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The secret to a great dive can be as simple as having warm hands and the dexterity to be able to use your camera or feel your valves for a shutdown. Fourth Element’s 3mm and 5mm wet gloves and 4mm and 7mm mitts use stretch neoprene with glued, stitched and welded seams to give a close fit that almost eliminates the entry of water, whilst maximising flexibility and warmth. The carbonite print on the outside of the glove provides good grip and improved durability. The glove liners are designed to work underneath dry gloves or wet mitts offering an additional layer of thermal protection and the Xerotherm wrist warmers were developed to provide an air gap for allowing air to move from the dry suit into the glove and provide thermal protection where it is otherwise difficult to achieve. The 5mm Kevlar gloves are designed to take a beating with fingertips covered, but still offering a surprising amount of dexterity from a Kevlar reinforced glove. Fourth Element supplies the Kevlar gloves to ‘ghost fishing’ net clearance teams all over the world as a means of supporting their work to rid the oceans of this form of plastic pollution.
New for 2018, the Xerotherm glove is an alternative dry glove liner which maximises low bulk thermal protection with outstanding dexterity.
Men’s 3mm shortie wetsuit perfect for warmer water and warmer months, or to layer under other wetsuits for some extra core warmth!
The anatomy of the cut of the pants is preformed to improve flexibility for an easier finning.
FAST combines a single 5 mm piece (also available in 3 and 7 mm versions) with a separate 5 mm and 3.5 mm cap, very elastic coating. The three elements can be purchased separately.
It is particularly comfortable to wear and modular thanks to the new double lined neoprene sleeves, with a “Seal” inner ring to ensure a watertight seal. This solution provides durability and is also guaranteed for dive centers that use it as the school and equipment rental for optimal results.
YKK® rear zipper has the Acquastop® sealing system with smooth neoprene and internal under zipper to minimize water infiltration.
The neck closure has a significant design improvement that reduces water ingress at this critical point. The closure flap is now much wider and longer to prevent infiltration when tilting the neck under water.
Anatomically designed neck, preformed at 120º for maximum comfort.
Knee area and shoulder straps with Tatex® wear-resistant elastic reinforcements.
Our warmest undergarment, equivalent to a 400g thinsulate with less bulk due to body-mapped insulation and strategically placed compression-resistant Spacetek material in key exposure areas to maximise insulation when diving in horizontal trim.
Maximising thermal protection whilst minimising buoyancy, the Halo 3D has body-mapped insulation, strategically placed to enhance protection when in horizontal trim. Designed for use underneath membrane and trilaminate dry suits.
Convenient zipped sleeve pocket, full length double-headed zip with internal and external zip cover, thumb loops to aid donning, secure foot stirrups to prevent legs riding up, simple one piece design, machine washable and quick drying.
Baselayer protection for extended range diving. Developed using antimicrobial silver ion treatments, this fabric was tested in the extreme environments of the J2 cave system, one of the deepest in the world. It is stretchy, warm, and won’t let you down.
With excellent anti-microbial performance thanks to the use of silver ion technology, and outstanding wicking from a unique fabric, the J2 baselayer is designed for extended use under a drysuit.
Keeping the skin dry can be critical to success, whether it is staying warm, or preventing infections. The J2 baselayer was designed to wick perspiration away from the skin and maintain a dry zone next to the skin. Air is a better insulator than water and consequently, the baselayer ensures better thermal protection.
The J2 baselayer system takes this performance further with tried and tested anti-microbial silver ions embedded within the fibres of the fabric. This enables long, repetitive wear without the risk of skin infections developing – something which was critical on the US Deep Caving Team’s 2013 expedition to explore the Cheve cave system in Mexico, for which the J2 was specifically developed.
The J2 wicking performance also comes into its own when the fabric gets wet. Water is wicked away from the skin, and with the right combination of drysuit underwear, further away though the fibres of the undersuit. Even in the event of a suit flood, the J2 will retain some of its performance.
Silver ions are incorporated into the fibres when they are manufactured, ensuring that the bacteriostatic and anti-fungal properties of the fabric last. This cannot be washed off. The silver ions prevent the formation of bacterial cell membranes, preventing most bacteria from growing in the fibres of the garment. However, this will not adversely affect the naturally occurring bacteria on the skin itself.
Our answer to the electrically heated vest or undergarment. Utiltising the body’s own heat output and retaining it, weight for weight the X-Core is our warmest undergarment yet. Pair it with an Arctic, Halo 3D or Arctic Expedition to experience warmth without batteries or wires
The physiological response to cold stress is to reduce blood flow to the periphery and look after the body core, where it can often just be a matter of time before cold becomes the limiting factor in the safety and enjoyment of a dive. X-Core provides extreme thermal protection to the core, enabling longer, more comfortable dives.
Designed to be worn under an Arctic, Arctic Expedition, Halo 3D or any other drysuit undergarment, X-Core augments thermal protection to the extent that electric heating can be avoided in many instances. It performs best over a lightweight baselayer such as J2 or Xerotherm but the X-Core can also be worn as a next-to-skin garment for critical core protection.
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year, endangering marine and bird life and creating almost unfathomable areas of pollution, from local water courses to vast plastic gyres. Reducing the plastic we discard is part of the solution to improving the health of our oceans.
X-Core is made with REPREVE® – a fibre that is made from recycled post-consumer waste, including used plastic bottles. Plastic is removed from the waste stream and prevented from reaching the ocean. 76% of the fibre composition of X-Core is recycled polyester.
The Polartec® fabric used in X-Core is manufactured to the highest environmental standards. It has Blue Sign® and Oeko-Tex® certification to indicate that harmful chemicals are minimised or eliminated and that waste water is treated to ensure its purity before being released from the factory.
We designed these for scuba diving and anti-wind chill.
You can see the seal around the face is neoprene, for the nice firm seal to prevent water ingress. The rest of the hood is trilaminate that is easy to put on and take off.
You’ll also note the beard on the hood is quite low. It sits under thewetsuit, designed to tuck in and seal within the neck so that it prevents water ingress when scuba diving. You can wear it to keep warm in colder temps because of the membrane in the trilaminate, cutting wind chill.
One of the biggest features is the membrane because it blocks out wind even when you’re wet.
Some customers use it for fishing on the jetties because of the anti-wind chill factor. What we offer is an affordable layering garment that eliminates that wind chill.
In a rough winter with wind and rain you can wear the hood and get out of the wind.
Our 3mm and 5mm hoods have a simple minimalist design with a smooth Glideskin interior and are produced using stretch neoprene to ensure a comfortable fit. The short collar works for both dry and wet suits, and micro holes in hood vent air with minimal water ingress.