Dry Suits (Neoprene vs. Trilam.)

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Posted by Rob1 on July 25, 2000 at 19:32:18:

First, thanks for taking the time to read this message.

I've been diving in Southern California for several years with a 6.5 mm wetsuit. This is fine for one dive or so (for me), but I'm very prone to getting cold. By the end of a 2nd or 3rd dive in a day (unless the water is really warm) I'm being chased out not by lack of air, but by the cold.

Conclusion - Dry Suit (yes, I know - obvious).

Now the selection process. I've tried on (out of water) both Trilam. and Neoprene dry suits by various manufacturers. I think I've found the features that I'll want (and a few things to avoid). Question is what do others think of each type. Trilam. seems to require less weight, but has a fit and puckering problem. Neoprene seems to have more stretch, but also seems to require more weight to neutral boyancy.

Any input, thoughts or comments from people who have dry suits of either type as to the characteristics and makers would be much appreciated (especially since they cost a significant amount).

Thank you again for your time.

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