Originally Posted by alystra
Where are the prices? Say the 200 version?
I'm hoping to get a dry suit for next season, mainly for weather protection on the RIB. I'd like one that will be ok for me to do some snorkelling - NOT diving, but just swimming around on the surface with mask and snorkel. Will any of the suits mentioned in this thread be OK, or should I go for a 'diving' suit, like some of the higher spec Aqua tec ones?
It's best to give them a ring and have a chat about your requirements. I reckon the 200 will be fine for what you want as long as you don't intend to go crawling over barnacle encrusted rocks (I had a reinforced 'bum patch' added to mine because I usually wear it in rock strewn rivers).
One tip when getting measured is to remember to allow for bulky warm layers- paricularly around the shoulders because if the suit's too tight here it can pull the neck seal away from your neck when you look down.
If you're lucky they may have some surplus suits the right size which should be cheaper as long as you don't mind 'Fire' written down the arms.
I have the rubber socks fitted as I can chose what to wear on my feet, walking boots/canyoning boots/fins/trainers. Again allow for thick socks in the winter as tight socks is the quickest way to cold feet although they're easy enough to change.
Front zips are the way ahead and of you're feeling flush a 'comfort' (piss) zip. Zips are expensive so make sure they're fully unzipped when you put the suit on to prevent it getting strained. I flush mine with fresh water after salt water use and lubricate with silicon spray not oil.
All the best, Jim