Exposure protection is second only to the dive mask in its importance to your dive experience. In my article in issue #92, we looked at wetsuits, their myths and design features. In this follow-up, we will discuss the next level corollary—drysuits.
The new DiveSystem Solo Expedition Drysuit is made in Italy with an exclusive NATO Trilaminate 4-1-4 and Kevlar.
A360/S360 T-Valve from Polish manufacturer Ammonite is a low profile drysuit Inflation valve with a connector to heated undergarment .
Lelle Malmström puts a drysuit neck seal through its paces by jumping of a 10m diving board to test if it holds tight.
For many female divers, especially those in technical diving, to be able to drink all the liquid one wants and actually needs before a dive, to avoid having to take off one’s drysuit and undergarments to relieve oneself, to avoid asking the guys to look away when using the “gal bucket” on board, and not to have the last part of a dive ruined by an urge to go, is really important.
The D3 Ergo is a further development of the Expedition Drysuit EX2. It has the same characteristics but has a strong tri-lam fabric instead of the EX2 breathable membrane. In addition, the D3 is derived from a military suit, and as such, it is designed for unrestricted mobility, both above and below the surface. Soft, flexible neoprene boots and a plastic zipper keeps the weight down. The whole suit—including valves, boots, seals and suspenders—weighs only 4.1kg. Waterproof.eu
The Santi 303 Thermovalve is a new connector between an external battery and a heated undergarment. This valve replaces the standard inlet valve serving a dual function. The valve has a rotating head, which is able to turn 270 degrees, offering a much higher degree of freedom when routing the cable.