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ScubaLab 2013 Drysuit Review: 8 Best Drysuits
BARE TRILAM PRO DRY
• Price: $1,399.95
• Style: Rear-Entry, Horizontal Shoulder Zip
• Suited For: General-Purpose Diving
• Available Sizes: 17 Mens, 6 Womens
This was our tester's choice! The test team really liked the features and the overall feel of the Trilam Pro. It racked up the most points for overall favorite drysuit in this year’s shootout, earning it the Testers Choice. On a side note, test divers also liked the SB System Mid-Layer two-piece undergarments Bare sent along with the suits. Not only were they comfortable as stand-alone garments, but when teamed with the Trilam Pro suit they created a near-perfect drysuit thermal system.
The gear experts at ScubaLab tested 8 of the latest fabric drysuits for durability, performance and comfort — here are the results.
Why dive in a drysuit?
Why indeed. They cost more than wetsuits. They require that you update your buoyancy control skills and add some extra umph to your fin kick. You have to deal with undergarments, and there’s a good chance you’ll need to buy fins with larger foot pockets to accommodate drysuit boots. Then there’s the maintenance thing, with the valves and the watertight zippers and the neck and wrist seals.
So...why dive in a drysuit?
Because nothing beats being so dry and toasty under water. With a drysuit it doesn’t really matter how cold the water is or how deep you dive because you regulate your at-depth comfort by varying your thermal protection--the colder the water, the thicker the undergarments—and by adding air to the suit. It doesn’t matter how cold topside temperatures are either, because between dives you’re wearing the equivalent of fuzzy pajamas instead of a soppy wetsuit. Wearing a drysuit turns sport diving into year-round entertainment.