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Spindrift
07-13-2011, 08:51 AM
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06/13/10 11:41:44

Here's some possibilities for those in colder waters. These are from Henderson.

The Bolero Jacket
http://images.yuku.com/image/jpg/f0d16a6f60df948c313ec8416bd9d4a2443254d8_r.jpg

The Reef Vest

http://images.yuku.com/image/jpg/b9b364ed60926908db1f997982793da16b798613_r.jpg

There are also hooded vests, but if you really needed one, the water's probably too cold!






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06/13/10 14:20:58

I didn't know they made just tops- it's very good to know. The water here feels literally like ice water all year round! I think I may invest in one of these so I can go swimming in the ocean with my tail without freezing!





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06/13/10 19:43:57

The GoldCore vest in the second picture is like my 5mm wetsuit. The skin-in design minimizes water flow by sealing to the skin sort of like drysuit seals, and cuts down water movement that can make you colder. The suit can be thinner and protect as well as thicker suits.

The only downside to that vest is the skin is fragile, and impossible to repair, as none of the wetsuit cements will stick to the lining. Be careful with fingernails! With a full jumpsuit like I have, it's best to use silicone personal lubricant to get into the suit. The suit will slide on dry, but if either skin or suit is wet, it won't slide. The vest shouldn't have that problem.

They should work great with a neoprene tail to keep you warmer. But do keep in mind that they will add buoyancy.





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06/13/10 20:58:09

Just checked Henderson's site, and they've discontinued the Bolero jacket. The vest is still available in 3mm Hyperstrech neoprene.





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03/13/11 15:45:25

Ooo I'm going to have to get me one of those. I'm going to be attending college in Scotland and the North Sea is COLD. I think I'm going to get a used wetsuit of ebay or something and alter it.





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03/13/11 16:53:21

Henderson 3m vests are great! They fit well, true to size, and I've used mine for years, and it still is in great shape.