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Factors That Affect Price
A spearfishing suit’s price is affected by a few factors:
Neoprene Type – The suit is made of neoprene. The quality of neoprene determines the feel, comfort and durability of the suit. Neoprene that is soft and stretchy is comfortable but it is susceptible to rips and tares while getting in and out of it. It is easier to find the right fit with a soft neoprene suit. The soft neoprene suit is going to be a little more expensive than the not so soft neoprene suits. If you can find a not so soft neoprene suit that feels comfortable you are in luck. If you want the ultimate in comfort and don’t mind spending a little more buy a suit with softer neoprene.
Suit Thickness – The thicker suits will be more expensive than their thinner versions.
Pattern/Camo – It may not seem like a big deal but the camo patterns on some of these suits are either developed by the manufacturer or they are licensed for use by them. Either way it is an additional cost to the manufacturing process. You can probably save a little by getting a plain black suit but you wouldn’t look as cool.
Cut/Technology – The design and cut of a suit will affect the comfort. Seam placement, padding, joint flexibility, loading pad and ear/hood pressure hole among other things are little tweaks and fixes that have been added over time as the sport evolves. The more features the suit has the more it is worth.
New or Used – A new suit will be more expensive but is more likely to have more features as the whole industry adopts new features even on the base model suits.
New or Used Open Cell Spearfishing Suit?
Buy a new suit. There is a diver saying that goes a little something like this.
There are two types of divers – Those that admit they pee in their suit and those that lie and say they don’t.
Do you want to wear a suit someone else has peed in?
Price Range for a New Suit
The price you can expect to pay for a new spearfishing suit is about $250 to $450. This is a large investment all spearos make and it is worth it. Check out our advertiser Speardals.com. Their prices are very competitive.
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