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Old 05-03-2004, 09:34 AM   #1
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New Mimetic Wetsuit

I am pretty pumped about the new wetsuit I just ordered. Cam thinks it is too good to be true, but if it isn't, I think everyone should know about it. First, the thing is apparently custom made as I was asked to send in 26 different measurements for the fabricator. Second, it is the second best pattern I have seen for green camo behind the OMER line. Actually, it is US Army MILSPEC green camo. The suit is slickskin on the inside and nylon outside for extra protection. There are no knee or elbow pads. With my hard-to-obtain Office Depot Spearfishing sponsorship I can get mouse pads for 1.97 to fix the problem.

Oh, the best part? It was $119, plus $30 shipping from Greece! If it is halfway decent and lasts two seasons, it is worth that price. The owner, Spiros, has been on the ball with any questions I have had.

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Old 05-03-2004, 09:53 AM   #2
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Sounds interesting. Keep us informed on the all the details.
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Old 05-03-2004, 10:24 AM   #3
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Thanks. Thats a good deal I got my omer three years ago, and its seen better days. Thats a good price. AJ don't you have one of those sponsorships...except yours required a double major....
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Old 05-03-2004, 01:13 PM   #4
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Re: New Mimetic Wetsuit

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Oh, the best part? It was $119, plus $30 shipping from Greece! If it is halfway decent and lasts two seasons, it is worth that price. The owner, Spiros, has been on the ball with any questions I have had.
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I find it strange some manufacturers brag about their high percentage of closed cells in their neoprene and this one brags about the high percentage of open cells.
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Old 05-03-2004, 01:36 PM   #5
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From the little I know about neoprene, Japanese Open-Cell is the standard for high quality free-diving suits. I don't think it is tougher than the other stuff though, so it wouldn't take a beating on the bottom. Plus, it is a pain to put on and get off...
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I would think the closed cells would provide better insulation but I did some research into Heiwa, Rubatex, and Yamamoto neoprenes and all three are considered to have excellent insulation, compression resistance, and flexibility but the Rubatex and Yamamoto products have a very high closed-cell content.
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Old 05-03-2004, 03:49 PM   #7
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Rabi:

I am about to get a cammo suit also. I just can't bring myself to get a suit with the skin in because it is such a hassle to get in and out of it.

My perfect suit would have either the OMER cammo pattern or the one here. It would also be one piece with an optional hooded vest in the same cammo and would have nylon on the inside as well.
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Old 05-03-2004, 04:19 PM   #8
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...I just can't bring myself to get a suit with the skin in because it is such a hassle to get in and out of it....would have nylon on the inside as well.
OceanEd, that's what I used to worry about too. However, after using a skin-in suit, I'm not going back to a nylon-lined (inside) suit again for freediving. Skin-in is VERY comfortable and warm, and it's not the hassle people make it out to be once you've practiced donning the suit. Check the Eliosub website for step-by-step instructions on donning open-cell suits.
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Old 05-04-2004, 08:00 AM   #9
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I talked to Spiros again. He said every suit he makes is done custom for the person ordering it. This was so key for me because I have never had one to fit me before. I am 6'5'' and skinny, not your typical stock wetsuit buyer. He said it only takes a day or two to make once the measurements are in, so mine is shipping out today or tomorrow.
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You have me rethinking skin in. I still like one piece suits.
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I am 6'5'' and skinny, not your typical stock wetsuit buyer.
I'll betcha I look like a smurf standing next to you, esp. after a static breathhold.
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Old 05-04-2004, 03:27 PM   #12
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What's wrong with Smurf's?
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What's wrong with Smurf's?
Nothing's wrong, if you don't mind looking like a cyanotic dwarf.
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Old 05-06-2004, 09:45 PM   #14
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RabiSpear,

I'm not very Ebay savvy, what does one do first? Bid and pay for it or contact the Co. first, give measurements, etc., etc. ? How do I contact the guy?
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Old 05-07-2004, 06:49 AM   #15
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Cyanotic dwarfs look surprisingly like fish food if you just learn to twitch a little. You can draw the big ones right in.
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