The Aqua Sphere Aqua Skinsuit occupies a fairly rarefied niche in the wetsuit/tri-suit/swim skin universe. Unlike most tri-suits it lacks thick neoprene flotation panels. Unlike a pure swim-skin, it does provide some insulation. These features, combined with a low price point, make these suits pretty appealing for freedivers looking for a warm-water competition/training suit.
This is my second Aqua Skin and it has significant improvements in construction, materials and cut over the older model.
Here are the specs from Aqua Sphere:
- Quick drying
- 100% UVA/UVB protection
- Can be used in both the Pool and in Open Water
- Wrist and Ankle Cuffs that keep water out
- Aqua Flex Double Lock Neck with Aqua Grip Seal double layer, which maximizes comfort, while keeping water out of the suit
- 0.5 – 1mm Glide Skin neoprene that is ultra soft for comfort, water repellent, and fast drying
- Thermo-Guard technology, which provides warmth, maximum flexibility and range of motion in the shoulders, legs, and chest
For the record, I am in agreement with all of that.
- Buoyancy: To stay neutral with the same neckweight I use with no suit, I have to swim about 12 inches deeper.
- Insulation and Seals: Our pool runs 78f and I am quite comfortable during both slow apnea swims and sprints. The seams are pass-through surge stitching – so they all leak. Wrist, ankle and neck seals all work well; they do not flush during monofin sprints.
- Streamline: I gain about 1 to1.5 meters of glide compared with no suit.
- Quite comfortable despite being a size smaller than they say I should wear. The material this model is made from seems more flexible than my previous suit. It gets four stars from me because, like literally every other off-the-shelf wetsuit, it’s built for someone with a bit more bulk.
- This is one stylish suit, can’t really say more than that!
Value for the money
- Here in the states these suits are a steal. They list for $169.99 but normally sell for about $130. If you shop them on Amazon you can find tremendous deals on suits that are ‘used’ (someone tried it on) or have ‘cosmetic damage’ (the suit I have – can’t find the ‘damage’ – cost $60).
- Elsewhere in the world they seem quite a bit more expensive, with an average price around 188 EUR in Europe.
How to get the Aqua Sphere Aqua Skinsuit
- Manufacturer: Aqua Sphere
- Recommended Retail Price: $169.99
- Where To Buy: Amazon.com