Wetsuit Question

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Fossilhunter_Anson, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Fossilhunter_Anson

    Fossilhunter_Anson Angel Fish

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    I bought a henderson insta dry wetsuit, and the thing is a nightmare to get on, I have to have my buddy help me get in it. Will it get easier in time to get into? Or should I have gone with the hyperstretch?

    By the way I'm a bigger guy I had to buy the xxl size to fit me although the legs are a little long on it.
     
  2. salth2owannabe

    salth2owannabe Barracuda

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    Give me a front zip everytime. To me they are much easier to get into, especially by yourself. I wish companies would offer more options in the front zip. Sorry about you fit issues.
     
  3. nwhitney2003

    nwhitney2003 Nassau Grouper

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    Try putting it on in the shower provided there's one close by. I've heard this makes it easier.
     
  4. knotical

    knotical perpetual student Staff Member

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    Or try a diveskin underneath.
     
  5. avoidthebends

    avoidthebends Angel Fish

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    A Diveskin underneath should help. I have also seen people wear pantyhose under a wetsuit to help it slide on.

    There are companies that make custom wetsuits also. Your LDS should be able to help with taking the measurements for sizing.

    Good luck!
     
  6. Paco II

    Paco II Surface Interval Member

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    I use the insta dry gloves, and while I love them for their warmth, even they are a pain to get on and off. I can't even imagine what the fullsuits are like. As others have said, definitely try a skin. Or a different wetsuit ;)
     
  7. JKPAO

    JKPAO Surface Interval Member

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    Pre wet it! use some sort of lube ie. diluted baby shampoo
    See you topside! John
     
  8. Joe Cool

    Joe Cool Barracuda

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    I agree, try a diveskin. I wear a Tilos diveskin under my wetsuit. It makes it much easier to don and doff the wetsuit.

    Phil
     
  9. Paco II

    Paco II Surface Interval Member

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    To the OP, there is a larger issue here, and that is being comfortable in your wetsuit. If it is just about getting it on that is the problem, a number of solutions have been mentioned. But if you aren't comfortable in general in the wetsuit, definitely get something else. So many options out there, there is no reason to 'suffer'.
     
  10. Fossilhunter_Anson

    Fossilhunter_Anson Angel Fish

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    I bought my wetsuit online at liesurepro i've had it on twice can I even return it? and try the hyperstrectch? or even just get my money back for something else?
     
  11. RV

    RV Manta Ray

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    lycra dive skin
     
  12. Paco II

    Paco II Surface Interval Member

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    If you have not used it, and there is no indication that it has been used, you can definitely return it to LP. I believe they have a 60 day return policy on most items. They make it really easy. You will have to pay return shipping, but that is probably a small price to pay to not have a wetsuit you don't like.

     
  13. Fossilhunter_Anson

    Fossilhunter_Anson Angel Fish

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    I have used it one 2 dives in the springs i like the suit once i'm in it, I just dont like getting into or out of it. And its a 5 mill wont a lycra body suit make it warmer?
     
  14. knotical

    knotical perpetual student Staff Member

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    Probably not noticeably, if at all. A lycra skin is quite thin.
     
  15. RV

    RV Manta Ray

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    I don't think it will make any temp difference.. it will let you slide right in to your suit though. I use one with my 7mm that is impossible to get in with out it.
     
  16. SkipperJohn

    SkipperJohn Surface Interval Member

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    I saw a guy won AFV trying to get into a wetsuit. Netted him 10 grand!
     
  17. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You have one of 2 situations, Either it does not fit or your not using good technique, possibly both. Here is a collection of my thoughts on the donning and fitting of suits.

    Pete
     
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  18. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It is wet fabric with zero for thermal protection. The most it can hope to do is plug up a sloppy fitting suit.
     
  19. don Francisco

    don Francisco Manta Ray

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    Sounds more like a sizing issue, though I doubt that you'll be able to exchange a suit after having dived in it.

    In any case, if you decide to replace this wetsuit, spend more time trying on different brands. Like with regular clothing, different manufacturer's suits will fit differently. Some also offer different proportions for height and weight. Hyperstretch may help, but my experience with hyperstretch is that it seems to have a lower R value than regular neoprene, so you might need a slightly thicker suit.

    A properly fitting wetsuit will be skintight, but not &$#@%# skinTIGHT, and getting into it shouldn't be an ordeal. Tricks like soaping up, or using plastic bags over the legs help, but aren't a substitute for a good fit.
     
  20. Fossilhunter_Anson

    Fossilhunter_Anson Angel Fish

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    I think I may try the dive skin the suit seems to fit me well once it is on.
     

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