Whites new FUSION ONE: A $999 drysuit for diving the whole world.

Whites Manufacturing, well known for their innovative leadership and reinvention of the concept of drysuits, is now going after pricing innovation. Today Whites announced new a suit that changes the game yet again: Fusion ONE.  At only $999.99 the new Fusion ONE suits brings Whites remarkable DryCore technology into the purchasing range of many more divers. This suit makes it more affordable for all divers to enjoy world-round/year-round diving. In fact for many divers the Fusion ONE drysuit can be a cheaper option than the common practice of purchasing a range of wetsuits for different dive destinations or seasons.

Whites product manager, Justin Balaski says “We believe that many divers, especially newly certified divers, avoid diving dry due to the higher initial cost and perceived difficulty of using a Drysuit. With the proven performance of DryCORE technology available for under a grand, Fusion ONE is a viable alternative for divers who are considering spending five or six hundred dollars on a quality wetsuit.”

Wetsuits may be becoming obsolete

ScubaGadget’s previous testing of the Whites Fusion suites proved to us that the Fusion works equally well for tropical dives as it does for the rest of the world. It even has advantages over diving any wetsuit in the tropics. It is more flexible and easier to don than a wetsuit, it is lighter than many wetsuits, it dries faster than a wet suit (no cold clammy suit to don in the morning or freezing on surface intervals), and you don’t need to shower off the salt water after the dive. You can head right to buffet.

Most active wetsuit divers (even tropical divers) own multiple wetsuits of different thicknesses (e.g. 3mm and 5mm and skin and a shorty).  With quality temperate wetsuitsrunning into the $500-$600 range you can easily rack up over $1000 in wetsuits for different water temps. If you’re a real active diver you know that, unlike drysuits, wetsuits lose insulation on every dive and need to be replaced after ~250 dives. With the Fusion you can comfortably own one suit for all your diving.We also learned from our previous testing that the Fusion drysuits compression layer makes these suits the easiest suit for learning to dive dry. In the past, the traditional path was to learn in a wetsuit, spend hundreds of dollars for the wetsuit, then shiver through a bunch of cold dives while saving and training for your drysuit purchase. The Fusion ONE makes it much easier and more economical to start right of diving dry. Many instructors will now incorporate drysuit training into your open water class. Additionally, Whites has a special Fusion specialty specifically design for starting off dry. Because the unique design of the Fusion suits allows dealers to fit almost any dive in one of the three standard sizes, dealers are more willing to have training and rental drysuits on hand.What do I get for $999?

First off, the Fusion ONE is  a real Whites Fusion Drysuit. The most notable difference is that has a traditional shoulder entry zipper as opposed to the Whites signature chest zip. The Fusion ONE is very similar to the Fusion Tech, with the Gatortech knee pad found on the Fusion Bullet. It is a “price point product” so your options are limited. You cannot get the SLT neck wring system or pockets. We have heard that some staff are preferring the Fusion ONE as their primary drysuit for everyday diving.

One more thing…

Here I can imagine Justin in pure Jobsian style announcing, “…and one more thing.” There is great news is for those who want to purchase one of the other Whites Fusion suits. Whites has slashed the pricing on the entire Fusion line by hundreds of dollars.  The MSRP on other three versions (Bullet/Tech/Sport) ranges from $1399 for the Sport to $1899 for the Bullet. Accessories too have been reduced. The hood and gloves package was cut by almost half.

Our thanks go out to Ryan Araujo and Justin Balaski of Whites for their help with this article. Be sure to follow comments on this and all other ScubaGadget articles on http://facebook.com/scubagadget