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How many wetsuits do you have?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by Scott 2000, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. Scott 2000

    Scott 2000 Angel Fish

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    Thus far, I haven't invested in a wetsuit. My reluctance is that I dive in cold water where I live and also travel to tropical climates, wearing very different rental suits in each case.

    How many wetsuits do you own? How do you determine which wetsuits to purchase to minimize the number that you own but still be able to dive everywhere you would like to?
     
  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
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    3mm I use for pool stuff and 7mm I keep for if I’m having drysuit issues. Dive dry all the time. I dive in the Great Lakes region and don’t go elsewhere.
     
  3. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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    I own two....well, technically three. I have two 3 mil suits here. A Fourth Element Proteus II and a Deep 6.

    The third is a Bare Reactive 7 mil back in the states that I will never wear again. The suit itself is very high quality but if I need that much neoprene to stay warm, I am diving dry.

    Here I wear a 3 mil or rash guard and tech shorts.
     
  4. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    Zero.
     
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  5. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: same ocean as you
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    Late teens ish including drysuits
    minimised to ten, don't think so!
     
  6. Jackie Treehorn

    Jackie Treehorn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Page Side, Rage Side
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    Don't do what I did. I have too many items. I need to unload some.

    For wet diving, i've been very pleased with the Waterproof W5. With that and the lavacore hooded vest, the majority of my non drysuit diving is satisfied.

    The Bare exotherm jacket gets usage in real warm water too.

    Anything that needs more than the above, I just dive dry.

    Wet Suits:
    4th Element Proteus 5mm
    Waterproof W5 3.5mm
    Waterproof W30 2.5mm shorty
    4th Element Thermocline full suit
    Waterproof H1 7mm hood
    Waterproof G3 5mm gloves
    Waterproof G1 1.5mm gloves

    Lavacore hooded vest
    Bare exotherm jacket
    4th element thermocline vest (no hood)
    4th element thermocline hood
    Sharkskin chilll proof long sleeve top
    Sharkskin chill proof short sleeve top
    Sharkskin shorts
    Apeks shorts

    Drysuit Stuff:
    DUI Yukon II
    DUI TLS30/30
    4h Element Halo 3D one piece
    4th Element Arctic top
    4th Element Arctic bottom
    4th Element Socks
     
  7. shurite7

    shurite7 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: In transit
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    Used to have thee wetsuits: 3mm, 5mm, 7mm. The 7mm was a backup to my drysuit. After getting a second/backup drysuit I sold the 5mm and 7mm. If it is cold enough to wear a 5mm then I use the drysuit.
     
  8. Russjstewart

    Russjstewart Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Melbourne
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    Two wetsuits and a dry suit.

    3mm one piece, zipper up the back, no hood, normally used with a 3mm hooded sleeveless vest. Used on the weekend for a 35 minute dive in 15c or 59f water,. A 5mm one piece, no hood no zipper, normally used with the 3 mm hooded vest if doing more than 1 dive a day. For when it gets cold I have an Apollo dry suit. If diving somewhere tropical like Chuuk, I normally dive in overalls and the sleeveless vest
     
  9. Kohanbash

    Kohanbash Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: PA, USA
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    It depends on your body.

    I like the cold. For years all I had was a 5mm wetsuit and then would add a hooded vest if it was below around 45degF.
    I liked the the hooded vest better than a 7mm farmer john.

    For warm water the 5mm also works (you just got hot on land...)
     
  10. Biotech Diver

    Biotech Diver Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: California
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    Four and counting.

    2mm shorty
    3mm full
    5mm full
    7mm semi-dry full with hood
     
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