Santi Launch Their ‘Ladies First’ Drysuit
Did you know that International Women’s Day is annually marked on 8th March? Me neither. Why do I mention this? Santi has chosen this day to launch their new ‘Ladies First’ range of dry and undersuits.
A number of suit manufacturers have been producing a ladies cut drysuit for awhile. Santi has now joined their ranks with the launch of their ‘Ladies First’ drysuit. This membrane suit is based on the current Santi E.Motion drysuit. It is constructed from an ultra flexible material and is ultra lightweight. I saw this suit at the 2014 Dusseldorf Boot Show and believe it to weight approximately 4kg. The ‘Ladies First’ suit has a number of nice features that come as standard. A warm neck collar, bib and braces / suspenders, a choice of seals (latex, neoprene and silicone), and two cargo pockets on the thighs.
The pockets are slightly narrower cut to ensure a more optimal fit on a petite leg. Both pockets benefit from a metal D-ring and a couple of bungee loops. If you have never used bungee loops before, they are a godsend when you are rooting through your pockets looking for a specific item. It means that provided you have clipped various items to the bungee loop, you can turf your pockets out underwater and you don’t lose a piece of kit. In addition one of the pockets has an external zipped pocket on the outside of the flap and this is handy for stashing a Trilobite cutting tool.
Front zipped suits are always a better option for ladies because the tailoring can be more precise. Generally the biggest bit that a lady has to get into a drysuit is their good child bearing hips, unlike a man who traditionally has broad shoulders. Ladies tend to have smaller shoulders compared to their hips, therefore a front donning suit is normally the preferred choice because you achieve a better cut / fit. The radical thing that Santi has done on this suit is switch the front plastic T zip route, and I suspect that it won’t be long before the other manufacturers do the same thing. On the ‘Ladies First’ suit it runs from the top right shoulder down to the left hip instead of the usual route of top left shoulder to bottom right hip. Why is this so special? If the front zip is routed in the traditional way on a petite female, the manufacturer can struggle to get the shoulder dump in the right location because the zip can be in the way. By simply switching sides, Santi can ensure the shoulder dump is located in the best place, what ever size of female.
Overall this is quite an attractive feminine suit without being girly. Interestingly the colour scheme – black with fuchsia highlights – is strongly reminiscent of Apeks Aqua Lung’s ‘Twilight’ highlight colour in their ladies ‘Details’ range. Purple really is the new pink. If you don’t fancy fuchsia, Santi also offers the choice of black with lemon highlights and black with black highlights. The complete package comes in a practical bag and you also get a limited edition woolly hat. I am certainly curious to see what this suit dives like.
Article first published in X-Ray Magazine.