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    us
    Dec 2019
    Naperville, Illinois
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    Advice on neoprene pants and/or wet suits?

    I’m trying to plan ahead.

    I have a family member with a lake house and I’m also hoping to MD along Lake Michigan this summer with the gf. There’s also some small creeks and shallow rivers I’d love to try.

    Just basic shallow diving and wading with my Equinox. No deep water diving. (I know the Nox is only good to 3 meters).

    I’m wondering what you all wear. Thickness? Favorite brands? Should I have something covering my feet besides beach shoes or even old tennis shoes for wading? Full skin suit if I’m chest deep for more than an hour at a time.?
    Is it better to have a 2 piece suit rather than a full body suit if I’m likely going to be in water waist level or below most of the time ?
    Temps for Lake Michigan would be around 70 degrees. Maybe as high as 75ish.

    A few tips on sizing would also be helpful. I’m 6’ around 195.

    Thanks for your input.
    Last edited by NapervilleDan; Apr 21, 2020 at 06:36 PM.

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    If you go online, lots f wet suit sites and they have sizing charts to best suit your needs. Iíve been doing a lot of research through the winter on what wet suit to use. If you can only get one wet suit I would suggest a 4/3, this way you can detect early in the spring and late into the fall cool waters and also using it in the summer if you get too hot, you can just flood your suit with cool water. When youíre detecting in the water for more than 1/2 hr you want to be warm. Having a full wet suit and booties, you donít have to worry about leeches or other things in the water. Iím about to purchase a 4/3 suit just donít know yet wether I want a back zip or chest zip. Get somebody to measure your chest waist, hips and weight and go by that you donít want a suit too bulky or too tight. Bulky you will get cold and too tight is uncomfortable and restrictive. A good pair of diving boots that cover right over your suit/ankles and your all set.

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    This is a suit Iím interested in. Itís $105.00 US online. Hyperflex. Lots of brands online for good prices under $200 and Itís all I need to get in the water. Good luck. Click image for larger version. 

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    2 piece farmer john is most flexible you can use together or separately depending on conditions
    5mm might be good for you
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    CASPER

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    you can find articles on wet wear here
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/casper-2/
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    In freshwater I always like a suit that covers all my body parts it helps protect against leaches when water is warm
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    I wear a Henderson long sleve shortie (down knees) which zips in the front.... easy on and off. 1X3mm should be fine depending on how cold natured you are and how long you intend to spend in the water. Hard bottom shoes...... i wear Mares 6.5 MM just because the thicker they are the less they smell over time.

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    Naperville, Illinois
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    I need to buy some gloves. 5mm seems appropriate for thickness.

    Any opinions positive or negative is helpful. I know they're not waterproof.

    I'm most concerned about dexterity (I think). Beach and river detecting. Fresh water, prob not salt water. I am a little concerned about bacteria in the water. Even though my area has modern facilities for sewage, it's not 100% clean. How would you guys keep them clean?

    Dan
    Last edited by NapervilleDan; May 01, 2020 at 04:11 PM.

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    If you're dealing with cool (eg 58 deg) to warm (eg 80 deg) water, consider a shorty (covers mostly body, upper legs and arms) combined with wet suit pants (hard to find alone). When water is cool but the air warm you can wear both and when the water warms up leave off the pants and just wear the shorty. I also use just the pants to wade waist deep with cooler water and hot air. The combo provides a lot of options.
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