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Offline Stoney

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Will 5mm be sufficient?
« on: May 01, 2014, 10:34:49 PM »
I have always dove and still dive mendo area with a 7mm because that's all I know ..... Was wondering what others wear? Is 5mm to thin? Looking at a new suit!

Thanks for your Input
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Re: Will 5mm be sufficient?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2014, 11:34:17 PM »
7mm  over time will lose its thickness due to compression. So 7mm will turn into a 5mm over time.   

I say stick with the 7mm get your money's worth.

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Re: Will 5mm be sufficient?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2014, 11:52:03 PM »
7mm  over time will lose its thickness due to compression. So 7mm will turn into a 5mm over time.   

I say stick with the 7mm get your money's worth.

If you're talking about 2 piece open cell suits then yes. Compression will be a long term issue, but also on every dive. If you like to dive for hours on end or multiple dives a day, if you're a deep diver with long bottom times (and therefore long surface time), or if you get cold easily like me, a 7mm will be best. The suit will compress to an extent at depth so you might get cold at the bottom or when sitting still on the surface. Physiologically, you will dive better if you are warmer (more comfortable, lower heart rate, etc.).

However, nobody can tell you what will be best for you. That's your job. The most crucial aspects are the fit of the suit, the quality of neoprene, body type (fat content), and the factors I mentioned earlier. If you might dive somewhere warmer as well, consider a 5mm.

Many people wear 5mils and are more than happy with them. Many people wear 7mils and are too warm. But you can always flush the suit to cool it down.

Good luck. Hope this helps.
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Re: Will 5mm be sufficient?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2014, 12:09:40 AM »
Yes open cell, suit

I did a dive once in so Cal last year with the 7mm suit, It was hot as hell until I got in that water, Still was super warm , But I was confront able

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Re: Will 5mm be sufficient?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2014, 05:00:34 AM »
I have always dove and still dive mendo area with a 7mm because that's all I know ..... Was wondering what others wear? Is 5mm to thin? Looking at a new suit!

Thanks for your Input
Nick Stone
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I have dove with both.  I dive longer and more comfy with my 7mm. 

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Re: Will 5mm be sufficient?
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2014, 10:43:12 AM »
I have 7mm johns and a 5mm top.  Works for me but I normally don't go deeper than 30'. For SCUBA I use a firm neoprene 7/7 - need it for the compression at depth. I lost weight over the winter and hope the 5mm will still work for me, have yet to go out this year. Fat helps - drink more beer.
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Re: Will 5mm be sufficient?
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2014, 01:48:39 PM »
I use a 7 mil suit from Dolphin Scuba in Sac.  A normal Dive suit.  I NEVER get cold. 

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Re: Will 5mm be sufficient?
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2014, 04:15:39 PM »
 I have had very warm 5's that kept me comfortable for 4/5 hours. Down the road you might have more specific reasons to get one or the other. If it's strictly a warmth issue get a 7. If you can find a great cut for your body type that will help tremendously. Everybody's different

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Re: Will 5mm be sufficient?
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2014, 08:16:13 PM »
Well I love my 7mm pinnacle one piece but I have been looking at a blue camo 5mm 2 piece so I was just wandering if any one uses a 5mm in the mendo area!

Thanks for all the feed back

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Re: Will 5mm be sufficient?
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2014, 09:42:32 PM »
Well I love my 7mm pinnacle one piece but I have been looking at a blue camo 5mm 2 piece so I was just wandering if any one uses a 5mm in the mendo area!

Thanks for all the feed back

Nick Stone

Also interested in 5mm and how comfortable they are for area.  I have two 7 mm suits. One with hood attached and had to get a 2nd one that I can remove hood because I was getting to hot.  Never a problem in water but out of water if I kayak or walk in them they are hot. 

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Re: Will 5mm be sufficient?
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2014, 09:01:17 AM »
I used to shiver in my 7mm scuba suit. Got a 2 piece 5mm open cell suit 2 yeas ago and am more than warm. I'm only in the water for about 2 hour periods. For me my 5mm is the way to go.

 

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