WETSUITCressi comfort
WE WERE ON A DIVE BOAT, motoring out to the North Wall on Grand Cayman. The boat was full of excited and rather noisy Americans. It was as if they were competing for attention on the volume, rather than the content, of what they had to say.
     A rather porky-looking middle-aged gentleman from the mid-West was sitting next to me. An aura of sweat and old urine seemed to linger about him. He leaned forward and spoke to me in a hushed tone:
     I couldnt help noticing that you put your wetsuit on in a moment. You seemed to just simply slip into it. I really struggle with mine. Whats your secret
     I looked for a moment at his 150kg body, stuffed into a frame a mere 170cm tall. It was a living tribute to a lifes consumption of Dunkin Donuts. I momentarily compared it with my own 85kg body, spread about a frame 30cm taller, and decided not to be cruel.
     Actually, I replied, in a discreet whisper, you might want to write down my secret.
     He listened attentively. I leaned closer.
     Its because Im bloody good at it!
     Remarkably, he realised that I was winding him up. What he did not know was that I was wearing a Cressi-sub Comfort suit. The Comfort is made from the latest hi-tech, hi-stretch neoprene, lined with a material that makes it extremely slippery on the inside. Hence I was in and out of it as easily as a snake shedding its skin.
     Its labelled as being 5mm, but it feels a lot thicker. Because it seemed thicker, it displaced more water, and I had to wear a little more lead than I might have done with an ordinary 5mm suit.
     The Comfort has a conventional zip at the back and extra-reinforced panels at both the knees and shoulders. There are no seals. It is a wetsuit, after all, but the wrists and ankles are neatly finished with contrasting piping.
     Italian by design, its no surprise that it looks cunningly stylish, even slimming, with panels in silver-grey and black.
     Theres not a lot more to say about it. Its stitching remained intact while I was using it, and it kept me warm, so there was no overwhelming desire to pee in it.
     I can get through a whole night without taking a pee, so one should be able to get through a one-hour dive the same way. My new American friend obviously did not enjoy that luxury either, and thats another secret I kept to myself!
The Cressi-sub Comfort suit costs £186. A thicker 7mm version costs £210. A hood-attached matching 5mm jacket costs £120.
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    + Easy to don
    + Comfortable when on

    - Youll need a little extra lead for neutral buoyancy