Is this suit semi-dry? How does it compare in warmth to the Bare Velocity?
The suit is very warm. I have used it in water at 52-58 degrees F with no issues. Be advised because of the thickness and semi dry characteristics, you must treat this suit like a dry suit when trying to submerge It will need to burped several times.
I dive in northern calif. and sometimes in southern cal. I get cold easily but with this suit I can do back to back dives with no issues. This is a great suit. My only complaint is the fabric itself.It balls up and does not seem to hold up to abrasion. I saw the new version of this suit and it seems better made. I would buy the new version. But for warmth I give it a 9/10.
I bought the suit to dive in Lake Winnipesaukee in NH and off the coast of New Jersey. The suit stays almost 100% dry. I've been in water at 42 degrees for 30 minuted and felt no cold. In fact I was so warm the cold on my face felt almost good. You will need a skin to wear under this suit in order to get it on. In 60 degree water I was too warm so watch where you wear it.
Yes it is a "semi-dry" suit. I have never used the Bare Velocity suit, however I only used the Aqua Lung SolAfx suit on one dive before returning it. The zipper broke on the first dive so the suit was no warmer than a normal suit. The design/placement of the zipper is terrible, and puts a lot of stress on the zipper causing it to fail. Any wetsuit you purchase you will get wet, that is how it keeps you warm. I now dive with a viking x-treme dry suit and love it.
This is a semi-dry suit. I used it this year in New England, in temperatures below 50 degrees F and it kept me very warm. I do not know how it compares to Bare Velocity, but I would highly recommend this suit.
Yes, this is a semi-dry suit but a whole lot more! I really get very little water in the suit. It is as comfortable a suit as you'll ever find. I've personally never worn a Bare Velocity, but I have seen them in the shop and the Aqua Lung is a better suit, in my personal opinion. I've worn lots of suits. I've been diving since 1977. I wouldn't trade the Aqua Lung for any semi-dry suit out there. The price is great, too.
Not sure if I had the bare velocity but I did have a bare suit before I bought this one. The bare had gasket like rubber on the legs and arms. This too has the same. I guess you would call it a semi dry but more it just eliminates alot of the water transfer. It's as warm as my Bare but much more comfortable. It's very easy to put on and take off. I am very happy with it.
I would say its more like semi wet. You get an initial layer of water in, but then it stops, So you cant wee in it.
Yes, the suit is considered a semi-dry. I think it's kind of silly term though, you either get wet or you don't. In this suit, you definitely get wet.
I love the suit, it's kept me warm and comfortable down to around 50 degrees with short stints below 50 in Northern CA waters.
Never tried the Bare Velocity.
I'm not familiar with the Bare Velocity. I can say that the SolAfx is the most comfortable and warmest wetsuit that I have owned. I have been in 47 degree water and stayed warm in my core. Hands & feet were cold... I give this wetsuit 4.75 stars out of 5.
I have not used the Bare Velocity, but have used other semidry suits. I love this suit. I would consider it semi-dry although possibly not as dry as others like the Mares. This may just be just a size fitment issue. My suit is just a slight bit bigger than I would like. I originally bought a med(too tight) returned for a ML. My brother bought a ML and had to return for a large. So I would say they run small, however the next step up seems a bit loose in spots. I would probably get a lot less water flow with a med- but was too hard to get on and off. Other than that -the suit is still very warm and comfortable and well made. My brother also loves his suit and we both are staying warm on double dives in 39 degree water.
I have had this suit for 2 years and I absolutely love it. All I dive is cold water: Quarries and the Pacific Northwest, I used it this May in 46 degree water. I rented a Bare sealed wetsuit in Lake Michigan in 2008, it was OK but not as good as this Aqua Lung.
The combination of the arm/leg seals, across-the-chest zip (shorter, very good zipper sealing) and integrated hood makes for a very warm suit. Very little water transfers, there is virtually zero entry shock, the hood has smooth neoprene that does a better-than-expected job of keeping flow down.
The suit is also tough. The zippers work smoothly, I don't need any help putting it on. The knee and shin guards are generous.
Frankly, I have nothing bad to say about it after over 40 dives in it. I'd buy another one.