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Has anyone tried both merino wool and the synthetic base layers under there drysuit

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by formernuke, Oct 23, 2020.

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    They’re not merino sweatpants. Merino wool long underwear.
     
  2. boat sju

    boat sju Loggerhead Turtle

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    Yeah, I get that they're not sweatpants. That's why I want them - for the snugger fit. And nothing over them, correct?
     
  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Correct.
     
  4. boat sju

    boat sju Loggerhead Turtle

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    Excellent. Thanks
     
  5. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    alright, so I am a textile engineer and this is in my wheelhouse and I have done a lot of work with wool in my career

    Everything that we do as engineers is to attempt to replicate nature. Literally everything we do. Nylon was invented to mimic wool, polyester to mimic silkworm silk, kevlar to mimic spider silk, buildings, bridges, everything. We can't beat it.
    Wool is no different. We can't make a fiber that felts, we can't make one that is naturally exothermic, naturally antimicrobial, etc. You can't beat natural wool for this stuff, so don't try.
     
  6. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I just ordered wool replacements
     
  7. Joris Vd

    Joris Vd Nassau Grouper

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    I've been thinking of

    This!!!! I always had cold feet and hands untill I bought merino mountaineering socks ( the red Sole smartwool ones) and light Merino gloves ( don't recall the brand) that are worn as a base layer under waterproof gloves. It's gotten me so happy and warm in sub 10 C water that i've been thinking of throwing away the idea of scuba undergarments completely and just go for a full Merino kit (vest + pants). It's also alot cheaper than buying a Santi 400...
     
  8. drakcheslav

    drakcheslav Barracuda

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    I use a synthetic silicone koflin undersuit (a super cheap one), I think it was 15$ new, and under that i either wear a merino shirt/baselayer or a 150g polar microfleece.

    Never had any problem with being cold, but then again I can stand the cold. Most important thing for me.are the socks, and there I use a fishing socks for rubber boots, and if it's really cold, I use a fleece oversock.

    So wool is king, but I don't diss the synthetics
     
  9. richboslice

    richboslice Angel Fish

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    I buy merino and cashmere sweaters from goodwill for like $8, sometimes 5. I made a pair of pant from an old pair. Not hard to do. I love it
     

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