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    Lavacore

    Anybody have one ? Hey Scuba Toys, you guys going to start carrying lavacore suits ?

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    We have them in the store... Just stop by...

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    CWSWine has one and loves it. He gives it an excellent review.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    Yes I have one and have dove it about 30 times.

    Pros
    The surface is wind proof and dries very quick so the ride back on the boat isn't as cold
    Light weight and easy to pack
    Neutral in the water so no added weight
    Doesn't compress so again less weight
    Fleese lining makes very comfortable to wear
    Turned inside out it will dry over night except for the cuffs on the sleeves and ankles
    Acts like a 1.5 mil as a stand alone and adds 3 mil worth of warmth under a wetsuit.
    Can be used as drysuit undergarment
    Zipper on the front so easy get into

    Cons
    Needs to be washed with soap and water on you return from a trip. Seems the fleese will hold oder.
    Cost as much or more than a wetsuit
    Zipper on the from makes it little harder to get out of

    I dove a 3mil over the LavaCore in 70 degree water and was toasty warm and a 5mil over the Lava Core in 64 degree water and was warm. I just got back from Roaton and used it there is a standalone and never got cold, at times I would unzip the front to cool off.

    Overall I like the LavaCore and would purchase it again.
    Last edited by CWSWine; 09-23-2011 at 09:59.
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    Thanks Larry, I didn't see it on the website so had to ask.

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    Is it hard to get into a wetsuit once you're wearing the Lavacore? My 3mm wetsuit fits pretty well, snug but not tight. Thinking about getting a Lavacore to add a bit of warmth for my March Caribbean dives next year.

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    I have the long sleeve shirt. I had no problem putting on my 3mm over the top of it.

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    I'd really recommend the long sleeved shirt, with or without the hood, depending on your preference. Having full sleeves makes a huge difference in warmth IMO. I usually have to use a heat pack (Hotsnapz) in my 5mm wetsuit for lower 70 degree water to stay warm, but after my husband bought a Lavacore and raved about how warm it was, I took the plunge and had ST send me one. I wore it under my 5mm in COLDER water than the previous diving when I needed my Hotsnapz, and was never cold!!!

    Oh yeah, and although they advertise neutrally bouyant, I'd honestly say they aren't. The way my weighting is, I typically dive with about 1 pound heavy and with the Lavacore, I was neutral. Also, if you buy the shirt, get it at least ONE size (perhaps two) larger. They're cut really strangely in the armpits and your normal size likely won't fit you. My husband had to go one size larger and I had to go two sizes larger.
    ScubaToys and Zeagle....it just doesn't get better than that!

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    Lavacore options

    So if I understand correctly, I could use a lavacore for warm water dives as it acts like a 1.5mm. Then for my second suit, I could purchase a 5 mm for moderate temp dives, and then for colder dives, layer the two and it would be like 8mm. Is that correct? If so, that seems like a good way to go to enable a range of dives a various temps, with only having to invest in two suits? Is there anything I am missing here?

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    Sounds right to me. Layering is an option, but fit is important.

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