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I read in the forum last year that La Paz was a good place to buy custom dive skins. Does anyone know of a specific shop?
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I've never heard of custom dive skins and I've been diving since before skins were invented. Is this something new or a misconception?

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It may a misconception. I read that you could have them made for you if you are tall.
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Re: Dive skins in La Paz

dive skins, wet suits have always been custom made and still are. in the beginning of the neoprene suit they were all custom made. there were no production companies of them. in the late sixties there were a few production suits. back in the day the dive and surf shop all made custom suits. nowadays the custom suits are made to order by the production suit manufactures. you can get about any pattern and color you can think of. there are still small shops that will make a suit for you.

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Re: Dive skins in La Paz

I have some 3mm neoprene wet suits I use for foulies in the fall.

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Re: Dive skins in La Paz

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dive skins, wet suits have always been custom made and still are. in the beginning of the neoprene suit they were all custom made. there were no production companies of them. in the late sixties there were a few production suits. back in the day the dive and surf shop all made custom suits. nowadays the custom suits are made to order by the production suit manufactures. you can get about any pattern and color you can think of. there are still small shops that will make a suit for you.
Dive skins are not the same thing as wet suits. Unlike wet suits neoprene is not used in dive skins and warmth is not their primary function. Dive skin material is much like Danskin tights, usually one piece with a long zipper front or back. This material is very thin and elastic and therefore it is unnecessary to custom make a dive skin as they are skin tight when they come off the rack.
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