binklebonk wrote:What thickness? I use a Prodive "Liberator" (why the silly name I'm not sure..) There's a whole bunch on TM at the moment at a pretty good price http://www.trademe.co.nz/Sports/SCUBA-snorkelling/Other/auction-214588020.htm
Mines a 5mm and I find it fine with a vest and hood down to about 12 deg before I'm in my DS.
EDIT* I should say it's just tolerable at 12 degrees..*EDIT
I've done about 90 or so dives in it and it's still very supple and in good knick.
justsimon wrote:If your suit is just stretched and otherwise in good nick it might be worth looking at something to wear under it? Possibly a cheaper option.
Ali Perkins wrote:I absolutely love my Seaquel wetsuit. I do believe the 2 piece suit is key for me as I really feel the cold, 14mm on the core in winter is awesome! It makes valve drills a pain because you don't have the flexibility round the shoulders but for most people this isn't an issue.
Here's some of my dive stats from last winter, which I think speak for themselves.
21/06/08 - 15C - 81mins
06/07/08 - 14C - 77mins
17/07/08 - 13C - 63mins (night dive)
19/07/08 - 14C - 78mins
19/10/08 - 15C - 100mins
I should note that being distracted while diving is great for not 'feeling' the cold. I get so caught up taking photos, I just don't notice how cold I'm getting sometimes. When I lose total feeling in my fingers and can't push the buttons anymore I figure it's time to bail.
There are some down sides. If your buddy isn't as warmly equipped as you, they'll start shooting you dark looks at about 35 minutes and abandon you shortly after. Also, if you're boat diving with others, they'll be sitting on the boat shivering after their 35 minute dives waiting for you to return and hating you!
gingerninja wrote:The others I tried on were conventional steamers. The only one with decent seals all round was the $800 merino one - way too much to pay for a gimmicky hard to dry lining I think.
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