Some of the best diving in the world exists in places where the water temperature is roughly equivalent to what pours from your cold water faucet. Cold waters harbor playful sea lions and seals, strange-but-true leafy sea dragons, giant octopuses, ethereal forests of kelp and more, But if your teeth are chattering and your lips are turning blue, it tends to diminish the enjoyment of the experience. Which is why we've lined up some of the latest products in the thermal protection world for you to check out. They won't keep you dry, but they will keep you warm. Which means you'll be able to spend more time where you belong - underwater.
Gold Core/Hyperstretch Henderson offers the industry's most complete and versatile line of thermal protection. Divers can mix and match components to create a personalized wetsuit system. The Gold Core line provides maximum heat retention, while the Hyperstretch products provide forgiving fit. Shown: 7 mm Hyperstretch jumpsuit ($349.95), 7/5 mm Gold Core bibbed hood ($52.95), 3 mm Gold Core warmer ($149.95), 6.5 mm molded-sole boot ($58.95), 6.5 mm Gold Core Velcro gloves ($52.95).
Storm Trooper Innovative design provides more thermal protection with less bulk. Constructed from ultra-flex neoprene cut into an anatomical pattern with pre-bent arms and legs. All seams are triple-glued, double-blind-stitched and then sealed with a flexible liquid tape. Unique entry system features interior Floodgate zipper panel; built-in hood, neck and wrist seals reduce water entry and water movement; Thermofiber lining increases heat retention. Shown: 6/5/4 hooded fullsuit ($339.99).
S-Tek System SCUBAPRO's S-Tek system features the TPS numbering system, which allows the diver to match components to achieve the correct degree of thermal protection for any water temperature. Shown: S-Tek 7 mm EverFlex steamer with multi-flex material ($349); S-Tek 3/5 hooded vest with Silverskin lining ($98); 5 mm molded-sole boot with athletic shoe technology for enhanced stability and durability ($69); and 5 mm Sure Grip gloves with reinforced palms, fingers and fingertips ($62).
Isotherm Millennium Sophisticated design, premium materials and advanced construction techniques combine to make the Isotherm Millennium the ultimate cold-water wetsuit. Key design elements include a horizontal rear dry zipper, titanium plush torso lining and toroidal wrist and ankle seals with Z heat lining. All designed to minimize water exchange while also enhancing freedom of movement. Shown: Isotherm Millennium ($565), Avanti 5 mm boot ($69.95). 800-874-3236