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End of Season Equipment Reviews
« on: April 18, 2016, 01:13:04 PM »
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  • After this weekend's sunburn surf sessions, I'm calling my winter surf season officially over. 

    Surfboards aside, how did your winter equipment perform?  Will it effect what you buy for next season? Any standout recommendations? What will you be buying for next winter?

    Me:
    Rip Curl 5/4 hooded suit - Lasted two years, it probably still has a few cold water sessions left in it but its time to replace.  I noticed some thread coming unwound, especially on the legs.  It lasted two solid years and was always warm.  I would recommend.
    Rip Curl 7mm booties - Lasted two years and still going.  Never a problem with them, keeping them around for next year.  I probably need to re-glue some of the the seams where the sole joins the fabric.  I would recommend.
    Quiksilver 5mm gloves - Warm, but in the end, the quality was not great.  They lasted two years but the fingertips wore through where I push off for the pop-up.  I would not recommend.

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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #1 on: April 19, 2016, 01:06:20 PM »
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  • I started using a pair of 7mm rip curl flash bomb booties this year and was really impressed. Toasty warm and fuzzy, easy on and off and dries quickly without that usual stench. Might give their 5/4 a try when my dry lock goes.

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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #2 on: April 19, 2016, 05:54:41 PM »
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  • My RipCurl flash bomb booties are delaminating on the soles after about 5 sessions. Would not recommend.
    "Take care of your knees, you'll miss them when they are gone"

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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #3 on: April 19, 2016, 06:16:33 PM »
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  • Finally bought a Peet boot/glove dryer. Bone dry boots and gloves overnight. This is the one without the blower.
    Yes I'm too lazy to turn them inside out. 


    Highly recommend. 

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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #4 on: April 19, 2016, 08:51:24 PM »
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  • Anything from Tom Parrish works, rip curl booties are to grippy and have led to blown mcl's for snaggle and myself, got gifted a Japanese  bewet wetsuit, it's a 4/3 and the best suit I have ver owned. Da kine Kai nun leashes are the best way to go, fins are to expensive, stop with the 100% profit margin on them, that's bullshit. Longest run on sentence this year.
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    End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #5 on: April 19, 2016, 09:27:23 PM »
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  • Got a discounted isurus hooded 4/3. Love it. Been in it for over a month. Mad snuggy. Only hopped into my 5/4 once in 45 days.

    Need new gloves. Wore 3m hyperflex all winter. They suck. I've had to restitch & reglue them. Can't wait to get new gloves.

    Got a few "new to me" Mandalas this fall and winter. Boy they work well. Great for rampy LI waves.

    Got a Tomo sci-phi. That tail is money. Not a gimmick.

    Got Dorado's old Meat Cleaver. Love it.

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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #6 on: April 20, 2016, 08:32:13 AM »
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  • Over Xcell boots. Leak too much, even after a few sessions.
    Rip Curl boots are warm but flood with water feeling like wearing bags of water tied to my feet? Need to figure out some new boots for next year. The shape and fit of the Xcel's are on point, but again poor quality.
    Oniel mutant warm and snug.
    A fat mandala quad fish seemed to be the board of the winter for me. Handle the steep days and mush no prob.
    "Waves are the ultimate illusion. They come out of nowhere, instantaneously materialize and just as quickly they break and vanish. Chasing after such fleeting mirages is a complete waste of time. That is what I chose to do with my life." Dora

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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #7 on: April 20, 2016, 10:54:56 AM »
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  • Got a few "new to me" Mandalas this fall and winter. Boy they work well. Great for rampy LI waves.



    Did you ever get that Oracle? How is it?

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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #8 on: April 20, 2016, 12:21:39 PM »
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  • I've had good luck with my xcel boots. Just crapped out on the ball of my foot a week ago after 2 seasons of walking 4 blocks to the beach everyday there were waves.
    Also in the xcel 5-4 drylock. Got it new in December, fit is great for me with xcel suits. Still going strong, though I've retired it for the season! Thank god.
    Boards:
    I picked up a 5'9" Von Sol Shadow in hydroflex in January and that thing is most excellent! Fish up front with a HPSB tail. Most versatile board in my quiver. I ride it anywhere from weak waist high to overhead, although prefer my classic performance boards when the waves start getting hollow. I use it to fill the gap between my performance boards and ultra-groveler/long board.
    Also, picked up the Sci Phi as well a few weeks back and agree with Kyle: it's not hype. It works really well in waves with some push. It DOES grovel but it's sweet spot is clearly stomach to overhead. Very sensitive board despite it's fullness.

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    End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #9 on: April 20, 2016, 02:13:41 PM »
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  • Have some flash bomb boots (7mm) and gloves (5mm) Super warm and I really like them better than my previous xcel dry locks. However both have stretched over time and do fill up w water.

    Ride my stretch G Buzz almost exclusively and it really excels in all surf. Would recommend to anyone.


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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #10 on: April 20, 2016, 06:29:34 PM »
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  • Got a few "new to me" Mandalas this fall and winter. Boy they work well. Great for rampy LI waves.



    Did you ever get that Oracle? How is it?

    Yep. That was a custom. Didn't want to toot my own horn but now that you asked... Picked it up in SD and it was HH every day I was there. Rode my superchunk most days because it was slopey. Oracle has a subtle but accelerated rocker so it likes more curve. Thank God we had plenty of pushy, curvy waves locally this winter!

    STOOOOOOKKED!

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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #11 on: April 21, 2016, 12:59:40 PM »
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  • Patagonia gloves. on my 2nd or 3rd year and they are as good as the day i bought them. by my estimate, that is like 2000% better than any other company's gloves i've ever had.


    xcel drylocks and revolts good combo of warmth and stretch, but always get the damn crotch leak. i'd be open to other suits. If patagonia suits were as good as their gloves i'd buy one, but have heard so many bad reviews of them, especially that they are the least flexible suit, and i'm too old for that brown trout.


    My boards are classified. Can't share that info. My advise in general is to go as low a volume as humanly possible. unless your 60 and 300 lbs, you shouldn't be riding anything over 27 liters. even if you'r riding alternative boards, get them as short, thin, low a volume as you can. All the guys I see getting the most wave, performing the best, are all riding low volume boards.

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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #12 on: April 22, 2016, 08:06:02 AM »
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  • ^ hidden agenda?  ;-)

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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #13 on: April 22, 2016, 04:11:42 PM »
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  • Finally bought a Peet boot/glove dryer. Bone dry boots and gloves overnight. This is the one without the blower.
    Yes I'm too lazy to turn them inside out. 


    Highly recommend.
    Im always afraid turning them inside out will stretch them out too much or ill pop a stich

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    Re: End of Season Equipment Reviews
    « Reply #14 on: April 22, 2016, 04:45:22 PM »
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  • TLS... That's some funny