Wetsuit pockets are cool.
They’re double-cool if you’ve got two of them, and downright awesome if you’ve ever lost something out of one of the big pockets on a recreational BC. Easier to access than the bulky BC pockets that most new divers are introduced to, a thigh pocket are a great way to keep your stuff out of the way until needed. No need to carry any tools with you? The thigh pockets become the perfect place to stash that pristine shell, a ten dollar bill, or anything other small items you might stumble on while exploring your underwater backyard.
When faced with the prospect of actually gluing something to your wetsuit, however, it’s normal to feel a little reluctant. I mean, glue just sounds so. . . . . so permanent.
Uncertain than they’ll be able to install the pocket without damaging the suit, many divers shy away from taking this on as an afternoon project.
I was as reluctant as anyone. I was sure that I would either be unhappy with the placement, or somehow damage the suit. As a result, found all sorts of reasons to put off this project. After finally running out of excuses, I gave it a shot. I’m so glad that I did: I use the thigh pockets on every single dive.
The installation process was easy; much easier than I’d anticipated. Since then, I’ve installed several pockets not only for myself, but for friends and family as well. With the experience I’ve gained, I’ve refined the process.
These days it only takes me about 20 minutes to attach a pocket, although I do let the adhesive sit overnight to be certain that it has cured completely. Depending on your choice of pocket(s), you can expect to spend somewhere between $30 and $100 when adding a pocket (or maybe two) to your wetsuit.
Before you start playing with glue, it’s a good idea to have all the necessary items ready to go. Let’s take a look at the list!