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Buying a Wetsuit

Wetsuits are necessary gear for deep dives, but even shallow water tank divers and free divers benefit from them. Primarily, the suits trap the heat generated by the body's own warmth which makes diving in colder, deep water not only more comfortable but also possible for a longer duration. And the manufacturing and materials technology behind wetsuits has developed rapidly in the last ten years, so if you haven't been part of the audience for the suits, you've got a thing or two to learn. Now that nearshore Florida waters are turning colder, it's a good time to consider the condition of your current suit and whether you might want to get into one, if you haven't previously. The lobsters and fish are still down there, even in the winter.

FS member Region Rat is in the market for a wet suit for his upcoming spearfishing trips, and he asked for suggestions on what brand and style he should consider buying. He indicates the points to consider in the purchase of a suit, including the style, type of material, thickness of the suit, color/pattern, the make and whether to buy a new or used suit—and of course the fit, which is critical to the suit's effectiveness. Here's the thread.

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