View Full Version : Wetsuit thickness...

10-17-2007, 14:51
Hi guys,

I know it's mostly a matter of personal preference, but for New England diving in the summer months... like up through August/September what thickness wetsuit would you recommend? I know right now for October I'm using a 7MM Farmer Jane suit, and so far haven't been cold in the water.

I plan on diving up here through the spring and summer (but not too early in the spring- brrrr, snow melt!) I also enjoy travel, and will be diving in tropical locations. I'm trying to not have to buy 2 suits because of financial constraints, and figure for now, I can rent in tropical locations. I really only have a handful more dives planned for Gloucester before I'm sure a wetsuit will not be warm enough, but I already have my next trip to Cozumel planned.

I'm thinking that a 7MM will be too warm for tropical water, right? But is a 5MM too cold for New England? http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/images/smilies/More%20Smiles/confused.gif


10-17-2007, 15:01
Trying to buy/own just a single wetsuit for both warm and cold water diving isn't really feasible. That's like wanting a 4x4 pickup truck with 20" tires for driving through the NE winter weather, but then expecting it to perform like a Corvette when cruising Highway 101 in CA.

7mm for the NE diving seems to be good for you - you said that you haven't been cold.

I suggest a 3mm for your warm-water dives. If it's TOO warm, you can always cool down (let in a little water), but if you're too cold, you can't really 'warm up' underwater.

ST has a nice Bare Progressive Stretch 3/2 for $160 minus the 10% discount, or about $146 plus a few bucks for shipping. Great suit - I dove it in the Caribbean a few months ago and it was great.