The Design
Pinnacle’s new V-Skin range is a layering system that’s claimed to add significant thermal protection without increasing buoyancy.
The V-Skin Inferno features a merino lining incorporated into a trilaminate material with
a microporous membrane and a high-stretch Lycra outer layer.
This combination of hi-tec and natural textiles is said to form perfectly with the wearer’s body without causing restrictions.
Out of the water, the microporous membrane acts as a barrier to help eliminate wind-chill while allowing moisture and excess heat to escape.
The Inferno Fullsuit is a top-entry garment and needs to be pulled up over the wearer’s torso and shoulders. A removable “warm neck collar” zips into place on the rear of the suit and is pulled over the head and tucked into a small pouch on the chest, where it's held securely with Velcro. The collar section can be replaced with an optional hood.

The inside of the suit has a 320g merino wool fleece at the chest and traditional merino wool at the back and sides.The rest of the suit is lined with a technical fleece.
On the outside, a chest overprint aids water run-off and is said to improve wind-resistance. The ankles and cuffs have stirrups to help with donning and to keep the suit in place, although the cuffs need to be rolled up when wearing a drysuit to avoid compromising the wrist-seals.

Versatility
I took the Inferno Fullsuit on a trip to the Eastern Cape where, with water temperatures in the 20°C range, it was prudent to take a tri-laminate drysuit.
I wore it as an undersuit, and it proved an excellent choice. The V-Skin technology kept me cool enough on the surface, wicking away sweat as we hunkered down on the back of a RIB in the bright South African sun, baitball-spotting for days on end.
It also kept me very warm on the odd occasion when we got into the chilly water. I did have a problem when I needed to answer the call of nature, however, and struggled with the suit’s “onesie” concept on more than one occasion.
I later took the Inferno to the Caribbean to wear as a stand-alone wetsuit. I found it surprisingly stretchy, which allowed it (unflatteringly) to conform to my body contours.
This reduced water flushing through the suit as I was diving and kept me supremely warm on mostly 70-minute dives in water that was around the 26° mark.
The fleece lining felt very soft against my skin, as did the merino-wool areas around my chest and back. The soft neck collar, when pulled over and secured, was also very comfortable.
I would normally use 5kg of lead weight when using a standard 3mm suit and 3kg when diving in a rash vest and shorts. I found that I needed to be exactly in the middle with the Inferno, and used 4kg to be perfectly weighted.
The diving experience in this flexible suit was very enjoyable.
I think it would also be a useful addition to wear under a full neoprene wetsuit when engaged in extended-duration diving in the likes of the Red Sea or Med, although I haven’t had the chance to test this – yet.

Conclusion
I’m a big fan of Pinnacle products. The Americans know how to build high-quality wetsuits, although the V-Skin is a bit different from the rest of its gear in that it’s made from hi-tec fabrics without a sniff of neoprene. It looks and feels distinctive, and worked like a dream in a variety of diving scenarios.
The figure-hugging form wasn’t very flattering on my physique, but who cares? For me nowadays it’s all about versatility, comfort and warmth, and this suit excelled in all these departments.

PRICE £230
ACCESSORIES V-Skin Hood £33
SIZES Female, XS-XL. Male, Small to King 2
CONTACT www.sea-sea.com
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