and almost exclusively while teaching) and the FLX being my "special events" (long dives) suit. Neither is particularly cheap, but I generally expect to get a couple of years of heavy use out of them.
     
  7. American Digger In Europe

    American Digger In Europe Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Germany
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    Bare X-Mission
     
  8. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have a Fusion. A couple of features I like; you can buy and replace the outer skin to match your wants. They are fairly streamlined compared with many other suits and more flexible. This is my third season with it and I am pretty happy with its performance and the entry level cost.
     
  9. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

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    Can you reach valves? How good is the cut compared to a Santi or DUI?
     
  10. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: acworth ga
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    seaskin membrane drysuits are made to order based on your measurements. As such, they seem to fit quite well (a friend has one, mine is on order. I observed no difficulty of motion in his, he construction (as others have mentioned) seems top notch, and with every option I wanted (reinforced everything, wrist dump in addition to shoulder, extended inflator, dry-gloves, quick seal systems, etc) and tossing in a decent number of spares I spent under $1,400 shipped to the US for it. The only downside is the 8-10 week lead time for these custom made suits means I won't have mine until the end of the summer.
     

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