View Full Version : Wetsuit thickness?

01-27-2008, 06:08
What thickness would you recomend for water around 60 degrees? thanks

01-27-2008, 07:14
There are several posts on this... it depends on the person. I would say somewhere between a 5 and 7 mil. If hood or not, etc.

01-27-2008, 07:29
I would lean toward the 7mm range but I am normally cold.

Super-Duper Scubasteve
01-27-2008, 08:47
I normally use a two piece suit, each piece being 5 mil, but that's just me

01-27-2008, 08:58
7 mil. I routinly dive 60 in a 5mil and it works, but is not what I would choose if I had a 7mil to choose from. I actually have a 7 mil on the way for this exact reason(58-63 degrees).

01-27-2008, 09:05
Really depends on your personal cold threshold. I have done it in a 5 mil farmer john with a hood. Burrrrr. I have a drysuit now.

01-27-2008, 11:11
For 60f, I would lean strongly to the 7mm and this is from a guy who goes wet in 55f water. Most important is your accroutraments too: A good hood, gloves and boots are equally important-don't scrimp on thickness or quality.

Super-Duper Scubasteve
01-27-2008, 11:11
I would say 5 mill with the improvements being made on technology and wetsuits a 5 mill could be just as warm and more comfortable than a 7 mill

01-27-2008, 14:45
I'd go with a 7mill with hood and gloves and then let a little extra water through the suit to cool off rather than start out slightly chilled. Keep in mind that as your depth increases the suit compresses and you lose insulation value. Depth? Thermoclines? Repetitive dives? There is alot to consider.

01-28-2008, 07:16
Definetly go for more than less. 7mm. I doubt in 60F water that you'll be "way too hot" in a 7mm suit!

Puffer Fish
01-28-2008, 11:51
7mm here...but a good 5mm with hooded vest or two piece might work. I get cold in 58 degree water with a 7/5 mm suit, if it is deep.

01-28-2008, 13:54
I dive a 7mm in 50 degrees of water in California :D

01-28-2008, 20:07
3mm is plenty for me in that temp. The thing is you really don't know until you dive that thickness of suit.

01-28-2008, 21:11
I regularly dive in the 50 degree range (winter in AL) with a 3 mil farmer john (so 6 mil where they overlap) and sometimes use a 3 mil hood. I am perfectly confortable with this setup; however, I am only 26 yrs old and normally very warm-natured.

01-28-2008, 21:38
Totally. I'd dive a 7mil in anything under 70 degrees.

01-28-2008, 22:26
I get cold very easily, so I'd be in my 7mm wetsuit, 6/5 hooded vest, boots, and gloves :).

01-29-2008, 11:10
My one piece lined 6.5mm is a little chilly for me at 65. I have a hooded vest to layer with now, so I'm sure that will help. Different people have different needs. My hubby was fine at 60 with his 4/3mm, 3mm hood, and reef gloves, but only for two dives.

01-29-2008, 18:55
I would suggest a 7mm with a hooded vest on top. The most important thing is that it fits well. Also, stay away from the stretchy wetsuits because they do not keep you as warm at depth and they do not last as long.

02-05-2008, 01:51
I'm probably gonna get the 3mm soon for my cozumel trip

02-05-2008, 03:42
Drysuit all the way. ;)

Over 60, and I'll start pulling out the 7mm again. But under 7mm, it's just going to be more comfortable in the drysuit most of the time. Although I generally work with classes in a wetsuit.

02-05-2008, 12:05
A 5mil wet suit with a merino lining does it 4 me. But at 55 I can tolerate a 3mil.

02-05-2008, 12:11
I have 3 suits. A beat up 3mm wetsuit,a very nice 7/6/5 wetsuit and a TLS 350 drysuit.

75+ degrees I wear the 3mm. Below that its the drysuit. The 7/6/5 sits in the back of a closet somewhere.

02-05-2008, 14:31
I use a 7mm full and a 5mm hooded vest under 60 degrees... I'm a cold water sissy.