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Lavacore pro's/con's

Discussion in 'Lavacore' started by azntenshi, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

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    Lavacore/sharkskin/Thermocline

    All the same basic material- different branding.

    Generally they're equal to 2.5mm from my experience 2mm

    Over time they will stretch especially when removed wet. They do also absorb body oils so need to go in the shower with you (every 2nd day) on a trip

    Mine is a long sleeve top with the neck seal to prevent flushing. Mine has seen better day after 4 years/500 dives. but it owes me nothing

    Big advantage for layering that they're neutrally buoyant.

    Excellent for keeping wind off and sun off. Will drip dry on you whilst keeping you warm.

    For drying in between dives, give them a ring out to remove most water and hang inside out
     
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  2. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

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    I think a Lavacore hood is borderline protection for the temps you describe. Success may depend on whether you tend to run hot or cold, and just how long you spend in the water. I haven't ever tried layering hoods for more warmth.
    But if you have another scenario where a Lavacore hooded shirt or vest will also be used, then no harm in trying.
     
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  3. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I ended up getting a Sharkskin jacket without a hood. It made a noticeable difference on repetitive dives in the temperate waters off Cabo last weekend when layered under a 5mm; hopefully it (plus a 7mm) helps keep my wussy butt from freezing right off when I brave Catalina next weekend.

    I had an issue with the shoulder straps of my rented BCD chafing the side of my neck, though. I still have my turtleneck-style rash guard, which may have helped prevent this in the past and which I didn't use this time. If I were to wear the rash guard under the Sharkskin, would that limit the effectiveness of the Sharkskin? Supposedly it wicks moisture away from the skin, which the rash guard definitely doesn't do. But that probably wouldn't matter until I'm out of the water, if at all, right?

    Also, somewhat off-topic, but if the shoulder straps are rubbing my neck, does that mean I need a bigger or smaller size? Or just to adjust the straps?
     
  4. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

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    Yes, wicking is only meaningful above the water.
    You are renting a BCD, so you may be getting something different every time. Could be size, could be the way that model fits you, or it could be the way it is adjusted on you.
    One general note - if it has a sternum strap, tighten that last. I see a lot of people tighten that all the way before they have snugged their shoulder straps, and it pulls the BCD into shapes that are not intended.
     
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  5. Sh0rtBus

    Sh0rtBus BUBBLLLLLLES! My Bubbles ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I dove my Sharkskin and a 5mm full suit with hood and gloves in 50F fresh water down to 43 ft (the bottom) and while maybe a little chilled I was never cold or uncomfortable. And I was in the water every dive (mostly on the surface with 15+ mph winds) at least 20-30 minutes longer than everyone else. I was pretty cold when I got out but in the water I was fine.
     
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