Fourth Element Proteus Scuba Diving Wetsuit

A Review

Fourth Element Proteus Scuba Diving Wetsuit Review

Overview

As with every piece of scuba diving gear that a scuba diver looks to purchase for personal use, the material is always as important as the actual overall item. In the case of scuba diving wetsuits, it is crucial to know what material the choice brand is and how it helps with the intended water condition one looks to dive in. Our Fourth Element Proteus wetsuit review will be examining the material and other salient details of this great wetsuit while also touching on its values and demerits.

Available in 3 mm, 5 mm and 7 mm thickness, Proteus is made with good-grade high-stretch nylon and polyester-based laminated fabric on the outer and inner layers. Its seams are glued and blind-stitched with full-scale interior tapings to give full-scale reassurance of being water-tight it wrist and ankles are made with glideskin neoprene seal-on design. As for the neck part, we are given a rolled-edge smooth-skin design that locks with assurance too. For protection against bodily injuries, you have a high-flex embossed rubber patterning on the knee parts, shoulders and waist areas.

In the design of this dynamically versatile dive suit, Fourth Element introduced features such as top-notch patterning, highly intelligent design and superior workmanship to create a suit that offers comfort and a high level of thermal protection. The Fourth Element Proteus wetsuit pushes the insulation envelope for
3 mm products, and for some could provide a more compact alternative to a 5 mm suit.

Designed to minimize water flow, Fourth Element’s Proteus offers the benefits of a semi-dry suit which utilizes a special double layer hydro-lock seal at the neck area.

Being one of the most pronounced features of the Proteus is its neck seal. The Hydro-lock neck seal system is strategically designed with a thoroughly fixed inner seal and Velcro adjustable outer panel. This panel contributes significantly to preventing water intrusion.

The Fourth Element Proteus has a good capacity in reducing the flow of water into the diver’s skin. This is achieved by internal glued and blind stitched seams finished with ultimate thermoflex tape.

Fourth Element Proteus Wetsuit review

The 7mm Proteus provides one of the best thermal protection and comfort during dives for every scuba divers who opt to uses it. Employing the custom hydro-lock neck, wrist and ankle seals, Proteus 7mm wetsuit takes away all the chances of water getting into your gear and coming in contact with your skin. Combined with the Proteus Short John, the 7mm Proteus exudes the character and qualities of a wetsuit that may be used for diving in conditions, traditionally reserved for drysuit diving.

The hydrolock inner neck seal is designed to fit snugly on the neck without being too tight. A scuba diver can relax the inner neck a little by stretching it over a pudding bowl or diving cylinder overnight. That way, it is slackened a bit and does not choke the diver.

Using stretch neoprene in panels where maximum flexibility is needed (arms, underarms etc.) and more compression resistant materials on the body core, where consistent protection at depth is required, the Proteus suits are able to offer both warmth and comfort.

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Specs

Material Nylon II Neoprene
Thickness 3 mm, 5 mm and 7 mm
Seams Double Glued, Blind Stitched and Taped
Closure Back Zipper Entry With Zipper Tab Pull Leash
Wetsuit Style Full Wetsuit

 

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Features

  • Proteus II: Worthy Successor to Original Proteus Suit
  • Set to Redefine Warmest Suit In-Its-Class
  •  Glide-Skin Seals at Wrists
  • Hydro-Lock Neck Seal
  •  Watertight Seams
  • Thermo-Flex Linings Through Out Suit
  • Hex-Core Lining Body Core
  • Enhanced Thermal Performance where Needed Most for Prolonged Exposure
  • Seams: Double Glued, Blind Stitched and Taped
  • Perform Like 5mm Suits w/Greater Flexibility, Less Buoyancy
  • Recommended Water Temperatures: 23°C (73°F) and Warmer
  • Back Zipper Entry w/Zipper Tab Pull Leash
  • Easy Self-Donning & Doffing
  • Available in Multiple Sizes


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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • 3mm neoprene for warm water use
  • Watertight seams, Hydrolock neck seals
  • Hex Core lining body core for warmth
  • Back zipper entry design
  • High flexibility, Low Buoyancy

CONS:
  • Relatively Expensive

 

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Editors’ Opinion

In the design of this dynamically versatile dive suit, Fourth Element introduced features such as top-notch patterning, highly intelligent design and superior workmanship to create a suit that offers comfort and a high level of thermal protection.

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