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Looking for reasonably priced, mid weight drysuit undergarments

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by tstormdiver, Oct 9, 2020.

  1. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kentucky
    I am looking for some reasonably priced mid weight drysuit undergarments. The prices of some of these suits is ridiculous ($400- $500). Anyone have any opinions on the Hollis AUG450? I am looking at these. I looked at the Scubapro K2 Lite undergarment. but that suit didn't seem like it had enough insulation. I frequently dive 45 degree waters & my 14 yr old fleece undersuits are showing their age & the insulation is lacking the way I like. I would prefer fleece, but most important, I would like insulation without bulk, which would limit motion. Thanks!
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  2. Resqdivemedic

    Resqdivemedic Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: chepachet, RI USA
    Have you considered using heavyweight fleece pants and tops? I got mine several years ago and use them along with Underarmor thermals and been comfortable. I also noticed the ridiculous price of the undergarments and decided to go with something just as effective but a heck of a lot cheaper. I also have been looking at the military arctic underwear as an option.
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  3. TravisD

    TravisD Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Westminster, MD
    I did exactly what Resqdivemedic mentions above for a while - Underarmour base (cold gear) and a polartec fleece top+pants from REI. Worked well! Right now my go-to mid-weight undergarment is one that I picked up from some vendor at Beneath The Sea for like $50. Still use the Underarmour as a base wicking layer of course.
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  4. rvojr

    rvojr ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Williamstown, NJ
    I've been using UA 2.0 and 4.0 as undergarments and Waterproof WarmTec 1x and 2x from Amazon. It looks like they are no longer selling them. It may have been the previous seasons model and getting around MAP. I also got some midweight marino wool tops and bottoms in case but have not had to fall back to plan B in 20 dives.
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  5. Jeremy Williams

    Jeremy Williams Contributor

    I don’t usually wear Scuba branded/designed undergarments. I’d recommend a good quality outdoor thermal base layer to start. Patagonia Capilene is my favorite but any synthetic wicking top and bottom thermal base layer is good. Then buy any brand of generic Polartec 150 top and bottom. I picked up the kind of set I’m talking about for about $100 by being a little patient and shopping the clearance sales and not caring if any of the colors or brands matched. At that price it’s not too hard to justify two sets in case your suit leaks. All together it’s a good quality mid-weight setup that I use from 70F/21C water down to about 55F/13C water temps.
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  6. Domovoi

    Domovoi DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Uniqlo's ultra warm base layer works great when combined with a midweight fleece and wool socks in SD waters.
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  7. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    There are several Weezle suits on Ebay that are relatively cheap.
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  8. rock92

    rock92 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Greensboro, NC
    The new Waterproof Body 2X undergarments work really well and they are priced good also (almost half that of Fourth Element). I've done hour long dives in 48* water with just those undergarments. And I am very cold natured.
  9. dewdropsonrosa

    dewdropsonrosa ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Fourth Element Arctic separates are very popular with the Lake Michigan crowd, where we get bottom temps of 41-ish.

    As a curvy-bodied person, having the ability to buy the right size for each half of my body is great -- onesies just don't work for me.
  10. Jonn

    Jonn Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Alberta
    If you don’t need particularly high thermal performance, tolerance of a leak, or looks then the local thrift store can help you out. No shortage of fleece jogging pants and sweaters there for less than the price of an air fill.
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