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vest not as warm as neoprene

Discussion in 'Lavacore' started by Lorenzoid, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    For some reason, I had gotten it into my head that something called a LAVAcore vest was going to keep my core warmer than a traditional neoprene vest under a wetsuit. I was a little chilly after 50 mins. in 72 F water with a 5 mm full neoprene suit and Lavacore vest. I believe I am going to have to switch to a traditional neoprene vest. I appreciate the advantage of the Lavacore material being comfortable, easy to don and doff, and having neutral buoyancy (once wetted), but keeping my core warm is more important to me than any of that.

    I guess the old adage applies that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  2. Tassi Devil Diver

    Tassi Devil Diver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Tasmania, Australia
    Thanks for that comparison. I have been trying to buy a 5mm neo vest as my old one seems to have shrunk..... All the dive shops I have visited are telling me that lavacore, sharkskin, frogskin etc are the way to go, and don't stock the old style neoprene vests. I was rather skeptical about their claims of lavacore etc and based your post I will persist with trying to get a replacement neoprene vest. My old neo vest did the job and I am having a tough time finding a replacement.
  3. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Feeling the Love ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    I have a lavacore top and have found it offers no noticeable increase in warmth when worn under my suit. Based on my experience I wouldn't recommend or buy another. It is however nice to wear dry on the boat between dives, although I'm sure a cheap sweat shirt would be just as good. YMMV.
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  4. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    I bought a Lavacore hooded vest in Singapore on my way to Lembeh last July, I was surprised at the weird sizing compared to my Neosport (Henderson) neoprene hooded vest. The armholes are almost 30% bigger than the Neosport, but it is not any easier to put on and probably one of the reasons it feels no warmer than a neoprene vest.

    The body is also longer than the Neosport of apparently the same size.

    As for drying, seems to take 24hrs to dry, even here when air temps are in the high 30C, compared to neoprene. Left out overnight last Friday my 5mm suit was completely dry after around 16 hrs and the Lavacore was still wet around the end of the hood and the bottom of the vest. Both were on hangers and lowest temperature overnight was 19C
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