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Neosport "Waterman" vs "premium" Farmer John

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by MrVegas, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. MrVegas

    MrVegas Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ohio
    I am looking for a better way to keep my kid warm down to about 50 degrees for Midwest spring and fall diving. Looking for something relatively inexpensive as he grows, but obviously a wetsuit is not something to buy to grow into if you actually need to stay warm. Anyway, looking at some less expensive semi-dry options, or possibly Farmer Johns. Neosport appears to have to two Farmer John lines -- the "Waterman" (very inexpensive) and then one made with "premium"" (?) neoprene. From what I can see, the stitching seems to be the difference, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with these.

    If we wind up in the Great Lakes down the road and stick with the cold water stuff, I know drysuit training is in the future eventually -- but not quite yet. (Aside from the cost, I seem to see a lot of people messing with seals and inflator valves, etc. before dives.)
  2. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    I think you would find the premium has more stretch and give than the waterman, which translates to a better fit.

    IMCMOLE Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Williamsport, MD
    The Waterman is for commercial use like fishing and launching docks. Not only is it not dive rated neoprene (it'll compress at depth,) but it's stiff as a board. The "Premium" neoprene is a good budget-conscious alternative to Henderson's Thermoprene line. Very, very popular.
  4. MrVegas

    MrVegas Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ohio
    Thanks! Very helpful information.

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