The Aqualung fusion sport combines Aqualung’s Drycore technology with an abrasion resistant lycra skin. The fact that this Aqualung drysuit is a fusion drysuit means that the Drycore material inside is oversized. This means your movement is rarely limited with the outer spandex skin holding everything together. This drysuit is extremely lightweight and compact enough to fit into most luggage. It has a built-in warm neck providing adequate protection and the cuff technology enables silicone seals to be easily replaced without sending the drysuit off for repair. The drysuit also has PU coated knees to provide excellent abrasion resistance. The drysuit comes with adjustable suspenders to keep everything in position on the surface. Most Aqualung dry suits are outstanding but the added fact that this is a fusion drysuit at such a good price makes it excellent value for money.
- Heavy-duty lycra Skin
- AirCore breathable layer
- YKK military grade brass dry zipper
- PU coated knees
The Aqua Lung Fusion One is the first fusion drysuit that offers comfort at an affordable price. It comes with DryCore technology providing an area of managed air for added comfort. The Aqualung Fusion One is a fantastic affordable drysuit with a built-in neck-dam to minimize flushing. It has flexible suspenders on the inside making the suit easy to wear on the surface and it weighs less than five pounds making the drysuit ideal for traveling with.
- Low bulk back entry zipper
- Highly stretchable spandex skin
- Protective GatorTech neoprene in the knees
- Flat-lock sewn seams
- Basic suspender system
The smartly designed neoprene suit by Scubapro is a Reverse entry drysuit that is fully covered in compressed 4mm neoprene. The neoprene creates very limited buoyancy underwater and the drysuit’s reflective ‘S’ logos are a refreshing look at the standard drysuit style. The drysuit comes with a protective neck seal and neoprene wrist seals. There is a Si Tech inflation valve and auto dump system as well as a single thigh pocket of reasonable size. The reflective S is situated on the chest, arms, and back of the legs and is a great added feature. The suit comes with a protective lining on the knees and a sock system for the feet. The sock system allows the drysuit to be easily turned inside out, making it easy to dry out. Built-in suspenders on the inside make the suit easy to don and doff. All in all, it is a brilliant, affordable, and durable drysuit.
- Protective neck seal
- Reflective S logo
- Highly durable compressed neoprene
- Built in suspenders
The DX-300X is a scuba diving drysuit that was designed by technical divers, for technical divers. Well-engineered resistance to tears (300N), puncture, and abrasion are major highlights of this incredibly durable piece of gear. This is managed with the heavy duty Cordura Ripstop outer layer, 12 middle layers of Butyl Mass creating a chemical atmosphere, and a silk inner lining. The newest addition to the Hollis exposure line ensures you are comfortable, free to move, and tough as nails. The suit utilises the celebrated SiTech silicone seals at the neck and wrist, while the diagonal YKK zipper at the front make it one of the easiest dry suits on the market to get on and off. The suit also notably includes 5mm neoprene kneepads, chest mount inflation, and two sizeable bellow thigh pockets.
- Incredibly light
- Unique trilaminate material designed and tested by technical divers
- Knee pads, Velcro pockets, Silicone seals
- ‘Bonded for life’ seams
- Easy to get on and off
The D9X Breathable drysuit by Waterproof features technical improvements on the first ultra-light D9 drysuit. This drysuit has an average weight of just 3.2 kg and has won an award for the best drysuit on the market for two years in a row. The drysuit features a reinforced lower back and knees as well as Zip-Off neoprene cuffs that allow for dry gloves. It has lightweight pockets on both legs and comes with XLITE Soft Boots. Needless to say, it easily slid its way into our Top 10.
- CORDURA Nylon quad-laminate material
- Zipper cover and flexible dry zipper
- Seam free crotch
- Warm-cuff technology to minimise heat loss
- D9X Extended Breathable Dry Suit Features
- Zip-off neoprene cuffs
- XLITE soft boots
This trilaminate, self-donning, front-entry Bare drysuit is a brilliant drysuit that is available at a highly affordable price. It uses two needles which seem to reinforce critical areas and 2mm neoprene that provides added protection on the knee pads. It is available with either neoprene or latex seals and soft socks or boots. It has seven standard sizes and includes a crotch strap and internal suspenders. The drysuit benefits from a 2mm warm collar to prevent flushing and a swivel inflation valve that you can adjust to your personal setup. It is a rugged, lightweight drysuit at a very moderate price.
- 2mm nylon/smoothskin warm collar
- 360-degree swivel inflator valve
- Knee protection with 2mm neoprene backing providing added padding for comfort
- Reinforced “critical-wear” seam points
The Scuba EverTech Dry Breathable is a trilaminate drysuit that has a fascinating breathable material that dries uncommonly quickly. This material allows heat and evaporation to escape whilst also keeping water out during a dive. The new Si Tech ring system can be found on both wrist and neck seals and allow for the quick replacement of faulty or broken seals at a dive site. Scubapro also offers silicone seals if you are allergic. The two cargo pockets are equipped with D-rings, high-security over-flaps and Velcro closures. A hook is even provided on the right-thigh utility pocket for attaching a hood. It is a super light weight drysuit that will weigh in at about the same as a 3mm wetsuit. It also has a front entry telescopic design, with a rotational inflator valve. It is simply a well-designed, great value-for-money, overall purchase.
- Breathable trilaminate design
- Si-Tech seal system for wrist and neck
- Warm neck collar
- Two large cargo pockets
The Waterproof D1X Hybrid Drysuit has a built-in undersuit that surrounds you in an insulating layer of air all the time. The suit has a unique 3D mesh lining that doesn’t crush like with other drysuits and instead allows for a more effective flow of air around the drysuit. The inner lining has been improved since the old D1 model and is now softer and more flexible. The outer material of the D1X is tough and made with an anatomic cut to be a better fit that supports scuba diving movements. The thigh pockets are easily accessible and have huge capacity. They can also be adjusted for trim and have D-rings with cord loops inside to be used as anchors and dividers for you to organize your essentials. All in all, it is one of the best waterproof drysuits on the market – missing out on our top pick due only to its price.
- Warm cuffs design to minimise heat loss
- Changeable wrist and neck seals
- Heavily abrasion resistant boots
- Soft and flexible neck ring
- 3D mesh inner lining
The X-Mission is ideal for the diver who wants a combination of reliability and flexibility. It is made with some of the most advanced materials and construction methods. This Bare drysuit was designed in partnership with a team of technical cave divers. The lightweight durable Nylon Ripstop material is perfect for high abrasion resistance in the water. It is incredibly lightweight and easily packable for travel. The elastic waistband is also adjustable at the back of the drysuit for that adjustable fit. Once zipped up the X- mission drysuit has a low profile making it very maneuverable underwater. The slim cut fit and anatomically shaped torso make this drysuit a dream for cave divers and easily push this product into our top 10.
- Field replaceable suspenders and crotch strap
- Slim “cave cut” fit for improved aqua dynamics
- Anatomically shaped torso, arms and legs
- In-field replaceable crotch strap and suspenders.
A cold water drysuit can vary enormously. From what material? Boots or socks? To what type of seal is best? The questions for first-time drysuit buyers are endless. That is why we have included below the most frequently asked questions for first-time drysuit buyers making up our most comprehensive guide to drysuits yet.
Which material should I choose?
Neoprene drysuits are thicker and far better at insulating your body heat, unlike other drysuits. The material is often squashed giving them less of an effect on buoyancy and as they are so thick, neoprene drysuits tend to be better at maintaining temperature.
Membrane drysuits – also known as shell or laminate drysuits – are effectively just the outermost layer of a drysuit. They do not retain any warmth but are far lighter and easier to pack. These suits are ideal if you are looking to dive in varied water temperatures as most of the temperature of the suit is maintained from the undergarments worn.
Fusion drysuits are a unique product. They are a combination of two drysuits in one. The suits are more flexible and more streamlined. They provide the most flexible suit on the market. An oversized drysuit core adds additional flexibility, whilst the hardy outer skin is built for environmental resistance. The outer skin is made from a host of materials varying from neoprene to Kevlar.
1. Front entry or back entry?
Front entry scuba dry suits are easy to get into. They normally have a diagonal zip going from thigh to shoulder and can be put on without the aid of a buddy. Despite being easy to get into however the opening is often not as spacious as back entry drysuits. Back entry drysuits have a zipper across the back of the shoulders. These are easier to get into, but you will still need your dive buddy to assist you in getting in and out.
2. Which type of seal is the best?
Latex seals are flexible and cheap to replace; however, they are also rather easy to tear. Remember not to pull too hard on the latex when entering the scuba suit. Intuitively, they cannot be used by anyone with latex allergies. Lastly, they are known to stretch and degrade over time.
Neoprene seals are thicker and tougher than latex on the outside. The inside glide skin, however, is more fragile so do handle it with care. Although they provide even pressure against your body, they cannot be used with dry gloves and do not stretch as easily as other seals. Silicone seals cannot stick to anything and thus require a ring system. They are easily replaceable and do not react to UV as much as neoprene or latex. They provide an excellent seal but are very fragile, so care is needed when trying to put them on.
3. What do all these valves do?
Chest inflation valves place air into the drysuit. You can get a rotational inflation valve however these tend to be more expensive than the fixed valves.
Auto dump valves allow excess gas to escape. If you twist them to the left or right, you can normally change the amount of air that can escape from the valve. You can also press the valve in to increase the amount of air leaving the valve as well.
Cuff dumps are simple one-way valves that allow gas to vent out. Although easier to use than a shoulder dump they can often let water in on the surface.
Pee valves are normally an additional extra. Pee valves allow you to go to the toilet during a dive. They are rather simple for men but much more complicated for women.
4. What extra add-ons come with a drysuit?
Thigh pockets are handy pockets on the sides of the thigh. These are useful for keeping in equipment and normally have a bungee cord for attaching certain items.
Warm necks are simple neoprene covers that cover neck seals that trap water in front to keep you warm. They also have a hole at the bottom for the water to drain from.
Braces are found inside the suit. They hold it up when you are walking around on the surface, so you can take the top half of the drysuit down and remain cool.
Built-in undersuits are only currently found on the Waterproof DX1 drysuit but are relatively self-explanatory.
Cuff guards are silicone guards that protect latex and silicone cuff seals from abrasion.
Knee pads can protect a dry suit from wear and tear.
Telescopic torsos are more commonly found on front entry drysuits to give more space. They allow you to adjust sizes and are ideal if you still have some room to grow.
5. Should I choose boots or socks?
Boots are often attached directly to the drysuit. They have a tough sole and come in many sizes. They’re sturdier than socks and are often cheaper.
Socks and rock boots are a much lighter alternative than boots but normally more expensive. The socks are thin, not especially sturdy and easily ripped. Rock boots, on the other hand, can be easily fitted around socks and come in many shapes and sizes.
6. Which zip is best?
Drysuits have two different types of zipping covering the front and back. Brass zips are the traditional style of zipping and require lubrication. They can create a very strong seal but can be easily broken so it is important not to bend them too much and always wax them. By waxing the zipper, you keep it free of corrosion and protected against the elements allowing for a smooth entry every time you use a drysuit.
Plastic zips are newer and easier to move up and down. These also don’t require as much maintenance as the older brass zips. Most drysuits also have a simple Secondary zip that covers outside of drysuit to protect it.
7. How should I size myself up for a drysuit?
Always remember you’ll be wearing an undersuit underneath the drysuit so measure yourself with clothes on. Do not increase the measurements and measure your neck, chest, waist, hips, inside leg, wrist, height, and weight. Once you’ve taken these measurements you can size yourself up against the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you cannot find a drysuit of the correct size, then you can always investigate buying a made-to-measure suit instead. Also, don’t forget your shoe size will be a size larger due to the thick socks you will be wearing.
8. Is there anything wrong with second-hand scuba dry suits?
Whilst second-hand suits are very popular and most of the time you can get a good bargain. Second-hand drysuits can have a multitude of problems and some are not that cheap to fix. A brass zip, for example, is very fragile but also one of the most expensive parts of the drysuit. If drysuit zips are damaged they can be expensive to replace, similarly, latex and silicone seals are also expensive to replace. Exercise caution when buying second hand and try to see it first before buying. Maybe even see if you can take it to a local dive store for a pressure test. Even better, buy a new drysuit and be guaranteed it’s not going to leak.
9. How much should a scuba dry suit cost?
When considering drysuit diving you should be prepared to spend a bit of money on the suit. Drysuits can cost anything from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand, so do your research and be confident when you make your purchase. Lastly, dry suit scuba diving is a one-of-a-kind experience – allowing you unrivaled, underwater freedom – so when your kit is bought and paid for, get out and there and use it well!
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