Scuba Gear Reviews by Janelle Sanda
Rating: InstaDry Suits 11/18/2008
it wasnt love at first sight when i got my 7 mm henderson instadry jumpsuitit was a real pain to put on and i felt like the michelin man. a friend assured me that it would get better and it did. after you wear it a few times, it tends to conform to your body shape. it also slides on easily if you mix up some hair conditioner and water in a spray bottle and spritz the inside of the suit and your skin before donning. (also softens your skin and keeps the suit smelling good.) the zippers at ankles also help a lot. the 7 mm suit kept me comfortable in the galapagos (along with a hood). i also have a 3 mm suit that i wear in warmer water and just got the 5 mm for slightly cooler temps. the only problem has been some cracking and peeling of the knee patches, which henderson will repair if you send the suit in to them.
Oceanic Pocket Semi-Dry Snorkel
Rating: Foldable snorkel 10/15/2006
I hate having a snorkel hanging on my head while diving, but like to have one available just in case you end up spending prolonged time on the surface. I didnt actually have to use the snorkel on my recent trip, but it folded up and fit into a small BC pocket. The super velcro-type attachment to mask strap also makes it easy to secure in place when needed.