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Seaskin Nova drysuit review

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by stuartv, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. taimen

    taimen Rebreather Pilot

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    The PU patches make the already stiff fabric less flexible. Does it matter? Who knows? One thing to consider is that they only protect from direct abrasion. Drysuit fabric usually wears out in areas where it can't flex evenly. Thus if you have a patch, it makes a potential point of failure around its edges. This is very typical for softer laminates around p-valve reinfocements or even regular seam tapes. I don't say that the Seaskin PU patches are a failure point, but it is not impossible. I would avoid larger PU reinforcements in areas where flexibility is important, like shoulders.
    I ordered my suit without logos, and it came out without logos. The knee pads don't have the "kevlar" stitching either.
     
  2. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    What about getting two pockets, one zippered (the largest size they have) and a velcro flap pocket (largest size they have)?
     
  3. Divectionist

    Divectionist Solo Diver

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    Here is my play on your options, based on my own suit and choices

    Options I have that you don't list but recommend:

    - Convenience zip with zip cover, handy for some toilet action during the SI without having to peel out of the thing
    - Expedition pocket at least on one side, will go a long way to enable storage of extra items and get items off your bp/w
    - no logos/stripes etc. as I think this makes the suit look a lot better
    - Neoprene socks instead of boots
    - PU back pad

    Other stuff like the SiTech valves etc. probably don't make a difference, but I got them anyway as they seem standard on high end suits.

    Good luck!
     
  4. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light

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    You can do that. As in, their ordering process does allow that. But, my OCD would never allow such asymmetry on my own suit. :D
     
  5. Simon Hansmann

    Simon Hansmann Angel Fish

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    I thought about the convenience zip but tbh with a front zip suit i guess ill not get it. Just another zip that can leak break etc. I just stay in the suit open the zip an pee in a bottle does the trick.

    I dont dive a proper backplate just because i dont need it. I dive a "normal" backinflste bc but changed the straps to harness style webbing. Thats why i dont think ill get the pu back.
    Plus i dont like how it looks on the fotos on the website.

    Expedition pocket is probably great but i like the option to lay the pockets flat which is only possible with the normal bellows. Smbs fit in there and i dont carry that much more. Maybe an extra torch or camera stuff and a couple of bolt snaps. I guess i wont need that large of a pocket
     
  6. Simon Hansmann

    Simon Hansmann Angel Fish

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    What about the slaggo cuffs? Seaskin says theyre not compatible with drygloves but obviously they are since sitech offers systems. But are they any good? When thinking of the oval system in comparison i guess i stiff ring would make more sense. Do you have the slaggo?
     
  7. taimen

    taimen Rebreather Pilot

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    I would first try to decide which dryglove system you want to use and then choose ovals or slaggo accordingly. The recent (very interesting) 4th element ellipse works only with ovals. With drygloves installed, both are going to be stiff.
     
  8. Simon Hansmann

    Simon Hansmann Angel Fish

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    @taimen thanks a lot. I guess ill be getting the ovals then. I think with them being stiff might be better than the slaggo. and although theyre soft slaggos are still round and round rings are always a bit bulky imo
     
  9. Simon Hansmann

    Simon Hansmann Angel Fish

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    thanks a lot for the advice ill definitely be getting those :thumbsup:
     
  10. taimen

    taimen Rebreather Pilot

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    Some systems like the Ultima will still make the oval rings stiff and round. If you want oval shaped system for drygloves, your options are Sitech Antares and 4e Ellipse AFAIK. Antares has quite bad reputation. I don't have personal experience with SLAGGO, but I'd think its advantage is flexibility when diving with wetgloves.
    I had drygloves permanently glued to my Seaskin. But that is another story. For me in my environment that is the best dryglove system. Seaskin doesn't have this option so I ordered with basic latex seals (and the sleeve length was perfect with them). You can mount drygloves directly to QCS ovals without seals and get almost all the advantages that way too. Some dicussion about this can be found here:

     

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