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  • Antibacterial inner fleece minimizes odors
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Lavacore Men's Vest Customer Reviews

Review Summary

 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just Great

Very nice plenty of warmth for warm water dives.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice, but did not work for me

I purchased this to swim laps in cold water. The material felt great and soft on the inside of the vest when I put it on. The problem was the top part of the vest around the neck and arms pits did not fit me well depending on how I moved. When swimming laps, it would come away from the skin and allowed water in which produced drag. For my body type, it did not work as I needed it to. I wished it did as it felt great compared to a normal wetsuit material. The lower half of the vest fit gr...

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Just Great

By DAVID D.

from Lake Ariel, PA, US

Very nice plenty of warmth for warm water dives.

 

Great Vest

By Scott S.

I wore the vest with the Lavacore zipper full jumpsuit and it keep me as warm as a 3mm wet suit.

 

Great Vest!

By Yuniel D.

from Virginia Beach, VA, US

This is a great vest if you are performing any water sports in 70 degree or warmer water. Otherwise it is the perfect device to use as a warmer undergarment with your dry/wetsuit. I used it several times in February and March this year as an undergarment to my Aqualung, 8MM, one piece Semidry suit, to dive in 45F – 46F degree water and my body was nice and warm during the entire time I was underwater. I plan to use it again over my skin suit next month in the Caribbean for added protection in 90+ feet dives. I found the waist elastic cord to get in my way more often than I was getting to require it, so I simply removed it. Other than that, this is a very nice, warm, comfortable vest that not only keeps you comfy, but in style as well. If you are like me that doesn't like to expose unnecessary skin, this is the perfect device to wear.

 

I would buy this product again and again

By Papito

I've been buying all my diving equipment from leisure pro for the last 4 years and so far it is the best customer service you could find online and anywhere, Just ask for Aaron on sells department and you will see what I'm talking about.I am really pleased with the quality of products, conditions, and delivery times.

 

Good insulation

By Chas

Use under a 3mm wetsuit. Definitely warmer. Neutral buoyancy a plus. I get cold easy and this is much better than getting a thicker wetsuit. Will buy more items from Lavacore. Not cheap, but worth the money.

 

Fantastic Vest. I love it.

By Mrjaz

I have recently began playing water volleyball. I needed something to keep me warm on those cool winter days. Another thing is the fit. For a 3X (280 lbs.) It fits beautifully. A half zipper from either armpit would help taking it off.

 

WOW what a difference

By Ron C.

I tried this out under my wetsuit for the first time this weekend and what a difference it made. My chest and back stayed comfortably warm in 55F water for 2 hours. I will use it all through the winter. I plan to try a full suit to go under my regular wetsuit.I love the fact that it is a long vest. I was able to tuck it into my shorts to prevent it from riding up when I pulled up my wetsuit. It does seem like it will take a while to dry out after washing but no big deal.

 

Great stuff

By Zielit

It feels like at least 3mm added to your wetsuit but it doesn't affect your buoyancy. Really neat stuff. It takes a bit longer to dry than I expected, but still within reasonable time.

 

nice material but doesn't quite fit my body

By JEFFERY F.

doesn't fit well over my older ecto-mesomorp body--too tight in waist (hard to get on and off) and a little loose in chest but shoulders ok; i'm having a zipper put in on the front to make things easier

 

Nice, but did not work for me

By Duane P.

from Cincinnati, OH, US

I purchased this to swim laps in cold water. The material felt great and soft on the inside of the vest when I put it on. The problem was the top part of the vest around the neck and arms pits did not fit me well depending on how I moved. When swimming laps, it would come away from the skin and allowed water in which produced drag. For my body type, it did not work as I needed it to. I wished it did as it felt great compared to a normal wetsuit material. The lower half of the vest fit great. I gave it a 3 star due to being to loose around the neck and arm pit area. I returned it and the return process at Leisure Pro was great and quick. I would purchase again from Leisure Pro.

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I have used other Lavacore products (and like them) and needed a vest to fit under my semi-dri suit for some extra warmth, because my long sleeve Lavacore (which I use for other diving) would not fit inside my semi-dri suit.
Dave on Jun 26, 2019
I have the rest of the pieces and we really like them.
DAVID D on Mar 2, 2019
I have used other Lavacore products (and like them) and needed a vest to fit under my semi-dri suit for some extra warmth, because my long sleeve Lavacore (which I use for other diving) would not fit inside my semi-dri suit.
Dave on Jun 26, 2019
SURFIN
michael w on Apr 22, 2019
I have the rest of the pieces and we really like them.
DAVID D on Mar 2, 2019
Hate neoprene. Love Lavacore!!
Michael O on Dec 30, 2014
SURFIN
michael w on Apr 22, 2019
Hate neoprene. Love Lavacore!!
Michael O on Dec 30, 2014
Is it a buoyancy vest?
Bgood on Jul 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi,
No, this vest is neutrally buoyant so it does not affect your buoyancy at all. That is one of the cool things about it. With a wetsuit (neoprene) vest you'd get some positive buoyancy effect but with Lavacore you don't. It is similar to 4th Element gear.
how thick is this vest? Is it 2 mill or 3 mil
THOMAS R on Jul 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It feels like about 2mil thickness. The material is not neoprene - it is a kind of fleece material inside with nylon/polyester outside - very similar to the 4th Element Thermocline. To me it feels just slightly heavier and denser than the Thermocline, though, but about the same thickness. Both this and the Thermocline insulate like about a 2.5 mil wetsuit in my experience.
lava core vest, order one size or two sizes bigger than my size?
JAMES H on Jun 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I didn’t order the vest. I ordered the short sleeve. I wear medium and ordered medium. It fits snug and is a little difficult taking off, but I think it’s sized correctly for what it’s designed-in the water. I use it for scuba
If the size chart places you between a Large and Extra Large, would
you choose a snug fit or a looser one?

Mike L.
A shopper on Sep 18, 2012
BEST ANSWER: I found the size chart to under estimate your real size. I ended up having to go for the larger sizes.
is this vest bouyant?
rich b on Jul 6, 2012
BEST ANSWER: This vest is neutrally buoyant. Additionally, in terms of warmth, it adds the equivalence of 2-3mm neoprene.
The measures are adjusted to the size chart or are small ?.
I have understood by comments from other divers who comes smaller the size.
I am among 2XL and 3XL, this exceeds my measurements. thank you very much
Jorge I on Apr 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: My experience with Lavacore is that it goes on pretty snug, but when you are in the water it does stretch out. So I usually buy the smaller size to keep me warm. Hope that helps.
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