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Product Review Scubapro Everdry 4 Drysuit

By Lee Johnson Managing Director

Who wants to dive in winter?? If your hand is in the air… then this review is for you!Perth Scuba Drysuit Divers

Dry suits, depending on who you talk to are an essential part of diving through winter. Some people even dive with them all year round. Whatever the case, there really is no better feeling than getting out of the water on a cold winters day (where the visibility is always fantastic), and being able to walk over to your car, unzip your dry suit and step out of it, totally dry, hop in your car and head straight to the pub! (or home where you really should be going if you read your PADI Manuals correctly)

You can literally see the envy on your buddies’ faces as they see you hop out dry while they shiver and slowly remove their wetsuit so they don’t get any colder while hiding from the wind. This is a feeling that only a dry suit owner knows, and for those of you who already own one – you are probably already nodding and smiling as you read this.

When it comes to dry suits, there are basically 2 types of suits. Tri Laminate and Neoprene. Neoprene suits can be worn pretty much over anything you are wearing and with a correctly fitted suit, you will come out as dry as you got into it. I wear a t shirt and shorts in mine and I dive with it right through winter. If you are one of those who feel the cold, you can always throw on a pair of fleecy lined trackies and a jumper with some nice thick socks and wear that underneath. The main advantage with a neoprene suit, is that you have the flexibility to wear what you want without having to get undressed and getting into undergarments to go for your dive. Neoprene suits are loose fitting – but closer to how a wetsuit fits than a Tri laminate suit which more resembles a parachute suit.

Tri Laminate suits are generally made of lined canvas and cordura type materials which keep the water out, but have virtually no thermal properties whatsoever. With a Tri laminate, you must wear thermal under suits. These suits, better known as thinsulates or bear suits, come in a variety of thicknesses for different climates and can be quite expensive as you go to a higher rating of warmth.

I prefer the neoprene suit over a Tri Laminate because to me – it defeats the purpose, getting out of your nice warm clothes to jump into a thermal suit, go for a dive and then get out of your nice dry thermal suit to stand in the cold rain butt naked or close to it so you can get back into your dry clothes, when you can dive in what you wore to the dive site – effortless diving. The other advantage of a neoprene suit, and a VERY important safety issue, is the fact that if in the very unlikely event that your dry suit should flood, it becomes a wetsuit. If you flood a Trilaminate, you have a very cold and very heavy suit to get back out of the water with.

Weight wise, by the time you add the under suits to the Trilaminate suits, they weigh about the same – the neoprene suit is a lot less bulky though.

Now I don’t want to re start the big debate, but the fact is, there are horses for courses. In WA (or Australia for that fact), Neoprene suits are the best. The reason? Conditions in WA are what we call temperate, this being that we never get freezing cold water but it can get as cold as 10 degrees in the Swan River. This being the case, you are never going to have to worry about really rugging up in a dry suit so neoprene fits the bill.

Ok so now that you have an idea of what dry suits are all about without going into the technicalities of it all, let me tell you about the Scubapro Everdry 4.

Scubapro Everdry 4 DrysuitWhen this suit arrived at Perth Scuba, it was clearly labeled – “Sample for display only – hold for Dive Locker Conference”. Ok… so that lasted about 5 minutes, I seriously have to wonder when the guys at Scubapro are going to work out that I am a size large in Scuba gear… Every sample they ever send… is a Large. You can’t put a new toy like the Everdry 4 in front of me without expecting me to take it for a dive. It’s just not realistic – Sorry guys!! The T Black BCD, Mk 25 A700 and Galileo computer were no different, so why would this be?

The dry suit I own (well… one of the ones I own now), is an Apollo Eco Diver. It has been a pretty good suit, it has lasted 14 years. It’s starting to look a bit tired but still functions well enough to keep me dry. The first thing I noticed with the Everdry 4 other than that it looks great, is that the Everdry 4 was softer than my old suit. The material is 4mm high Density neoprene and is about 50% lighter than a normal dry suit. Getting into is really easy and instead of having hard sole boots, the Everdry 4 has soft socks – a real bonus as most dry suits make you buy another set of fins just to fit your feet into them. The socks are made of a reinforced neoprene and are very durable. The next really cool thing about the Everdry 4 is that is has an Everflex Neoprene neck seal. This is awesome! Every other dry suit I have ever worn has made you feel like you were being reborn when you try to squeeze your head through the neck seal and then when you do get through – your head goes purple as you fade in and out of consciousness because the seals are so tight. Ok a bit of an exaggeration but I think you get the picture. The stretch in the Everflex neck seal is really comfortable and yet firm so the seal is still excellent. There is a really cool “isafe” wrist clip which you can thread your wrist computer through so you have a bit of extra hold in that area and there is also a thigh pocket built in for all those “must have” accessories – or dive slates if you are an Instructor or Dive Master.

The suit performs perfectly. Buoyancy control is easy with the shoulder dump and the inflator is placed in a spot which is easily accessible. I would have liked ankle dumps like my other dry suit has, but it really only took me about 5 minutes to adjust to the suit without them and the fact that it has soft socks reduces the air build up that you get with normal dry suit boots.

Overall, the Scubapro Everdry 4 dry suit is a great suit and with a retail price of $1595 it is great value for money. When you consider that a dry suit lasts so much longer than a wetsuit (minimum 10 years) – (compression is not an issue), and also with one of these babies you can dive all year round regardless of wind, rain and cold water, it means that your investment works for you all year round. Put one of these great Dry Suits on Smart Pay and you only need a $300 deposit and you can take it away with only $125 per month to pay over 12 months interest free!!!

The overall review on this product… I love it. I think it looks smart, it feels great and has all of the features you need. Priced at less than half of what a Tri Laminate suit is (not including the under suits), it makes perfect sense to dive dry in what would have to be the best off the shelf neoprene dry suits out there.

Leave yourself without excuses this year – purchase one of these dry suits and you will be able to dive all winter and you’ll never regret it. I still hear people say that their dry suit was the best piece of equipment they ever purchased!…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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