So you just purchased a new drysuit and are shopping around for undergarments huh? Well, if you’re like many drysuit divers you’re searching for that perfect solution that will keep you comfortable and toasty on your dives. With that in mind you need to ask yourself the question of what types of climates and water temperatures you will be diving in, because Face it…you wouldn’t wear a ski jacket to a Florida beach in July or board shorts in Jackson Hole in January would you?
One Garment is not Enough
The same thing goes for drysuit undergarments. Simply put, one garment can’t be used for all types of climates and water temps. I mean, if you used 100 gram fleece for ice diving…you’d have an awfully short dive wouldn’t you? Realistically that 100 gram fleece undergarment would be better put to use in the summer waters off of the coast of North Carolina, of a short non deco cave dive in Florida. Are you starting to see my point here?
With this in mind, many drysuit divers actually own a few different drysuit undergarments to satisfy all of the climates and water temps that they dive in. The 100 gram fleece we discussed above? While it wouldn’t be a good idea to ice dive in it as a standalone drysuit undergarment, it would serve as an amazing base layer underneath a nice loft undergarment!
Combine Drysuit Undergarment
Realistically, most experienced drysuit divers out there who dive in all climates and water temperatures own 3 sets of drysuit undergarments. Warm, moderate, and cold. When they decide to go ice diving or into the really cold stuff they can combine the cold water undergarment with the warm water one as a base layer. Of course as a drysuit diver starting out on a budget our recommendation is to go with a drysuit undergarment that will fit the water temps you dive the most. You can always add to your arsenal later.
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