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If you are talking about matching similar thicknesses of suits (ie.
Elastiprene 3 versus Seal 3mm), you will see about 25% greater thermal efficiency in the Merino lined product. Though our Elastiprene lining is about 10% more efficient than a traditional wetsuit lining, it is no match for Merino.
The Arctic will hold about a 28% to 30% advantage over the Elastiprene 7 for the same reason outlined above, and also because of its unique batwing gusset in the main zipper, which basically makes it a hoodless semi-dry suit.
The Elite will hold about a 12% advantage over the Elastiprene 7. It has the Merino factor going for it, but it is also only 5mm in the arms and legs, whereas the Elastiprene 7 is 7mm thick throughout.
If you are strictly concerned about warmth, then Merino is always the way to go, whether you are choosing between another Pinnacle Aquatics suit or any other suit on the market.
If the factor of stretch becomes an issue (such as if you have reduced flexibility or joint movement) or if you have an unusually-proportioned body, then the Elastiprene series may be a better choice, and (depending on the thickness that you are considering) you may be able to get the benefits of Merino in the torso had head by adding a Merino Lined Hooded Vest.
Beginning next week, you will be able to get the best of both worlds by choosing the Merino-Elastiprene 5, a 5mm high-stretch Elastiprene suit with a new blend of highly elastic Merino lining. The 7mm version of this suit will be available in March, and the 3mm will be available in May.
If you have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
I just got a 3mm Pinnacle Breaker and love it to death with the exception of their turtleneck seal. I hope they fixed this in their new suit and make a 3mm version :-D
I just bought this suit for a trip to Bonaire in March (won't get a chance to use it until then). The suit looks very well made, but I was wondering what you don't like about the collar? I myself found it a bit odd when trying the suit on, but was hoping to get use to it. I understand how it likely keeps you warmer (preventing water exchange), but would hate to find it very annoying. Thanks.
We just brought in the Pinnacle line due to their quality of suits. I will have them on the website tomorrow, they just released their new price list.......I agree that the Merino is the way to go. I have an old Arctic that I love!!!!!
Just like any other suit.....clean it.....and I dont pee in my suits Your Gross .
But honestly after a few years, before these last couple batches of suits, they did without proper cleaning run into some smelly suits. But with anything and in time, they corrected the issue.....but you should still you some cleaner....and for the pee prone, extra mirazyme