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Old 12-23-2018, 09:25 AM
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Default Wet Suit recommendation for January Keys trip

Leaving for a week in Marathon Jan 6-13 and hope to do some snorkeling/ spearfishing. All set except for a wetsuit. Any recommendations?
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Old 12-23-2018, 05:21 PM
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Find one that fits nicely. I have had a few wetsuits and never found one that fit me comfortably. So I haven't really enjoyed the Keys in the wintertime with my wetsuits.
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Old 12-24-2018, 12:47 PM
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Agreed on the fit.

The wetsuit you want will entirely depend on your cold tolerance. I have a 5 mil two piece that I never use. It's just too bulky. I currently use a Hammerhead 2 mil that I use down to around the low 60s. When it gets cold, I supplement with a 1 mil rash guard to keep my torso a bit warmer. That works fine for me pretty much year round in FL.

When I'm spearfishing, I've found I need a bit less, as I'm working a bit harder, so generating a bit more heat. Only time I've been cold was on my daughter's checkout dive in spring water. I was mostly just hovering, and found myself getting cool. Adding the rash guard solved that.

A wetsuit with good seals will slow down water transfer, so you can get a bit more out of a thinner suit. Likewise, an open cell lining tends to stick to you a bit better, so they are a bit warmer. They can be a bit tougher to put on and take off, though.
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Old 12-24-2018, 01:27 PM
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So....No buying a wetsuit online?

I bought an NRS 2 mil farmer john for kayaking and occasional freediving Jan/Feb in the lower Keys. Bought it online. Tried it on just days before the 60 day return policy expired. Way too tight in the calves,otherwise good...I'm told that the next size up won't be much bigger in that area.

I'll be kayaking/fishing the 10K and 'Glades area for the week prior and really didn't want to spend ANY time shopping but it looks like that's what I'll do.

Any recommendations?
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Old 12-25-2018, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by wiscoarborist View Post
So....No buying a wetsuit online?

I bought an NRS 2 mil farmer john for kayaking and occasional freediving Jan/Feb in the lower Keys. Bought it online. Tried it on just days before the 60 day return policy expired. Way too tight in the calves,otherwise good...I'm told that the next size up won't be much bigger in that area.

I'll be kayaking/fishing the 10K and 'Glades area for the week prior and really didn't want to spend ANY time shopping but it looks like that's what I'll do.

Any recommendations?
Well, you can buy online, but usually you run the risk of a poor fit. My thick wetsuit was purchased online. Got it from a wetsuit tailor in Greece. Once you paid, he gave instructions for measuring. Once you returned the measurements, he started making the suit. So that one fit.

But, if you canít do that, itís safer to try on first. Lots of online places do offer free exchanges for sizing though. However, if youíve never worn a wetsuit, you may not know what a good fit is. It should be very snug, but you donít want it to restrict movement too much.
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I usually get them from Mako, can't beat the prices and the online size chart is accurate. I have always used a 1 piece 3mm for the keys, even in the winter, but if you wan't to be super warm all day, their 2 piece Yamamoto is great.
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by head_hunter View Post
I usually get them from Mako, can't beat the prices and the online size chart is accurate. I have always used a 1 piece 3mm for the keys, even in the winter, but if you wan't to be super warm all day, their 2 piece Yamamoto is great.
^^^^ I would second this

Another option would be to stop over in Key Largo and hit up Diver's Direct. They usually have a really good selection in the store and you can try them on.
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:02 PM
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A 3 mil is likely all you will need for Keys winter diving. If you have the time to do online order and returns then you can get a nice wetsuit for a nice price. For my wife and kids I actually ordered based on the sizing chart and then also ordered the next size up at the same time. That way both arrived and could be tried on and the one that did not fit immediately returned. Worked well for us. I have found that most sizing charts are pretty good but will not be perfect every time.
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I’ve found that a 3mm is the sweet spot for most situations and is what I would use for even Florida winters.
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I agree that a 3mil is a good all around South Florida wetsuit for spearfishing and snorkeling.
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3mm jump suit, rear zipper and a 1 mm sleeveless hooded vest.
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Just get a pair of electric sock fin warmers.

All good advise above.
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agree with everyone else, 3mm is plenty if you just visit. Water temps have been 75 to 77F. You'll see plenty of local in much thicker suits (or dry suits) but the warm sunshine has thinned out our blood
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Originally Posted by DownForDeco View Post
agree with everyone else, 3mm is plenty if you just visit. Water temps have been 75 to 77F. You'll see plenty of local in much thicker suits (or dry suits) but the warm sunshine has thinned out our blood
75 to 77 is swimming with nothing more than a bathing suit time for us up north in the summer.
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Just got here and the wx is beautiful. Already booked a trip for the AM. Plan to just use the rental until I have time to look around.
Looks like the wx gods are cooperating.
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75 to 77 is swimming with nothing more than a bathing suit time for us up north in the summer.
hehe yup, i've just been diving in up to 84 in summer water temps that 75 feels cold to me now. Just not used to it and all the wind we have top side in the winter also cools you down faster on the way back in.
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Had a nice trip out to the lighthouse today. Could have easily done it with no wetsuit. Vis was 20-25í. Current was ripping and seas were probably 3 at 4. Iíll sleep good tonight!
Got a small Hawiian Sling and plan to go tomorrow afternoon after a few yellowtail for the grill.
Beautiful weather so far.
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Originally Posted by head_hunter View Post
I usually get them from Mako, can't beat the prices and the online size chart is accurate. I have always used a 1 piece 3mm for the keys, even in the winter, but if you wan't to be super warm all day, their 2 piece Yamamoto is great.
Do you have the 2mm, closed cell, 1 piece version that says yamamato neoprene? Was interested int his one. Wondering how hard it is to get on and off. $150 bucks figured a great deal for florida diving.
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I'd recommend 3 or 3.5mm two piece Yamamoto Neoproene suit. I got one custom made from PoloSub in Italy posted to me in Australia.
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Originally Posted by Belzelbub View Post

Well, you can buy online, but usually you run the risk of a poor fit. My thick wetsuit was purchased online. Got it from a wetsuit tailor in Greece. Once you paid, he gave instructions for measuring. Once you returned the measurements, he started making the suit. So that one fit.

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Was it G&Sea in Greece?
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