AS AQUAFANATICS’ DIVE BOAT cruised swiftly towards our next Maldivian dive-spot,
I stood in the face of the oncoming breeze and tried to work out if I was feeling any wind-chill.
I was testing the O’Three Long Sleeve Rash Vest, which is multi-purpose. It can be worn under a wetsuit for a little extra warmth or to create a barrier between your skin and a suit that isn’t as comfortable as it should be. But in warm waters in May, I was wearing it as a standalone.
I’d just made a 50-minute dive and now had
an hour to kill before making a second descent. It’s during the surface intervals that you can quickly chill in a damp dive-skin or wetsuit.
In fact, one reason surface-sports wetsuits are often made from neoprene that isn’t faced with
a nylon outer is because water quickly evaporates from the bare rubber, reducing the chill-factor, compared to nylon, which stays wet and encourages heat-loss.
But there was a warm wind coursing over the bow and results were inconclusive – I’d need to find another way to test.
O’Three has been around a long time and has established, as you can see from previous divEr tests, a superb reputation for the quality of its drysuits. It has also paced its growth, making sure that its ability to control aftersales service isn’t overwhelmed by burgeoning sales.
When a friend of mine had minor problems with his suit, it handled the problem with alacrity, efficiency and courtesy.
Although I don’t own an O’Three drysuit, in the past it has done sterling repair work on the one I do have, bought before O’Three even existed.