View Full Version : I have a question for Larry?

10-02-2007, 20:33

What wetsuit would you recommend for an 11 y/o boy who gets cold really easy? He is very skinny but would like to be able to dive in the midwest. I looked on the website but everything I found was for tropical climates. He already has a 3/2, a 2mm shorty, hood, gloves, boots.

ScubaToys Larry
10-03-2007, 06:08
A lot will depend on the temps you are jumping in... But if you already have a 3... may as well make the big jump into something like a 7 mil farmer john setup. Something along these lines: http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=Neo7MilJohnJacket

But that one shows the smallest size as an XS adult.... we can get kids size heavier suits, may even have one or two kicking around the shop - have to look later today, but even if it's not on the site - no problem getting one in.

So shoot me a PM, or give the shop a call, and give us some height, weight, etc measurements, and we'll find what options we have in some of the heavier suits. And just like the normal adult sizes - there is a huge difference in pricing. Probably in the a little over 100 range - up through hyperstretch stuff in the 350 range or more depending on configurations (full 7 mil, farmer john/jacket, etc)

When we go out to the lake here in the winter, we're putting students in the 7 mil farmer johns, and we have kids in the classes all the time, so I'm sure we can get something that will work for you.

10-03-2007, 06:43
Hey Flatliner, wont dont you get him a Polartec with hood.

Hmm Im not Larry am I? - ahh well bugger it.


10-03-2007, 10:12

I will PM some measurements when I get back home later this week. His problem at this point is that he is really skinny. If I can get something in the 100-150 range that would be great. Both hard to fit and no "native" insulation like his dive buddy ;-) If I need to go sig. higher than that I will probably look at the custom option, just don't want to spend that much on something that will only last a year or 2 at most.

I agree that the farmer john in the 5-7mm range is what he needs, that way, his body has the double insulation.

10-03-2007, 10:15

By polartec do you mean a dry-suit. I would love to do that but I don't think they even make a drysuit for someone that small. Plus, there is the $$$$ issue.

10-03-2007, 12:18
One tip I learned when dealing with a thin female student in a rental "Farmer John" type wetsuit. Tuck the hood inside the inner half of the wetsuit so the inner part of the hood is on skin and not neoprene. Keeps body heat in more efficiently.

Also, my wetsuit has rubber dams in the wrists and ankles to minimize water flow. Highly recommended.

10-06-2007, 05:01
Not a diverite Polartec fleecy vest, I am refering to a blue polartec vest and hood they are light and comfortable and are supposed to to get wet. I use the hood just to keep reef scratches off of my head and for warm water diving. Its a combination of Lyra and fleece, my hood one is a Aeroskin.


I think you also call them Skarkskins.

Ill try and find some websites fro you. Traditionally they are blue over here and no I am not referring to a purely lycra rashy or micropene suit.



Best of luck M8