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Lava core Fullsuit v 5 mil

Discussion in 'Lavacore' started by tagline, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. tagline

    tagline Angel Fish

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    I just purchased a lavacore full suit for a Blackbeards trip I'm going on in December. I'm 5'9, 210 lbs and I dive 20 lbs of weight with my 5 mil so I'm wondering how much weight to use with the lavacore suit?
    Water temps in the Bahamas in December are supposed to run 75 - 78 so I'm trying to decide if I should bring both suits.

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  2. Mitchell Teeters

    Mitchell Teeters ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Tagline, lavacore is supposed to be neutral......
     
  3. tagline

    tagline Angel Fish

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    That's what I have heard, but i'm sure that doesn't mean I can dive without any lead.
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  4. Mitchell Teeters

    Mitchell Teeters ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Can you dive it before hand. Regardless I'm sure they can weight you when you get there.

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  5. tagline

    tagline Angel Fish

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    I'll dive it Saturday in fresh water and then add 4 lbs......i'm guessing 12 lbs should do it. The problem is dives in Jupiter or West Palm are drift dives.....so it's jump and go ! You don't have time to get your weights before you jump. Everyone goes together.....I was hoping to find someone on SB who has dove the suit that is about my size.

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  6. TomZ

    TomZ ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have a LC fullsuit. Everything I read indicated its' thermal equivalent is 2MM of neoprene. If you need 5MM in those temps you're probably going to be cold. The LC is reported to be neutral, but I found it slightly buoyant. I'd dive those temps with the LC under a 3MM fullsuit. I dive the 3MM with 10 lbs in SW, so I'd add 2lbs for the LC.
     
  7. tagline

    tagline Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Homestead, Florida, United States
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    Thanks Tom.....I'll get my weight right this Saturday in the quarry and then just add 4 lbs for SW for my trip to Jupiter next weekend. I'm not sure if I'll take my 5 mil to on my Blackbeards trip in Dec. yet.....prob should.....prob better safe than sorry. Maybe I should breakdown and buy a 3 mil neoprene suit to take along instead of my 5 mil.

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  8. Mitchell Teeters

    Mitchell Teeters ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Tag, don't forget every body is a little different. YMMV. Have fun, I'm jealous.
     
  9. chs8084

    chs8084 Nassau Grouper

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    I wore a lavacore full suit under my 3 mm wetsuit in australia and did not add anything beyond my normal 3 mm weight.


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  10. tagline

    tagline Angel Fish

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    I have been told you can dive the LC suit alone in 75 - 78 deg water without being cold. Anyone done it ??

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