Ok, I am interested in getting a drysuit. A DUI in particular.
I was going to get a CF200x. But after reading alot, and having a few conversations with divers, the thought of getting a CLX450 is appealing to me more and more.
Now, for starters, cold water, 40deg below the cline year round (about 60ft summer, 30 in the winter, give or take), 34 above it in the winter. (Greatlakes diving, for those who really know the area). I would like to eventually get into wreck diving, but most of our wrecks are wood, so puncture may not be a huge concern anyway. and my diving will be almost exclusivly local. I am a new diver, I want a suit that I will evolve into, not grow out of.
I know that the cf200 takes a long time to dry, and is very resistance to to puncture, but not so much abrashion.
The CLX is better for abrasion, not so much puncture (but not bad either).
Alot of people seem to prefer the CLX450 after diving both of them, but a number of them also seem to prefer the cf200 pants for they superior fit and flexability.
Ok, now the questions. There would seems to be little advantage to getting a CLX50/50 over a CF200 if you get the CF200 pants. am i right? Is this a better suit to get, or if I want to CF200, just get the whole suit that way. Another option would be to go with just a CLX450 (Stock or Select) or maybe a CLX450 with the cordura material on the pants as well. That said, there is about a $1000 differnce between the CLX450 and either of the CLX50/50 options. (there is a deal on on the stock suit, free upgrade to selct, sport package, actionwear, dc drygloves, xm450 boots and fins) if you pay the stock price,. same deal on stock cf200 for that matter as well.
Is it worth the $1000 for either of those suits over a select clx450.
The other suit Ive been interested in is the CF200x. Thats about enough said on that one.
Now, option choice, these questions may help me decide what suit to get.
If I get a CLX, I would probably get the Expedition package, as I want the hood, pockets, and cloverleaf, anyway. I want some extra knee protection as well, but unsure of the quality of the Cordura knee overlays vs either CF or Kevlar knee pads. Whats your take? take the cordura (im assuming its the same cordura as used to make the pockets) overlays, or forego the exp package, and just get the sport package and piecemeal the cloverleaf and kevlar pads (probably the long ones).
I know most people seem to say the kevlar, but Im not sure about that, as Ive seen a 4year old suit with the kevlar pads wore threw. Heavy use suit of course, 100+ dives a year. probably more.
Next, boots. IVe heard good about both, whats the bad? My thinking would say the Turbosoles would wear were the fins sit, then i started thinking if that is so, then would the socks not wear with the rockboots moving on them? With my experience of the greatlakes, mostly gentle and/or sand entires into the water, and I also have a 12.5 foot enflatable i can use. so, not too much in the way or tough terrain to climb over to get into the water. Not sure if the extra stiffness of the rockboot wouldnt be a hindrance when trying to do somekicks (as i have heard it is).
zipper? classic or quickzip. is the QZ really that bad?
SO, the long short of it is
either of the CLX50/50, is it worth the extra $1000
Which knee pads with the above, are the cordurra overlays a waste of money (that said, i usually take very good care of all my stuff, and mind the high wear stuff, and avoid abusing anything)
CF200, just not sure if one of the three CLX would be a better choice.
I spent about an hour looking at a CLX50/50 today (CF pants), and gave a cf200 a good going over a couple weeks ago.
The suit im kind of leaner towards is the CLX50/50 with the cf200 pants. But it is about $1000 more than either the CLX450 or a cf200x. and im not sure I want to spend the extra $ unless I really need to. and Im not sure that buying a half cf200 suit really gets you any of the advantages of not just buying the whole cf200 suit.
I know, this is long winded, but I searched, and none of these questions had been covered to my satisfaction. Lets keep the discusion to facts, and not just hearsay and opinions. Please give me as much info as possible, where you dive, what type, what suit, what you have, what you wish you had, what you regret spending your money on. If there is something else you think i should consider (and no, im not buying a 350). And I am also going to get latex seals, after the first neck goes, probably a zip, but not right off the bat I dont think.
Ok, that should about cover it for now, if i forgot something, I will add to it.
Thanks alot guys, im expecting infogeddon here, but dont worry, I can handle it, and hopefully this will be able to help alot of other as well.