Questions and Answers for Pinnacle Inferno V-skin Trilaminate Merino Wetsuit:
How does the Inferno compare with other trilaminate and other suits regarding weight and packability? I anticipate packing it to free dive some remote mountain lakes etc. so every gram would count and volume would count even more.
Bob (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com)
Its weight and how it folds to pack are all very similar. It is light weight in comparison to a neoprene suit and travels well.
Recently ordered and received today my XXL-sized Inferno suit. However, upon trying on the suit, discovered that its not tall enough in the chest such that I cant pull the suit up high enough to get it over my shoulders to wear it fully.
I am 230lbs, 62", 48" in the chest and 40" at the waist, and fit nicely into a Henderson Microprene suit of size XXL.
What size should I be ordering next, without the suit becoming too long in the limbs, especially the arms?
Bill (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com)
Typically going up one size is the best option. The cut on a suit can vary from different manufacturers. As long as the item is not used in the water you have 60 days to refund or exchange it.
I am 5 10 225lbs., normally wear a 2x 3mm wetsuit. Am considering this Inferno Wetsuit. What mm is this suit and is it a suit that can be worn under a suit?
Darrick (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com)
Hello Randy, this item is considered more of a dive skin and not a wetsuit. This dive skin will give you the same warmth as a 2.5mm wetsuit. Since it is not made of neoprene it will not help you float so when diving you will not have to wear as much weight to get down. Also when you are sizing an item like this the chest and waist are the two most important measurements. Height is secondary and weight is last.
INFERNO V-SKIN FULLSUIT The new Inferno is the latest innovation from Pinnacle; it separates the thermal component out of the wetsuit so that it can be used in any watersports activity.
Inferno V-skin fullsuit ( V-skin collar comes as standard ) Male sizes Small - King 2. Female sizes XS - XL • Available December 2012 • Constructed using a Tri-laminate material with various thermal linings inside, high stretch Lycra outside and a breathable membrane between adds warmth without buoyancy while under the water and wind resistance above • New 320 gram merino™ fleece in the chest and traditional merino™ lining in the back and sides to provide unprecedented warmth in the core • Bi-laminate merino™ lined material under the arms is 100% breathable to prevent overheating when out of the water • The removeable shoulder closure allows you to attach a V-skin collar, V-skin merino™ hood or 5mm merino™ hood depending on your preferred use • Technical fleece in the arms and legs allows the warm water created by the core to easily transfer around the suit • Thumb and heel loops keep suit in place when donning but also allow warm water to circulate through gloves and boots keeping your extremities warm • Chest overprint improves water runoff and wind resistance in the front
Pinnacle's new V-skin line takes all the technical features that Pinnacle has developed over the years and incorporates them into a layering system that will add significant thermal protection without buoyancy. The V-skin line has taken Pinnacle's patented Merino™ lining to another level by incorporating it into a tri-laminate material with a microporous membrane and high stretch outer lycra. This highly technical combination of materials will form perfectly to the body without causing restriction; the form fit creates the perfect water layer held in place by the impermeable membrane. When out of the water the microporous membrane acts as a barrier eliminating wind chill while allowing excess heat and moisture to escape. With strategically placed highly breathable bi-laminate Merino™ panels the new V-skin line is the most comfortable and thermally efficient product on the market today.
ABOUT THE MERINO LINING SYSTEM
Though Merino™ was virtually unknown to the diving industry 5 years ago, it has come to be known as a hallmark of excellence. Discerning divers who want the most innovative and most durable products seek out PINNACLE, and those who will settle only for the best of the best choose PINNACLE’s Merino™ lined products. This unique material is truly the best-performing way to line a suit ever devised, providing more warmth, comfort, and odor control than any other.
Most wetsuits are lined with a synthetic weave of nylon and polyester, no different than they were 25 years ago. Once water floods these wetsuits, the water flows freely around the diver within the suit because the suit’s lining has very little ability to absorb and retain water. The diver’s body heat is drawn away from the diver in order to warm up the colder water, the exact inverse of an ice cube melting in a glass of water in order to chill the beverage. This creates temperature equilibrium, making the diver somewhat colder and the water slightly warmer. After the water sloshes around the interior of the suit, it then spills out into the environment, only to be replaced by more cold water from the outside environment, and the process begins again. Over time, the diver’s body loses more and more heat as it futilely tries to heat up huge and ever-cycling quantities of water. (Remember what happens to the ice cube after a short time!).
In contrast to inferior suits, PINNACLE’s suits allow only a small, closely-controlled amount of water to slowly enter the suit. The Merino™ lining then holds a greater amount of that water and retards the water’s circulation throughout the inside of the suit. After the diver’s body heat has warmed that water, the water is held inside the fibers of the Merino™ lining and kept there by the superior PINNACLE sealing systems. This means that a diver expends less heat energy because he is trying to warm a smaller volume of water throughout the dive, leaving a diver feeling warmer and more energetic after being submerged for a given period of time.