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Undergarments for sweaty tri-lam suit diver

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by R4cOOn, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. Kevin Floyd

    Kevin Floyd DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Houston
    Im currently taking several skills courses (tech and rescue) and doing practice dives to work those skills. I want to do it all in my full kit so that means BM Doubles and dry suit. Water temps are 80-88*F with surface temps 95*+. I have been wearing only my Fourth Element base layer and thin wool socks. When I get done diving I’m soaked but comfortable, I still need to dry the inside of the suit for a few hours but the base layer keeps most of the sweat and I’m still comfortable for a full day of diving.

    when it’s colder I simply layer up. I have all 4th Element undergarments as that what my LDS sells. I very happy with ever piece I own. It took me a year to slowly buy it all.
  2. Imla

    Imla Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Oslo, Norway
    Wool is the way to go. Merino will stay warm and wick moisture. Aclima, Devold or Ullvang are quality producers of well used and tested by Norwegians both in and out of water. Homepage Aclima Merino wool underwear - Devold of Norway, Ulvang - We are wool! | Ulvang

    My personal choice is Aclima and Devold. (I do 3-4hr cavedives in 4c water in normally warm Norwegian summer 20-25 on surface)

    There are also a few tricks.
    Dress in shade.
    Hit the water before you gear up.
    Gear up.
    Do all checks in water.
  3. Boston Breakwater

    Boston Breakwater "Outlaw." Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Brunswick, Georgia.
    Hello. The "Temps." are in my post.
  4. Zach Kennedy

    Zach Kennedy New

    The 4th Element undergarments were just as great investment as the drysuit itself. Can't speak highly enough of the quality and performance in a range of conditions. (I mostly teach in a spring fed quarry in Maryland where temps below 30ft. hover around 50-60 degrees year round)
  5. R4cOOn

    R4cOOn Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Germany
    Thanks for everyone's feedback.
    I went and bought a set of merino wool undergarments and another of "techie" winter undergarments.

    I tried the merino set last week and it felt much better.
    I got in the water (after dripping sweat from the walk) and didn't feel the claminess I usually get when the water compresses the undergarment on my skin.
    At the end of the dive in the 5m region (when my suit is nearly empty and the undergarment is again pressed on my skin) I didn't feel anything.

    Great suggestions.
    Storker and lexvil like this.
  6. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over
    Wool FTW!
  7. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron Contributor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: New Hampshire
    i just picked up a set of UnderArmor warm weather tops and bottoms...wore those under my 4th element layers yesterday when air temps were in the high 90s.....was incredibly comfortable all day.

    definitely worth a look.
  8. TravisD

    TravisD Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Westminster, MD
    I typically use UnderArmour "Cold Gear" under the DS insulation as a base layer.

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