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Drysuit & Undergarment Recommendations

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by herr2720, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. herr2720

    herr2720 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Idaho
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    My old drysuit is showing it's wear and I'm looking to get a new one rather than patch it up when it goes so I'm just looking for others opinions as well as looking to replace my undergarment setup probably before that happens.
    Current suit is an old Whites Fusion Sport I bought used about 10 years ago and has served me fairly well. I don't mind it, but I don't really love it either. I swapped the original sport skin for a Fusion Tech skin early on for the pockets and a little extra puncture protection. Overall it's had very few issues, I swapped out the original latex wrist seals for site changeable silicone seals. Tried the SiTech dryglove system but never could get it to work so I just use a pair of Waterproof G1s. Surprisingly it still has the original neck seal but I would have swapped to the SiTech quick neck silicone system if it went bad. Currently the seams on the feet are showing considerate wear, the skin has some minor scuff damage and a small rip that has been repaired.
    Undergarments are a layer of Keynon Polartech Powerstretch fleece leggings and long sleeve that I wear under a Whites MK2. With that I stay plenty warm, but I'd prefer less bulk and something more fitted. I bought a Fusion Tech undergarment and tried it for a while. Loved the warmth and didn't need as much lead to sink but it didn't fit me worth a crap and wasn't that comfortable to me so I sold it and went back to my old setup. At this point with my current setup the zippers are bad and the fleece is getting very worn so it's time to upgrade.
    We don't have a lot of dealers here in the inland northwest so I've really only tried Whites and a few DUI suits. I'm looking at possibly another Whites/Aqualung Fusion, probably a bullet. Maybe a DUI or a Santi. For undergarments I'm looking at the Santi BZ400 and Flex 190, maybe a 4th Element, I'm pretty open.

    Use: Mostly local Pacific Northwest freshwater diving. 30-50 dives a year spring-fall. Typically 30-70ft depth range with very occasional drops to 70-120ft. Water temp 70s at the surface, 48-58f between 20-60ft and 40-45f below that. Typical freshwater lake underwater hazards such as random pieces of sharp metal and equipment from old sawmills, rebar, concrete and fishing lures. Large granite boulders, sunken trees, and a handful of rusty burned out sunken boats/barges.

    Anyway, I'm open to suggestions and thoughts.
     
  2. drk5036

    drk5036 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Sapporo, Japan
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    You can get a seaskin 3 mm compressed neoprene drysuit, order made, for 550 dollars. It's awesome, I wouldn't trade it for anything, given the price. www.seaskin.co.uk. It's infinitely customizable, but you don't need to make use of all the options. Even in the barebones form, it's completely diveable and a great option. If you have any questions about it, let me know either here or through PM and I'll do my best to answer, based off my experience.

    Many people here recommend a tri-lam suit, with silicone seals and ring systems, etc. I've never had these options, but they costs multiple hundreds of dollars more, and it's important to keep in mind, they aren't necessary to have a great dive suit that'll keep you warm in the temp range you're looking at.
     
  3. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
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    Seaskin, save thousands of$$
     
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  4. drk5036

    drk5036 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Sapporo, Japan
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    when you get a seaskin, please send me and @lexvil a couple hundred bucks each, due to the money you're saving :yeahbaby:
     
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  5. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
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    My vote would be for the Scubapro "Climasphere" two-piece undergarment, which currently runs in the US 175.00 range (the far lower end of drysuit accessories) -- is quite toasty, even in water in the low single digits off of BC and the Pacific Northwest; is easily laundered; can easily be used in one or both parts; and has stood up to several years of commercial punishment, with little to show for it.

    In terms of drysuits, I have always preferred the compressed neoprene, of whichever make, over the "trilam" outfits; didn't really care for the drag and garbage bag experience of swimming and sweating in them, for work. My first neoprene suit of that sort, was an O'Neill Supersuit, which lasted for years of my abuse; was simple to repair with patience and neoprene cement; and was outstanding . . .
     
  6. jale

    jale Barracuda

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    Is Seaskin for DS like Shearwater is for computer now?:yeahbaby:
     
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  7. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
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    Only for those in the know, but in SW is often claimed to cost to much.
     
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  8. asterosdeals

    asterosdeals Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: california
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    I've seen Seaskin also, amazing value.
    But I can vote for Waterproof, really good value for the money (compared to those like DUI...).
     
  9. herr2720

    herr2720 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    Never had experience with neoprene drysuits as I tend to gravitate towards Trilam and hybrids but it looks interesting. Does the Seaskin only offer a rear zip option? Because that's a deal breaker for me.
     
  10. QAQTAT

    QAQTAT QvQ ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Toronto, ON
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    Seaskin certainly offers front zip.
     

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