The Neoprene: We use an open cell interior Sheico L-Foam neoprene for this wetsuit as it offers the ideal properties for freediving and spearfishing.
Flexible: It is important that a freediving wetsuit is flexible as you need to be able to move freely and easily to conserve oxygen. The result of this is an increased bottom time to shoot the perfect photo, spear a fish for dinner, explore the ocean or simply enjoy the moment.
Comfortable: The neoprene has a soft feel against the skin and with an open cell interior the comfort is a level far above a standard lined diving wetsuit.
Warm as Toast: The L-Foam neoprene with open cell interior is perfect for diving over long periods. This is often required when spearfishing, freediving training or just exploring the sea for hours on end. Open cell means there is no lining on the inside of the wetsuit. The open cell neoprene forms tiny air pockets, these pockets form a suction seal against the skin resulting in very little water movement inside your wetsuit. By referring to the temperature chart you should be able to stay in the water for 4 – 8 hours.
Durable: We have tested this neoprene to depths of 40m to see how it performs under pressure. Some lower quality neoprenes can compress over repeated dives to depth. The Ninepin wetsuits performed very well and very little compression as witnessed over many dives. We have opted to include a lined nylon exterior. This protects against minor abrasions encountered on dives.
The Cut: The Ninepin wetsuits are designed to fit snug to the body and should be worn fitted. See our sizing guide for more details. The shoulders and arms of the wetsuit have a natural bend for a comfortable fit.
High Waisted Wetsuit Pants: We have opted for high waisted pants rather than long johns as through our freediving experience and research we have found high waist pants to be more comfortable. The high waisted pants have less restriction on the chest and abdomen when taking deep breaths required for freediving. They also have less restriction when streamlining with hands over head making this position more energy efficient, resulting in faster descents and ascents.
Chest Pad: This is an essential piece of a spearfishing wetsuit. We have added an additional layer of 3mm neoprene in the centre of the chest to provide padding for speargun loading.
The Look: The Ninepin freediving and spearfishing wetsuits are designed with minimalistic styling featuring subtle branding. The ninepin logo is printed in black with the orange triangle icon on the left wrist cuff and the left ankle. The chest pad also features a triangle print made up of subtle black triangles contrasted with one orange triangle to resemble the Ninepin logo and represent the Ninepin rock itself as a pyramid like formation standing alone in the Bay of Islands.