I am a casual diver I purchased all of my equipment for under $500.00 I have seen some people new to diving spend upwards of $1500.00
when i see a guy wearing a $2000 suit i think wow that guy got ripped

I too am a certified diver and I know exactly what you mean. It’s funny when you see people new to the sport and they are wearing suits you don’t plan to have for years to come. A lot of the time this equipment is to sophisticated for them and it’s harder to use than the basic package! It’s all about showing off, pretty stilly if you ask me.