Before we compare SANTI drysuits for 2023, it makes sense to look at what is typical between all SANTI drysuits and only then seek out the differences that make each one so unique.
So let’s first look at what we expect from every SANTI drysuit.
What is shared between all SANTI drysuits?
Firstly, when we compare SANTI drysuits, we notice that they are trilaminate (membrane) drysuits and not the more restrictive neoprene material that can hinder mobility or even crush at depth.
Secondly, they all have inner and outer front entry zips (covered with protective flaps) and telescopic torsos.
Bringing front entry and telescopic torso together has significant benefits both under and above the water. It limits the known restrictions of traditional back entry suits, such as restricted movement while swimming or needing assistance to don and doff before and after a dive.
With that said, the standard features between them when we compare SANTI drysuits are plenty and add value to this famous brand used worldwide in the most extreme conditions.
So let’s look at what else we’d expect from any SANTI drysuit:
All SANTI drysuits have internal suspenders with handy front pockets and large cargo pockets with Velcro straps and internal loop bungees outside the suit on the side of both legs.
The price of all SANTI drysuits includes pre-installed Smart wrist rings on the suit with either latex or silicone seals. The rings allow a diver to replace wrist seals simply by carrying spares in their dive bag. The rings allow the use of dry gloves by purchasing SANTI Smart Dry Glove Rings separately. Latex or neoprene seals can be fitted directly if one does not want a ring system.
All SANTI drysuits also come with a choice of Apeks or SiTech valves, Flexsole Boots or neoprene socks with or without and come with an inflator hose and high-quality, heavy-duty water repellent bag that has handles as well as backpack shoulder straps.
And again, all SANTI drysuits come with a hood, choice of latex, neoprene or SiTech ring system neck seals, name tags free of charge, and production certificates.
Each suit has several colour choices, allowing four free modifications within limits and p-valves can be fitted to any suit at an additional cost.
Finally, the cut of all SANTI drysuits is the same. Most suits are available in both male and female sizes. For ladies, SANTI has Ladies' cuts but has also designed a Ladies First range with feminine details.
SANTI drysuits - What are the differences?
When we compare SANTI drysuits, the difference between them isn’t about overall quality. It is the functionality of that suit for the purpose it is made for — reflecting on the material or material combinations used in production, the amount of comfort and flexibility or reinforced areas a specific suit offers.
Notably, a suit made of a combination of different materials prioritises flexibility and durability in areas where each matters most but will also be more expensive than a suit made out of a single type of fabric.
With that said, from the low-cost drysuit, the SANTI E.Space, which is recommended for intensive cave and wreck diving as well as public safety work, to the top-of-the-range SANTI E.Lite+ that offers exceptional durability and mobility in parts of the suit where it matters most, all SANTI drysuits are a symbol of quality.
So now we come to the gist of the review.
SANTI DRYSUITS COMPARED
SANTI E.Motion Drysuit
Mobility & Flexibility
As the name suggests, SANTI’s E.Motion drysuit is about mobility and flexibility without compromise.
It is SANTI’s lightest drysuit but, at the same time, very durable and flexible, weighing an average of only 3.2 kg for size L.
This front entry membrane drysuit is made of lightweight Ripstop Nylon fabric especially designed for Santi to achieve the best possible stretch underwater or on the surface.
SANTI also has the E.Motion with feminine colours and details as the E.Motion Ladies First in the Ladies First collection.
Material: Lightweight Ripstop Nylon/Butylene 235 g/m2 fabric. Weight: 3.2kg (men L)
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The SANTI E.Lite drysuit is recommended for all kinds of diving, primarily technical, cave and wreck dives due to the exceptional durability of its fabric and additional protection of the most sensitive areas exposed to possible damage.
The unique quality of this model is provided by heavy-duty Ripstop Nylon exclusive to SANTI. This material makes E.Lite SANTI’s heaviest suit. However, the average weight is still only 4.2kg.
Material: Ripstop Nylon/Butylene/Polyester 535 gr/m2 fabric. Weight: 4.2kg (men L)
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The SANTI E.Motion Plus Drysuit combines the best parts of SANTI’s E.Motion and E.Lite drysuits. The two are blended in a modern and elegant cut.
Critical parts of the suit are made of durable E.Lite fabric, whilst the use of E.motion fabric on the non-critical areas provides a high degree of comfort.
SANTI has also included E.Motion+ to their Ladies First collection with feminine colours and details.
Materials: Lightweight Ripstop Nylon/Butylene 235 g/m2 + Ripstop Nylon/Butylene/Polyester 535 gr/m2 fabric. Weight: 3.9kg (men L)
Check out all the details, options and current price of the SANTI E.Motion or E.Motion+ Ladies First online.
SANTI’s top-range E.Lite Plus drysuit presents an optimal and advanced combination of durability and modern textile technology dedicated to extreme sports using two different hardwearing fabrics.
Hardwearing E.Lite fabric is used for any critical areas of the drysuit, and soft-to-the-touch and flexible material for non-critical areas make this suit extremely comfortable.
SANTI has also included E.Lite+ to their Ladies First collection with feminine colours and stunning details.
Materials: Ripstop Nylon/Butylene/Polyester 535 gr/m2 + Ripstop Nylon/Butylene 365-425g/m2 fabric. Weight: 3.9kg (men L)
While SANTI offers up to 4 free modifications within limits on all of its dry suits (made-to-fit) made-to-measure versions of each suit are also available. Take a look at our Made-to-Measure SANTI drysuits.