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Thermalution Heated Vests

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by DiverGirl1972, Dec 10, 2019.

  1. DiverGirl1972

    DiverGirl1972 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: South Central, PA
    Thanks, Grant! Over the next few days, I'll definitely think about buying used versus new. Honestly, I tend to be a little weird about certain used gear items, but the cost savings can't be denied.

    Funny, when I first signed up to take my open water class, I bought a new 7mm wetsuit, boots, hood, etc. before I had even been in the pool. They tried to talk me out of it in case diving wasn't for me, but nope! I really just didn't want to wear the rental stuff after seeing it! :rofl3: In retrospect, that was probably kinda dumb, but thankfully, I LOVED it and never looked back, so it worked out. Phew!

    I'm loving the ringing endorsement from you, MrBigfins!! This is exactly how I hope to feel about this vest after my first dive with it in Socorro. :yeahbaby:Heck, I'd love to be able to dive a 3mm in warm climates versus the 5mm. More room in the suitcase for craft beer!
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  2. DavidFL

    DavidFL Wide-eyed nube in the Pub ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Orlando, FL
    For what it's worth, I've just been listening to these Q&A of Dr. Neal Pollock during a BSAC conference
    BSAC 2019 Conference: Drs. Neal Pollock & Simon Mitchell (and more)

    about 14 minutes into the Q&A, Dr. Pollock expresses his opinion that he is opposed to active heating, because of increased decompression stress in his view / opinion / research. My bottom line suggestion is to stay a little further "away" from your NDL's and/or use a more conservative GF if you are using active heating.

    For any of you who might be new to Dr. Pollock, he worked for DAN for a long time before relocating a year or so ago to Universite Laval in Quebec City. He's pretty highly regarded and is a very effective presenter.
  3. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    I'm very happy with mine. I'm a real wimp with diving in cold water. I toughen up a bit when my Russian wife makes me swim in cold water with her though (then I never turn it on). But left to my own devices, I use it after 30 minutes in 50 degree water or below.
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  4. Haaginheimer

    Haaginheimer Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Michigan
    I sent you a PM. I have loved my thermalution for wet and dry diving. It's like a water heater inside your suit - I dive cold fresh water 100% of the time. Once I finally got a good drysuit - I've used the thermalution under it but based on longer run times and using a can light I am selling. I would highly recommend the unit to anyone, if you're interested it's a yellow plus size medium. Priced competitive for used gear but well taken care of
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  5. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Massachusetts
    I love my Thermalution too. I wear under a 7mil wetsuit in RI all summer, so toasty!
    The decompression i have read is that you want to just stay warm throughout Dive, as being too cold leads to bends issues.
    I bought a second one when my first one with old style controller stopped working reliably. Magnetic controllers are better.
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  6. DiverGirl1972

    DiverGirl1972 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: South Central, PA
    As someone who had the skin bends before, I will definitely take that into consideration! Since that happened, I've definitely taken a much more conservative approach to my diving (not that I was a "cowboy" before or anything).
    chillyinCanada and DavidFL like this.
  7. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    I know a number of people who use them tech diving here on the Great Lakes. They love them and have been using them for at least several years. I’m saving up for the good $800 one as I’m doing my tech class.

    Several of the guys I dove with in Tobermory this summer had them and loved them. Meanwhile, after multiple dives (in one day) in 41F, even with heavy thermals and dry gloves, I was chilled.

    if I wasn’t going tech, I wouldn’t be spending the money.
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  8. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Calif.
    I second the idea of a hooded vest - neoprene probably, whether you get thermolution or not. Easy to pack insurance and really adds to your warmth.
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  9. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
    I saw a used one Facebook, and purchased it. Going to see if it helps keep the chills off during the long cave dives.
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  10. John Bantin

    John Bantin Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: London
    I used a Thermolution heated vest under my drysuit during a project in northern Sweden one February, and all the other divers working on the project hated me. :)

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