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Warmer or Not

Discussion in 'Lavacore' started by DevilEyeDog, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. DevilEyeDog

    DevilEyeDog REEF Volunteer

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    I dive in New England. I'm thinking of selling off my first born to afford some lavacore (kidding, no one freak out). Is it worth it? Does anyone think it adds warmth?
    Sure, it seem nice and comfortable, but does it keep you warmer?
     
  2. Hoag

    Hoag Loggerhead Turtle

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    Are you looking at Lavacore in addition to, or in place, of a "regular" wetsuit?

    A general rule of thumb is that Lavacore products give about the equivalent insulation as 1.5 - 2mm of neoprene. The big advantage that I see is that they are neutrally buoyant so if you use it as an additional layer, you can do it without any noticeable impact on your buoyancy.
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2017
  3. DevilEyeDog

    DevilEyeDog REEF Volunteer

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    That's great to know! Definitely a big plus in the warmth category! Thanks!
     
  4. Kharon

    Kharon Solo Diver

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    I far prefer Hyperflex polyolefin suits. A ton less expensive and every bit as good (under a wetsuit). https://www.amazon.com/Hyperflex-We...TF8&qid=1421764298&sr=1-7&keywords=polyolefin

    Additionally, I have some LavaCore socks. The Merino wool (or some part of the LavaCore) is supposed to be anti-odor. Yeah right. Everytime I wear them diving I soak, rinse, and dry, and they come out with a smell that would gag a maggot. Can't get rid of it with a vinegar nor a baking soda soak. I'm going to try Sink the Stink before my next trip. BTW, I don't have this problem with any other sock.
     
  5. DevilEyeDog

    DevilEyeDog REEF Volunteer

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    Thanks for the thought! I'll definitely check out Hyperflex.
     
  6. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Sharkskins another alternative.
     
  7. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi @DevilEyeDog

    The exposure protection that made the most difference for me was a hooded vest. I dive a 5/3 mm hooded best with any of my full suits, 3, 5, 7 mm, whenever I need more warmth. It's easy to always throw it into the dive bag. I've dived my 7mm with the hooded vest down to the low 50s comfortably, high 40s tolerably. If I dived wet in cold water more frequently, I'd think about getting a 7/5 mm hooded vest.

    I have a long sleeve Lavacore top, it's not particularly warm. I only use it alone with swim trunks when the water is very warm. I don't have any other uses for it.

    How's your Cattle Dog?

    Good, warm diving, Craig
     
  8. Imla

    Imla Divemaster

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    Sell of your first-borne (they only cause problems anyways! (I am one) ) and get a dry-suit in stead!
     
  9. Cali_diver

    Cali_diver ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I am not sure if Lavacore adds too much warmth beyond 1.5mm but what I love about it is when you put it on wet (after removing it between dives), it feels warm unlike a neoprene vest. I love my hooded vest but I do not dive on the east coast!
     

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