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Drysuit undergarments for New England waters

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by formernuke, Oct 12, 2019 at 9:07 PM.

  1. formernuke

    formernuke Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: New England
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    I'm needing to replace my undergarments since its been a while since I looked at these things and I have moved I'm looking for advice on ones to try on.

    I like to dive dry year around so I'm sure I'll need one for summer months 60 degree F water with air temp up to 90 and one for winter down to 31 degree F water with air temps below freezing.

    I used to wear merino wool base layer is this the best or are the new purpose made base layers worth the extra cost?

    What are good undergarments to consider for each summer and winter?
     
  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Some flavor of Fourth Element. Take a look at their website.

    I love Smart Wool 250gr for a base layer.
     
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  3. horsediver1

    horsediver1 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Northern MN
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    I have to agree with Marie13 Northern MN under ice and cold water I use Under Armor base with 4th Element "Artic" beats the thinsulate I used for years prior to getting the Fourth Element I have now been using for 6 years.
     
  4. formernuke

    formernuke Barracuda

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    How would the artic without the base layer do for warmer time of year? Would the halo3d be too warm?

    I do not tend to get cold easily.
     
  5. horsediver1

    horsediver1 Nassau Grouper

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    Actually Once the water gets warm (60 degrees) I keep the Under Armor base and drop the 4th element for my old thinsulate
     
  6. thatmark

    thatmark DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore, MD
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    @formernuke,

    I'm a fan of a combination of Smartwool and Fouth Element layers. I’ve mixed and matched the following from the 70s down to 40 and been comfortable:
    150gm Smartwool base layer
    250gm Smartwool base layer
    Fourth Element Xerotherm
    Fourth Element Arctic
    Fourth Element X-Core Vest
    REI wool socks
    Smartwool or Fourth Element glove liners with dry gloves

    At the upper end I’ll use just the 250gm Smartwool
    Colder I’ll use the 150gm + Xerotherm
    Then the 150gm + Arctic
    Then add the X-Core
    Then layer the Xerotherm + Arctic with one of the base layers
    Then add the X-Core to that at the bottom end

    I haven’t tried the Halo 3D, but based on Fourth Element’s chart it would replace the bottom combinations listed above.

    Mark
     
  7. Tug

    Tug ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I dive year round in Massachusetts. I always use an Under Armour wicking base layer either 4th Element Arctics in the summer or 400g thinsulate (currently Santi) in the late fall,winter and spring. I found that doing anything more than quick 30 minute dive in the winter with the Arctic’s was just too chilly.
     

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