WeatherWool is getting some attention from serious divers. Here is information and imagery from Michael Freeman, a Commercial Diver on the Mississippi River.
Michael is wearing a FullWeight ShirtJac in Lynx Pattern.
I knew Mike planned to wear the ShirtJac before and after diving. But ... Mike had a couple of surprises for me.
During correspondence, I mentioned to Mike that my Dad was a Hard Hat Diver in World War 2, and that his work on the Mississippi was perhaps in some ways similar to Pop's work in the early days of the war.
Dad was diving in the Hudson River, where he was working to raise the Normandie, a French trans-Atlantic passenger liner that had burned and sunk in New York City's Harbor. The original idea was to raise the ship and rebuild her, but, once she was afloat, it was determined the damage was too severe and she was scrapped. Here is Mike's kind response to my note:
"Much respect to your dad. Most every technique we use in current dive operations were pioneered and developed from WW2 divers and their salvage operations across both theaters of war, from our lightweight dive dress to the use of exothermic cutting equipment that we are using on this current project.
It may have also influenced your wool direction as the standard naval uniform was often used as the insulating clothing under the heavy gear dry suit. I’ve wore your shirt jac under mine with off brand wool bottoms."
"The pictures are me doing a pre dive check on surface supplied dive equipment. The job is located on the Mississippi River near New Orleans Louisiana. The job itself is a demolition of an old Bunge grain elevator dock by underwater cutting using divers. You may note the crane in background with old dock components both fore and aft, those piles of material have been removed over the course of the last several weeks.
Air temps for this particular day started at 35F and held high 40’s to low 50’s with a fairly brisk 10 knot North breeze. Water temperature is roughly 42 in the river, so getting out of the wetsuit into your WeatherWool is quite nice."
A guy working with the US Military FAST boats had asked me about the potential for WeatherWool in his work, where he normally wears a drysuit, and Mike provided more information:
"And yes you can tell your buddy he can most assuredly use WeatherWool as drysuit underwear. The Jac shirt can be used without any modifications. The anorak is somewhat uncomfortable due to the hood being compressed in the center of the back at depth, the large wrist straps give a little bulk to the wrist area making gloves hard to fit up, however it is also useable.
Thermal properties under compression are good, and range of motion is good. My dry suit is a HD Viking with boots, a neck seal, and wrist seals."
Separately, I just got a 1-liner note from another professional diver who travels the world. I don't have permission to use his name yet, but here is what he wrote ... I think he was talking about putting on the Anorak after taking off his wetsuit:
"Yeah, love my anorak. Was up very near Norway recently. That thing is like returning to the womb."
8 December 2018