SEAL SL01 Taylor Made Drysuit for Scuba Diving
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SEAL SL:01 Product Information
The drysuit built for exploration The SEAL SL:01 was created for one simple reason: there wasn't a drysuit on the market to meet the needs of all divers exploring caves and wrecks in remote areas and in extreme conditions. There is a range of choices of very strong Kevlar-reinforced suits on the market as well as lightweight suits and some that provide great maneuverability, yet there was no drysuit that would ensure all of these features together. To create the SEAL SL:01, we worked for several years with explorers who were supported by our XDEEP Exploration Support Program, built five generations of the suit, many different prototypes, and spent many hours underwater. A key factor in the development process was that we hired designers with over 20 years of experience in building protection suits for the military and special forces. The final result is outstanding. The SEAL SL:01 combines extreme reliability, low weight and freedom of movement unmatched by any drysuit on the market.
Unique „Double-Shell Reinforcement” Until now, almost all drysuits were made in the same way with varying thicknesses of the fabric. To create a drysuit that is both robust and lightweight, we had to think outside of the box. Through the years of exploration supported by the XDEEP Exploration Support Program, we noticed that 90% of drysuit failures happen in specific areas, such as exposed areas of the shoulder, lower parts of the leg, and forearm – all the parts of the suits which are in close contact with rocks or parts of the wreck. We all know that double-layer BCDs are far more resistant to puncture than those with single-layer construction. The two thinner layers of fabric are much stronger and more resistant to puncture than one thick layer. Instead of using heavy and rigid Cordura or Kevlar-reinforced fabric, we created the concept of Double-Shell Reinforcement. The drysuit is made of very strong but lightweight and flexible trilaminate material which significantly improves the freedom of movement. The exposed parts such as the shoulder area, upper forearms, and pocket area are covered with the military-grade 500D Cordura, similar to the material used in the indestructible STEALTH 2.0. Critical areas, such as the lower forearm and knee are reinforced with an even stronger material known as Superfabric, a resin-protected fabric that is almost impossible to cut, even when using a knife. What is unique is that the base layer (trilaminate) and protection layers (Cordura and Superfabric) are not bound together. As both layers of the fabric can move over each other, the drysuit is extremely flexible and provides an unprecedented level of comfort and maneuverability.
A purely technical cut Traditionally, drysuits have a very simple cut. It simplifies the made-to-measure production process which is convenient for the manufacturer, however, the cut is far from optimal. In some areas, there is too much material which can create air pockets, whilst in other parts, there is too much restriction which causes a lack of flexibility. From the very beginning of the Seal SL:01 project, we encouraged our designers to push the limits of what is possible in terms of freedom of movement with many ideas being inspired by the protection suits used by special forces. As the project developed we not only used the expertise of our own designers but also consulted designers who manufacture the apparel used by climbers and those who design outdoor adventure garments. The shape of the SL:01 makes it more expensive to manufacture, but once you wear the suit you will realize that it fits like no other suit on the market, 'like a glove'.
Easy entry zipper Did we mention that SL:01 is influenced by the military suits used by the special forces? One of the critical features of the military drysuit is the ability to put them on in very restricted locations such as inside armored vehicles. We had two goals in mind regarding the zipper; easy entry and avoiding contact with the harness. With the final placement of the zipper, we succeeded in both. The zipper location makes entry and exit from the suit effortless, which extends the zipper life by moving it away from contact with the shoulder straps of the harness.
3D pockets The pocket construction has its own story and through the process, we've refined the pocket position, design, and construction at least seven times. Different configurations and environments vary the requirements to the pocket size and location. Instead of copying the most common position of drysuit pockets, we created several prototypes and tested each in sidemount and backmount configuration, with both two and four cylinders and with the pockets both empty and full. Finally, we adjusted them to provide easy access whilst retaining the streamlined profile of the diver The position is just one aspect, with usability and streamlined profile being equally important. The SL:01 pockets have a 3D construction which makes them flat and streamlined when empty, whilst at the same time being spacious enough to carry all the equipment necessary for exploration.
World's best materials and craftsmanship Perfect cut and unique features would be nothing without quality. Throughout the design phase, we remained steadfast in terms of the quality benchmark we initially set. We tested many materials, checked each of them both in the field in the laboratory, whilst using them in our prototypes to ensure the fabrics match the quality we required to complement the design.
Suit type - Trilaminate drysuit, front entry
Main fabric - Nylon-polyester trilaminate with a sealed butyl layer, Ferguson-Polycom fabric 414g/m2
Forearms and knee protection - Cut-proof and abrasion-proof Superfabric 600107
Shoulder and top forearms protection - Cordura 500 dTEX
Stitch sealing - Chloroprene rubber tape with three layers of glue
Pockets - Two 3D pockets located on thighs
Weight - 2.7-2.9 kg depending on the configuration
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