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Old 12-11-17, 09:12 AM
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Has anyone used Scuba wetsuit gear for cycling?

I was browsing the internet and saw some scuba gear that got me thinking

waterproof, looks good, reasonably priced and maybe it's very good for cycling during winter?.... I commute daily and average over 240Km per week commuting right throughout the year

here's some examples:

Mares Pioneer 5mm Scuba Diving Wetsuit
https://www.watersportswarehouse.co....g-1381345.html



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Gill Hydrophobe Thermal Top
https://www.watersportswarehouse.co....p-1174578.html



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The compression aspects of the material will act as resistance against your legs and suck out your soul when you try to pedal. I have used a pair of the booties/socks a number of times. I have given up on a fully waterproof foot and now target trying to keep the feet warm. The socks work great for this.
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I cannot image that being comfortable in any way.
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Originally Posted by danmyersmn View Post
The compression aspects of the material will act as resistance against your legs and suck out your soul when you try to pedal. I have used a pair of the booties/socks a number of times. I have given up on a fully waterproof foot and now target trying to keep the feet warm. The socks work great for this.
I saw the socks .... £16

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No I live in So. California it doesn't get that cold. That said as a surfer you'll be much happier with a surfing wetsuit vs. a dive suit. The neoprene is much more flexible and the suits are designed with movement in mind. You won't need anywhere near 5 mil a 1-2 mil suit will work fine. Just a 1 or 1.5 mil top or a short leg & sleeve springsuit to keep your core warm. You can find online sales all the time or visit a local surf shop.
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no air flow. you would roast no matter the temp. need breathable thin layers, think synthetics
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Already been done by several people including Lucas Brunelle.



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As a diver, I can unequivocally say that that would be a really bad idea. Neoprene suits do not offer anywhere near the range of motion that is required by cycling. You might might be able to get away with a surfing exposure suit. BUT you would absolutely positively melt within the first 5 miles, probably even the 1st.

Next idea?
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Originally Posted by 2seven0 View Post
No I live in So. California it doesn't get that cold. That said as a surfer you'll be much happier with a surfing wetsuit vs. a dive suit. The neoprene is much more flexible and the suits are designed with movement in mind. You won't need anywhere near 5 mil a 1-2 mil suit will work fine. Just a 1 or 1.5 mil top or a short leg & sleeve springsuit to keep your core warm. You can find online sales all the time or visit a local surf shop.
Remember that when you sweat it's locked in.
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had a quick look on Ebay UK .... surf wetsuits are cheap (£25) ....

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Odyssey-C...LH17eiq_OZT0bg



only thing is that the zip is on the rear .... you will need someone to help you undress
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only thing is that the zip is on the rear .... you will need someone to help you undress


The zipper has a long tag so you can manage it, yourself.
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Old 12-11-17, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by dim View Post
had a quick look on Ebay UK .... surf wetsuits are cheap (£25) ....

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Odyssey-C...LH17eiq_OZT0bg



only thing is that the zip is on the rear .... you will need someone to help you undress

Those usually have a zipper leash for that very purpose.
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also found a hood thingy for cheap ... (£11.99)

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What's wrong with regular cycling specific clothing?
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You'd get soaking wet, as in absolutely drenched, cycling in a neoprene suit. And then you'd get cold. I've used neoprene gloves, socks, and whatever those lower face-and-neck wrap things are called, and they're uniformly awful. A body suit is unimaginably horrific.
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Old 12-11-17, 09:56 AM
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I've never been in one, but I'm guessing you'd sweat profusely in one.

What problem are you actually trying to solve? There is plenty of good rain and warm gear out there.
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If you decide to go through with your idea, remember to bring along the tank and regulator. You will need the air.
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Hugh Grant's roommate in Knotting Hill gave it a go:



I've several wetsuits from full thick suits for cold water diving to spring suits for mid summer. I have ridden in a spring suit a couple of times to meet friends to go windsurfing. It's not remotely comfortable.
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I've worn neoprene full waders (3.5mm) while fishing on a river with water temperature around 5*C. While just standing around they keep me warm enough, even with just a pair of thin base layer tights. But if I have to walk a lot it gets damp, even though I may not actually be hot. They just don't allow any moisture to escape.
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Seriously, some pro triathletes keep the wetsuit on after the swim especially if it is cold out.

They say it keeps them warm but restricts range of motion and can get very slippery on the saddle.

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As a diver, I can unequivocally say that that would be a really bad idea. Neoprene suits do not offer anywhere near the range of motion that is required by cycling. You might might be able to get away with a surfing exposure suit. BUT you would absolutely positively melt within the first 5 miles, probably even the 1st.

Next idea?
What he said. It's extremely uncomfortable and fatiguing just walking around in full dive suits. In the sun it can be really, really hot and oppressive. There is absolutely no piece of dive gear that I would willingly don in order to go on a bike ride. Except the titanium knife, of course. Cuz why not?
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You would absolutely die with the lack of ventilation in a wetsuit. It is designed to have water flowing through it 100% of the time. There is basically zero amount of time that wearing a wetsuit is ever comfortable outside of the water.

FYI: I have been a certified diver for many years and have numerous dives in my log in all sorts of wetsuits of various thicknesses for water between ~55 degrees F and 80+.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Seriously, some pro triathletes keep the wetsuit on after the swim especially if it is cold out.

They say it keeps them warm but restricts range of motion and can get very slippery on the saddle.

Matty Reed Gives A Detailed Account Of The Boise 70.3 Finish | Triathlete.com
TRI suits are a slightly different animal than a dive / surf wetsuit, but still the same issues; too stiff, and too hot.

They work by preventing the cold water you're in from contacting your skin, and trapping your body heat inside. If you are sweating, it will stay in the suit until you take it off.
For cycling, you keep warm by keeping the rain/wind out, and letting sweat / moisture out to stay dry. In most active pursuits (cycling, running, hiking) 2-3 thin layers are more effective than one thick one.

I've used scuba 'booties' as socks on winter trail rides, but that's because the surface was snow, mud and slush, and we were up to our ankles in it.
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There was a local guy who allegedly trained wearing a wetsuit and with panniers full of rocks. Two uniformly bad ideas, I think.
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
no air flow. you would roast no matter the temp. need breathable thin layers, think synthetics
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You are cooled by two three things when cycling. Conductive cooling, where your body is warmer than the air and you get heat transfer, convective cooling, where the wind carries away the air your body has warmed, and evaporative cooling, where evaporating sweat absorbs energy as it evaporates and removes heat from your body. A water-tight wetsuit wont allow evaporation, and interferes with both conductive and convective cooling. You'd quickly be drenched and uncomfortable.
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Not sure what the OP is trying to accomplish, or better said, what problem he is trying to solve that the multitude of choices in cycling specific clothing is not able to solve.

Perhaps there is something the OP is experiencing that we are missing or that someone could help with.

If it's just cycling in cold or dampness, there is cycling gear available to solve that.
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