Will I need to wear more weight?
No, in fact we get reports back from lots of divers who have actually taken weight off their belts. We would suggest that, as with any new piece of equipment, that you practice in sheltered water first with a thorough weight check before changing your weightbelt for a dive in open water.
What should I wear underneath it?
Nothing, or as little as you are comfortable wearing. The wicking properties of the suit work best when in direct contact with the skin. Any layers between the skin and The Weezle inner wicking layer need to be of excellent wicking property themselves so as not to hinder the removal of perspiration from the skin. We would recommend (of course) the Weezle Skin, which comes in 2 weights & several sizes.
Which weight of undersuit should I buy?
This depends on the type of diving you do, what type of drysuit you dive in and how much you are effected by the cold. The thermal properties of the Compact & Extreme exceed those of traditional undersuits whereas the Extreme plus breaks the boundaries of undersuit manufacture and is suitable for ice diving. Many of our retailers only stock the Compact as they feel this is all that is required for local conditions. Even though the Extreme & Extreme + are slightly more bulky, they are still more flexible than most undersuits, so movement is not restricted, getting the right suit for your diving is important.
The Weezle Skins can be worn directly beneath an undersuit or in conjunction with one of the Weezle Undersuits, to give a flexible solution. The perfect choice is an Extreme Oxygen set with a set of Extreme Skins; with these you could dive from the Maldives to Antarctica!!
Your retailer should be able to give local advice or please feel fee to ask us at Weezle for suggestions.
While waiting to dive, will I overheat in the one of these undersuits?
No, if you squeeze the air out of your drysuit, effectively vacuum packing yourself, you can alter the thermal properties of the suit to your liking, to a certain extent.
This method of expelling air is one used by many divers immediately prior to diving, to ease their initial descent, always remembering of course to release the dump valve to your required aperture for diving once on the surface.
Because of the excellent wicking properties of Weezle Undersuits, sweat will be moved away from skin towards the exterior of your Weezle. Unlike some other undersuits, the sweat has somewhere to go as it easily is moved to the outer layer, where it is held as an old fashioned typewriter ribbon holds ink, until saturated, about when it is knee deep.
Will I be able to get it underneath my membrane/neoprene drysuit?
If you can get a traditional undersuit on under your drysuit, you can get a Weezle suit on. Weezle suits compress down to an unbelievable size and yet expands to fill any gaps resulting in it being the most effective piece thermal protection underclothing on the market.
Why isn’t it quilted?
The need to quilt the undersuit has been carefully designed out of the suit. Quilting restricts the free migration of air around the suit hindering it’s removal when dumping is required.
Another reason why quilting has been omitted from the suit, is that at every point where there is stitching, a cold spot occurs. By making the filling material self supporting, the need for quilting, and therefore cold spots, is removed. See the Technical Specification for more information.
Will the filling move around?
When the filling was designed it was made to be self supporting to remove the need for quilting. We have several suits that have been seriously “used and abused” and none of them have shown any sign of breaking up. We supply the oil industry’s saturation divers with suits for warm water flush systems & these suits also get boil washed. Weezle Undersuits are now the suit of choice as they work well in this situation and last at least 3 x longer than standard undersuits.
Is it machine washable?
Yes very! Instructions are given on the sewn into one of the inner seams care label.
Will I have to cut holes in it for my cuff/shoulder dump?
No. This above all was a major design requirement of the suit. Air must be able to migrate through and around the suit with minimal restriction. The action of cutting holes in undersuits or replacing sections with netting, reduces the thermal properties of the undersuit. In the case of a cuff dump, removing a section of the undersuit to assist air dumping, occurs at a point where your blood is closest to the surface.
Occasional misinformation has been circulated about problems caused by blocked valves, usually by those who haven’t worn a Weezle or are trying to sell you something else. Any slow venting is usually caused by inexperience and over-weighting or a faulty valve rather than the Undersuit; which itself is breathable.