Questions and Answers for LavaCore by Oceanic Trilaminate Polytherm Sleeveless Wetsuit:
Been looking at this Lavacore sleeveless wetsuit to wear with my 5mm Henderson and a hooded vest in the Galapagos in late October (pretty cold water at that time of year, I hear). But I dont see anything about whether its a back-zip or has no zipper at all.
Would love it if there was NO zipper.
Anyone who can help here?
Darrick (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com)
Hello Ron, this is just like all farmer john/jane suits. There are no zippers on this you will step in at the top and the left shoulder is a Velcro style strap.
I am from Australia and wish to use for stand up paddle boarding during the winter months (65 deg F). Most of the time i do not intend to be in the water, I will be flatwater & ocean paddling for fitness. I like the idea of the elongated arm openings for paddling. My concern is that I may heat up too quick if I dont venture into the water. On the other hand if I do happen to hit the water I will need some kind of thermal protection. Your thoughts?
Darrick (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com)
Hello Ben, this will give you the same warmth as a 2.5 mm suit. So in the winter or summer moths I do not think you will overheat in this suit.
Wear as a stand alone full body exposure suit in warmer waters or as an under suit to a standard neoprene wetsuit for added warmth in the cooler months.
Wind-proof middle layer provides anti-wind chill properties and ensures warmth in cold conditions Water resistant outer layer facilitates fast water run-off and quick drying Light weight and 4-way stretch makes Lavacore incredibly comfortable to wear Breathable middle layer allows moisture to be drawn away from the body on the surface Lavacore is neutrally buoyant All seams are overlapped during flatlock sewing to decrease water flow Full gusset incorporated into the underarm to offer exceptional arm movement and stretch Anti-bacterial inner fleece minimizes odor and eliminates bacteria growth Extended material on back to keep vests and shirts from riding up SPF 50+ protection
WET OR DRY, HOT OR COLD, LAVACORE HELPS CONTROL YOUR CORE TEMPERATURE LONGER AND WHEN WET MAINTAINS NEUTRAL BUOYANCY.
Close to the skin, this soft internal fleece combined with high 4-way stretch produces the ultimate comfort / warmth / weight ratio, a true leader amongst artificial/man-made fabrics within the water sports industry. Wet or dry, hot or cold, Polytherm helps control your core temperature longer and when wet maintains neutral buoyancy, crucial to divers and any high activity watersports enthusiast.
Due to water weight being eliminated the garment becomes an ultra performance piece of equipment - essential to your body’s needs of maintaining a safe and secure temperature. Whether worn as a stand alone garment, under your wetsuit or even clothing, Polytherm is guaranteed to keep you well insulated, flexible, lightweight and free from windchill.
Polytherm Tri-Laminate Combining the outer shell and the inter PU layer, the fleece of Polytherm integrated ensures a very high heat and insulation rating, the PU film layer gives this combination added water resistance and high protection from windchill. Used in areas where extreme heat retention is required.
Ultraflex Durable Outer Protection + Combining the outer shell and the inter PU layer, the fleece of Polytherm integrated ensures a very high heat and insulation rating, the PU film layer gives this combination added water resistance and high protection from windchill. Used in areas where extreme heat retention is required.
Waterproof/Breathable MIddleMembrane + Layer is an impermeable Breathable Microporous high stretch PU Film which is wind proof and breathable allowing perspiration to be drawn away in hot conditions.
Insulative Thermal Inner Layer + Fleece layer is a 240g/sqm 4 way stretch polyester fleece with elastane. It has Anti-Pill treatment as well as Anti-Microbial treatment to reduce odor and eliminate bacteria.
All of the Lavacore seams are overlapped during flatlock sewing to ensure maximum water integrity and reduced waterflow through the seams. Maximum heat retention is therefore achieved when worn in colder water conditions. See diagram. To ensure maximum integrity and longevity of your Lavacore garment the seam cross-overs on the inside of the suit are locked under the threads of the adjoining seam. The seam construction being doubled and flat-locked allows for maximum stretch out of the four way stretch fabric technology without compromising at seam edges.
The Lavacore range includes female and male specific cut and unique design. Lycra panels with contemporary lines and graphics are incorporated into all garments. Full Under the Arm Gusset. This ensures there is no rub or irritation on the sensitive under side of the arms and side of the body. It also reduces restricted movement considerably and allows for extra reach without seam strain and damage.