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New Aussie Member - Wetsuit Recommendations???

Discussion in 'Introductions and Greets' started by Scoy, Oct 5, 2020.

  1. Scoy

    Scoy Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Australia

    New member here from Australia. Great to be here!

    Relatively new diver (>15 dives), open water certified. I'm getting to the point where I would like to start buying my own gear and was hoping for some suggestions on the best wetsuits out there.

    I'd be looking at a 5mm as I mostly stick to warmer climates and obviously don't go past 18m.

    I'm interested in members opinions on:
    - Best brands?
    - Best features & what do you like about your current wetsuit?
    - Worst features & what you don't like about pervious wetsuits?
    - Any traps/quality problems a beginner should know to look out for?

    I'd like a quality one and don't mind paying up. I just want to make sure I get something that's worth it!

    Long post. Thanks for reading!

    - Scoy.
    chillyinCanada likes this.
  2. Julius SCHMIDT

    Julius SCHMIDT Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Alexandra Headland
  3. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Hello, welcome to Scubaboard!

    Very pleased to have you join us.

    Personally, I've been happy with my Bare suits.
  4. Angelo Farina

    Angelo Farina Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Parma, ITALY
    Based on my limited experience on the Australian Great Barrier in Cairns (just 10 dives there), a 3mm suit is plenty enough for thermal protection, and much more stretchy and comfortable.
    I was there on July 2007. I do not know if during other periods of the year the water is colder, but in that period it was so warm that I had been fine even without any suit (as at Maldives or other tropical places).
    I went down to 30m, and there was no thermocline.
  5. chris kippax

    chris kippax Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Australia
    Where do you live/dive?
  6. Yawana-Dive

    Yawana-Dive Dive operator in the Solomon Islands ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Solomon Islands
    Welcome aboard Scoy

    I find that Billabong makes a damn fine 5mm steamer.
  7. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Victoria, Australia
  8. Pressurehead

    Pressurehead Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Queensland Australia
    2nd that, where in Australia [as you know, it's a BIG place] ?
    Sunshine Coast Qld [where I now live] I have 3 wetsuits:
    1: Aqualung Bali 3mm [go to suit ,2mm vest and hood if needed]
    2: Scubapro Sport 5mm [2nd gen].
    3: Billabong short spring suit for further north.
    The wetsuits [and dry suits] nowdays are fantastic.
    Water temp was 21c a couple of days ago and two dives in 3mm was no problem at 27.5m and 25m
    Now down south in NSW, VIc, Tassie and SA you can't get away with that, when I dived those states 5mm, 7mm [hate 7mm, used a semi dry] and dry suit , always used a hood and good boots down south also.
  9. scuba2you

    scuba2you Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Bangkok, Thailand
    Just another opinion here, and maybe a bit controversial but I'm sold on the following features:

    Get a custom made suit if you can, 3 mil for me, some like a 5/3 even in warm water for 1 to 2 week repetitive dives. Get the best neoprene you can afford, it matters for longevity, read about it. You can always get a shortie to go over it for cold thermocline dives etc.

    Elbow length arm zips
    Knee length leg zips
    Knee pads
    Spine pad if your using a backplate
    And I wouldn't own anything but a front zip for warm waters, make that front zip with a pee zip, outstanding.

    When I was buying suites of the rack, Hendersons worked quite well, just make sure they fit properly.

    Welcome to a great sport for a lifetime......
  10. Pressurehead

    Pressurehead Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Queensland Australia
    Oh yes, how I miss my old 2 way front zip short sleeve with a jacket. The Navy had them for years, used one for years after.
    Can't afford a custom suit now.:(
    I have alterations done to some wetsuits: The Scubapro sport 5mm has a fly zip [in the right place :shower:] very nice. Done by :
    Custom Wetsuit Designs Brisbane, he has been fixing and making wetsuits for over 30 years.
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