Choosing the wetsuit pocket that’s best for you
I’m often asked about the thigh pockets I have on my wetsuit, especially when my wife and I are out at some of our favorite shore sites in the middle of the summer. Although suit pockets are a common sight in the technical diving world, they’re less frequently seen in recreational groups.
That’s unfortunate, because wetsuit pockets make it easy to store and retrieve your stuff while still keeping everything out of the way. They work so well that I consider attaching a thigh pocket to be one of the best things you can do to start streamlining your scuba gear.
There are a few different ways that divers go about putting thigh pockets on their suits, but my favorite method is to just glue the thing onto the leg of my wetsuit. Although the idea of gluing things to your nice wet (or dry) suit may sound a little intimidating, I can assure you that it’s really a very simple project. I’ve published a free step-by-step guide titled ‘How-to Attach a Pocket to Your Wetsuit’, which should help you get the installation right the first time.
Once installed, it’s impossible to forget to bring them with you (unless you forget your wetsuit…), and they require essentially zero maintenance. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without them! Since you’ll be gluing this to your suit, it’s helpful to figure out what size and style of pocket you want before you glue the thing to your wetsuit (or dry suit). . . . not after.
Believe it or not, a buddy of mine learned that lesson the hard way.