Fourth Element Arctic Undersuit | Unisex
A perfect undersuit for UK diving. If you’re clever with your layers, you’ll use it all year round.
We use the Fourth Element Arctic undersuit at The Fifth Point. It keeps our students snug and warm, even in the colder months.
We love how warm you stay even if you’ve had a leak (it can happen in a rental dry suit where the neck and wrist seals aren’t a perfect fit for you).
Not gonna lie, these suits get some hammering! They’re used every day and are washed after every dive. They’ve turned out to be really durable.
The Honest Truth
My dry suit completely flooded one day. No, I didn’t leave the zip open before you ask… and I didn’t wet myself… BUT I was wearing my Fourth Element Arctic undersuit and even though I was completely soaked I still finished the dive and I wasn’t that cold!
Probably the world’s best selling thermal undergarment, the Fourth Element Arctic undersuit is now available in a simple one piece option. Featuring the innovative two layer technology pioneered by fourth element, the One Piece Arctic provides a simple solution to the challenges of thermal protection.
THE ARCTIC RANGE: HIGH PERFORMANCE UNDERSUIT
Warm, low bulk, low buoyancy thermal undersuit for drysuits that works even when wet. Available as a full one-piece suit or two-piece, the Arctic is designed to be used as part of a layering system under a trilaminate drysuit.
The Arctic’s two layers of high insulation, low bulk fabric, ensure exceptional levels of thermal protection. Constructed with comfort and utility in mind, the minimalist design provides outstanding performance under closer-fitting neoprene drysuits.
In a layering system, the Arctic is also suited for use underneath membrane and trilaminate suits. Using a combination of fast wicking, high insulation fabrics, the Arctic creates a micro climate around the diver, keeping the body dry and warm. A high density inner fleece provides superior insulation, with maximum comfort and wicking, whilst the outer layer, which has a water-repellent finish, ensures a snug fit.
The Arctic requires less loft to perform due to more effective management of air which is held in the fibres of the suit. Instead of maximising the thickness of the layer of air near the skin, the Arctic minimises the movement of air within, reducing the rate of cooling, without any risk of trapping the air and preventing its release from the dump valve.
The Fourth Element Arctic undersuit retains a significant degree of its thermal performance when wet, such that wearers have found it possible to complete dives in relative comfort after even the most fundamental drysuit failures. In some cases, divers have not noticed a leak in a neck or wrist seal until after the dive, such is the performance of the fourth element Arctic.
Backed by years of field testing by the Norwegian Navy, the British Antarctic Survey Dive Team, the French Marines and the Danish Navy, the Arctic was designed using high technology fabrics and has been tested in real diving conditions from the Arctic to the Antarctic.
- Keeps the body dry and warm
- Superior low bulk insulation for flexibility
- Performs even when wet
- Machine washable
- Comfortable fit with fleece inner
- The Fourth Element Arctic undersuit is used by FBI dive teams and military divers worldwide