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Old 02-13-2018, 12:14 AM   #16
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Re: Custom suit/zipper opinions?

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Iíve been using polo sub Forza Tre smooth skin suits on the north coast for the last 6 years.

The benefits are custom paint job and they dry instantly for a warmer ride on a boat or in the wind, possibly a little less drag when diving.

What did you expect to gain?
Mostly I was hoping for more hydrodynamics and more flexibility in the suit to move easier in the water and take more air into my lungs (with more flexibility in the material). Every little bit counts.

When diving the cold NorCal conditions with a 7mm off the shelf suit compared to Mexico with wearing some shorts and a 1mm top, there is a huge difference. NorCal w/7mm off shelf suit=1:30 down time at 60-70' max for me. Mexico= 2:30 at 75'+. And everything in-between confirms that.

I'm hoping the smooth skin will help me increase my dive time in Northern California and hoping I won't tear the hell out of the delicate material with the hole hunting we mostly do up here.

At least I won't be reaching deep into a rocky hole to pry an abalone off anymore.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:04 AM   #17
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Re: Custom suit/zipper opinions?

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Mostly I was hoping for more hydrodynamics and more flexibility in the suit to move easier in the water and take more air into my lungs (with more flexibility in the material). Every little bit counts.

When diving the cold NorCal conditions with a 7mm off the shelf suit compared to Mexico with wearing some shorts and a 1mm top, there is a huge difference. NorCal w/7mm off shelf suit=1:30 down time at 60-70' max for me. Mexico= 2:30 at 75'+. And everything in-between confirms that.

I'm hoping the smooth skin will help me increase my dive time in Northern California and hoping I won't tear the hell out of the delicate material with the hole hunting we mostly do up here.

At least I won't be reaching deep into a rocky hole to pry an abalone off anymore.
The Forza Tre has a little less flexibility than a typical high end neoprene 7mm suit. Essentially it's a typical 5mm suit with fabric. Then an additional 2mm of slightly denser neoprene is added on top of the fabric. This improves hydrodynamics somewhat but reduces the flexibility when reaching and probably a little on breathe up but I haven't noticed.

I don't think you are going to improve your dive time with a Forza Tre vs another 7mm freedive suit. Whatever gain you were expecting from a freedive suit you've probably already realized. You certainly have more flexibility across the chest with a 5mm, 3mm etc, which equates to less lead, less restriction and better bottom time in warm water. Up here in cold water, once you have a freedive suit, carbon blades, low volume mask etc., the best way to gain bottom time is with a good breathe up, proper surface interval and just relaxing and eliminating unnecessary movement.
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