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Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
« on: October 31, 2007, 11:18:56 PM »
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  • So my 4/3 is too tight.  It's always been that way but I struggled through using it for a few seasons.  Wore it during my last session and it made me feel like I had the mobility of an 85 year old. 

    I can't afford a new suit, but I can get this poly-prop type shirt to wear under my 3/2.  How well do you guys think that would work?  Anyone do anything similar?  I don't want to blow 60-70 bucks and find the shirt doesn't keep me warm.  The shirt is annoyingly expensive but it's cheaper than a 4/3 wetsuit.
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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #1 on: October 31, 2007, 11:33:47 PM »
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  • Is like those shirts you wear snowboarding, like underarmer...might work..but not sure heavy it will be when it gets wet.  Thermal is def bad. I tried that when I 16, under my shorty one year...I felt like I weight 300 pounds...LOL!!

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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #2 on: October 31, 2007, 11:36:50 PM »
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  • I tried that for a while. It didn't work very well, and I had to get the suit anyway. Now I don't use the undershirt anymore.

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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #3 on: October 31, 2007, 11:41:59 PM »
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  • hahaha,  yeah not like those white cotton underwear things  :D

    It's made by O'Neill for this purpose...so I'm guessing it won't soak up water.  But who knows...

    here's a link to what it is...
    http://beckersurf.com/browse/productDetails.aspx?pgid=7&skuid=396&sgid=131
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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #4 on: October 31, 2007, 11:51:12 PM »
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  • i have the ladies's version of this rashguard - and i love it. works for me... and adds warmth without bulk. unless you're on the burly side the men's version tends to have too much room in the arms and shoulders for most women.

    btw: polyolefin does not take on water... you are right in guessing that the fiber structure wicks away moisture.
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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #6 on: November 01, 2007, 01:07:31 AM »
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  • hahaha,  yeah not like those white cotton underwear things  :D

    It's made by O'Neill for this purpose...so I'm guessing it won't soak up water.  But who knows...

    here's a link to what it is...
    http://beckersurf.com/browse/productDetails.aspx?pgid=7&skuid=396&sgid=131

    HAHAHA!! IM AM RETART! YIESh  yea that shyte will work..I have a sleevless like that...its awesome..I need a new one tho...wanna get me one too wen you order.....thanks! ;)

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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #7 on: November 01, 2007, 06:01:03 AM »
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  • i've had pretty good success with those.. but i've also noticed wild variations in quality/warmth. My suggestion is to feel/try on a few before buying.  Some are way better than others.

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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #8 on: November 01, 2007, 07:33:04 AM »
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  • it'll give you a little more (like probably for this weekend), but that combo isnt gonna be close to getting a new 4/3, but what do you need a 4/3 for anyway ?

    i believe this is a segue to one of our perpetual threads....

    even numbers are for pussies: shortie---->3/2------>5/3, or nothing, bro.

    oh, and, rashguard under wetsuit makes you colder.

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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #9 on: November 01, 2007, 09:39:36 AM »
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  • I used a hooded one for two seasons now. It has worked well for me. (people tell me I'm not normal I still don't know why anyone is using anything more then a 3/2 right now) It has saved me from buying a mid season suit but this year I'm spending the cash.
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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #10 on: November 01, 2007, 09:45:02 AM »
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  • mario, I would go with the even numbers.

    boardshoarts > 2 mil shortie > 4 mil > 6 mil 

    that's how I roll.

    east end, i've never done it but if you get a diving wetsuit they are like half the price of a surfing wetsuit.

    A hooded rashie wiht a 4/3 used to be my winter suit for a few years, so it can be done.

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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #11 on: November 01, 2007, 10:08:25 AM »
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  • I dont know, the whole purpose of a wetsuit is to seal in the warmth built around your body from the suit holding in your body heated water. Break that seal by adding a layer between it & your gonna get cold. Bust out the credit card & get what you need. Pay it back when you can.

    Those thermal lined things can help a little but only if you wear it on the outside of the suit keeping that seal with the suit against your skin tight. The only thing you'd have to worry about is that the thermal gets wet & adds weight. If its a thin one you probably could manage but anything too think & you'll be winded for sure paddling & duck diving. Im no expert on anything but im just going on what Ive learned about suits, theyre companies & the description of how the suits are supposd to work based on their explainations. I look at that crap when Im buying stuff ya know?

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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #12 on: November 01, 2007, 10:19:32 AM »
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  • Rip Curl makes a hooded 1mm that goes under a full suit.
    Check out www.pacwave.net.

    I have one that I wear under my 4mm on warmer winter days when my 6mm is already wet.
    It definitely works.

    Shorties are goofy.
    So heavy you can't even pick it up.

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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #13 on: November 01, 2007, 10:25:35 AM »
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  • shorties are for real men who can say: i'm looking for a little bit of rubber, and i'm not a slave to fashion.

    and you and AJ can put your even numbered rubber and have a little party. dont forget the coasters for under the drinks.
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    Re: Thermal shirts under wetsuits?
    « Reply #14 on: November 01, 2007, 10:29:32 AM »
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  • The thick O'Neill polypros with a hood are insanely effective. I surfed a whole winter a few year ago (when it was still cold) with one of those and a crappy 4/3 from 1990. No problem. I have no need for a 4/3 if I wear one of those things. Not even sure if they're necessarily made for surfing. Got mine at Paragon for maybe $50. Worth it beyond belief.
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