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01-19-2010, 18:55
apollo has switched their seal material :0 what is better? latex or neoprene?

01-19-2010, 20:18
Having owned and dove both (types of seals, though not on an apallo), I prefer Latex. Latex seems to provide a better wrist and neck seal over many dives. Neo tends to leak more with wrist flex (tendon flex) and often develop leaks along the seam. That said, neo is warmer at the wrist and neck.
Last, I can easily replace the latex seals, neo's are much trickier. Oh, and dry gloves are ready made, easy squeezy for latex.

fire diver
01-19-2010, 20:25
Many people prefer the Latex. I have never used Neoprene seals, but I love my latex seals.

01-19-2010, 20:33
cool. thats what i have heard too.... I dont know why they would switch to neo? stupid!!!!!!

01-19-2010, 20:57
Another vote for Latex here.

01-19-2010, 21:06

01-19-2010, 21:16
I use and prefer latex.

Some people really prefer neoprene seals by far, however. They're simple, they're warmer, they're more comfortable (I'm told), they're a LOT more rugged, and they're far easier to repair (often with just a dab of aquaseal) if damaged. (Read that last as "they sometimes can be repaired if damaged" ... latex seldom fails in a way that can be repaired vs. replaced.)

Neoprene seals are notoriously trickier to get perfectly sealed, however, and until you every everything just right, they leak like crazy.

I don't have issues with warmth from my seals. I have zip seals so the repair issue isn't super relevant. (although replacing a zip seal is more $$$ than patching a neoprene one)

So there are definitely positives and negatives to each.