Fourth Element Men’s Proteus 7mm Semi-Dry Suit Review
The Fourth Element Men’s Proteus 7mm semi-dry suit is not really a dry suit at all, but rather a wet suit that is designed to prevent water ingress and keep divers warm in temperate or cooler waters. Semi dry suits actually combine features of both dry and wet suits into one diving suit.
Features of the Fourth Element Men’s Proteus 7mm semi-dry suit includes:
- 7mm thermoflex neoprene
- This suit can be used with short John to provide 12mm of neoprene
- excellent wrist and ankle seals
- High level of thermo protection
- Glideskin ensures easy on and off
- Eliminates almost all water ingress
- Good for temperatures 8 degrees Celsius to 26 degrees Celsius or 46 degrees Fahrenheit to 78.8 degrees Fahrenheit
- Hydrolock neck seal
- Durawear Patches minimizes abrasions
A Closer Look The Fourth Element Men’s Proteus 7mm Semi dry suit is well made dive suit that is designed specifically to be used in temperate waters. The dive suit is made up of very few panels, which helps reduce the areas which water get into the suit. It also has some nice features to help prevent water from getting inside and chilling the body when diving in cooler waters. Made of super stretch neoprene all the seams in this suit are blind stitched with neoprene tape on the underside of the stitching to create a more water proof barrier. The suit has glideskin on the neck, wrists and ankles to help the suit cling tightly to skin and reduces the chances of water getting between the skin the the suit itself and lowering the body’s temperature. The suit also has rubberized knee pads to help make the suit more durable where it is most likely to wear out. The back of this semi dry suit has a concealed zipper and under the zipper is an extra panel of neoprene. If water does manage to get through the zipper area of this suit the second layer of neoprene will prevent the water from touching the body, allowing the diver to maintain their body temperature.
Our Analysis While we feel that this semi dry suit is not loaded with features, we also feel that a lot of thought went into the construction of this dive suit and what resulted is a well made and highly functional suit that is perfect for diving in more temperate waters. This suit has all the right features to protect divers from exposure to cooler water while being extremely to get on and off. However once on this suit is snug and extremely comfortable.
What the Reviews Say Reviews for this wet suit is extremely positive with most users really enjoying using wet suit and finding that can dive later in the season when water is colder. Users find this suit to be extremely warm even in waters with temperatures as low a 7 degrees Celsius. They also find it fits them snugly, but is easy to get on and off. The Fourth Element 7mm semi-dry suit is suitable for those divers who want a dive suit for cooler waters, but are not completely comfortable in a dry suit.