Scuba Gear Reviews by Mike Jensen
Rating: Great bag for our snorkel gear 04/15/2007
My wife and I recently went to Hawaii to snorkel in the bays on the big island. I bought this great bag so I could keep our two sets of snorkel gear together and carry it backpack style so my hands were free for other things. There are two additional compartments. One 12 inches wide and 26 inches deep down the back of the bag, and the second is 8 inches by 10 inches and 3 inches deep on the face of the backpack bag. The whole bag stuffs into this smaller section for compact storage when not in use. We were able to get 2 sets of mask, fins, snorkel and my wifes full wet suit and my shorty wet suit in this thing. We kept our anti-fog juice, fish charts and other misc. things in the two compartments, away from the wet gear. The bottom has a reinforced drainage hole so you can dunk the bag to rinse off salt and get rid of excess water. This would even be great for carrying loose items for your family picnic. We picked it up on sale but it would be a bargain at the regular price.
Rating: Great value, great price. 04/15/2007
I bought this for my wife who is a fanatic about snorkeling. She is about 5 ft tall but long arms and legs and weighs about 128 lbs. The size chart showed an Xlarge (16)for a 54" to 57" and between 120 to 135 lbs. was the size we needed. I kept my fingers crossed when I ordered because she has problems with fit with junior sizes in regular clothing. The comments about the great customer service by other reviewers made be feel more comfortable with my decision. When the package arrived, instructions included advised that wet suits fit snug so my wife wasnt overly concerned with the "stuffed sausage" feeling when we zipped up the suit. The neck was a little tight with the zipper all the way up so we left is down a couple notches which made it more comfortable. A hook and loop tab at the neck line kept the zipper in place. The seams were well constructed and showed no signs of weakening or wear from the 4 times the suit was used. We snorkeled in the bays on the big island in Hawaii in March 2007. The water was about 75 degrees and the suit kept my wife warm and happy. She didnt feel restriced in her movements and was protected from sunburn and cuts from coral with the full suit. I had on a shorty and some rough surf pushed me into some coral near shore leaving me with bloody knees. Maybe Ill have to upgrade to a full suit. We only snorkel about every 2 or 3 years so this was a great value for us. I hate to pay $250+/- for a full suit when we wouldnt use it very often. This leaves some cash for umbrella drinks on the beach at sunset which are spectacular in Hawaii.