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3mm full suit which packs for travel well

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by tdallen, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I carry a Henderson Aqualock 3mm or 5mm in my carry-on(Patagonia 60L Black Hole duffel) along with Deep 6 fins, mask, computers, and swim suit/shorts/T-shirt if I think there's any chance of getting separated from my checked bag. The 3mm is obviously less bulky.
     
  2. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I do not have a Bare Reactive yet, but plan to order one soon based on discussions I have had with divers that actually use them. The resounding chorus has been "Yes they are warmer, and that much better than than my Elasteks." How much better are they than the Velocity Ultra, which just has the Omnired in the chest and back probably depends on the water temp. I have not had anybody tell me the 3mm Reactive is as warm as a 5mm in 70 degree water, but for tropical diving, I think either the Reactive or Velocity Ultra would work fine.
     
  3. NAUI Wowie

    NAUI Wowie Manta Ray

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    I have bare reactives and henderson thermax etc.

    disclaimer in advance I am not saying you believe what im typing below. Im just throwing it out there for newer divers that dont know.....

    I will say that any wetsuit that spouts off about linings that make the suit warmer are all gimmick. There is ZERO proof of wetsuit brands being warmer with their heat reflective linings. some brands call them fire fleece, some say celient, some say titanium reflects heat....

    it is all advertising lies to get our business.

    you want a 3 mil to keep you warm like a 5 mil? it aint built yet.

    not ranting on you but we all get this snake oil salesman pitch and its all fake.


    as for the O.P. question the most flexible wetsuit is the easiest to travel with. Thatll be the henderson with 250% stretch. I have that suit also. it fits in my hydros carry on the plane backpack along with the bcd two dive computers two masks, two full regulator sets, all in a small backpack.
     
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  4. Jayfarmlaw

    Jayfarmlaw Divemaster

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    For ease of packing, it would be hard to beat a Lavacore type. My wife's lavacore takes up a forth the space my 3 mm does..maybe less. It also keeps her warm. She hates being chilled during a dive. I guess there are several brands out there now, my wife has a lavacore and loves it. Since my gear is bulkier and larger than hers, and I do the gear packing, I love it too!

    Good luck,
    Jay
     
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  5. Altamira

    Altamira ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @NAUI Wowie. I am not contending that the Bare Reactive is warmer because of the Omnired or any other trademarked lining. I have never used the suit, so I do not know one way or the other, and was just passing on what I have been told by divers that own and use the Reactive. Personally, I feel that a fleece type wetsuit lining probably is a bit warmer because when I wear my Henderson 17oz Polyolefin Dive Skin under my Bare Elastek, I do feel warmer, and the polyolefin skin certainly keeps me warmer when snorkeling compared to being in the water without it. However, I also think the taped seams on the Reactive will help reduce the inflow of water through the stitched seams as are on my Elasteks. So if the Bare's Reactive Omnired lining works as well as my dive skin under my current Elastic, I would be happy not having to carry the skin as well as the wetsuit. As I said in my first post, I have no financial interest in pushing Bare wetsuits, but they do fit me, have traveled well, and are very durable. That is all I can really ask of a wetsuit.
     
  6. ScubaTexas

    ScubaTexas Regular of the Pub

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    I just picked up and dived a Scubapro Sport Steamer 2.5 mm full wetsuit and was really impressed with it. It fit great and was very comfortable. The construction uses glued and blind stitched seams, which keeps water from flowing through the seams - so it held it's warmth very well. I was surprised how well it packed. Very compact for a 2.5 mm. My wife's 3mm Henderson took up much more volume. Hard to beat it for the price. Picked it up on Amazon - of all places - 2 day shipping and priced the same as other online retailers such as LeisurePro.
     
  7. AdivingBel

    AdivingBel Solo Diver

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    You're certainly welcome to discuss such things, but IMHO it seems like an internet diving nitpick. If the water is warm enough for a 3mm or less, your exposure protection regardless of brand is going to pack pretty small/light compared to the rest of your gear. The real variability is figuring out what you need for the conditions as that is very personal. Once you decide, just pack/take that as opposed to getting caught up in the advertising stuff. Life's too short and there's too much diving to do. :) All IMHO, YMMV.
     

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