Author Topic: semi dry wetsuits  (Read 3516 times)

itchyfeet

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semi dry wetsuits
« on: October 03, 2012, 02:10:18 UTC »
Looking into so called semi-dry suits in which you get wet. Seem to be two basic types.
One more of a dry suit with dry suit type zipper-Scubapro Nova Scotia.
The other more wet suit like -Aqua Lung 7-8 mm SolAfx  AquaFlex hooded jumpsuit
 
I can not get a good handle on which to get and appreciate any insights you may have. I get cold in 1/2 hour with 5mm standard hooded vest and  7mm wetsuit. And while
I can return suits I can not try them out prior to buying.
Thanx

wonderland

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Re: semi dry wetsuits
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2012, 13:34:04 UTC »
I have a Mares 7 mil semi-dry (which I think has been discontinued).  It has a drysuit-like zipper across the back of my shoulders and double seals on the arms and legs.  I've been diving with it for about 3 years and have worn it in water temps ranging from the low 50's to low 70's.  When it was newer, it was much more "semi-dry"--it would take about 30 minutes before I felt water run down my back.  Now, not so much.  I still like it because I think it is warmer than a standard 7 mil wetsuit (it has a built in core warmer), but when it dies, I'm not sure I will buy another one.  I would say that if you don't want to invest in a dry suit, it is probably a good option, but how "dry" it is, will depend on how the seals hold up.

just my two cents.
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Re: semi dry wetsuits
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2012, 16:16:31 UTC »
I get cold easily. For several years I used a SolAfx (which does have a drysuit zipper) under a custom-fit 7mm non-stretch shorty. It was OK down to around 45 deg F for one or two dives a day. Recently switched to a 7mm Henderson Aqua-Loc outfit including 7mm boots, 5mm gloves, and 7/5 hooded vest. It's extremely comfortable and relatively easy to don and doff (although SuitJuice lubricant is a big help).
Looking into so called semi-dry suits in which you get wet. Seem to be two basic types.
One more of a dry suit with dry suit type zipper-Scubapro Nova Scotia.
The other more wet suit like -Aqua Lung 7-8 mm SolAfx  AquaFlex hooded jumpsuit
 
I can not get a good handle on which to get and appreciate any insights you may have. I get cold in 1/2 hour with 5mm standard hooded vest and  7mm wetsuit. And while
I can return suits I can not try them out prior to buying.
Thanx

 

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