Swedish manufacturer Waterproof is known for making wetsuits and drysuits for bone-chilling Scandinavian waters. The 3.5-millimeter W3 harnesses those same qualities, but this time, in a tropical wetsuit. Like its heavy-weight siblings, the W3 offers a gender-specific cut for a precise anatomical fit. Wave-flex panels in the back and in the pre-bent arms and legs create enhanced flexibility and freedom of movement. The W3 features a back zipper for easy donning and a front-gusseted neck zipper for increased comfort at the surface.
Utilizing Aqua Flex four-way stretch neoprene throughout, the Aqua Lung SolAfx packs 8 mm in the torso for heavy thermal protection to the core area and 7 mm in the arms and legs for enhanced flexibility on the surface and at depth. Featuring an attached hood that prevents cold water from entering at the neck and an across-the-chest “Plasmaloc” zipper that utilizes its design to increase water resistance, the SolAfx then adds a dam at the neck and shoulders to provide an additional level of warmth.
The W2 Wetsuit from Waterproof is anatomically designed for a superior fit. It features Waterproof’s patented HexTex inner lining, a dense, knitted, hexagonally shaped plush lining to restrict water movement and increase comfort and warmth.
A Nice, Warm Neoprene HugCold water is not my preferred environment. As a Florida boy, I start to experience quasi-hypothermic symptoms (probably all in my head) when the mercury dips below 70 degrees. That’s why when I’m headed off on a sub-tropical dive trip I make sure to be prepared. Case in point: a recent mission to New Zealand — and in my dive bag, Body Glove’s 7mm EVX fullsuit.
Finding a wetsuit that fits you like a second skin is 90 percent of the battle. Seals, seams and zippers: none of this matters if the wetsuit doesn't fit. Gaps in your arm pits, spaces between your legs, behind your knees or in the curvature of your spine will let water in and pump it around the inside of your suit, literally sucking the heat out of you.
Manufactured of both nylon and high quality spandex, the full body Lycra Diveskin by DiveGear provides both function and fit. Worn as a stand-alone in warm water, a Lycra skin provides abrasion protection from accidental contact with coral and stinging marine life, as well as sun protection, with 95% of UV rays blocked. The DiveGear Diveskin is a good addition to your gear bag whether it’s worn by itself for warm water protection or as the bottom-layer with a wetsuit.