|Submited By: James R. on 05/24/2010
Back in September 2008 I began my fusion life with a tech skin fusion. I dove that skin until Summer 2009 when DRIS sent me my Tech LE skin - you can see my review on that skin - I liked it better than the regular tech skin - I added pockets and was happy.
I recently upgraded once again to the Bullet skin with the new pockets. Once again, Whites has improved on an already superior product by listening to their customers and making improvements that simply make sense!
Skin installation is typical - nothing abnormal here - WATCH THE INSTALLATION VIDEO on the Whites website and you will get it - it's not hard to do - even alone (but is easier with help).
So, how does this compare to the LE skin?
Gator tech neoprene:
- Neat stuff - seems more permeable and tougher than the typical 1mm neoprene of the LE skin. The elbow and knee pads are certainly superior to any other skin that Whites has produced. There are even pockets on the interior for padding inserts should you require such.
New zip pockets:
- Far and away superior to previous pockets. The zip sides make them less 'saggy' and they are simply put together better. No grommets on these - just interior plastic D-ring to attach lanyards, etc to. Same drain design which worked well on the old pockets - overall a great improvement. Adding to that improvement is the 'tacky' interior of the pocket area of the skin. This section clings to the dry core and prevents much, if not all of the sag experienced in the previous pockets. There is also a velcro area inside that you can attach to the dry core if you so desire to further eliminate sag. (I have not done this - doesn't seem necessary).
Overall feel and 'diveability':
- A very similar experience to the LE skin while diving. I really like the color options on this skin - I have the blue and it's darned nice ;)
- No loss of flexibility, I do feel like this skin will hold up even better in all conditions - durability has not been an issue with the fusion, but this one is certainly the best of the best.
Overall I like the upgrade - If I had it all to do over again, and was buying a fusion for the first time - I would be getting the bullet skin version right off the bat!
Thank you to Whites for listening and continuing to make improvements.
Don't forget that the guys at Dive Right in Scuba know almost as much about these suits as the guys at Whites and can assist with nearly any issue!
Very highly recommended by DM Jim