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Top Tips for Buying a Drysuit

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We may have enjoyed a few sunny days, but the water hasn’t paid any attention and no matter whether you are planning an excursion in UK waters or in much more tropical ones, a drysuit is essential for dives in cool waters, dives with limited movement and lengthy dives.

However, it’s important to get the right fit. Drysuits are an expensive bit of kit, so you want to ensure you get the most out of it. These questions and answers might help:

 

Do I need a drysuit?

Drysuits are essential if you are diving (or completing other activities such as kayaking) in cool water (typically below 15-16 Celsius). If you don’t wear one the cold can have seriously negative effects on your health.

If you are completely an activity in water that is warmer than 15-16 Celsius you may also want to consider a drysuit if you will make limited or no movement.

 

What are some key characteristics I should lookout for in the hunt for a perfect drysuit?

One of the first things you should check is that your drysuit’s zips are fully functional and not going to let any water in. This is the one area you don’t want to compromise quality. It is also a good idea to invest in zipper wax, to lubricate the zip after every dive.

You should also pay special attention to the neck and wrist seals, too loose and they let all the cold water you’ve been trying to avoid in, too tight and they can cut your circulation. It’s  up to you whether you opt for latex or neoprene seals.

 

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Neoprene Suit or Shell Suit?

Drysuits roughly split into two categories; tight and thick drysuits made from compressed or traditional foam neoprene, or shell (also known as membrane) drysuits which come with both an inner and outer layer. Both have their advantages:

Shell suits:

  • Lightweight and flexible and easy to put on
  • Dry faster than neoprene suits
  • Can be used in a wide range of water temperatures depending on the undergarments worn.
  • Popular with technical divers

Neoprene suits:

  • Popular with wreck and cave divers
  • Cheaper than shell suits
  • Ideal for beginners
  • Tighter than shell suits, so less drag
  • Hardier than shell suits, can take more wear and tear

 

 How long will my drysuit last?

If you look after your drysuit correctly, a good quality one should last up to ten years.

 

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