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bluestar
08-22-2005, 11:30 AM
Can someone recommend the least expensive wetsuit with acceptable quality for abalone diving around SF?

bluestar
08-22-2005, 11:34 AM
Is this a good choice?

http://www.extremeliquidations.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=D126F02&Cate gory_Code=W1

GT
08-22-2005, 01:47 PM
That's perfect. My buddie uses that one.

Hogsbro
08-22-2005, 02:09 PM
I have dove from Carmel to Ft. Bragg, and the only thing about that suit in the link is you may get cold with a 6/5/4mm wet suit. Think about a full 7mm wet suit. You will need more weight to get down, but you should stay warmer.

alfredo
08-22-2005, 02:43 PM
Dolphin Scuba Center on El Camino has a two piece 7mm for $169.99. Farmer John style with step in jacket. (http://www.dolphinscuba.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=24_8&products_id=176)

I've been using this wetsuit for 2.5 years and it's still holding up great.

bluestar
08-22-2005, 03:01 PM
Someone else also recommended Farmer John suit....

My weight and height match different sizes: Weight 145 lb, Height 5'9". What to do in this case?

Mens Size XS 5'4-5'7" 110-120 pounds
Mens Size S 5'6"-5'9" 120-140 pounds
Mens Size ML 5'9"-5'11" 160-175 pounds
Mens L 5'10-6' 170-185 pounds
Mens XL 5'11"-6'1" 190-210 pounds
Mens XXL 6'-6'2" 210-230 pounds
Mens XXXL 6'-6'3" 230-245 pounds
Mens XXXXL 6'-6'3" 245-260 pounds
Mens XXXXXL 6'-6'3" 260-275 pounds

alfredo
08-22-2005, 03:18 PM
They stretch. I'm short and round, so I went in and tried on a few 'till I found one that fit. That was fun..ha..

The FJ style works best for me. I don't like to use the top while in my kayak.

Hogsbro
08-22-2005, 03:25 PM
I have the Dolphin farmer john wet suit, and it is very nice for the money. Once again you will have double thickness for your torso and therefore will have to use more weight to counteract the extra thickness. It may not seem like a big deal, but when you are on a long hike to get to that prime abalone spot you will have to carry that extra weight. Check out the one piece 7mm full suit with built in hood by Xcell. It is the most comfortable/warm suit I've worn. Scuba World on Madison ave has them. They are a little more than the Dolphin suit, but well worth the money.

bluestar
08-22-2005, 04:49 PM
Is it possible to put wetsuit to use for Halloween? Just get a Spiderman hood or Batman mask...

Wild_Country
08-22-2005, 05:41 PM
I have dove from Carmel to Ft. Bragg, and the only thing about that suit in the link is you may get cold with a 6/5/4mm wet suit. *Think about a full 7mm wet suit. *You will need more weight to get down, but you should stay warmer.

I agree! ;) I've been diving for over 20 years (from Trinidad to the East Cape of Baja), and have gone through a few suits. A 7mm will do the trick, but get a hood that "fits" (limits water transfer), and a jacket that also limits water movement over the back. If you stay warmer you'll dive better, so get a suit that fits.

WC

fathom
08-22-2005, 07:17 PM
For AB diveing I would go with the 7mm. Think about it when your diveing and come in you get banged up on rock's (it will help with bruiseing) and if you go with the lighter ones after a few dives you will have holes in it that will be letting all of the water in.