open cell spearfishing wetsuit
Open cell spearfishing wetsuit ALPHA in long sizes, available in Made to measure, custom, and size, offer skinny divers and divers with a long body type great fit and comfort, making unnecessary the expense and uncertainty of ordering a custom tailored suit. all suits are very stretchy to begin with, and many spero and divers who can’t find a suit to fit them from other manufacturers are comfortable strech in standard size Alpha wetsuits S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL. The long sizes are specifically designed for divers with long torso and limbs, or thin divers. Typically with these body types, a regular size suit that will fit snugly around the torso and limbs creating a proper seal, will leave the sleeves and pant legs 2″ to 3″ short.
many people using Alpha wetsuits
Alpha two piece, open cell wetsuits are the professional spero and diver’s choice. The hooded jacket and high waist pants with full open cell interior, are manufactured in high quality neoprene chosen for the ideal balance between stretch/softness and resistance to permanent compression. This neoprene combined with an anatomical wetsuit shape makes a Alpha suit so warm and comfortable you’ll forget you’re wearing a wetsuit.
Alpha suit exterior is lined with durable high stretch Lycra to protect the neoprene and diver from cuts caused through contact with reef, rocks or boat. Lycra also allows the alpha camouflage printing of our unique camouflage patterns. Tough but flexible Supertex material provides extra protection in high wear areas; knees, elbows and speargun loading pad.
What is open cell?
The open cell wetsuit interior creates suction against the skin, stopping water circulation inside the suit. Once the suit is properly fit with no loose areas, it creates a seal and no water can enter. This makes the open cell suit much warmer than suits with a lined interior. Generally speaking a 3mm open cell suit will be as warm or warmer than a 5mm double lined scuba suit. With the thinner open cell suit the diver will be just as warm but less buoyant. This means less weight to carry on the belt resulting in added comfort.
With all the advantages of an open cell suit, you may be wondering why everyone is not using them, including divers? In Europe all freedivers and spearfishermen use open cell suits. In general divers in the US are conservative when it comes to wetsuits. For scuba shops double lined wetsuits are an easy sell, so they stock and promote them exclusively. This and higher cost of open cell suits slowed the transition. Freedivers who spend longer periods of time in the water, and require more warmth and comfort were first to adopt open cell suits in the US. The bottom line is, if you try an open cell suit you will never go back to double lined wetsuits.