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SCUBA-L  August 2002, Week 1

SCUBA-L August 2002, Week 1

Subject:

Tired neoprene (was: 5mm or 7mm?)

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"Marv Gozum @ CI Server" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 6 Aug 2002 15:04:07 -0400

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I too have a older 7mm Henderson FJ too with over 200 dives on it, and its
surprisingly still a good insulator ... and quite buoyant.  I find
traveling with it easier than a dry suit.

A new Oneill 3mm was so buoyant for the first 10 dives, I needed 2 lbs more
to stay comfortably neutral at dive's end, otherwise I maintained a safety
stop with near empty lungs.  I'm not sure how much insulation it really
gives since I felt quite comfy at 84F, but moreso protected from unseen
stingees.  After ~ 10 dives, I need to add a tad of gas to the BC at max
depth which cued me to ditch the 2 lbs.  After 30 dives, I was routinely
adding a spot of gas at 100' to hover comfortably.

I hear from the DIR boys that Rubatex is a better insulator, alas the
company who made dive suits from it is insolvent.  However, I found a good
hood will take me on 4 1hr+ dives at 78F without issues.

NB: Al80, -6lbs SS backplate + -1 lbs regulator =~ Al80 near empty and a
3mm suit, so I normally use no lead when diving 78F+ water.







At 12:01 AM 8/6/2002 -0400, Automatic digest processor wrote:
>Date:    Mon, 5 Aug 2002 16:07:17 -0400
>From:    "Huntzinger, Hugh A [AMSTA-AR-CCL-B]" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Tired neoprene (was: 5mm or 7mm?)
>
>Marv writes:
> > You can always take off the top of a farmer john 7mm to lighten the
> > insulation but you can't get warmer if you chill on a 5 or 3mm it
> > seems.  Deeper water maybe be substantially cooler.
>
>
>For the trip, I've decided to take a (new) 7mm FJ, hood, gloves and a dive
>skin.  I'll wear the skin with half the suit.
>
>I did get to do a rough ballasting on the FJ, and I took my 3mm with me, so
>that I could compare how much it took to sink it vs. my logbook entries for
>how much I wear in saltwater, do some math, etc.
>
>What I found was that it only took 2lbs to sink the 3mm suit!  Cripes, its
>only 2 years old, and ~75 dives.  Its a Henderson, if that makes any real
>difference.
>
>
>-Hugh


Warm regards,


Marv Gozum
Philadelphia PA

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