Appeared in DIVER March 2007

Appeared in DIVER March 2007

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UNDERSUIT Weezle Oxygen Set
CLOTHES MAKETH THE MAN, they say. I put on the jacket half of the Weezle Oxygen Set two-piece undersuit and they said I looked liked Daniel Craig. I pulled the salopette over it, pulled up the bib front, and I was instantly transformed into Fred Dibnah.
You know what its like to have to struggle into your undersuit in the car park. The rain always seems to be driven horizontally and you find yourself hopping about on one foot, trying to avoid the defecations ignored by passing pet-owners.
If you think thats bad, imagine the problems faced by those who are wheelchair-bound.
Paraplegic diver Fraser Bathgate of the International Association of Handicapped Divers (IAHD) has such a challenge awaiting him every time he gets into his drysuit, so he approached Weezle to make him something in two parts instead of the traditional all-in-one.
Using the same materials as before, including the highly compressible high-tech Snugpak micro-fibres and water-repellent Pertex outer covering, they made him a top part that, facilitated by a large zipped opening, pulls over the head.
It has the same loops built into the cuffs to hold onto when you slide your arms into your drysuit. It has a couple of jockstraps, clipped on with press-studs, to stop it riding up. Unusually, it has two zipped entrances that allow you to insert both hands and use it like a muff (no jokes, please!)
The inner lining is sueded polyester that feels soft to the skin yet wicks away moisture from the inner surface. The Swiss insulating material compresses down to take up little space but fluffs up to fill whatever space you make available within your drysuit. So it forms a most effective thermal barrier between your body and the outer shell of your drysuit.
The first time I tried a Weezle suit I had hair down to the middle of my back. Although that is no longer the case, I am still grateful for any clothing thats easy to get into.
As a test, I found I could easily pull the Oxygen Set top (designated O1) over my head and arms while sitting in the front seat of my car, watching the rain banging off the windscreen as I did it.
I could pull up the bib-fronted salopette trouser part (O2), lifting my bum as required. I guess you could avoid the Fred Dibnah look by putting the salopette on first, as in the photograph, but I felt I got a snugger fit my way.
The salopette has two conventional trouser pockets, a convenience fly zip, and boot zips to the calves so that you can pull up your Weezle boot and zip the salopette leg over it. The salopette can be tightened to fit by tensioning the braces.
My ex-champion-skier brother-in-law, visiting from Switzerland (where the Weezle suits insulation material comes from), said he thought it would make a great bit of ski-wear. He would wear the jacket over the bib-front, of course.
If Weezle taps into that market, it might lose interest in divers. There are millions of skiers, all with money to spend.

IN THE MEANTIME, THE WEEZLE OXYGEN SET proved easy to get into, did not separate during the dive, leaving me cold in the middle, and was as effective at keeping me warm as the conventional Weezle suit. Its available in sizes from XS to XXL.
Because you can mix and match, I chose two different sizes for top and bottoms. Black will be the most popular colour among divers, though there is the choice of three others.
Well, you wouldnt want anyone thinking you were a skier, would you
The great advantage is that either side of the time spent diving, the top can be worn without attracting odd looks from ill-informed passers-by in motorway service areas. It also does well in the riding-the-bike-to-the-office test.
The Weezle Oxygen Set is sold in two parts - 01 (top) costs 93 and 02 (salopette) costs 110. Its available in macho black, gay blue, banana yellow or sexy green.
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    + Easy to get into
    + The top makes a good conventional warm winter jacket


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    - Demand from skiers might push the price up later