Wetsuits have come a long way since we used to disappear inside a cloud of talcum powder as we dragged our unwilling bodies into unforgiving neoprene. This is mainly due to the super-flexible neoprenes now available.
The Everflex 3/2 is so called because it uses the thicker 3mm-thick material where it’s needed and the less-thick 2mm neoprene where extra flexibility is required.
Some years ago, I was measured up for an innovative wetsuit from New Zealand, made by Pinnacle and called the Stealth.
It was unique in that it had no zips, and you climbed into it through the neck-seal.
The one I was sent fitted me like a glove. It was made from a very thick neoprene, and after you were safely inside it you pulled a yoke affair over your head, passed your head through the neck-seal and fastened its bib to the front of your chest.
It was such a close fit that I took it snorkelling in Wraysbury Lake and reported being less wet in it than I had been in some drysuits I had tried.
I still have the Stealth but unfortunately, due to the ravages of time, it has become rather time-consuming to climb into. The chances of climbing out of it in a hurry for a pee are nil.

Gaining Access
The Scubapro Everflex C-Zip 3/2 appears to employ many of the design features of that Stealth wetsuit, although it’s made with a much lighter-weight material. When it arrived I tried to guess at the chances of finding myself stuck half in and half out of it, while trying it for size, should anyone ring the doorbell.
I did struggle into it, thinking that it would look much better on a younger man or even a fabulously slim young woman, but (back to reality) I concentrated on dragging that neck-seal over and fastening the bib at the front.
This bib is held in place by a zip, and I was misled into thinking that I might be able to zip it up myself. Well, I did eventually, but not without numerous failed attempts to get the zip started.
Had the bib been a bit longer I might have been able to see what I was doing, instead of having my chin obscuring my view.
A press-button tag stops the zip slipping open on a dive. The chest zipper is derived from surfing suits to allow minimum water entry.
The C-Zip 3/2, like other Everflex suits in lightweight neoprene, gives a painted-on effect. Be warned – if you haven’t got a body that looks good painted black, this suit might not be right for you. I’m not sure that it’s right for me nowadays, but at least I could get into it without resorting to a coating of goose grease.
I found the suit slightly more arduous to get into in a hurry than some I’ve used, and I took care to wear light nylon socks to help me push my feet through easily, and made sure that I had it pulled it up well into the crotch before
I attempted to get my arms into it.

Other Features
There are some nice features, like the extra padding at the spine that could be said to give extra insulation or simply makes toting a tank more comfortable.
The area at the seat is finished in a grippy material to reduce the chances of you slipping off the wet tubes of a RIB driven in more than a calm sea. The torso area is lined with an insulating material called Heliospan, which proves very comfortable when wearing the suit for long periods.
The Everflex C-Zip 3/2 is a lightweight suit, suitable for use in the tropics. The knees are reinforced. This is the area that soon wears out when a suit is used by busy diving instructors, kneeling on the seabed to demonstrate skills at holiday resorts.
There are non-slip areas at the shoulders too, to resist the tendency for a heavily loaded BC to slip off sloping shoulders.
An especially nice touch is the computer-strap retainer at both wrists. When diving with a skinny suit, I often find that my computer-watch slips down onto my hand during a busy dive.
The Everflex C-Zip 3/2 has two retainers, which allows me to wear two matching Suuntos, my preference when doing repeated shallow dives in warm water. There’s also a little loop that can be concealed at the right thigh.

The Range
Scubapro now offers a wide range of suits for all occasions, and there’s a surfeit of choice when it comes to choosing something to wear in the Maldives, which is where I took this suit.
There’s everything from the 0.5mm Profile , the Tropical 1mm and Hybrid 1mm, to the conventionally laid out Everflex 3/2 and even 5mm suits. There’s a 5/4 version of the Scubapro Everflex C-Zip too.
The Scubapro Everflex C-Zip 3/2 is available in a range of off-the-peg sizes pre-shaped to suit both men and women. I did think it was rather expensive compared to what else is available.
COMPARABLE 3MM SUITS TO CONSIDER:
Cressi Summer 3, £94
O’Neal Explore 3, £110
Fourth Element Proteus 3, £190

SPECS
PRICE £239
SIZES Men X-S to XXX-L, Women X-S to XX-L
THICKNESS 3/2mm
CONTACT www.scubapro.com
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