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ScubaLab 2013 Drysuit Review: 8 Best Drysuits
HOLLIS BIODRY DX300
• Price: $1,899
• Style: Front Entry, Diagonal Zip
• Suited For: Heavy-duty, Technical/Scientific Diving
• Available Sizes: 12, also custom sizing
The Hollis DX300 was designed by technical divers for technical divers, and it shows. It is clearly a heavy-duty suit, but it’s a lot more flexible than others and offers more range of motion. If you do a lot of rigorous diving but you like being able to move around, this is a solid suit to consider. Oh yeah, if you want to get noticed, the highly reflective 3M safety stripes Hollis put on the lower arms definitely attract attention.
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.