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Drysuit undergarments for Channel Islands?

Discussion in 'SoCal' started by SaltyWombat, Feb 18, 2021.

  1. SaltyWombat

    SaltyWombat DIR Practitioner

    I'm diving in the Channel Islands in March. I never get cold in Monterey, where I usually dive. In fact, I'm prone to overheating. I have a DUI Yukon II trilaminate drysuit.

    What undergarments should I consider? And base layer?

    I have my eye on 2 piece undergarments from Fourth Element. I guess that's the Arctic or Arctic Expedition. I tend to feel claustrophobic when constricted, so that's why I like the idea of 2 piece undergarments.
  2. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    What do you wear now that you're getting overheated in? I only own one drysuit undergarment, the Polartec 300, which I use for all SoCal dives that I don't want to do in a wetsuit. Diving wet is of course an option if you're worried about being too warm; I did so around the Channel Islands in March before I got a drysuit and lived to tell the tale, even though I'm a bit of a wuss. Anyway, DUI has a chart for this. Expect bottom temperatures between the mid-50s and mid-60s.

    DUI | Drysuits & Diving Equipment from Diving Unlimited International
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  3. grantctobin

    grantctobin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chicago
    The AE is no longer manufactured and discontinued, at least as of the last time I talked with FE. All else equal, either a J2 or a merino wool set is recommended as a base layer. Top layer is duration dependent. Anything from a xerotherm to a Halo is appropriate. Hard to go wrong with a standard Arctic. What are you wearing now?
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  4. SaltyWombat

    SaltyWombat DIR Practitioner

    I should have clarified that I dive wet, but will dive in a drysuit for the first time in the Channel Islands. In general, I either don't get cold, or it doesn't bother me.
  5. Scott

    Scott Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
    Hard to say since we don't really know your thermal tolerance, but most people I dive with when I go to SoCal use Arctic or Arctic Expeditions and they are comfortable. I use a White Thermal Fusion which is very similar and stay plenty warm.
    For a base layer I use either the Fourth Element Xerotherm, Under Armour 2.0, or Hot Chily's mid weight.
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  6. dewdropsonrosa

    dewdropsonrosa ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Fourth Element Arctic with a baselayer would probably be great for this. I've been very comfortable in my set for dives of up to 2 hours in 41°F (5°C) water.
  7. SaltyWombat

    SaltyWombat DIR Practitioner

    Hmm, that makes me think I'll be way too warm. Water temp is 55 - 60 F, I believe.
  8. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Victoria, Australia
    Too cold for a wetsuit in my opinion. Why don't you just try a base layer if you think you'll be too warm, or maybe just tracksuit pants over that?
  9. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    If you don't get cold in Monterey, you'll be fine at the Channel Islands.
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  10. SaltyWombat

    SaltyWombat DIR Practitioner

    I have the opposite fear, actually. I'm worried I'll overheat in the 400 weight undergarments I have.

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