Rolled up tight for packing.
I took the Coral to the Anantara Dhigu & Naladhu Resort in the Maldives. Lightweight, it rolls up tight for easy travelling. For snorkelling, it’ll happily fit into most over-the-shoulder snorkelling kitbags.
The Metalite lining can make the suit “stick” a bit as you pull it on – a trivial compromise you have to make to enjoy the warmer lining.
The zip has a long leash, so it was easy to find, and a tab at the base of the spine gave me purchase for zipping up. However, there’s no restraint for the leash, so
I tried to tuck it under my BC to prevent it floating around.
The collar is adjustable for size via a Velcro tab. Below this is another tab to secure the zipper, so it can’t open up accidentally.
Flashes on the shoulders provide a bit of traction for your harness-straps to minimise slippage, and the knees have some reinforcement (Mares has stamped “knee pad” on the shins for the avoidance of doubt).
My BC is comfortable but I wouldn’t want to wear it over bare skin, so I felt that the Coral did usefully prevent chafing.
Stretchiness made the suit very comfortable out of the water. Under water, the lining tends to grip your skin, minimising flushing. You feel streamlined as you swim.
A dive-skin is really meant to be used only in water in which you could comfortably dive without thermal protection, as was the case in the Maldives.
I used the Coral as a standalone suit for two repeat dives of around 60 minutes each with an hour in between, and never felt cold under water.
The ride back on the Aquafanatics boat created a fair breeze over the bow, but the dive-deck was well protected and, anyway, it’s a warm wind, so it was difficult to evaluate the Coral’s resistance to wind-chill on location.
Instead I tested it at home, wearing the water-soaked suit in front of a floor fan.
As you’d expect, such a thin suit isn’t going to have a lot of resistance to wind and you’ll feel that. But in the context of tropical diving, this would probably be noticeable only in a fast open boat such as a RIB, and you could always throw a windcheater on over the Coral.