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    Wetsuit Compression

    I know that we have some old timers who remember the way that neoprene used to be. One of my dive buddies dives an older 7mm farmer john. The neoprene is stiffer and does not stretch easily. I have a newer single piece suit with nice soft squishy neoprene that stretches in all directions.

    So here is the question: Do the newer wetsuits compress more at depth?

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    I have dove both the old style bulky wetsuits and the newer "stretchier" suits. Not sure which one may compress more or less, but can say I don't notice the extreme changes in the newer suits. The older suits seemed to decompress faster as you came up; so, you needed to watch your ascent rates more closely. I haven't noticed this as much with the newer suits.

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    ive found with older wetsuits that have been used a lot is that they lose their elasticity so to speak. Kind of like a spring that gets wore out.....over time the spring just doesn't have that push any more. I find that the older wetsuits the pockets in the neoprene are compressed before they even get in the water doing a few things....making it more stiff, needing less weight, losing some thermal properties.

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    Yes.

    Stretch = easier to compress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fisheater View Post
    Yes.

    Stretch = easier to compress.
    Disagree,I think the newer neoprenes don't compress as much, or at least retain their insulation factor far better than the old ones, I assume thats compression related.
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