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Old 03-06-2006   #1
Denver, Colorado
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hydroskin for snorkeling?

The wife and I are heading to Hawaii in two weeks and are planning on snorkeling. Water temps are ~74F which is warm by colorado standards, but you can still get a chill if you are in the water for a while snorkeling. I have hydroskin pants and top and I was thinking of letting my wife use them to keep her warm (she as a rule is always chilly in water). I know that they are thinner than most wetsuits, but a thin full body covering seems like it would help for that just a bit to chilly water. Any thoughts? It would be nice to use the gear that I already have vs. renting a wetsuit for the whole trip.


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Old 03-06-2006   #2
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After selling scuba gear for 20 years, she should be fine in your Hydro Skin as long as it fits (not baggy).
Its the same thing as a 1.5 mil neo skin the wetsuit makers are now selling.
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Old 03-06-2006   #3
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Ive used my hydroskin in the ocean and i dont think it helps at all, its not tight enough, fresh cold water gets between the fabric and your skin too easily. It might help a little if you're sitting on a surfboard in the wind but not really in the water. I lived in HI for 5 years, the water temp is fine if you keep moving and are getting a little exercise, if you're sitting on a board in the wind or not moving much or scuba diving its a little cold but otherwise you should not need anything.
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