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Need a new suit

Discussion in 'Dry Suits' started by pgarrish, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. hawk

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    There also the issue of volume. More people buy £500 suits than £2000 suits and so you will invariably see more complaints.

    Whether this means a higher percentage of people are dissatisfied with cheap suits is unknown.

    Likewise, the internet has a long memory. ND had a teabag reputation and people will continue to repeat this even if they have no direct or recent experience. A guy in my club has an ND suit and has been dry more than most.
     
  2. Wibble

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    My ND suit was fine. Great value too at £450.
    Have heard of people commissioning a bespoke made to measure suit and having fit and leaking problems.
     
  3. splinter

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    Just had a post from Otter pop up on my Facebook feed. They're having a clearance sale from 25th November until 2nd December.

    Might be worth the OP checking out if you're anywhere near Bradford.

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  4. pgarrish

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    Cheers. I’m in preston so otter’s not too far away. Depends if I get trigger happy tomorrow
     
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  5. pgarrish

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    Well there’s a shock.... new suit ordered, minor tweaks being done and I collect my ND divemaster neoprene drysuit next Friday hopefully

    For interest I tried in the HIP front entry suit and almost dislocated my head.... not for me with a dodgy shoulder/neck. It was ok when on but seams rubbed under my armpits, but getting out was also very uncomfortable so no good.

    Tried the cortex with rear zip and that was much better. A fairly good fit but again uncomfortable under the arms for me.

    The divemaster was spot on except the legs are a bit long (so getting trimmed) and the neoprene neck seal was too long (I have a short neck) so that’s being cut too.

    Briefly looked at dry gloves but will see how I get on with the wrist seals (pos a bit loose) and the suit as a while before spending more.

    Got half price thermicore 2 piece undersuit to go with it so hopefully can test drive it all next Friday

    Thanks for all the advice but the convenience is important for me rather than the ultimate deal. I like the idea of being able to meet face to face if anything needs fixing.

    What’s the usual increase in weighting from membrane to neoprene?
     
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  6. Wibble

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    Glad you've got your suit sorted.

    A bit of a difference. But you'll have other things changing too: undersuit, etc. So be prepared for a couple or four kilos on your weight check.
     
  7. pgarrish

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    Could be fun...
     
  8. pgarrish

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    To be honest, it was always likely to be a case of buying from ND unless I couldn’t find something...
     
  9. splinter

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    Nice one. Glad you got sorted.

    For the weighting, going the other way, compressed neo to membrane, I've dropped 2kg but still need to do a weight check as I felt a bit overweight still.

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  10. pgarrish

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    Hoping I won’t need an extra 2kg but if I do, I do... I’ve gone from a onesie style undersuit to a 2 piece fitted effort so I’m hoping that’s less buoyant but we’ll have to see
     
  11. pgarrish

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    Pick it up tomorrow-anyone at Eccy Delph ?
     
  12. pgarrish

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    Well no issues with weight but I didn’t get away with the ‘too easy to get on’ wrist seals and got soggy arms, so they are being taken in. Found the suit easy to get on/off and comfy once on. Can’t comment on warmth really but we still managed over 50 mins . Looking forward to a proper dry dive soon though
     
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  13. Tom46

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    I’ve got a Waterproof D7. Found that it fit pretty much perfectly off the peg. If you pop into somewhere like Mikes in Chiswick you can try on a few as they hold a pretty big range in stock from different brands.
    A mate has the Argonaut and loves it and I’ve seen a few people using them. They look pretty fitted which I think is good.


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  14. Mako-JD

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    I am very happy with my MTM seaskin trilam. For £600ish. 2 years old now and still watertight over 150dives
     
  15. Wibble

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    The Argonaut's the same price as a lot of made-to-measure suits. OK if you're one of the people that it fits.

    Also with the Scitech dryglove system which is very marmite. My buddy absolutely hates them and claims he's never had a dry dive and has given up trying, going back to wet gloves. Conversely, few people ever complain about the Kubi system.
     
  16. Harvey-NG

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    Yeah I agree. I own a Seaskin, and with its low cost and potential for customisation, I now have a £650 suit with features usually found on top end Santi suits and the like. Also M2M is almost essential if you're anything but standard peg sizes, which hardly anyone is.
     
  17. pgarrish

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    Well I’m starting to clock up a few dives in the Divemaster. Still getting a bit damp down the neck but I think it’s because I move my head a lot, that said I’m not getting too cold with the new undergear and a set of trespass fleeces under those.

    Out again tomorrow with a guy who’s had divemaster suits for years so hoping to get some tricks and investigate the ND dry glove system since I have neoprene wrist seals

    Bit of a shock getting up to 14kg weight though... all those layers holding plenty of air I guess.
     
  18. Wibble

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    Kind of getting tired of the thought of those people deriding diving overweighted. I’m sure there’s some who are clearly overweighted, but the thought of diving underweighted and freezing ones tits off at a shrink-wrapped 6m deco stop doesn’t appeal in the slightest.
     
  19. Dave Whitlow

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    Yet another advantage of CCR is that you can't be under-weighted (except if you've bailout out but we don't do that cos it is noisy) so you aim to dive with just enough weight and that means you are correctly weighted throughout the whole dive.
     
  20. Dale Martin

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    The ND dryglove system works fine on neoprene seals. You just need to put a band of adhesive round the outside of the wrist seal for the cuff to seal onto.
    Might be one of the bulkier dryglove systems available but I’ve only ever had wet hands when I’ve holed a glove.
     
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