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  • Soft fleece inner layer for warmth
  • Neutrally buoyant
  • Overlap flat lock stitch lessens water flow
  • Antibacterial inner fleece minimizes odors
  • Can be used as a layer under a wetsuit

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Lavacore Men's Long Sleeve Shirt Customer Reviews

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3.8

(based on 16 reviews)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Sizes do Run Small

I just wanted to let everyone know - when the other reviews state size's run small they aren't kidding. I'm a Large: always have been - Got the shirt: Returning it for X-Large.

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Sizing very poor

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Lavacore Mens Long Sleeve shirt.

By WILLIAM E.

Leisure Pro again provided excellent service and delivered a great product. Just dove with the Lavacore Mens' longsleeve shirt in Cayman Brac. Not one that gets cold this offered me as much protection as a 3 mil shorty. Love that it is fleece lined. I would highly recommend Leisure Pro and the Lavacore line of products. Note that I ordered a 3x size and normally would do 2x and it was snug but was the right fit. 6'1" and 240 lbs.

 

Sizes do Run Small

By Kevin H.

from Cincinnati, OH, US

I just wanted to let everyone know - when the other reviews state size's run small they aren't kidding. I'm a Large: always have been - Got the shirt: Returning it for X-Large.

 

Lavacore in the Galapagos

By Chad A.

from Escondido, CA, US

The Lavacore top and bottoms were simple wonderful to use. My only advice is that they run small. I had to second day air a larger size before my trip to get it on time. I used a neoprene dry suite on my trip to to Galapagos which fit much closer then my cloth dry suite, so I was happy that the Lavacore fit snug to me body. Chad

 

Super Comfortable

By Jon

Very warm and comfortable. Great for wearing under a wetsuit for extra warmth.

 

Warm, comfortable, and looks good

By Bazil

This is such an awesome product. Used it recently on a warm water trip to the phillipines, and we were doing 4am early morning departures for one of the sites. I wore this out on the 30m pre sunset boat trip, and it kept me warm with the sea spray. In the water, it was warmer than my 3/2 full suit and i paired the top with just a pair of board shorts. I felt really good on trim. Although i felt I had a bit of added bouyancy and was using the same weights as when i dived my 3/2 ss/ll suit. All in all excellent. When i first tried the top it was quite tight on the chest, but after a few times in the water it fit like a glove.

 

Lavacore is good

By smitty

warm

 

Great Option for a warmer rashgard

By BobInATL

I did 6 dives at various sites in the Western Caribbean in March of 2012. I wore the Lava Core top and swim shorts on every dive. Max depth 95 ft and no problems, i stayed warm and comfortable.

 

Sizing seems to run a size small...

By James H.

from Fort Worth, TX, US

I have a Lavacore hooded vest in a Large that fits fine, but when I wanted a long sleeve shirt I ended up having to go up to XL. I'm 6'2", 185 lbs, 42" chest and by the sizing chart a Large should fit (5'10" to 6'1", 210-240 lbs, 42-46" chest). I tried on a Large at my local shop but there was no way I was going to fit in it. They didn't have XL (5'11" to 6'2", 235-265 lbs, 44-48" chest per the chart) in stock so I ordered from Leisure Pro. Out of the package even it seemed small as it had little stretch trying to put it on. But on my first trip I found that once it was wet from a previous dive it has more stretch and went on/off much easier. It's definitely not loose, even wet, but I think XL is the right size for me.

 

TIghter than the size chart shows

By MARK M.

from St Petersburg, FL, US

I was impressed by the Lavacore shirt while on a liveaboard in Socorro, where 2 dive instructors were wearing them. They both highly recommended this high quality product, so of course, I ordered one. The older I get (and after 1500+ ocean dives), the less I want to be cold while diving. The product arrived quickly, and as described. My only negative observation is that despite me being well within/ at the low end of the LG size chart dimensions, the Lavacore Long sleeve LG shirt is quite tight. I can see where I might need assistance getting it off after a dive. I had originally ordered the ML size, and LeisurePro was great about refunding/ exchanging for a LG. I have decided to keep the LG size, and have a tight fit.

 

Really warm 1 mil suit top

By DAVID R.

from Elkhart, IN, US

Great product. Too small. Sizes run SMALL!!!! I would add 2 sizes to what the chart shows

 

Shirt runs very small in shoulder/ arms

By Papa

I normally wear an XL but I had to exchange for a 3XL to get the right fit. I feel like it is equal to 2mm of Neoprene.

 

Warm and versatile!

By Suzy

Lavacore is a great product and my dive buddies were envious of the two piece design. At first I thought the excessive length of the top would be a problem, but when I wore both pieces (top and bottom), the length allowed enough overlap that I didn't have a lot of water seeping in to my core. For warm water diving (as in Grand Cayman), I was fine with just the shirt on warmer days and used the pants one misty morning. Nice versatility to have that option. The lavacore products did not affect my buoyancy at all, so no change to weights was needed. One design issue for me was a single seam at the neck that chafed a bit, but it may just be my unit. A bit of tape over the seam end fixed the issue.

 

Sizing very poor

By Batman

no issues with service or delivery

 

Way too small!!

By MICHAEL M.

from Poquoson, VA, US

Even thought the Lavacore size chart showed I needed a large, I ordered the extra large based on previous reviews. When I tried it on it was at least 2 sizes too small!! Very disappointing, don't buy.

 

Ridiculous under sizing

By Tom D.

from Houston, TX, US

Wish I could write a review based on use. Since most reviews pointed out we should buy a size bigger than indicated, I did. Unfortunately even TWO sizes larger that I should need based on the charts was too small, I had to return for a size THREE size larger. Now those are out of stock and I have nothing at all to take on my dive trip next week. Lovely.

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Robert L on Sep 2, 2019
Need it for warm water dives and night dives.
MICHAEL M on Mar 4, 2018
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Robert L on Sep 2, 2019
I have a lavacore vest and it is super comfortable against the skin under a drysuit, perfect first layer for super cold diving above 50F it is my only undergarment in a dry suit.
GLENN B on Jun 1, 2019
Need it for warm water dives and night dives.
MICHAEL M on Mar 4, 2018
I was recently on a live aboard to Socorro Island with 2 dive instructors who were wearing Lavacore shirts. They were highly impressed by the thermal protection and comfort. Enough of a recommendation for me.
MARK M on Sep 6, 2017
For warm water snorkeling to give more warmth, sun protection with the bonus of neutral bouyancy
John B on Jul 7, 2015
I use it primarily for diving in Belize, but also as an undergarment under my 5mm when diving deep our extended dive time.
JOSHUA S on Jun 27, 2012
Wanted light weight exposure protection with more warmth than a rash guard.
MICHAEL D on Apr 2, 2012
I have a lavacore vest and it is super comfortable against the skin under a drysuit, perfect first layer for super cold diving above 50F it is my only undergarment in a dry suit.
GLENN B on Jun 1, 2019
I was recently on a live aboard to Socorro Island with 2 dive instructors who were wearing Lavacore shirts. They were highly impressed by the thermal protection and comfort. Enough of a recommendation for me.
MARK M on Sep 6, 2017
would lavacore work for snorking in the great lakes (huron, georgian bay)? huron is on the cold side. not antarctica but not a swimming pool.
A shopper on Jun 22, 2012
BEST ANSWER: yes it would help. i used it in 75F ~ 68F water. in 70F+ it's even too hot, especially on a sunny day. below 70F it helps, again especially nice if it's sunny so your back is warm. if you only surface snorkel it will keep you warm. if you free dive with it, it will still help. i'm barely wet below it when taken off after use. it's a semi-dry garment so water isn't flowing past your body in and out and to keep you extra warmer than 1mm seems it should. next stop is a 3mm shorty which starts to get more elaborate and makes you way more buoyant, harder to stay down if you free dive w/o weights. note that the lavacore absorbs quite a bit of water, more than neoprene wetsuit material so it will take a while to dry, especially if the nights are cool/cold. i am glad i got it. will buy lavacore pants next as a base layer below my semi-dry wetsuit when scuba diving in sub 60F temps.
Is it best to get one size smaller than your shirt size for a better, snugger fit? I tend to get cold when diving in cool water even with my 5mm wet suit. thank you in advance for your time and help.
A shopper on Jun 24, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Not unless u wear regular clothes large. Pretty true to size. FYI, I don't find lava core to be warmer than reg neoprene. Maybe equivalent to 2 or 2.5 mm...

Also, dries ok except lowest hanging part of garment stays damp a long time, so you feel like you are aways putting on damp suit. Don't use my lavacore as much as I hoped. I dive in a 3 or 5 mm in warm water a lot (long dives, 3-5x a day) and sometimes I'll throw on a 5 mm ore for xtra warmth, even ith the 5 mm full suit.

Hope this helps.
I am 5' 6" male and weigh about 175. What would be the best size Lavacore long sleeve top to wear under a wet suit for cool California diving? Would that same size hold true for a short sleeve?
JD D on May 23, 2012
BEST ANSWER: It depends on your chest size , a medium should fit but if you are at the upper end of the size chart you may want to go to a med large. When I got mine the size chart said med large but because of my chest size I ordered a large and it fits great. I hope this helps , safe diving.
What is the thermal rating of this product? 3,5 or what?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The shirt is nice and warm. Felt almost equivalent to a 3mm suit.But, i preferd the fit and function of the Lavacore.
My stats are:
weight: 67 kg
height: 192 cm
waist: 31 inches
chest size: 93.5 cm

May I know what size fits me?

Thanks,
Zacch
A shopper on Sep 24, 2012
BEST ANSWER: You vs me (I hope I got conversions right)
weight 147.7 lbs vs 144 lbs
height 6'3" vs 5' 8"
waist 31 vs 32
chest 37 vs 40

I bought the medium. And the medium shorts. Love them both. The shorts will fit you. It sounds like you are tall and thin. I am afraid the medium might be too short in body and sleeves; don't know if the large will be too big in waist and chest. Hope this helps but sorry I can't be of more assistance.

So...I love the product. Remember Leisure Pro's policy:
You have 60 days from the date of invoice to return the merchandise for full refund on your credit card. So I'd order one and see; if you have a trip coming up order both and return the one that doesn't work!

See you underwater!
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