Waterproof Wetsuit Range
Fourth Element almost exclusively manufacture exposure protection and clothing for scuba divers and other water sports. You can separate their range into two categories; Dry and Wet, although their dry protection works well even when wet.
Thermocline is an alternative to neoprene wetsuits. The three layer material doesn't use any neoprene and most importantly is neutrally buoyant so you don't need to add any lead. Equivalent to a 2mm wetsuit Thermocline is both flexible and breathable thanks to a membrane mid-layer that allows sweat and moisture to move away from your skin but keeps wind and water from penetrating through from the outside.
Inside is a soft fleece layer that wicks moisture away from your body on the surface so you stay dry and warm and underwater it slows water movement so you stay warm. Thermocline is now part of Fourth Element's OceanPositive range because it is made using reclaimed and recycled Ghost Gear, cleaning dangerous old fishing nets from the ocean so every Thermocline suit you buy the more Ghost Gear is removed from the world's oceans.
The J2 Baselayer takes it's name from the J2 Cave System that it was made for. Designed for the cave explorers mapping the Mexican J2 cave system that is one of the deepest systems in the world. Team members needed a baselayer that they could wear all the time to stay dry, warm and clean. J2 is infused with silver ions that are anti-microbial and the wicking nature of the fabric keeps you dry and clean.
A good baselayer under your undersuit is very important to keep you warm and comfortable. J2 was worn constantly for 19 days by expedition members 24hrs a day so J2 actively keeps itself clean and keeps you warm and dry even after multiple washes.
X-Core is a thermal vest made to keep your body core warm. While the debate on battery powered heating vests rages on X-Core uses your own body heat reflected back at you to keep your torso warm. Gram for Gram X-Core is the warmest fabric Fourth Element has made and only uses your own body heat to stay warm.
X-Core is also part of Fourth Element's Ocean Positive Range made from REPREVE® that is made from recycled post consumer waste like plastic bottles. The sleeveless design ensures freedom of movement and you can wear this against the skin or over a baselayer to keep your core body warm and blood flowing.
Xerotherm is a thermal baselayer that can be worn by itself as a thin undersuit in warm waters or to boost your undersuit when the water turns cold. Tried and tested by professional diving teams around the world Zerotherm is the fastest wicking baselayer on the market. Originally designed for NASA astronauts Xerotherm traps a layer of insulating air over your body and wicks moisture away very fast.
Moisture on your skin is drawn away so effectively many users report feeling dry even though their drysuit had failed. Xerotherm has been used in all corners of the globe from the top of Everest and the top of the world diving in the Arctic circle down to the Titanic keeping people warm and comfortable so they can do their job. Professional teams like the American FBI, Norwegian Navy and British Police Diving Unit use Xerotherm.
The Arctic undersuit is a warm and low bulk undersuit that works even when wet. The two layer material ensures a snug fit which keeps the inner fleece layer close to your body. The inner fleece wicks moisture away from you to the outer layer so you stay warm and dry. The outer layer is a water repellent fabric that holds the shape of the suit close to your body to reduce bulk.
Unlike other bulky undersuits that trap large amounts of air to keep you warm Arctic traps a thinner layer and stops it moving around. Less air in the suit means you are less buoyant and require less lead to get down. Arctic, like Xerotherm is used by many dive teams from the British Antarctic Survey Dive Team as well as the Danish and Norwegian Navy's.
Arctic Expedition is a hybrid suit taking the best parts of the Arctic and Thermocline with targeted insulation thanks to BioMapping. Kep areas over the suit have more insulation to keep areas like your kidneys and torso warmer so your whole body stays warm. Windproof and waterproof panels where you need them keep you warm and dry even when it rains and ceramic print on the outside increases the longevity of the suit.
Made from years of service from the Arctic suit the Expedition was made to be better and warmer
The Halo3D is the pinnacle of Fourth Elements undersuit range made from a new material that maintains a constant layer of air over key areas. The compression resistant material prevents insulating air from being squeezed out when you dive. Your kidneys, chest and thighs have thicker insulation to keep you warm without too much buoyancy.
Spacetek insulation high performance and low bulk so you don't get excess material preventing movement but it will keep you warm. Made only in a full length system you're always covered and airflow inside is maximised to trapped air won't be a problem.