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Tight Squeeze
Mark Beech
June 14, 1999
Just because you like to swim with the fishes, you don't have to get wet. The Advance wet suit was designed to eliminate the water seepage common in most diving outfits by doing away with zippers, Velcro and other fasteners. Made by Gul International, Ltd., of Cornwall, England, the one-piece suit is donned by stepping through the neck opening, making it possibly the toughest thing to squirm into since French jeans. The suit is put together from "panels" made of extremely stretchy neoprene, which can elongate more than 100% and regain its original shape when you take it off. Do these guys make sweatshirts?
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June 14, 1999

Tight Squeeze

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Just because you like to swim with the fishes, you don't have to get wet. The Advance wet suit was designed to eliminate the water seepage common in most diving outfits by doing away with zippers, Velcro and other fasteners. Made by Gul International, Ltd., of Cornwall, England, the one-piece suit is donned by stepping through the neck opening, making it possibly the toughest thing to squirm into since French jeans. The suit is put together from "panels" made of extremely stretchy neoprene, which can elongate more than 100% and regain its original shape when you take it off. Do these guys make sweatshirts?

The Advance, which comes with an ominously named "rash vest" to wear underneath, retails for �289.95 (about $465). For more information, contact Gul at 011-44-1208-72382 or, on the Web, at www.gul.co.uk/wetsuits. Once you finally put the thing on, don't plan on taking a bathroom break for a while. Come to think of it, how long does it take to get it off?

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