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Cousteau Wetsuit

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by Tickler, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Tickler

    Tickler Solo Diver

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    I was wondering if any one has or has dove with those old rubber wet suits. Are they warm or comfortable? How much would one cost? I would love to get one with those yellow stripes.

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  2. Nemrod

    Nemrod Solo Diver

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    Well, if you find someone who can actually reproduce true vintage suits, let us know.

    I cannot speak for the very suit that he is wearing in the photo but yes, the suits of that era were warm and rugged and quite functional. However, they were not the 3D stretch needed by today's flabby humanoids. Many suits were made from the no longer available USA made Rubatex G231. The best neoprene ever made for wetsuits. Very low compression, they remained warm even at depth and their buoyancy did not swing as wildly as todays stretchy soft so called neoprene.

    I have, if you are approximately 5'8", male and of mesomorph build and about 150 pounds, I got your suit, NIB.

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  3. Carlos Danger

    Carlos Danger Manta Ray

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  4. trapezus

    trapezus Loggerhead Turtle

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    I have jacket incorporated hood and boot 5mm , front zipper ... very warm and soft neopren .It hangs in my La Spiro collection .. and I am looking for pant :)
     
  5. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    When I filmed with a Japanese crew for NHK (Japan's public TV network), they wore suits like these. Back in my early days I wore one too. Quite a different experience from today's marginal neoprene. I had the neoprene on one recent wetsuit literally dissolve away in the crotch and armpits. The fabric was still in good shape but when I held the suit up to the light, it shone right through huge holes.

    Here is Jean-Michel Cousteau in the silver wetsuits used during the filming of a 1985 documentary on board Alcyone:

    Jean-Michel Cousteau on Alcyone 01sm.jpg Jean-Michel Cousteau on Alcyone 02sm.jpg
     
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  6. KD8NPB

    KD8NPB Solo Diver

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    Tempting.

    I'm 5'8", 158 lb, 30" inseam, 31" waist, 37" chest...
     
  7. dfx

    dfx Regular of the Pub

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    Now the obvious question would be: if this old neoprene is so superior to the modern stuff, why don't they still make and use it? :idk:
     
  8. KD8NPB

    KD8NPB Solo Diver

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    Price, faster manufacturing, less wetsuit stock required, etc.
     
  9. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    Some custom wetsuit shops still do... but at the rate I go through wetsuits (at least one per year), that would get expensive.
     
  10. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

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    Wetwear makes them out of G-231N..... Darn good suit.
     

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