SEASOFT Ti 5000™ Compressed TITANIUM Drysuit with DINA-HIDE™

$2,899.99

The SEASOFT Ti 5000™ is our coldwater “TECH” drysuit, often chosen by those that do 4 season diving, including ice diving.

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The SEASOFT Ti 5000™ is our coldwater “TECH” drysuit, often chosen by those that do 4 season diving, including ice diving.

• Employs an amazing 5 mm compressed neoprene with a DINA-HIDE™ super-abrasion-resistant exterior with two layers of Titanium Flake Foil™ for warmth.

• SEASOFT STEALTH™ Booties with elevated heel and arch supports for unsurpassed stability, warmth and kicking.

• Front and back – one piece of neoprene, no cross seam in the crotch, eliminating the place where most suits leak.

• Si-Tech valves, the best.

• Forearm mounted exhaust valve vents 5 TIMES faster than a shoulder dump valve giving you better, easier buoyancy control.

• Raglan sleeves for more freedom of movement AND allows air to move freely to the exhaust valve.

• STRETCHTEX Seals™ are warmer, more reliable, and more comfortable.  The neck and wrist seals roll under – the air inside the roll trying to “escape” creates a waterproof seal.

• Knee pads that are practically forever, in 11 years we still have not replaced one.

• Without/with the optional ALASKA Undergarment™ you can dive from 65º to 32º F.

More information below!

 

IMPORTANT: It is rare for us to recommend a woman’s cut. Unless the bust and hips of the woman buying the women’s cut drysuit match the bust and hips built into the drysuit her NEW drysuit could be very uncomfortable.  With today’s fabrics, and the stretch found in the neoprene that SEASOFT uses, we have found that MOST women are more comfortable in a Men’s Drysuit Pattern because the hips and chest allow for freedom of movement in these areas.

It should also be noted that a higher percentage of women would be more comfortable in a custom suit.  Contact us to order a Custom Suit.

The SEASOFT Ti 5000™ Compressed TITANIUM Drysuit with DINA-HIDE™ is our cold water “TECH” drysuit.  Do not buy the SEASOFT Ti 5000™ if you are going be diving for long periods in water temps above 60º to 65º degrees F.

We have had Ti 5000™ Drysuits returned because their owners thought they needed a really warm suit only to find they overheated during dives or on deco stops.

The SEASOFT Ti 5000™ is made of a special type of  5 mm compressed neoprene that was chosen for its balance of stretch and resistance to compression from depth.   This means you are buying the highest level of technology available in a drysuit for the diver who wants to be comfortable but also wants to dive a rebreather or explore deeper shipwrecks on Trimix.

• The entire surface of the Ti 5000 is covered in DINA-HIDE™, a super abrasion resistant material that also stretches as much as the neoprene beneath it.   Underneath the DINA-HIDE™ are two layers of Titanium Flake Foil™, one layer on each side of the neoprene itself.  This technology helps make this suit incredibly warm, yet still lightweight and comfortable by reflecting the cold away with the outside layer and reflecting the heat in with the inner layer.

• Built in STEALTH Booties™ with an elevated heel and real orthotics deliver stability and unsurpassed comfort whether you are on a tossing deck or a lava shoreline.  In the water the rigid sole eliminates cramps and gives you a more powerfull kick as your boot becomes one with your fins.

• Rugged kneepads that last with a LIFETIME WARRANTY!

• All SEASOFT Drysuits are built without a cross seam in the crotch like our competitors.  In other words, the front and back of our drysuits are ONE piece of neoprene.  No one else does this, it is very expensive to do but we know it is the right thing to do, it is how YOU would build your own suit.  We cut our suits this way eliminating the #1 place for leaks, the crotch area.

• Si-TECH™ Valves, the best.

• The Ti ZIP SUPERSEAL™ from Germany is the zipper of choice or you can choose a traditional brass zipper.  We recommend the SUPERSEAL™ because it can be self-opened and closed and has proven to be really durable.  Do not confuse this with the Ti Zip MASTERSEAL™ which has had some issues with several manufacturers, we do not use or recommend that zipper.

• All SEASOFT drysuits are cut with raglan sleeves (wide sleeves) for a wide range of motion; and the exhaust valve is located on the forearm for superior buoyancy control.  A forearm mounted exhaust valve will vent air 5 X faster than a shoulder mounted exhaust valve, this is the logical position for the exhaust valve.  Your arm becomes your deflator hose.  When you lift your arm during the dive the air the moves to the forearm, lifts the exhaust valve off the undergarment and vents air rapidly and efficiently.  Buoyancy control is so easy.  You do not use your BC underwater, you use your drysuit.

• STRETCHTEX Seals™ are the 3 mm hybrid neoprene neck and wrist seals on your Ti 5000™.  They fold under for unsurpassed comfort, warmth, reliability and dryness especially when compared to latex seals.  STRETCHTEX Seals™ get their watertight abilities from the small amount of air inside the fold trying to “escape”. This air holds the STRETCHTEX™ against your neck and wrist creating a waterproof seal.

This suit can be used in temperatures from approximately 28 to 65 degrees F.  Of course, you will want a SEASOFT ALASKA™ undergarment for temperatures from 28 to 45-55 degrees.  The SEASOFT Ti 5000™, a remarkable drysuit for those looking for a compressed neoprene suit that is comfortable, warm, dry and as tough as the diving they do.

The SEASOFT Ti 5000™ now comes with FREE suspenders, a pocket and your choice of more than 20 different colored chest and forearm emblems.

Available in 8 stock men’s and women’s sizes AND custom suits as well.

IMPORTANT: It is rare for us to recommend a woman’s cut. Unless the bust and hips of the woman buying the women’s cut drysuit match the bust and hips built into the drysuit her NEW drysuit could be very uncomfortable.  With today’s fabrics, and the stretch found in the neoprene that SEASOFT uses, we have found that MOST women are more comfortable in a Men’s Drysuit Pattern because the hips and chest allow for freedom of movement in these areas.

 

Bruce Justinen, the President of SEASOFT SCUBA, explains the difference between Shell Drysuits and Neoprene Drysuits:

“There are a lot of “experts” out there telling people which drysuit they should buy.  The problem is they are telling people based on their “experience”.  Usually that “experience” is predicated on the one or two drysuits they have owned.

It reminds me of the “pickup wars”.  Traditionally people are very loyal to a brand of pickup, Ford, Chevy, Dodge (now Ram), etc. Rarely, if ever, had they ever actually driven the “other guys” pickup but they would be sure to tell you that they would NEVER own one.  

That’s often how it is with drysuits.  But for the person wanting to buy a drysuit there are a lot of mixed messages, a lot of advice from divers, instructors etc. who have only used one drysuit or type of drysuit.  

 I have over 5,000 drysuit dives over the last 33 years.  I have experience with virtually every type of suit, vulcanized rubber, compressed neoprene, crushed neoprene, traditional neoprene, trilaminate shell, thin shell, heavy duty shell, stretched fabric over shell and hybrid neoprene suits and here is my experience with the two most widely used type of drysuits. 

Here are the main differences between shell suits and neoprene suits.  

SHELL SUIT:  In a shell suit the diver basically dives some type of a squeeze in order to have a useable suit  (remember, the fabric doesn’t stretch).    Because the suit has to be cut large enough to accomodate for their movements in a non-stretchable fabric, there is space for air to move in a large mass.  This big “bubble” in the suit would create potential mayhem for their buoyancy and control.  So in order to eliminate this chaos, they dive with some type of squeeze (they do NOT add air or they add very little, as they descend). 

Since, the diver is diving with a squeeze and since air is what gives them warmth and since the suit itself has NO thermal protection they are forced to wear big thick undergarments.  They have NO choice. 

For buoyancy control, they would use their BC underwater, if they used their drysuit, instability ensues for most divers.

NEOPRENE SUIT:  In a neoprene suit the diver uses air to keep warm.  Since the suit fits like a loose wetsuit and because it stretches the air does not form a large bubble.  The air is dispersed all around the suit as a layer of air.  As the diver descends he/she adds air to this layer.  They will get a minor movement of air but it does not move as a “body” of air.  The diver does not need thick undergarments because the suit itself is providing a layer of insulation but so is the layer of air.   During the dive they can add additional air that can continue to provide additional insulation.

In the winter, many divers will actually add a couple of pounds of weight so that they can add a small amount of additional air to their drysuit for additional warmth.  In a neoprene drysuit: Air = Warmth.

They will not use their BC for buoyancy during the dive. They will typically ONLY use their BC on the surface.

SHELL SUIT:  Once again, because shell suits do not stretch, it must be made larger, creating a large amount of excess material.  This excess material creates hydro-drag.  The more surface area (lose fabric, wrinkles, etc.)  that water has to flow over, the more drag it produces.  This uses up air, slows the diver down, tires them out prematurely and quite frankly nothing good comes from hydro-drag.

 

Flow sphere.svg From Wikipedia: “the larger the surface area presented to the water, the more hydro-drag produced.”

 

NEOPRENE SUIT:  Since neoprene stretches, it makes for a closer fitting drysuit and presents far less surface area to the water, typically 20-30% less fabric.  Thus, there is less hydro-drag in a neoprene drysuit and it is not uncommon for divers to have longer bottom times with part of that reason being that they are also warmer.

SHELL SUITS: So often, even with the thicker undergarment, many divers are cold when they dive their shell drysuits.  Of course, part of the reason is because they are diving in a squeeze (no air in the suit).  This causes the suit to collapse in on the undergarment and forces it against the body.  This can potentially eliminate a portion of its thermal protection. Also, the suit itself has NO thermal protection and with no layer of air, the only thermal protection is the undergarment.

NEOPRENE SUITS: The neoprene suit delivers the first layer of thermal protection, the dispersed air around the diver delivers the second, and the undergarment is the third layer of thermal protection.  Three will always beat one.

The argument made by some is that you need more weight for a neoprene drysuit.  The answer is that you do!  If you were diving a shell suit with a squeeze then yes, diving warm in a neoprene drysuit will require more weight but that is like saying that steel tanks costs more than aluminum.  Well, yes, they do, but the advantages are worth it.  

In the case of neoprene vs shell, as amazing as it is, the neoprene is usually the less expensive of the two.

IN CONCLUSION:  SEASOFT SCUBA does not make shell suits, it would be easy and extremely profitable to make them.   But we won’t and this is why – We cannot manufacture a product we don’t believe in.  Neoprene drysuits are simply better than shell suits in every way!  Once you dive one, you will agree.

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