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March

Cressi Spring 3.5mm Wetsuit Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Cressi Spring 3.5mm Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Wetsuits

Cressi has a new wetsuit for warm-to-temperate waters (basically, waters in the 70s F/lower-to-mid 20s C), the Spring 3.5 mm. For most divers, a 3.5mm wetsuit is the most desired type, since most divers live in places with either mildly warm or tropically warm water, and almost all divers like traveling to places with tropically warm water. A 3.5mm wetsuit like the Cressi Spring is flexible enough to work in both environments. The Cressi Spring, however, offers much more than the typical 3.5 mm suit.

The Spring is made from Cressi’s durable, stretchy Ultraspan neoprene, and put together with glued and blind-stitched seams. The neck, ankles and wrists all have smoothskin seals, with the neck seal being adjustable for comfort. The zipper also has a smoothskin flap behind it. These all greatly enhance the ability of the wetsuit to restrict the flow of water through the suit, thus improving its insulating capabilities. Many inferior 3.5mm suits lack such features, and therefore are not as warm as they could be. This is a big part of the reason why the Spring is as suitable for 70 F degree (20 C) water as it is for 79 F degree (24 C) water.

The wetsuit also comes with rubberized knee pads. The combination of Ultraspan neoprene and the panel design of the suit make it snug while retaining a full range of motion, and that plus its excellent thermal properties make it a very comfy wetsuit. The Spring is a back zipping-style wetsuit. It comes in both men’s and women’s versions. TheĀ  former is black with red and grey trim, while the latter is black with white and grey trim. No other color patterns are available.

While there has been only a little consumer feedback thus far, it has been uniformly positive. Divernet gave it an amazing 10 stars, while Scuba Diving awarded this wetsuit its Best Buy award for 2012.

Average Price: Although the Cressi Spring has recommended retail price of $230, it can sometimes be found for as little as $160.