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doctormike

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Hi,

My Henderson Hyperstretch 5mm suit is getting pretty old and losing some warmth, etc... looking to replace it. Most of my shore diving is in New Jersey. I dive dry when it's pretty cold, but I really prefer to dive wet as soon as I can, since even with a steel single tank, I end up needing a lot of weight to dive dry (harness, extra backplate, weighted STA). This makes it hard to climb up the rocks by the inlet, etc...

I went out yesterday (57 degrees F), and I was a bit chilly after about 20 minutes. Certainly doable in my old wetsuit, but I figure that an upgrade might help, with whatever advances have been made in wetsuit technology over the years.

My recollection of 7 mm suits is that they are pretty uncomfortable and tight, and even if the new ones are better, I want to use this in the summer and early fall when the temperature is in the mid-70s.

I looked at a few reviews; the Scuba Diving magazine tester's choice in 5 mm was the Pinnacle Tempo XT. But I heard that this one is tough to don and doff, and that it is a particularly floaty suit (maybe due to the air trapping of the marino wool liner?). I understand that in general the warmer the suit, the more buoyant it might be, but looking for a reasonable compromise which will be warmer than my current suit, and comfortable / flexible.

Any suggestions?
 

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I really like my wetwear custom. I got it 10 years ago, doesn't see much use as I usually dive dry now. Pricey but custom fit and easy to don/doff.
 

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I really like my wetwear custom. I got it 10 years ago, doesn't see much use as I usually dive dry now. Pricey but custom fit and easy to don/doff.

Thanks! Have heard some people say that they like them. I had a REALLY bad experience with them a few years ago (not the suit itself, but with the customer service), but maybe management has changed...
 

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Yazbeck. Of the 10 or so wetsuits I've gone through, as well as my three, free diving sons, Yazbeck is the best quality.
 

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I'm a fan of my Bare Ultrawarmth suits, gloves etc. They really do seem to feel as warm as a thicker suit. I've dove 50f water in my 5mil in reasonable comfort..
 

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Thanks! Yazbeck and Bare easy to don/doff?
 

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Thanks! Have heard some people say that they like them. I had a REALLY bad experience with them a few years ago (not the suit itself, but with the customer service), but maybe management has changed...

I didn't really to contact CS so I don't know. But one thing about this sport with little companies is things sometimes change, sometimes they don't.
 

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Thanks! Yazbeck and Bare easy to don/doff?

The Bare has 'Slipskin' sections at the feet and hands but it's not as easy as a drysuit. My one criticism of Bare is the double cuffs on the 5mm version. Drying is a pain and takes a while. I find after hanging for a while at home I have to turn the outer cuffs up to dry the underside.
 

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https://www.shearwater.com/products/swift/

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