Third in presentation order of the Winter Wetsuits Dossier is the top of the line wetsuit by Seac, the Kama. To follow: Sporasub J55, Salvimar Nebula, Picasso Thermal Skin, Cressi Tracina and Mares Squadra.
Seac proposes for the Winter wetsuits test the Seac Kama, a high level wetsuit of the Seac offer, with open cell interior and smooth exterior neoprene, and a camouflage lining that gives the name to all products with the same camouflage solution, such as masks, snorkels and fins.
For the Winter Wetsuits Dossier Seac has sent a 7 mm thick jacket and 5 mm thick trousers, an intelligent solution considering the importance of keeping first of all the body warm, key for the general thermal comfort of the spearo, but avoiding to have too much thickness of the neoprene, which would mean excessive weights and reduced mobility of the body. This surely makes sense, as it is possible to buy trousers and jacket of the Seac Kama separately.
Seac Kama certainly strikes for the details of its camouflage, the great finishings and the valid solutions for the cap.
Materials and protections
Seac Kama is made of first qaulity Sheico L-Foam neoprene, with Superelastic Polyesterlining (80% polyester and 20% elastan). This material, that is initially white, permits to have a better camouflage coloring, which results in a very detailed image, even though touching it, the lining seems just slightly less elastic than the traditional Nylon. Made of Nylon, in fact, is the black Kama version. In general, choosing the neoprene type, Seac has wanted to guarantee low compression and long lasting thermal performance of the Kama, even accepting not to have the absolute softest neoprene on the market.
The knees and elbows protections are very wide and made with the Pu-Print System, with a cover made of polyurethane rhombuses. Such structure permits to protect the external lining from abrasions, even though the separated rhombus scheme does not cover the entire area to be protected. This solution is used to maintain as much as possible unvaried the elasticity of the knees and elbows areas. Polyurethane cover, in addition, does not absorb water as other materials such as Supratex, The latter can be more effective to protect from shocks, thanks to its softness and thickness, but it is also true that on a 7 mm wetsuit it is already the neoprene to give sufficient thickness and protection.
The sternal protection is made with an additional internal layer of neoprene, which well adapts and adheres to the body. Externally, it is once again the PU-Print solution to be used. In particular, such cover is intelligently extended down to almost the base of the jacket, eliminating possible slips of the butt of the speargun when positioning it on the tummy (long spearguns) during the loading phase. Maximum dimensions of the internal layer of neoprene are 27 x 14 cm.
Finishes and cuts
Finishes and strength of the Seac Kama are its real strong assets, especially considering seamsand bondings, which are first class.
The solutions of the cap are interesting, with folded, externally smooth and internally lined, neoprene on face contour edge (SSRS). The face contour band is moreover reduced in thickness, down to 5 mm on the 7 mm jacket (similarly 3.5 mm on the 5 mm jacket and 3 mm on the 3.5 mm one). Even the ears area is optimized for comfort, with reduced thickness of the neoprene with the same values as for face contour.
The folded neoprene system, SSRS, is also utilized for wrists and ankles, with improvement of sealing and resistance of such areas.
Excellent is the finishing of the chin, with the seam aimed for best resistance, but positioned externally to maintain a high comfort level on the face. The closure is then completed with a bonding.
As the other wetsuits of the Dossier, the Seac Kama is preformed on arms and legs, but in particular also on the back, where, differently from all other wetsuits analyzed, a central seam is present. Behind the knees the seams are slightly perceivable: great in resistance, but maybe a little bit hard and positioned near the point of bending.
The lower part of the jacket has double lining only on the castor tail and the buttons area. Such solution optimizes the sealing between lower part of the jacket and the trousers waist. Moreover, thanks to the good width of the double lining area on the tummy, it is possible to grab the jacket in such area during dressing and undressing phases without the risk of cutting the neoprene surface with the nails.
The underarm area is preformed with a relatively small segment of neoprene, also if compared with the other wetsuits of the Dossier.
No revolution in the Seac Kama, but certainly the PU-Print System with rhombus shaped elements and the differentiated thickness of the area of the ears are two special solutions.
To read and print the technical chart of the Seac Kama click here.
Plus and minus
- Seams and bondings almost perfect
- Excellent finishings of edges and cap
- Great general strength
- Seam behind knees a little hard
- Elastic band to hang trousers missing
Price on the web
Below the best prices on the web. Very good is the possibility to buy separately trousers and jacket, giving the freedom to choose different sizes or thicknesses, or even buy just one of the two parts.
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Here for the 7 mm Seac Kama jacket.
Here for the 5 mm Seac Kama trousers.