WET­SUITS

WE TESTED 12 3 MM WET­SUITS

Scuba Diving - - Scubalab -

1IST SPORTS WS80 MSRP $170 CON­TACT ISTDIVINGSYSTEM.COM

The thick, firm neo­prene in the WS80 proved com­fort­able and not at all re­stric­tive. It tied top scores for fi t and com­fort, and was rated ex­cel­lent for range of mo­tion — helped by a high-stretch panel on the lower pack. Wrist and an­kle zip­pers made don­ning and doff­ing very easy. Well-made, warm and com­fort­able, the WS80 was our Best Buy for 3 mm suits.

2BEUCHAT ALIZE MSRP $140.42 CON­TACT BEUCHAT-DIVING.COM

De­spite its mod­est price, the Alize has nice touches like pre-curved el­bows that avoid un­com­fort­able wrin­kles, and an ad­justable neck clo­sure with the “hook” side of the fas­tener on the suit where it’s less likely to snag or chafe. Test divers also rated the Alize’s seals among the most ef­fec­tive at block­ing wa­ter en­try. The Alize was our Testers Choice for suits un­der $200.

3BARE 3 MM VE­LOC­ITY UL­TRA MSRP $269.95 CON­TACT BARESPORTS.COM

Heat-re­flect­ing Cel­liant fiber lin­ing in the torso and ef­fec­tive, rolled smooth-skin seals helped keep things nice and toasty in the Ve­loc­ity Ul­tra. And with high-stretch ma­te­rial and de­tails such as seams placed to avoid un­der­arms, this wet­suit was a stand­out for com­fort and fi t. The Ve­loc­ity Ul­tra was our Testers Choice for suits over $200.

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