Just as we toil over the details when designing our suits, choosing your drysuit should be approached with careful consideration. A recreational diver may prioritize light-weight and flexibility over other qualities a commercial diver might look for. Price, material, style, cut, and customizations should be factored into the purchase; and a well thought out drysuit will provide years of comfortable diving.
We know the importance of the right material for the job, and we make both trilaminate and neoprene drysuits available. A trilaminate fabric is lightweight and durable and yet has no buoyancy properties. The trilaminate fabric’s only job is to keep water out, so it does not provide any thermal properties and protection, requiring under layers to do the job. While neoprene drysuits are known for their superior flexibility, trilaminate technology has come a long way and is now the most popular choice in drysuit diving.
If you always dive with a buddy, you may prefer the back entry style of a Pro suit. The absence of extraneous straps or torso systems necessary for self-donning allows for a closer fit and a lower price. Or, if you are more independent, then you may prefer the front entry style of a Tech suit. The Tech style allows for more movement and has some extra room within the suit to help with self-donning.
The “cut” of a drysuit is how the drysuit fits. Divers that find themselves often diving in restrictions, such as cave or wreck diving, prefer a drysuit with a slimmer cut. BARE technical drysuits, including the X-Mission and Expedition, come in a slim, “cave-cut” fit for improved aqua dynamics. A traditional relaxed-fit cut is available on all other BARE drysuits.
Good and proper fitting seals keep you separated from the water. While latex seals are most common and can be cut to fit, BARE offers a variety seal options. 3mm Neo Comfort Fit Seals for both neck and wrist provide a comfortable option to those sensitive to latex. In addition to seal material options, added features found on some models such as the Warm Collar and Smart Collar provide additional warmth.
Drysuits are designed with a dual valve system. The inflator valve located on the chest is connected from a low-pressure port on the first stage regulator to the suit and allows for inflation. The exhaust valve is located on the upper left shoulder. The shoulder location is, or can quickly become, the highest point of the drysuit, allowing all the air trapped inside the suit to exit.
Drysuit accessories and options enhance a diver’s experience. A Cuff Ring Set is a wrist seal option that can be added to all BARE drysuits. Other convenient accessories include pockets, pee valves, and SI-Tech gloves.Knowing the types of diving you plan to do, and gearing up your dive kit accordingly before you hit the water help to ensure more safe, comfortable and enjoyable dives.
We know first-hand that one size or style does not fit all. We’ve assembled the best selection for customizations on many of our drysuits including seals, cuffs, gloves, pockets, and Kevlar pads. For those hard-to-fit divers, we have a made-to-measure option for a hand cut, perfectly fitting drysuit to help you get the most out of your dives