Is the new Waterproof D1X the best dry suit in the world?
The old Waterproof D1 was regarded by many as the drysuit to buy if you had the budget. The main improvement from the D1 to the D1X is they have improved the patented 3D mesh.
The D1 was the first drysuit to have an ‘insulated constant volume drysuit’. The best way to think of a D1X is that it is a hybrid drysuit. Even though it benefits from the thinner, lighter and greater flexibility of a trilaminate style drysuit it has the thermal protection of a crushed neoprene suit.
The D1X is durable and has made significant improvements on the old D1 which was regarded by many as the world’s best drysuit, including:
Dry suit boots that are now 5 times more abrasion resistant
Soft and flexible neck ring that allows you to replace the seal at the dive site with a choice of silicone, latex or even neoprene
Improved fabric on the front panel means less abrasion
The unique 3D mesh liner that provides the thermal protection is now softer and more flexible and is constructed from 50 Denier material.
All of the Velcro tabs have been replaced and are now more flexible and have better grip
D-rings on the leg pockets have been replaced with stainless and have a new construction
In our view this is an expensive suit but given the looks, technology used, thermal protection, durability, weight and fantastic construction does justify the price tag. So in short it is difficult to say what the best car in the world is, but in our opinion there are few if any other dry suits that can match the Waterproof D1X.
Our head PADI Instructor Nick has recently bought a D1 and loves it. He would be very happy to share his experience with you if you are looking to purchase one.
The D1X is available to purchase via our online dive store.