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Freewillow

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I just came back from Anilao where the temperature of the water was not what I expected: 24° C ( 75°F).
We have been diving there 2 to 3 times a day for 10+ consecutive days. I was wearing a MAres Fexa wetsuit ( 5/4/3 mm ) and I was still cold, especially on the second or third dive of 70 to 80 minutes.

I know that I am extremelly suceptible to cold water. Even my old 2 mm Aqualung undervest was not doing any good.

So my quetion is the following:

What do you guys advise: over or under vest?. Short or complete? Brand/Thickness......... Please help.

Thank you
 
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Cold is cumulative and diving for that many days several times a day adds up without giving your body the chance to recover. I'd consider a semi-dry wetsuit with hood and/or a 2-4mm under-vest with attached hood.
 
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yep, I had a hood, especially after 4 days of diving. I agree the accumulation of dives makes a HUGE difference. Do you think that a 24 hours stop would make a significant difference?

When it comes to undervests, I only found 1 to 3mm hundervest. Any reference to something thicker like a 4mm or something more efficient than neoprene like sharkskin, lavacore...............or is this some Marketing B.S?
 

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Do you think that a 24 hours stop would make a significant difference?

It will probably make some difference but do you want to stop diving in such very far away destination? :) I'd concentrate on a better thermal protection solution than limit my diving.

When it comes to undervests, I only found 1 to 3mm hundervest. Any reference to something thicker like a 4mm or something more efficient than neoprene like sharkskin, lavacore...............or is this some Marketing B.S?

I'd get an under-vest with attached hood. I believe that a semi-dry wetsuit with an appropriate hood is the way to go.

Since you are in Brussels, I'd check with "Time to Dive" dive center there. I believe that they are a good operation and have suits that would address your issue.
 

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Might be a bit overkill but have you considered a drysuit?

I don't think it would be overkill at all. All that matters is comfort, and cold is not comfortable!
 

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Drysuit, overkill for the few occasions that I would need it. Most of the time, the waters that I am diving in is 26°C or higher.
 
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