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Very UNhappy with Lavacore

Discussion in 'Lavacore' started by jeremy_diver, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. garydemos

    garydemos Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Hilliard, OH
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    I had my first experience with Lavacore a couple weeks ago at Grand Cayman. I have long sleeve uppers and lowers. I'm tall and thin and the XL fit me very well - both top and bottom. I wore a 2.5 mil shorty over the LC for 6 dives (4 in one day, 2 another) and was very comfortable. Water temp was 79. I had read posts about the outer later of LC snagging so I was pretty careful with it, but had a realativily good experience with the garments. Time will tell in terms of how it wears over time.
     
  2. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    Cool that's good news, hopefully your new one will hold up better than the first. If this is a recurring issue perhaps Lavacore can have another look at manufacturing process.
     
  3. jeremy_diver

    jeremy_diver PADI Pro

    # of Dives:
    Location: grand cayman
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    So it's been a week since I received the new one... My first impression when I look at it was that some improvements were made (neck is stitched now) and it feel a little different too (maybe it is because mine was used, I dont know....)

    However, after a couple of dives, the threading on the left sleeve broke and again, the black material separated from the inside stuff....decided today to cut the damn thing off and glue it back together!!!!

    Also, I got the same size I had before and the fitting feels really different, especially around the arm pits!

    This product sucks and will never buy one again as it is the second one already!!!
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  4. MRadke

    MRadke Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Wisconsin
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    Sounds to me that if you normally wear an XL and took a Lavacore in a medium, that you are stretching the living s**t out of it. The quickest way to get materials to delaminate and stitches to burst is to over stretch them. I put a dozen or more dives on mine in Cancun and had none of your issues, but I didn't try to squeeze into the smallest size I could wiggle into.
     
  5. jeremy_diver

    jeremy_diver PADI Pro

    # of Dives:
    Location: grand cayman
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    No ****! L was too big and M fits good everywhere but by the arm pits.... 12 dives is what i do it a few days and I do it all year long! the other one had over 200 dives in the few months i had it.... the other arm looks like new but the only problem is the left arm that is falling apart.
     
  6. Kozzie

    Kozzie Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: queensland
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    had my long sleeved lavacore shirt for 2 years now' tats 2 years useing it kitesurfing and recently diveing. not even a little issue. then again mine fits perfectly I actually ****ing love it haha I was ment to be looking up dive conputers and saw a lavacore thread got excited and had a look then read this. im in disbelief hahaha oh well
    quite impressed returned. and replaced. how I can kite in.mine for 2 years around world with no issues and you floating around with bcd anyways whatever. intresting none the less

    ---------- Post added May 20th, 2012 at 07:06 PM ----------

    had my long sleeved lavacore shirt for 2 years now' tats 2 years useing it kitesurfing and recently diveing. not even a little issue. then again mine fits perfectly I actually ****ing love it haha I was ment to be looking up dive conputers and saw a lavacore thread got excited and had a look then read this. im in disbelief hahaha oh well
    quite impressed returned. and replaced. how I can kite in.mine for 2 years around world with no issues and you floating around with bcd anyways whatever. intresting none the less
     
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  7. jeremy_diver

    jeremy_diver PADI Pro

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    Location: grand cayman
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    I use mine all day long, 5 days a week.... 2 other staff have the same problem too.



    ---------- Post added May 20th, 2012 at 12:39 PM ----------

    Also, on the new one the treading around the wrist broke so now the 2 materials have split... I would say that while floating around like you say, you have a lot more contact with the bcd rubbing against the wetsuit??? thats how i see it
     
  8. Mitchell Teeters

    Mitchell Teeters ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cookeville, TN, (AKA God's Country)
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    Well what are the alternatives?

    I make it a point to store my stuff inside out to prevent snagging. It also dries faster that way. I also have no issues with sizing but understand that can be an issue.

    With that said I wonder if there may be an environmental issue since all three of you are having the same issues. And coupled with the fact that one arm has the problem and not the other arm makes me wonder.

    Sent from my DROID X2
     
  9. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Florida
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    I'm pretty happy with mine. I bought it about 9 months ago. It has about 200 dives on it. And works great and looks good. The sizing is goofed, I'll agree with that. What's your height/weight and chest size that you are in a medium? I'm usually an XL and I'm in a Large.
     
  10. diveprof

    diveprof Regular of the Pub

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