SCUBAPRO'S EVERDRY 4 is the latest in a wave of high-density neoprene drysuits to hit the U.S scuba market for todays scuba divers. These modern neoprene suits are relatively lightweight, they fit snug and tend to be ultra stretchy. And because neoprene has inherent thermal properties, you don’t need as much in the way of undergarments as you do wearing a fabric drysuit.
The Everdry 4 is constructed of compressed 4mm neoprene sandwiched between layers of nylon jersey—the heavier weave of the outside layer is designed to withstand abrasion, the lighter-weave inside layer is designed more for comfort. All seams are triple-glued and double-thread blind-stitched on the outside, while the inside is coated with a liquid polymer that penetrates the nylon layer and fuses to the neoprene.
At the neck you have a fold-under smooth-skin neoprene seal with a pair of Velcro closures for fine-tuning fit; wrists seals also use smooth-skin neoprene but they are not fold-under. Soft neoprene socks seal the extremities; these can be used with either drysuit boots or standard neoprene dive boots. The Everdry 4 is fitted with Si-Tech valves and a standard heavy-duty YKK drysuit zipper that’s protected by a neoprene overflap. Also included: a 5/6.5mm hood, removable suspenders, a cargo pocket and kneepads.
Because the neoprene on the Everdry 4 has already been compressed, you don’t experience those huge shifts in buoyancy and thermal efficiency as you go deep which used to be SOP with the neoprene drysuits of yesteryear. The Everdry 4 is also not a bulky suit; in fact, it’s not unlike wearing a wetsuit. Range of motion is very comparable, as is the comfort quotient and the degree of hydro-drag as you’re kicking through the water.
We found the 4mm thickness provided enough inherent warmth so that we only needed a thin undergarment for scuba diving in mid-50s water temperatures. Using a thin undergarment also cut down on overall bulk, which ratcheted up the flexibility and comfort. The soft socks fit nicely into a pair of DUI Rock Boots as well as a pair of Henderson hard-soled neoprene dive boots. Another bonus of soft socks: you can turn the suit completely inside out for cleaning and drying.
The first-rate neck seal is smooth-skin neoprene on the outside and nylon jersey on the inside so you can easily slip the suit over your head without any hair-pulling, then by folding the smooth-skin under you create a large-surface-area seal against your skin. The Velcro tabs allow for a decent range of adjustment, and the four bar tacks on the seal itself let you trim the seal, if necessary, without ruining the stitching.
The neoprene wrist seals are not as easy to work with. Since they are not fold-under they have to fit tight to maintain a watertight seal, and that makes it difficult to slide your hands through the skin-in neoprene at the wrist openings. These seals are also not trimmable; our test suit had only one bar tack located right at the edge of each wrist seal, so any attempt to trim would have screwed up the stitching.
The hood, on the other hand, offers a very efficient sealing system at the junctures of both hood and neck, and hood and face. The air release valve at the top of the hood does a good job of venting unwanted air from inside the hood. Elsewhere on the suit, the kneepads cover a lot of leg area and are built tough to protect even the most avid bottom crawlers. The cargo pocket on the right thigh is a nice extra; it is sized right, is easy to reach, and it offers a zippered closure to keep contents secure. Finally, a big thumbs-up to the internal suspenders; they make walking around the dive boat between dives with the suit unzipped a lot more enjoyable.
Bottom line: Overall, the Everdry 4 is a pretty nice neoprene drysuit. It fits like a glove, is easy to move around in, and most importantly, it keeps the warmth in and the cold water out. We’d like to see a fold-under sealing system on the wrists like the one used on the neck—sliding your fists through nylon jersey is a heck of a lot easier than struggling through smooth-skin neoprene, plus we think fold-unders make for more comfortable seals. But that’s our only nitpick with this suit.
The Everdry 4 is available in nine mens and six womens sizes (suits tend to be cut on the small side) in basic black with silver graphics. Included: zipper wax and an owners manual. SGR
Made In: China
Warranty: 2 years