Scuba Gear Reviews by Darren S A.
Rating: Very Nice Mesh Bag! 12/28/2009
A very roomy and well made bag. Big enough to carry a full set onto the boat even including long fins and BC inside, and very well drained for rinse tank after. Only one trip on it, but feels really durable. Packs down pretty well for travelling. Highly recommended
Rating: Super nice suit! 12/28/2009
Took my wife and her new Akona 1 mm to Curacao for a week over Xmas. Decent diving, but what a great suit. Super fit on her, very nicely made, I am extremely pleased with the purchase. Also, it packs down to about the size of a medium size book and is very light, so its great in the gear bag if it allows you to leave home a heavier full suit (it is smaller and lighter than her 3 mm shorty by a lot). We intended it to use instead of a 3/2 shorty, hoping for full body coverage and sufficient warmth for warm water climate diving. By comparison, a 1.5 mm Pinnacle she tried on did not fit in the body nearly as well and had something really weird going on at the neck, with a lot of extra material and extremely poor design of the neck seal / velcro / zipper system. If it wasnt a factory defect in how it was put together, it is not usable. I spent 5 min staring at the back of it trying to figure out how to get the neck seal to lay flat and close the velcro without big bunches of excess neoprene bunching up. End result = not possible. Temperature sensitivity is personal, but I can say she used it alone at 81 oF water temperature for several sunny days but was verging on needing more warmth on cloudy days (I was fine in a 3 mm shorty). Adding a 2/2 mm shorty underneath solved that. This is a really nice piece to add to the collection, for when one wants more than a skin (which we dont like), want full protection rather than a shorty eg. night dives, but dont quite need a full suit or heavier shorty for warmth. For us that would be water temperatures of ca. 81-87 oF. Or as a layering piece. I will now be looking for such a 1-1.5 mm for myself, though I admit I wont look quite as sleek and chic as she did in this Akona.