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Waterproof W2 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Waterproof W2 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

Waterproof’s W2 7mm wetsuit is essentially a thicker version of its 5mm wetsuit. The W2 series uses quality materials in its construction, and has plenty of features for added comfort, such as a thick spinal pad and a separate zipper for closing the suit’s neck. Everyone agrees the W2 7mm is comfortable, and an easy suit to get on and off. Other thoughtful touches include no-slip pads for wrist-mounted devices, such as dive computers or writing slates.

Where the W2 7mm is found lacking relative to its thinner sibling is in terms of seals. The ankle, wrist and zipper seals for the W2 are fine for 5mm suit, since that suit is meant for use in cold-but-temperate waters. Wetsuits at the 7mm level are usually referred to as the “semi-dry,” however, and need the types of seals usually reserved for drysuits to function properly. Because of that, the W2 admits a little more water than rival suits, such as the Cressi Lontra or Scubapro Nova Scotia, and is therefore not as warm. The W2 7mm provides ample protection for water temperatures as far down as the mid-to-upper 50s F (12 to 15 C), but Lontra and Nova Scotia owners report wearing their suits in frigid seas in the upper 4os F in comfort.

The bottom line on the W2 is that it meets the standards for a 7mm wetsuit well enough, but it usually costs more as some other thick wetsuits on the market that can go above and beyond that standard. The W2 7mm begs the question of why a diver would pay more money for less performance.

Average Price: $429