The W2 comes lined with Hexter material. According to Waterproof’s website, this linning is supposed to “slow down the water movement in the suit” while also being “extremely comfortable”. I tried to do some further research into what exactly Hexter material was composed of but wasn’t able to uncover anything. From my own personal experience, I will say that my 7mm W2 Wetsuit is extremely warm and the material on the inside is quite comfortable. When compared to my Aqua Flex Jumpsuit by Aqualung, the W2 is a little more challenging to put on but the superior warmth makes it worthwhile.
For those we find themselves resting on their knees when diving (for example: instructing students or taking pictures), the W2 comes with heavy duty knee guards. I’ve had my fair share of run-ins with the broken coral and rocks at the Ark Dive and my suit has been unscathed thus far. If I had been wearing my Aqua Flex, it would definitely be showing signs of wear and tear at this point….also, my knees might be a bit bruised.
Heavy Duty Knee Pads
There are several other features I appreciate about the W2. First, the non-slip material provided on the forearms and shoulders. I can use my wrist mounted dive computer and not worry about it wiggling off during the dive. The non-slip material on the shoulder also works nicely to hold my BCD in place. There is also ample padding in the elbows and shoulders along with a very nice spine pad (10mm thick according to Waterproof’s website).
Waterproof’s W2 wetsuit is great and I highly recommend it to fellow divers. Compared to other wetsuits I’ve tried (Aqualung, Pinacle, and ScubaPro), Waterproof ranks highest on the list. The price of a new W2 is not for the faint of heart (about $100 more than other suits) but the quality is far superior. I can honestly say that my Waterproof W2 5mm Wetsuit gives about the same protection as my Aqualung Aqua Flex 7mm Wetsuit. If I buy another wetsuit in the future (as my others wear out), I will definitely look into getting one made by Waterproof as my first choice.