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  • YES - I would buy gear featuring high visibility material.

    29 72.50%
  • NO - I would not buy gear with high visibility material.

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    TDF Member Irnbru's Avatar
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    Cool High visibility gear

    What it says on the tin...if manufacturers made BCDs/Wings/drysuits using high visibility materials would you buy them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irnbru View Post
    What it says on the tin...if manufacturers made BCDs/Wings/drysuits using high visibility materials would you buy them?
    Yes, but they'd need to come up with a dirt resistant surface which isnt easy.

    Most attempts at lighter/brighter colours look/get grubby fast, the colours also fade faster, especailly
    when hit with sunlight. I've got a Otter Hammerhead with yellow arms stained with antifoul that's
    reduced the value of the suit. The same on a black Otterskin, well you'd not even notice.

    Then what about delaminating caused by different coloured pigments?
    What starts off as fucia pink goes almost pastel pink with a few seasons in the sun and with some materials
    can even start to break down.
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    There's no option for don't give a monkey's. I wouldn't pay extra or seek it out and I wouldn't not buy it if it was twat yellow.

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    Poll is too generic IMO. I would consider certain hi-vis (eg fins and SMB) probably not on a drysuit.

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    My drysuit has hi-viz strips on the arms & I have aftermarket reflectors on my BC.

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    My fins are green or yellow, my drysuit is blue/black, my rebreather case, surprisingly, is yellow but the rest of the kit is black.
    I hate black.
    Black is a can't see colour.
    I don't want high vis but I just want less black.
    I want the hoses different from the clips different from the harness different from the zips different from the pockets different from the suit different from the gloves different from the knife sheath etc.
    I really do hate black.

    I wear the Fladden 'sear yer eyeballs' jacket on the boat because it is warm, it floats and is self righting in the water not because it is yellow beyond belief.
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    White fins - yes
    White cylinders - yes
    Large SMB with solas tape - yes
    Very large torch for the surface, switched off until sunset - yes

    Everything else makes no difference.

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    My drysuit is an old otter, the top half is (was?) high vis orange...

    The downside is that the orange has faded, and looks (very) grubby. My next suit will be plain black as it hides the dirt.

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    I am onto my second drysuit and went with large parts in orange again. The first suit (now my back up) was bought in 2011 from Otter and sun has indeed faded the colour a bit but who cares. In fact a faded otter is a sure sign it has seen a plenty of diving and testament to the manufactures build quality.

    I have black F1s. I quite fancy something colourful but my fins are still going strong and at the moment can't justify the spending.

    Just getting started with my KUBI dry gloves and opted for white. Should make hand signals really easy to see.

    Hood is standard Waterproof type. I think a high viz version would be smart but the one they do do is 10/5 mm and bibbed (not to mention 60).


    Hood is the one that surprises. If you lose your SMB your head is the one bit above the water so black / blue makes the least sense here
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    Dirt ?

    Just hose it down.
    Why is it that with everything in life I always find a more difficult way of doing it (and not intentionally)


 
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