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Neptunic Sharksuit Coloring

We've been doing a lot of testing with the coloring process of Stainless Steel for our Sharksuits lately. The use of heat and chemicals to obtain a rainbow of colors on stainless steel,  just doesn't create a permanent or safe solution that meets the criteria, and quality standards we have set at Neptunic. 

We appreciate all the requests, but the coloring process on Sharksuits is not permanent and is still not an option from Neptunic​. The colors unfortunately bleed in contact with the Ocean and release toxic chemicals that are harmful to the environment. The coloring process also removes the Rust preventative properties of the Stainless Steel creating a maintenance crisis....

The process of creating Black Sharksuits is by far the most caustic. The stainless steel must be striped down to bare metal by removing the layer of chrome and nickel. Since this process can not be done pre Sharksuit assembly, it must be chemically stripped which is damaging to the suit. Once the bare metal is exposed, the suit is treated with ACID and a black "patina" is created. Eventually the nickel and chrome will resurface removing the black patina, turning the suit a dull grey.  

All that being said. It sure is nice to look at.

Scuba Diving Magazine - Shark Issue

Neil Andrea discusses the process and responsibility of personally testing Neptunic Sharksuits in this month's issue of Scuba Diving Magazine.

 

 

Next Generation Sharksuit

As the nature of shark interaction has progressed, and the style of diving has changed in these situations, it was only natural that the Neptunic Sharksuit adapt as well. The need for increased mobility as well as the option to have a "freedive friendly" component option were major factors in our latest design. Also, technology has improved, not only in the stainless steel we use, but in the machines used to fabricate our Sharksuits. Our partners at Mailltec  are on the cutting edge of fabrication and more importantly have an open mind when it comes to design....getting stainless steel mesh to move like a piece of clothing or a wetsuit is not easy, in fact, it's extremely difficult, and the crew at Mailletec has been behind the scenes of Neptunic Sharksutis for almost ten years, intricately involved in the design process and exclusively handling our manufacturing.

 

We've spent a lot of hours both in and out of the water perfecting our latest Sharksuit, paying particular attention to our Performance Sleeves and it's ability to be used while breath hold diving. We basically dropped the weight in 1/2 while greatly increasing the protection. Our Performance Sleeves are currently working in 8 different countries on projects ranging from removing Sharks from commercial fishing long lines, to safely and harmlessly wrangling Sharks for release that have entered sanctioned fish pens in the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific, and the Bahamas... It's the input of working divers using our suits on a daily basis that really helped drive our design.


photo: Tim Calver

 

photo: Tim Calver

 

 

 

Welcome to the New Site

Welcome to the new site and our news/blog section. We will be updating this section with all things Neptunic on a regular basis so please keep checking in. News, TV, Travel, Photo Shoots — if we're doing it, we're sharing it.

Neptunic has a long history and a dedicated following around the water, and as many of you know, there have been a lot of changes in the last year. Among them is Neptunic's move towards developing water-related apparel and gear. We very much still create Neptunic Sharksuits, and have recently redesigned our suits with the help of our partners at Mailletec. Our history and legacy as the leaders in anti-shark bite technology will continue to be the cornerstone of how the Neptunic brand was created. The development of this technology continues today, not only in the traditional chainmail and titanium, but also in textiles and neoprene.

The most important change, as a company, is our commitment to conservation, which not only begins with the production process of our soft goods, but also with our recent partnership with 1% for the Planet. Created in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet companies have given more than $100 million back to environmental activism in the last 10 years. A lot of thought went into our decision and we are really proud to be part of the 1% family. You can see the 1% banners at the bottom of most of our webpages — I encourage you to click on one of them and check out their site. There's a rich history and a collection of worldwide companies, of all sizes, coming together to make a difference.

Finally, thanks to everyone for the overwhelming support over the last year, and in the interest of keeping these posts short and to the point...

Regards,
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