Smoothskin or lined?

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How do you like smoothskin neoprene?

Smooth outside only, lined inside like triathlon and freediving suits
5
38%
Smooth inside only, lined outside like spearfishing suits
0
No votes
Smooth inside and out, like those really expensive freediving suits
7
54%
No smoothskin - lined inside and out like surf/scuba suits
1
8%
 
Total votes: 13

surfydude
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Smoothskin or lined?

Post by surfydude » Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:39 am

How do you like smoothskin neoprene? It looks and feels great on the outside, but do you also like it inside, so you lube up and feel it 'glue' tightly to your skin.

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PurplePhoenix
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Re: Smoothskin or lined?

Post by PurplePhoenix » Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:30 pm

I prefer smoothskin neoprene, it feels more sensitive to me.

Can you elaborate on the "glue" part? At first it sounds counterintuitive that lube should act like glue. :D

surfydude
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Re: Smoothskin or lined?

Post by surfydude » Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:20 pm

PurplePhoenix wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:30 pm
I prefer smoothskin neoprene, it feels more sensitive to me.

Can you elaborate on the "glue" part? At first it sounds counterintuitive that lube should act like glue. :D
The lube effect eventually wears out. It either gets absorbed into the skin, into the suit, washed out, or evaporates. Then the sticky rubbery smoothskin attaches to your body. Spearfishers often say they need less neoprene with a skin-in suit as it has more direct contact with skin and seals out more water, but lube is needed to suit up. But that lube eventually leaks out into the ocean. Even if you're not in the water, most silicone and water-based lubes get absorbed by the skin (and some by the suit) after a short period of time. Anyone who's worn latex can attest to that. It literally grips to you and becomes your skin.

Smoothskin is a wonderful feeling, but I do like the glassy shine of soaking wet lined neoprene.

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