Not only does an Open Cell suit keep you warmer, it allows you to dive with less weight, as you can get away with diving in a thinner less buoyant wetsuit. Best of all, these types of wetsuits are also a lot more flexible. This extra ‘give’ is due to the suit having a single outer layer on Nylon or Lycra, compared to most wetsuits that have an inner lining as well.
What this ultimately means, is that open cell suits are a lot easier to move around in compared with standard traditional wetsuits. Also, most open cell suits come with an integrated hood, keeping the diver that much warmer and helping to protect the diver from any unexpected underwater objects.
Open cell suits have fast become the preferred wetsuit for freediving and spearfishing enthusiasts particularly in cooler diving environments. Water takes heat away from the diver 25 times faster than air, so an open cell wetsuit has significant benefits over alternatives.
Open Cell suits do not have an inner lining, significantly reducing the ingress of water. The rubbery neoprene lining sits right up against the diver’s skin, and so donning an open cell suit requires proper lubrication. Lube is an essential part of using Open Cell wetsuits. Not only is a lubricated wetsuit much easier to get into than a standard wetsuit, it’s a lot more comfortable also. In the cooler months you can also use hot water for more comfort, and we highly recommend Rob Allen’s Cell suit lube product Slippy.
When choosing an open cell suit, it should also be noted that there are different qualities of neoprene. Although some wetsuits have high stretch (elasticity) making them comfortable, they can lack structural density. This can make them prone to significant compression, causing in some instances the material to collapse and lose insulation.
Thankfully, the all-new Rob Allen 3.5mm and 5mm wetsuits offer the best quality neoprene available and are made with a durable outer nylon coating to give the best combination of comfort and longevity. The suit has an integrated hood for warmth and an extra thick and large loading pad at the front, which protects its user from any unwanted chest and abdominal discomfort when loading a speargun.
Designed in collaboration with key Spearos in Australia and South Africa, this open cell suit is perfect for temperate water camouflage and will ensure the best results for ambush type spearfishing. Together with its multi-panelled design for an anatomically correct fit in 7 sizes, and the ability to purchase wetsuit tops and pants separately, this choice of suit allows for the most comfortable spearfishing wetsuit currently on the Aussie market.
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