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Undergarments for the short term?

Discussion in 'Diving Into New Gear' started by mullannix930, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. mullannix930

    mullannix930 Solo Diver

    I am getting a Drysuit from DRIS and also getting one of the upgraded warranties. With that undergarments are going to be tough. Other than merino, what else can I use to get me through a month or so till I can afford purpose undergarments?

    mom in Kentucky and only plan one or two dives in the 45 degree range.
  2. MrVegas

    MrVegas Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ohio
    Since no one else replied . . . I bought a drysuit in March (also from DRIS) and have liked it a lot. If it is a membrane suit (bilam or trilam) the undergarment purchase is probably just as important as the drysuit purchase, which is something I didn't really think about at first. However, for my first several dives in roughly 43-46F water, I got by with Cabela's mid-weight long underwear and a random assortment of sweats. As everyone will tell you, cotton does not do well when wet. If everything stayed reasonably dry, the sweats worked alright, but not ideal. Make sure you figure out weighting in a relatively shallow and safe environment, since different undergarments can affect buoyancy a lot.

    Anyway, we eventually bought the 4th element Arctic undergarments, and the 4th element vest (x-core) for really cold water. I , wear the Cabela's long underwear under the Arctics. Those have worked much better. I also think DRIS has some house brand undergarments that are a little cheaper and probably made out of similar material. SEAC has a cheap -- but very thin -- set of undergarments. Of course, if you are not diving really cold water, you might not need as much.

    You might get more replies in the equipment section (exposure suits).
  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Multiple layers of polypro base layer and thicker merino wool might work, but it depends on your cold tolerance. A poly fleece pullover without a zip neck would do in a pinch as would poly fleece sweats. No ideal, but temporary. 2 pairs of heavy wool socks.
  4. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

    Avoid cotton, mother natures death fabric.

    wicking undies.
    Poly fleece outer. I probably have a couple old fleece hoodies that I could butcher the hood off of.
    I've known people to use a fleece onsie, lounge suit. Pretty cheap on Amazon. It will get you through cool water and short dives.

    Just get some wool socks.
  5. Raphus

    Raphus DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Germany
    Why not cotton?
  6. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
    For the same reason a down vest would be a bad idea in that environment. It absorbs and retains moisture, diminishing it's value as an insulator.
  7. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    Would help to know what type of suit? Trilam or neoprene? I'm assuming trilam.

    When I started diving a ds I asked the same question and was told stay away from cotton and bundle up like you're going out in the snow.

    Fast forward and I did pick up a set of forth element arctics. Hands down one of the best investments I've made.

    Good luck and have fun!!!
  8. Azraelien

    Azraelien Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Slovakia
    it doesn't retain insulating properties when wet
  9. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

    And there WILL be moisture inside the suit. You perspire inside a sealed bag. The bag is cold. As that moisture works toward the suit it will condense. A good undergarment system will pull the moisture away from you and keep it against the suit, preserving the insulation in the middle.

    Cotton soaks up that water making itself thermally conductive. Conducting heat from your body straight to the suit.

    Cotton works outside as it can breath. The lack of breathing is the problem with cotton. And that is what you have inside a drysuit.
    Brett Hatch likes this.
  10. Cap335

    Cap335 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Houston
    If you have a 3 or 5 mil 1 piece it will work for a month

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