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.
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