Drysuit  Water Proof Aquazor
Confronted with the prospect of very long deco stops while diving on the wrecks of Bikini Atoll, I opted to take a warmer suit than I might normally have chosen for water of around 28°C. The tag Water Proof seemed over-optimistic but the makers Aquazor 5mm one-piece semi-dry certainly looked the business.
Aquazor is some mighty weapon used in cyber-games, which seemed rather inappropriate for what is, after all, protective clothing. That aside, I slid into the suit more easily than an octopus can slip between your fingers, should you be ethically incorrect enough to handle one.
A rear-entry zip is almost standard now on wetsuits, because there is less chance of water flushing through the back. Here an additional 6mm smoothskin backing flap adds comfort and again resists flushing. And instead of getting that Boston Strangler effect across your throat while waiting in the boat, Water Proof thoughtfully provides a short front comfort zip to relieve the pressure.
The inside of the neck is also smoothskin, so there is no rubbing. Extra-long wrist and ankle seals in a flexible smoothskin keep the water out, but you dont have to force your hands and feet through them. The outer layer of neoprene neatly zips over them to give a smart finish and can be overlapped by your boot-tops for a flush effect.
The sleeves fit well because they are contoured and scalloped, with corrugated sections behind the knees and elbows for better flexibility. You dont get that feeling that you have inadvertently included the hanger when you got dressed.
Heavy-duty rubber knee protection did nothing to counter this effect and those knee pads were handy when accidentally touching down on a rusty deck.
When choosing a semi-dry, a correct fit is essential. If water can flush through, it wont be semi-dry but 100 per cent wet, and not very warm. This suit was a little large for me, but the seals prevented flushing and I stayed as warm as toast, even during 40 minute deco hangs.
The flexibility of the modern neoprene used in this and other similar suits means that most people, even me, can now get off-the-peg sizes to fit. Old-fashioned neoprene just did not have enough give, and we had to settle either for a loose fit that failed to keep us warm, a tight fit with the inevitable struggle, or the trouble of made-to-measure.
In todays softer material this suit worked not only for me but for my buddy when he tried it - even though hes a lot more portly!
The Water Proof Aquazor costs £149 with net bag, comes in 15 sizes for women and men, and is imported by the company that handles Tusa in the UK.
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    + Very comfortable
    + Seals do their job
    + Easy to don and take off

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