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    Undersuits

    Hi all,

    My very shiny and brand new Hammond drysuit is on the way (I might finally get a dry dive...) but I wondered what undersuit folk recommend to go under?

    It has been a good few years since I have had to shop for one and I think the market has moved on a lot since then! My budget is around 200 and i definitely feel the cold. Would the Fourth Element Arctics be warm enough if layered with a base?

    cheers!
    Kelsey

    (If anyone has an undersuit to sell, I would be interested too)

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    The O'three PBBX are very good.

    The Kwark Navy are excellent too
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    and I just happen to have an O'Three PBX for sale :-)

    What size do you need?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-Padge View Post

    It has been a good few years since I have had to shop for one and I think the market has moved on a lot since then! My budget is around 200 and i definitely feel the cold. Would the Fourth Element Arctics be warm enough if layered with a base?

    cheers!
    Kelsey
    No they won't. Not even close. neither will the PBB. for your budget and diving in Shetland look at Weezle extreme with a merino base layer.

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    Thanks all,

    I'm diving in Glasgow/ west coast, not Shetland (just haven't updated my location). The water temp is much the same though just less wind chill on the surface. I have always used a Weezle Extreme but found them way too bulky so was seeing if there was any new kids on the block. I guess there are but not within my budget.

    thomsop - Thanks! Size would be ladies M, or I guess men S

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    I dive a Otter Brittannic drysuit, under it I have fourth element arctic and vest plus chill cheater baselayer. max dive time 1hrs 20 mins in scapa in September.

    What helps are good gloves and hood.

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    If you want warm with less bulk try the FE halo 3D but it’ll bust your budget.

    I’ve acquired a few undersuits over the years and warmth wise for me they are in the following order starting with the warmest. They may be in a different order if they were weren’t quite so knackered except the arctics which I used once, froze my nuts off and said sod that.

    FE halo 3D
    Santi BZ400/200
    Whites fusion
    Weezle compact
    FE Arctics.

    Under my membrane I dive the halo 3D all year round with a set of icebreaker 260 therms.

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    I have a Whites Thermal Fusion and did two 90 minute dives per day for a week in 6C water, with a merino wool baselayer under.
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    I used to dive a Whites Thermal Fusion, but eventually got fed up of climbing in and out of the neck. I can image a toilet break for a lady is less than convenient. I now use a No Gravity suit I got on offer for about 200, which is a thick fleece lining with a fleece power stretch outer, very similar to the whites but cut more normally with a front zip. This works most of the year, I add a thermal underset in winter and a thicker hood, and that works generally.

    Rich

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    Northern diver metallux 300. Had that on below a trilaminate suit yesterday along with merino baselayers and was warm even tho the suit had a slight leak at the zip. I rarely use the trilam but if I was to use it all year round I would want a fairly substantial undersuit.


 
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