New Caving Gear Company Offers Convertible Caving Suits

The new Salamander Chameleon Caving Suit in action.

The new Salamander Chameleon Caving Suit in action. Photo via Salamander Caving Gear

Convertible caving suits and knee pads are the initial offerings of a new Californian caving gear company that has just opened for business.

Run by cavers Mary Rose and Steven Johnson, Salamander Caving Gear recently made their public debut at a meeting of California’s Diablo Grotto.

Their appropriately named Chameleon Caving Suits boasts a revolutionary, patent-pending sleeve design that allows the sleeves to quickly and easily be removed, converting the suit from traditional coveralls to a sleeveless bib overalls. It is also equipped with an internal belt that enables a wearer to remove the top half and let in hang, effectively converting it to pants.

Beyond that, the suit features multiple deep pockets, flexible abrasion resistant fabric with reinforced Cordura patches, a hidden hood and custom insertable knee pad pockets.

The new Salamander Chameleon Caving Suit.

The new Salamander Chameleon Caving Suit. Image via Salamander Caving Gear

Meanwhile their other initial products, two flavors of knee protection, while no doubt sufficient, appear less revolutionary. Dubbed Gecko Knee Pads, the 1680d Ballistic nylon covered neoprene knee guards comes in either 9 or 16 inch (22 to 40 centimeter) lengths.

All the gear is available now on or by calling (844) 324-3889. The Chameleon Caving Suits retails for $249.00 USD, while the Gecko Knee Pads go for $39.00 and $49.00 USD depending on the length.

In addition, Salamander Caving Gear is planning to attend the following events over the coming months.

  • June 26-28 – Karstorama, Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve, Rockcastle Co, KY
  • July 13-17 – NSS Convention, Waynesville, MO
  • August 7-9 – Indiana Cave Capers, Springville, IN
  • September 3-7 – Old Timers Reunion, Dailey, WV
  • October 8-11 – TAG Fall Cave In, Little River, Lookout Mtn, TN

For more information, visit the Salamander Caving Gear webpage, Facebook Page or Twitter account.

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