View Full Version : Which wet suit for New england?
07-31-2006, 07:19 AM
Which wet suits do you guys rock for the chilly waters of N.E.? I shopping for my next suit and donít have much knowledge of free diving suits. Iíve been wearing a 3/2 one piece, surfing suit (ones an OíNeill and the other is an excel) and have been pretty cold.
I looking for a warm suit for water between 55 Ė 65, one piece (I think) similar movement to a surfing suit as it will be used for free diving only ÖNo scuba.
07-31-2006, 07:33 AM
5mm or 7mm , there seems to be 7mm sporasub on ebay about every week, they run like 115 new not a bad deal. they are freediving suits with the shooting patch and everything. i bought two and they've held up pretty well.
my brother and i dove year round with them. well, they get a too warm for mid summer but fall,winter, spring, early summer 7mm ain't bad.
07-31-2006, 09:42 AM
They are expensive but a Picasso 5MM will do the trick. I have owned many, many wetsuits and the picasso wetsuit is by far the best thing out there. I spent like $500 but you can get them for less. One of my dive buddies here uses an Oceanos that is camo and he loves it, it is also 5mm. I will find out details.
But the picasso is like a dry suit nothing gets in or out, And for the hotter days I only wear the top piece with the hood. It is a bitch to get into but you will learn the tricks after a few dives.
Plus Roger Yazbeck who runs Picasso America used to live in RI and was a frequent diver there, he will guide you to perfect setup....
07-31-2006, 01:45 PM
the suits you guys are talking about, are 2 or 1 piece suits?
07-31-2006, 02:41 PM
I have the Camu thermoflex... I swear these suits are like magic...best thing I ever bought, You may notice that guys on hear all use different guns but for the most part when it comes to freediving wetsuits most will tell you to go picasso...
08-01-2006, 09:05 AM
I have used an Omer 5mm thermo titanium for at least 5 years, works very well for me. Usually we start diving when water hits 55, about May 1, so it is a spring and fall suit. Also it has held up very well.
08-01-2006, 09:29 AM
You may notice that guys on hear all use different guns but for the most part when it comes to freediving wetsuits most will tell you to go picasso...
Really? I've seen just about every manufacturer's suits being worn by lots of different divers here in NE.
I own a 3mm Picasso suit that is very comfortable but is a bit fragile.
Omer, Sporasub, Cressi, Beuchat, and Imersion (Esclapez) all make good suits. The most important thing is that it fits properly. The european cuts seem to run a little small on me so I up size the suit. It's easy to taylor the suit if it's a little big but it's more difficult to add neoprene if the suit is tight.
08-01-2006, 02:54 PM
I use an Omer 5mm. Up here in NH at the beginning of the season, when the water is around 50, I get cold if I'm not seeing seeing fish. In RI,at this time of year,when the water is over 70, it sometimes gets warm, but I just pull on the chin and let some water in.
08-01-2006, 04:17 PM
awesome guys...thanks for the help
08-01-2006, 05:06 PM
Check out www.eliossub.com and www.diveskin.net.
You can get a custom 5MM suit with open cell lining for warmth for 200- 250.00
08-01-2006, 10:57 PM
they piccasos suits are fragile if you dont lube them up enough when you put them on, but the out side is very strong when it comes to rubbing on rocks. i have had two suites 3 and 5mm for 5 years each
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