What makes the Aqua Lung 7mm AquaFlex Super-Stretch Wetsuit better than the comparable Ocean Quest 7mm suit? Im willing to pay the difference, but would like to know if the overall quality and construction is that much better. Thanks, Jerry
It is nothing more than personal preference. The main advantage to the AquaFlex suit would be that with more panels of neoprene used in the construction of the suit, it allows for more size variations (short and tall sizes) to fit a wider range of body sizes and builds.
I am 53 and weights 185lbs. What size women aqua lung7mm aquaflex super strecht wet suit should I order
The waist and chest are the most important measurements for the fit with a wetsuit. Height usually will work even if it is one to two inches short or tall. Weight will depend on the divers body build and is the last measurement to consider. As long as the item is not used in the water you have up to 60 days to refund or exchange it.
New for 2014!
• New X-tend cuffs, an Aqua Lung exclusive – 7mm and 5mm models only
• Most suits in the market today use edge tape on the cuffs to create a finished look. Unfortunately, edge tape restricts the stretch of the cuff. X-tend cuff technology provides a finished look without sacrificing stretch. Try one on and you will feel the difference.
• Sharp, all new graphics!
• New seam lines on the women’s models provide an even better fit and make the suits more flattering
• New, upgraded zipper with tighter teeth tolerances to minimize water transfer
• The inside material has been upgraded again. The slippery soft material makes donning the suit a breeze.
• Improved neck closure eliminates chafing while providing maximum comfort
The AquaFlex Jumpsuit was developed for bodies in motion. The suit is built with AquaFlex neoprene, the greatest wetsuit innovation to come along in many years. AquaFlex has three times the stretch of standard neoprene. What does this mean for you? It means a wetsuit that is easy to get on and take off. It means a wetsuit that not only conforms to your body shape but allows you to move and stretch with minimal restriction. AquaFlex not only boasts great stretching ability but an excellent thermal insulation capacity to keep you warm too.
7mm AquaFlex 4-way high stretch neoprene used throughout. This is the thickness of the base neoprene before the nylon layers get added
Outer fabric is a tighter weave making it more hook and loop resistant
Inner fabric is soft and easy to don
Non-petroleum based neoprene raw material is more environmentally friendly
Skin-in neck seal provides comfortable stretch and seals out water. Closes with hook n loop.
Heavy duty non-corrosive metal zipper for durability
Glued and blindstitched seams
Three way zipper seal minimizes water entry
Spine pad is integrated as part of three way zipper seal
Kidney pad for additional insulation in this high heat loss area
Pre-bent anatomic legs and arms
The knee pads are durable and stretchy for comfort
Ultra stretch wrist and ankles
Wetsuit Care and Maintenance
There are several different types of materials used in wetsuits to achieve specific functions. It is helpful to better understand each of these materials in order to properly care for them.
Neoprene - Neoprene is the base material that virtually all wetsuits are made of. Neoprene is a type of rubber foam and is typically laminated with other materials depending on the desired function of the material.
Standard Nylon - A standard nylon outer lining is very durable against normal wear and tear. Normal care must be taken to prevent snagging, abrasion, and cuts.
Skin material - 'skin' material may be used either inside our outside of your wetsuit and often around the wrists, ankles, and neck area. This material has a rubber like appearance either being smooth or textured, and is commonly referred to as 'skin-in' or 'skin-out'. 'Skin' neoprene material is typically used in areas where a water tight seal is desired or a benefit can be derived from it's water shedding properties. Some additional care is needed to prevent cutting, or abrasion of this material. Sharp fingernails may cut this material if care is not taken.
Thermo-skin - This material may be used inside of your wetsuit. Thermo-skin material has a silver-colored smooth skin type surface. This material has beneficial heat reflective properties and also provides a sealing surface similar to standard 'skin' materials. Some additional care is needed to prevent cutting, or abrasion of this material. Sharp fingernails may cut this material if care is not taken.
X-Flex or Iso-Flex Neoprene - X-Flex and Iso-Flex neoprene are special materials designed specifically to have a much higher rate of stretch than conventional materials. Due primarily to the looser nit needed to achieve this high degree of stretch; these materials may be more prone to snagging. Velcro may also cause some light snagging and pilling of the material. Some additional care is needed to prevent excessive abrasion or snagging.
Care before the Dive:
With any of the skin surfaces including Thermo-skin, care should be taken when donning the wetsuit to not snag the interior skin surfaces with a fingernail or toenail as this material can be cut. Avoid placing your wetsuit on or near any hot surfaces.
Care During the Dive:
The exterior surface of your wetsuit is designed to withstand the normal wear and tear you might encounter during a normal dive. Abrasion against sharp rocks or other sharp objects can cut or puncture the exterior nylon surface so reasonable care should be taken to avoid these situations. Small cuts or tears can be easily repaired with wetsuit glue. Ask your dive professional for assistance.
Care After the Dive:
When removing your wetsuit, first unzip all the zippers completely. Then remove one section at a time taking care to avoid puncturing any of skin surface panels with a fingernail.
Salt water and especially chlorine can 'dry out' the neoprene material. When neoprene material 'dries out' it looses it's flexibility. To ensure the wetsuit material retains it's flexibility for a extended period of time, it is important to thoroughly soak and rinse the wetsuit.
Soak the wetsuit in a tub of warm fresh water (not over 120°F) for at least 15-20 minutes.
After soaking, thoroughly hose off the wetsuit with fresh water
Place the suit on a thick hanger with all the zippers open to ensure maximum air circulation and complete drying.
Wetsuit material can develop a permanent crease if left folded for a extended period of time. It is best to store your wetsuit laying flat. If that is not possible, you can store your suit on a hanger. Use as thick a hanger as possible to better support the weight of the suit. The thicker the suit, the heavier, and therefore the thicker your hanger should be. There are several after-market hangers available designed specifically for this purpose.
Store in a cool, dry and protected place out of direct sunlight.
Do not store your wetsuit in garage if the garage is used to park a vehicle. The exhaust emissions from the vehicle can over time deteriorate the neoprene.
Wetsuit Zipper Care and Maintenance:
Zippers are designed to be pulled closed or open in a straight line. Try to avoid pulling on the zipper pulls at an excessive angle to their intended path of travel. It is best to ask your dive buddy for zipper assistance in either opening or closing the back-zipper of a one piece back-zipped jumpsuit.
Avoid any contact with oil, gasoline, aerosols, or chemical solvents.
Do not expose any part to aerosol spray, as some aerosol propellants attack or degrade rubber and plastic materials.
Do not use any type of alcohol, solvent or petroleum based substances to clean or lubricate any part.
Do not store your equipment near any oil, gasoline, chemicals, or solvents.
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