One thing that rocks is my wetsuit. Every time I put it on I feel like a superhero. Without it I feel more like a naked monkey that just dropped out of a tree into the ocean… “kerplunk.” Like a dinner bell for scary ocean things. But in my suit I’m a stealthy underwater predator in my own right. It’s not my intent to be writing about products so much with this blog and I don’t sell anything or make any money off of anybody’s gear – I just like gear that works. There is so much poorly designed stuff out there. It’s nice when people put a lot of thought into designing a piece of gear that does what it’s supposed to. Everything about this wetsuit enhances my diving experience. Primarily, it fits. Wetsuits have to be tight to work and, although they are stretchy, they need to be form fitting by design not by stretch, especially the thicker ones. It can be hard to find a wetsuit that fits, especially if you’re fit. Yeah, weird. All these new brands touting themselves as clothing for athletes and active people crack me up. Now fit people need specialty clothing because normal clothes are made for people shaped like pears. Nowhere is this more apparent than in hunting clothing. Yes, I hunt – don’t judge me and I’ll get back to this another day. The thing is, and the reason for my little disclaimer about being “a hunter” is that the vast majority of hunters are fat, rednecks. There, I said it. Go into an outdoor store and try to find some camo pants that don’t have waist dimensions that are twice the length. Anyway, back to wetsuits.
They say there are two kinds of people, those who pee in their wetsuits and those who lie about it. Being immersed has a strange effect on the urinary system and the only problem with a properly fitting wetsuit is it doesn’t really let anything escape should you, uh, go with the flow. Even superheroes wet their suits once in a while. This wetsuit is lined with merino wool though – the same miracle fiber that Smart Wool socks, among other things, are made out of. Not only does it resist bacterial growth and provide a much nicer lining for your skin than neoprene, but it’s exothermic, meaning it actually releases heat when it absorbs water. That is cool. It’s made by Pinnacle and in my little unofficial product review, I give it two thumbs up.