Rating: Nice Warmth with Neutral Buoyancy
Reviewer: Paul M., - View all my reviews
Wore my new LavaCore dive vest for some recent deeper dives. Being a vest style, it was fairly easy to put on. It fit just fine under my 5-mil wetsuit without bunching or adding bulkiness. During the dive, I could tell a nice difference in warmth as the vest helped keep my core warmed. I had made 10 dives in the 3 days prior to this, so had a basis for comparison to tell that the vest was doing its job. Also, during the surface interval and on the 45-minute trip back to the dock, the vest kept me warmer. Especially for quick, easy-to-put-on core warmth, this LavaCore vest was a great option.
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Rating: obmd diver
Reviewer: Stephen B., - View all my reviews
Provided great warmth and protection as rash guard in Little Cayman, particularly after dive with wind and rain.
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Questions and Answers for LavaCore by Oceanic Trilaminate Polytherm Dive Vest:
Hi - I want to order the LavaCore 2x vest for women but when I try to place the order, it doesnt differentiate between mens and womens sizes. How do I make sure I get a womens version in 2x?
Aaron (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com)
Hi Anna, On the drop down box select Trilaminate Polytherm Dive Vest 2XLarge (19-20). All the women’s sizing have a pair of numbers after the size.
I am 5 8 male swimmer and weigh about 140. I think that the Lavacore vests and tops may be comfortable & flexible enough for swimming. If so, what size should I consider in the Lavacore products?
Darrick (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com)
Hello Charles, when you are sizing a wetsuit or dive skin. The two most important measurements are going to be your chest/bust and waist. Height is a secondary measurement and weight is the last measurement you take into account.
However you want to wear it; under a wetsuit, under a cag jacket, stand alone, or matched up with Lavacore shorts, this extremely versatile vest covers your crucial organs from the elements - at an affordable price.
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 30+ protection
WET OR DRY, HOT OR COLD, POLYTHERM 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, olytherm 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.
1) Ultraflex Durable Outer Protection + This outer lycra layer is a 180g/sqm knitted nylon warp knit Tricot with water repellent treatment to ensure fast water run off and anti wind chill properties.
2) 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.
3) 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.
Seam Construction 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.
Panel Design 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.