Going to (finally) take the plunge and get drysuit trained in the next month or two. Shop uses Whites Fusion as the rental suit, so I'll get to try it out and see what I think. Overall though as I don't get to dive as often as I'd like, and don't want to spend an arm and a leg for a suit (if I buy one at all, of course), are there any recommendations for a 'starter' drysuit that won't break the bank?
I'm not interested in exploring the arctic, or doing ice dives in Wisconsin by the dark of the new moon in February. I don't think I could stand that much shrinkage (google Costanza, George, shrinkage if you don't get the reference). I have tried out a DUI on one of their travelling "Dog Days" and really frankly hated the way it felt. In all honesty that might've been poor fit in part, but still right now from a combination of cost factors and what I *think* I'd like right now, I'm leaning toward a smooshed (<--technical term, really!) neoprene type vs. a membrane or shell type. I'm a fairly big guy - 6'2", 250#, 39 waist, but not so disproportionate around the middle or elsewhere that I'd think I 'required' a custom fit. Not into caving either...just hate the huge wrinkled baggy feel.
I don't forsee flying with one frequently enough for the slower drying time to be an issue, and the smooshed neoprene and tighter fit seem to require both less lead and insulating undergarments for the type of diving I'd probably like to do with it (say 50 deg F water or higher).
The ones I've managed to scrounge up in searches so far that fit that category are: Mares IceFit or Dryfit, Aqualung Blizzard Pro, Apollo 4.0 EX, and DUI does make a crushed neoprene line as well, but they're pretty much still outside my price range (say $1k street price). As I'm not solo trained I really don't care about self-donning vs. not - there's always gonna be someone to pull my zipper. (ahem, maybe I should rephrase??? )
Any reviews of any of the above, suggestions of other makers, etc? I'm not planning on scarping off and buying until I've finished the class in the Whites, so I'll be giving it a chance (did read it's enthusiastic review on these very forums) already.
Edited by rtrski, 10 February 2009 - 01:39 PM.