Below are a few unique requests and/or options that are available at DUI. These are typically chosen by divers who have owned more than one DUI and/or have specific needs for the type of diving that they do.
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These suits are made of neoprene and are designed to stretch. Adding accessories to them can reduce their stretch.
As an example, the overlay on the CF200X is on the torso only to minimize any reduction on the stretch. If an overlay was added down the arms, the overlay would greatly affect the amount of stretch on the arms.
When pockets are added on the side or front of the thigh, it may feel a little tighter than it did without the pockets. A relief zipper in the front of the crotch will prohibit that material from stretching.
While adding those accessories will not make a major difference on the way the drysuit fits, it can change how the drysuit feels. This should be taken into consideration when adding accessories to neoprene drysuits.
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12 years ago, DIR-oriented divers requested a slimmer cut in a fabric (membrane) drysuit to lessen drag felt while using a scooter. DUI created a new set of sizing rules that minimizes the excess material in the circumferences of the suit without decreasing the material needed in the length of the suit. These rules are designed to be used with the Xm450 jumpsuit.
Most divers do NOT need a “Cave Cut” suit. DUI’s suits are designed to be close fitting yet provide the diver with complete freedom of movement. However some divers prefer a snug fitting suit just as some people prefer to wear tighter-fitting jeans.
If you desire a “Cave Cut” suit, you will be required to complete and sign a “Cave Cut Agreement”. This agreement is required to ensure you understand the Cave Cut can restrict movement with heavier insulation or in the event of even a slight weight gain.
Please note that a tight fitting suit can create greater wear on the fabric and the seams. Excessive wear due to a tight fit is not covered under warranty.
The CF200 is not available in a “Cave Cut” as the stretch in this material provides for a closer fitting suit already and, in actuality, every CF200 is already a “Cave Cut.”
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These are selected instead of neoprene socks and are worn with DUI’s RockBoots. These types of socks are chosen by divers who want their drysuits to dry in the quickest time possible. They are also chosen by many Public Safety Divers who want an easier material to decontaminate and by military divers who wear different types of footwear over the top of their socks.
The only downside would be that they do not stretch so we do not recommend for people with wide feet.
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Inlet valves have a standard placement on the upper center of the chest. It is important that this valve not interfere with the neck seal or waterproof zipper. This location is seldom changed.
The only divers who are most likely to change the location of the inlet valve are Special Forces divers who dive with front mounted rebreathers.
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Exhaust valves have a standard placement on the upper left arm. The position is slightly different depending on the drysuit style:
TLS350, CLX450, FLX EXTREME, 30/30, FLX50/50 and TLSSE:
Exhaust valve placement is on the middle of the arm opposite the seam. It is lined up with the drysuit style patch.
CF200X, CF200SE, CNSE:
The center of the exhaust valve is 3″ from the middle of the arm opposite the sleeve. It is more forward as compared to the drysuit style patch. This is due to the closer fit of these drysuits.
About 5% of divers choose to move their exhaust valve placement.
Some divers prefer to move the valve on suits a little forward (toward the front of the suit) or even a little back (toward the back of the suit). DUI is happy to do this on any DUI at no additional charge. Specific instructions for placement (i.e. 1″ forward from standard placement) must be provided with the order.
The other most common location to move it is on the forearm.
Some divers feel it is easier to exhaust in this location. However having an exhaust valve on the forearm can make the suit dump air more often depending on the position of the arms (when the diver moves their arm up, it can cause the volume of air in the suit to increase and therefore cause the drysuit to manually dump air).
Underwater photographers typically find this unacceptable due to the fact that the bubbles can interfere with their ability to take pictures.