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mixahl
04-29-2008, 22:32
Im wondering which wetsuit to buy when diving in Southern California waters, Catalina islands, etc....Usually 50-60F. What thickness would you recommend and what brands are reliable?
I will also be diving tropical waters...75F....so buying one wetsuit would be most effective.
Thanks

Rainer
04-29-2008, 22:55
I assure you, buying one wetsuit to cover those two environments will be anything but effective. SoCal is usually 7mm, sometimes with hooded vest (though I dive dry in those temps), while mid-70F temps are probably 5mm for some, or even 3mm. For most, a 7mm would be over-kill in the warmer water, while anything less than 7mm would be terrible in CA.

CompuDude
04-29-2008, 22:56
Im wondering which wetsuit to buy when diving in Southern California waters, Catalina islands, etc....Usually 50-60F. What thickness would you recommend and what brands are reliable?
I will also be diving tropical waters...75F....so buying one wetsuit would be most effective.
Thanks

Don't come to dive SoCal with less than a full 7mm wetsuit and hood. You may even be happier dry, but plenty of people do just fine in a wetsuit... your tolerance may or may not be the same as theirs.

A 3-5mm suit would be for those tropical waters, again, depending on your tolerance and how much repetitive diving you're doing. But you'll need 7mm for SoCal, definitely.

One wetsuit isn't going to cut it, unless you decide to own one and rent the other. :)

Edit: Rainer beat me by one minute! LOL

Any good, well made brand is fine. We see lots of Henderson, Bare, Xcel, Body Glove, O'Neill... you name it.

mixahl
04-29-2008, 23:14
Thanks for the info guys!

mixahl
04-29-2008, 23:26
How does the bare 7mm arctic full suit measure up for the cold waters? anyone use it?
BARE 7MM ARCTIC FULL SUIT, Wet Suits, Bare, BARE 7MM ARCTIC FULL SUIT (http://scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=BareArcticSuit)

CompuDude
04-29-2008, 23:55
How does the bare 7mm arctic full suit measure up for the cold waters? anyone use it?
BARE 7MM ARCTIC FULL SUIT, Wet Suits, Bare, BARE 7MM ARCTIC FULL SUIT (http://scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=BareArcticSuit)

I know several people who dive one and absolutely love it.

I've never worn one, but it certainly seems like a well made suit, and Bare has a good rep.

CODMAN
04-30-2008, 07:16
How does the bare 7mm arctic full suit measure up for the cold waters? anyone use it?
BARE 7MM ARCTIC FULL SUIT, Wet Suits, Bare, BARE 7MM ARCTIC FULL SUIT (http://scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=BareArcticSuit)


I've got one and love it. Well made, good fit (they have a million sizes), looks good, good price... And toasty warm with the hooded vest (14mm over the core). If 14mm is too much for you, they also have the Alpine fullsuit with hood which is just 7mm. No hooded vest.:smiley20:

mixahl
04-30-2008, 08:26
Thanks for all the positive reviews!

RoyN
04-30-2008, 10:04
I'm with everybody here. A 7mm and some under layer like a 1mm or a 0.5mm would work. :D

ratown
04-30-2008, 13:12
I wear a 2mm spring suit or 3mm full when it's 75 degrees... I couldn't imagine wearing a 7 mil.

DiverMAN
04-30-2008, 13:16
I'd wear a 7mm and def. a hooded vest...

Rainer
04-30-2008, 13:22
I wear a 2mm spring suit or 3mm full when it's 75 degrees... I couldn't imagine wearing a 7 mil.

Where are you located? It's never 75F at depth in SoCal.

And I'm cold in 75F in a 3mm!

ratown
04-30-2008, 13:26
I'm in Florida. I was just saying because he said that he dives tropical areas.

mixahl
04-30-2008, 14:03
yea, i dive tropical waters with a 3mm and will most likely get the bare arctic 7mm full suit for california waters...

elijahb
04-30-2008, 21:44
Wetsuit Temperature Chart - Wetsuit Gear - The most comprehensive, (http://wetsuitgear.com/temp_chart.php)
has a good table of temp and wet suit thickness guidelines

mixahl
04-30-2008, 22:14
Wetsuit Temperature Chart - Wetsuit Gear - The most comprehensive, (http://wetsuitgear.com/temp_chart.php)
has a good table of temp and wet suit thickness guidelines

Thanks...that chart really helps...

Scotttyd
05-14-2008, 13:54
It is funny, it is so hard to say "what is a good thickness wet suit for (insert temp here). At local quarries I have seen people dive anything from 3mm to full dry suits in temps at 60, and then I may go in just skins and people are cold at with a 7 mm, only way to know for sure, try it out and go from there