Doris recently asked me "What do you like about your Santi thermals?" Kristine who was within earshot replied "Well, she lived in them when we were in Norway". I did indeed. Morning, noon and night. Whenever I could. I could wax lyrical about them all day. To save you the pleasure of having to listen, I will lay out the top 3 reasons why I love my Santi Ladies First BZ400X thermals.
1. It's really a duvet
You know that feeling when you wake up under your duvet all warm and cuddly. That's what I feel when I'm in my Santi thermals. So it's perfect for diving in cold water. In Norway we had runtimes of about 2 hours at 6 degrees, and other than nippy fingers and toes, I was warm and cosy throughout.
Santi uses Thinsulate for its thermals. Thinsulate is famous not only for it's insulating properties, but also for being light, breathable, and rather importantly for diving, water resistant. So you stay warm even if it's damp/wet. You'll find Thinsulate on clothing for other active outdoor sports like skiing.
The inner layer is a fleecy micropolar material, which add to the cuddliness and warmth.
I have the Ladies First BZ400, but Santi also makes a BZ200 (lighter insulation) for warmer (not so cold) water.
2. It fits like a glove
I treated myself to the made-to-measure (MTM) option. At an extra 55 squids it was a no brainer. I've had off-the-rack thermals before, and although they generally fit, they never fit perfectly. I find some bits to be too tight or too baggy or too long etc. We've all been there. My Santi fits PERFECTLY.
3. It just damn well designed and made
My suit is packed with excellent features that include:
- Mesh-like material at the wrists that increase flexibility, but also limit the rest of the suit from getting damp when I have the odd inevitable wrist seal leak
- Thinner material at the ankles so they fit snugly under socks so I don't end up with bulgy irritating bulk at the ankles
- Thinner/stretchy material at the crook of the arm and underarm, again for greater flexibility
- Additional material at the knees, again for flexibility
- A butt panel. No explanation needed
- Built in ports for heated vest wiring and pee valves
- And because mines MTM I have a little name panel so there's no risk of anyone nicking it. Unless they are my namesake.
So in summary, I really cannot recommend Santi thermals enough. And I'm pleased to announce that Diving Leisure London is now a Santi dealer! So drop in to checkout the Santi range and find out for yourself.
Santi thermals come in the following variations:
- Mens and Ladies BZ400X - £280 (£335 MTM)
- Mens and Ladies BZ200 - £240 (£305 MTM)
- Mens and Ladies BZ400 HEATED (omg!!) - £460 (£520 MTM)
- There are also CDS 40 and FLEX 190 models (call to enquire)