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We asked our experts what they think about the Bare Scuba Dive Equipment.
This is how they rate the quality and standard of Bare products.
PADI Instructor & Writer
Summer has been teaching scuba for the last 10 years.
Torben is a dive nut, with a passion for dive gear.
Specializing in wetsuits and drysuits, Bare has revolutionized the diving industry with its continuing development of new and innovative ways to improve the fit, functionality, and durability of its exposure suits.
Bare is a favorite of diver centers and dive schools around the world. If you’ve been diving in locations where the climate and conditions are cooler, the chances are you’ve rented or have been kitted out in a Bare wetsuit to keep you warm.
From simple wetsuits for tropical conditions to drysuits for ice diving, Bare produces exposure suits for every occasion. Combined with the vast range of accessories Bare offers, such as its ExoWear garments, hoods, boots, and gloves, Bare has every diver covered.
Bare Scuba Dive Equipment
Bare is an industry leader when it comes to designing wetsuits. It was the first to introduce no-stitch technology, creating wetsuits with watertight, double-glued, and heat-taped seams to increase warmth, flexibility, and durability. Each wetsuit is designed for comfort using anatomically correct, three-dimensional patterns, and a massive range of sizes means that every customer can find the perfect fit, whatever their body shape.
If you’ve rented a Bare wetsuit from a dive center, chances are it was a Revel if you’re a man or Elate if you’re female. These are the most competitively priced of Bare’s offerings but are still a quality product. Made using layered high-stretch neoprene, the Revel and Elate keeps the body snug while still allowing a full range of movement.
Bare’s Reactive for men and Evoke for women wetsuits are two of the warmest wetsuits on the market. They’re made with Ultrawarmth Omnired Technology that uses a fabric with 13 thermo-reactive minerals woven into the lining. This unique fabric keeps divers warm by converting body heat into infrared energy and reflecting it back onto the body. Available in 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm versions, the Reactive and Evoke keep you warm no matter how long you spend in the water.
Bare also helps parents get their kids in the water and exploring the ocean. For young, intrepid explorers, the dolphin floaty, guppy, and tadpole shorties for toddlers keep them snug. The Bare Manta range of 2mm to 7mm wetsuits is for older children.
Bare’s wetsuits may not come in the vast range of colors some of its competitors produce. However, what is on offer is stylish, sleek, and comfortable. And, most importantly, these wetsuits keep you protected from the elements both above and below the surface.
BARE Revel and Elate Wetsuit
Both the Revel and Elate are super flexy which makes moving around in and on the water really easy. The anatomically correct design, low-profile collar, and range of sizes offer a great fit.
Although the seals are simple, the cuffs fit snug against the skin, keeping the water out and the body warm. And the stylish design looks good too. We think these are a great choice for warm water diving, ocean swimming, surfing, and other watersports. And at the price point, loads of customers are bound to agree!
Bare 5mm Velocity Ultra Men’s Full Suit
Bare has used three different types of stretch material in their Velocity Ultra suit. Basically, this provides an excellent fit, performance, and feel. The underarms are seamless and the collar is contoured for extra comfort. Embossed rear knee panels provide additional maneuverability when kicking. Heavy duty zips and double-glued seams make this wetsuit highly durable.
Bare has an excellent reputation when it comes to drysuits. Even in today’s world of technology, each Bare drysuit is entirely handmade for quality and precision. There’s a huge range of different styles to choose from, both for men and women. However, they can be divided into two main categories: crushed neoprene and trilaminate options.
Neoprene drysuits, such as the XCS1 Tech Dry, are tight-fitting and offer flexibility similar to a wetsuit. They also provide thermal insulation. Trilaminate fabrics are more lightweight, highly durable, and have no buoyancy properties.
As their primary function is to keep out water, these drysuits don’t offer thermal protection and are worn with underlayers. But it’s this bulletproof material and the ability to mix and match that make Bare’s trilaminate drysuits, like the Trilam range, a popular choice for many divers.
For advanced technical divers who like to explore enclosed environments, Bare has the X-Mission Evolution, which is slim-fitting to improve aqua dynamics. This fit is known as the “cave cut” as it was designed in partnership with cave divers whose drysuit requirements are hugely demanding.
Bare drysuits come in a large number of size options so divers can find their ideal fit. Made-to-measure drysuits are also available. If you go down this route, you can customize the suit with specific seals, cuffs, pockets, and Kevlar pads.
Bare X-Mission Evolution Drysuit
Bare’s X-Mission Evolution is designed with the advanced tech diver in mind. It’s cut close for cave divers and hardy enough for the tightest penetrations. Although it’s geared toward techies, the X-Mission performs well as a recreational drysuit.
It’s also light enough to travel with at 3.4 kg. With sizes from XS-XL + short and Tall options for women and S-4XL for men + short and Tall options, there’s sure to be an off-the-rack option that fits.
Bare XCS2 Tech Drysuit
The Bare XCS2 Tech drysuit comes with customized extras so you get the suit you want. Choose between latex or neoprene neck and wrist seals. Do you want compressed density neoprene boots or compression-resistant soft boots?
Different sizes come in both tall and short versions so everyone can find a size to fit them. The fabric is so flexible that it should fit you like a glove. No-stitch technology means that there are no stitched seams, instead, they are double-glued and heat sealed for better insulation. The outer lining repels water so you don’t end up with a soggy suit after a dive.
Bare is so confident in the quality of the XCS2 Tech, they offer a lifetime guarantee.
ExoWear is a versatile range of full suits, tops, pants, jackets, and shorts designed to provide extra warmth and protection from extreme elements. As with its wetsuits, Bare uses the Ultrawarmth Omnired Technology to create lightweight and neutrally buoyant garments that can be layered as needed.
Each piece of ExoWear is triple-layered with inner fleece, a membrane, and an outer layer to make it windproof, water-repellant, breathable, quick-drying, and antimicrobial. In addition, four-way stretch allows excellent freedom of movement in all directions.
Bare’s ExoWear is designed to be worn comfortably beneath neoprene or trilaminate drysuits. The pants and full suits feature foot stirrups for easy donning, especially under a wetsuit. Front zip jackets can be zipped up for warmth or down to regulate body temperature when on the surface. By offering protection from the sun and wind, the ExoWear range is ideal for other watersports, including kayaking, surfing, and paddleboarding.
Accessories are key when diving in different and difficult conditions. Bare produces a full range of accessories to make your diving experience more comfortable.
For example, the Force 1 protective over-boot helps protect feet from rocky shores and boat ladders, while the 7mm ultrawarmth range of boots, gloves, and hoods provide added warmth to complete your exposure suit. These accessories are also available in 3mm and 5mm versions for more tropical conditions. Bare also produces durable pockets to add extra storage to your gear.
One of Bare’s most adaptable products is the multi-functional neck gaiter that comes in funky, colorful styles. It can be used as a scarf, hood, hairband, hat liner, or, in these strange times of coronavirus, a face mask.
Bare Company & History
By 1979, the pair were ready to branch out and Bare was born. The company focused on producing exposure suits for watersports using a groundbreaking high-density, ultra flex neoprene.
So began Bare’s mission to focus on producing neoprene products for the diving and surfing communities. Ultimately, Bare hoped to create wetsuits and drysuits that were better fitting, better functioning, and longer-lasting than any other brand on the market.
More than 40 years later, Bare continues to push the boundaries of watersports and make significant advances in exposure suits. Over the years, the company has revolutionized the industry with advancements such as Automatic Torso Recoil, Ultrawarmth Omnired Technology, and its impenetrable no-stitch technology.
The company is now part of Huish Outdoors, an entity that also owns Hollis, Zeagle, and Suunto. Fitzwright also still exists today, producing marine and aviation survival gear.
Bare’s innovations and its ability to continually produce top quality and highly-durable dive gear make it hugely popular with tech, military, and commercial divers across the globe.