what water temp this 5mm recomended for? i'm going to be diving in bonaire in jan wher water temp is around 78, I plan to dive everyday as much as the dive tables let me
You will be cooked alive if you use 5 mm in 78 degrees water. I hope you would not be too hot in 2 mm (unless the water at the bottom is much cooler.
even 3mm may be too hot, get a shorty or a skin .
This suit will be too thick, get a thinner suit. I use it to dive in quarries. The water temp there is well below 70 degrees. You will burn up. I would say a 3mm will be plenty.
At 78 degrees I would have absolutely no trouble with the suit, I recently dove in 81 degree water with a 3 mil and was plenty warm enough. I am 5 foot 10 and 230 pounds so I have a pretty good size thermal core. I would feel perfectly comfortable at 78 degrees with the 5 mil.
5mm is a bit thick for Bonaire, even in Jan. I found that a 3mm was more than enough and if you are cold natured then wear a skin under it...I have the pinnacle 5mm and have never used it anywhere in the Carribbean at any time of the year...take a look at the 3mm that Pinnacle makes...they make very good wetsuits and are high quality....
I would say it will be great for that water temp. I have worn it down to 75 degrees and was comfortable. The only issue I had is that he sizing runs a little small. My suit is tighter than my 3mm. Hope this helps.
Ben, you can dive in a 3mm. 5 would be overkill. I would be sweating in a 5. Be sure to dive the reef wall if you can. Those guys down there wear a skin in the summer and maybe a 3 in the winter
I bought the Pinnacle 5mm Elastoprene wetsuit specifically for a trip to Mayaguana aboard the liveaboard Nekton Rorqual. The trip was in March and the water temp was 75-77 deg F.
Being a liveaboard, I was diving 4-5 times a day and the suit was more than sufficient to keep my core temp up. However, being new, the suit was very positively buoyant and I had to add extra weight to counter the effect.
I also own the Pinnacle Elastoprene 3mm suit and am pleased with both of them.
DAVID C H
Dear Ben 5mm is overkill for Bonaire. 3mm is plenty. P.S. I love the wetsuit. Very well made compared to others I have bought over the years.
5 mm full suit is for colder water. I went to Bonaire 2 yrs ago and dove in a 2mm shorty. Dove like a mad man and had no issues with cold, even at night.
This suit was used in water temps ranging from 72 to 79 with very little issues. Eventually, the only issue I found with it was that the loop side (cloth side) of the velcro closure at the neck collected a lot of garbage since I didn't use it much and threw away the protective tab.
I've dove in Bonaire three times, always in a full 3mm wetsuit. The last time I was there it was a January. Other people were happy in shorty 3mm wetsuits but I think I would have gotten cold, especially after several dives.
The short answer is that the comfort of any wetsuit depends on your own tolerance for cold. But I know that doesn't help. ;-)
So I'll just tell you that the 5mm should be more than enough warmth!
Personally, if I were going back in January I'd take a full 3mm wetsuit and a neoprene beanie -- just that small amount of extra protection can make a big difference in comfort.
If you get the 5mm, be careful about the sizing. Mine was a bit small. I ordered the L, and I'm a 200lb 6ft guy -- so it should have fit perfectly. The actual size was more like a ML, a bit too snug and shorter than I would have liked. If you're on the borderline between sizes, I'd suggest going to the larger size.
Have fun in Bonaire! I wish I was joining you.
5 mil is perfect. But I returned the pinnacle and bought the Bare 5 mil instead. The fit was far better. Have a great trip.
CRAIG AND WANDA W
We used ours in freeport bahamas in 2009 the water temp was 75-77 and we were very comfortable during multiple dives daily over a week .