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I saw a rack full of them at my LDS. I tried on the short sleeved shirt and liked it alot. The quality seemed good. I think it will be perfect for use in Cancun and be a nice additional layer under my 7 mil for diving here in the frigid north.
Any further comment about the Lavacore full body suit as a drysuit undersuit? I'm very seriously considering getting one within days, mostly for the purpose of using it as an undersuit in quite cold water diving (US Pacific North West). Of course I'll also be happy to use it as a wet suit for warm water diving later, but for now it's the use as an undersuit that I'm interested in.
Our shop sells the Lavacore. To note: I have never used one, but from the impressions I have gotten from others, it is nothing more than a thick dive skin with perhaps a bit more insulation than a lycra skin. One of the bad things is we've had a couple come back with problems with the seams coming unraveled. I know a couple people who've tried to use them for drysuit undergarments & they were about useless, except in the warmest of waters (trilaminate drysuits).
thanks, that's extremely helpful though very disappointing. Is there any other option that is anywhere near as thin and light weight that could actually be used as an undersuit for cold water diving? I've very interested in portability, and most "snow mobile suit" type undergarments are just too bulky. I'd think by 2012 there would be a viable option...