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The Great Wetsuit Review
« on: February 15, 2017, 11:44:18 AM »
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  • Can we do another wetsuit roundup?


    I've been using Xcels for years. They fit me, seem pretty stretchy, are warm enough. I like them a lot a first, but they never seem to last more than one year. Some of the seams degrade and I get leaks, which when the water is 40 degrees, kinda sucks.


    I bought a 5.5 ebomb, and it turns out it is just not a fit for me, so that one goes back.


    I like the idea of a patagonia if it lasts at least two years, but i've heard they're not as stretchy, and that's probably the most important thing to me. I'd rather buy a stretchy suit every year than a more restrictive one, even if it lasts for 5 years.
    « Last Edit: February 15, 2017, 01:30:31 PM by The Lone Surfer »

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #1 on: February 15, 2017, 12:49:18 PM »
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  • Has anyone tried www.needessentials.com?
    So heavy you can't even pick it up.

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #2 on: February 15, 2017, 01:41:59 PM »
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  • Bought my brother a need 5/4 hooded. Held up to a windy winter day just fine, great value in hand and looks exactly like a quicksilver 5/4 cell I had for years and still use as a backup.


    My own winter suit now is a O'neil Pyscho 5.5/4. Wetsuit is so warm, never cold has a hyrdophobic coating so nice. Booties are 7mm excell and 5mm ripcurl bomb mittens. Warmest setup I have had in years.


    Early spring suit is a 3mm Patagonia. Love this suit super warm, and lifetime warranty cant beat it. Can say though not as stretchy as other suits, but it will last longer and as the years go buy im appreciating a longer lasting suit.


    My beater summer suit is a 2/3 bodyglove about 8 years old now, starting to be a little too beat up, thinking about cutting the sleeves off. Besides that the suit owes me nothing, wore down a little fast but what 3/2 does not.
    « Last Edit: February 15, 2017, 01:45:06 PM by podge387 »

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #4 on: February 15, 2017, 06:23:57 PM »
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  • isurus ftw

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #5 on: February 15, 2017, 06:27:44 PM »
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  • I have a 4/3 need.


    It's ok for the price, feels more like a 3/2, maybe half a dozen session on it...it's a no frill suit for sure...
    it's 6AM, have you seen a donkey?

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #6 on: February 15, 2017, 08:49:25 PM »
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  • If isurus fit like rip curl id get one..  Seems you can find all different size charts on the Internet...  Dint knew which is right...  There M is up to 5'9 I believe  which is ridiculous..  That's Def short for a reg M

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #7 on: February 16, 2017, 05:46:36 AM »
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  • isurus fit is really weird for sure. at 5'8'' 170 I wear a medium in xcel- medium in the isurus was SUPER tight. had serious concerns after trying it on, but after one session it stretched a little to fit. now its like a glove. best winter suit i've ever had.

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #8 on: February 16, 2017, 09:35:37 PM »
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  • I tried the need essentials booties: Do. Not. Get. No ankle seals and after 2 sessions they were ballooning more than any bootie ive ever owned. Cant speak for the suites. But based on how bad the booties are I probably wont be trying.

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #9 on: February 16, 2017, 10:09:50 PM »
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  • To those of you who have used an Isurus, do the "FPS" thingys on the forearms really give you a paddling advantage? 


    "The inside forearms of the wetsuit have special entrapment zones designed to trap water during the catch phase of the stroke. This creates drag, resulting in greater power output per stroke and increased distance paddled. The FPS has been proven to increase swim speeds in triathlete competitions."

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #10 on: February 17, 2017, 02:38:01 PM »
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  • Patagonia is having a sale on some of their suits as well: [/size]http://www.patagonia.com/shop/web-specials-mens-wetsuits[/b][/color]

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #11 on: February 17, 2017, 08:09:42 PM »
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  • I picked up a Patagonia R4 this year and found it stiff and tight.  It's the "eco friendly" construction. I'm told this improves a little bit over time but can't yet detect this. I'm of pretty lean construction myself and yet it feels like it's really gripping my limbs hard. It does feel solid and made to last. But I'm also getting a bit more water than I should in my boots, possibly through the ankles. I like the company but not so sure about the suit yet.


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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #12 on: February 17, 2017, 09:25:03 PM »
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  • I did so much research, considered so many brands, and in the end said Fuck it and bought another Xcel. I know it fits, it's stretchy and comfortable to paddle in, and not too expensive. Yes, it will only last a year, but would rather have a stretchy suit that lasts a year than constrictive one that last five.

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #13 on: February 18, 2017, 09:02:44 AM »
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  • Check out Vissla.... wasn't even on my radar but a friend said check'em out. After doing some homework , they use premium japanese neoprene, price point is great. I've had used xcel, ripcurl & patagonia. These suits are worth a look at.

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    Re: The Great Wetsuit Review
    « Reply #14 on: February 18, 2017, 01:30:05 PM »
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  • From what I've heard vissla wouldn't keep my skinny ass warm in winter. Maybe for a summer/fall suit , but then I got such a good deal on a high end Xcel 3/2 that it was actually a little cheaper than the vissla.