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Wetsuits.
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:18:58 PM »
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  • What's your thought on a Hyperflex suit? I'm looking for a 4/3. Hood or no hood?  Vyril or voodoo?. I do have a full on winter set up. Just looking for that in between suit.
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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 05:43:44 AM »
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  • Canít speak about hyperflex since i've never owned one. Iíve got OíNeill mutant 4:3 and the ability to switch between hood/no hood makes it incredibly versatile.  If I was getting a suit without that option Iíd get a hooded one. I use it about 70% of the time on my mutant


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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #2 on: October 11, 2018, 06:41:16 AM »
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  • I have the mutant too and love it, it's my favorite wetsuit I have.  FYI, I compare to xcel drylock, which is xcel top of the line.

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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #3 on: October 11, 2018, 07:39:13 AM »
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  • I grabbed a 5/4 voodoo from a shop when I was in a pinch last year... far from home when a zipper popped off my usual 5/4.

    Expectation wasnít high bc of some hyper flex boots and gloves that I had years ago, but the suit is awesome. I fixed the zipper on the other one, a much, much more expensive suit, but kept going to the voodoo as a first choice instead. Great suit, great price.


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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #4 on: October 11, 2018, 12:16:32 PM »
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  • Does anyone have any other wetsuit suggestions for winter?
    I am originally from SD, so I haven't quite learned the winter wetsuits..
    Last year I bought a used POS 5/4 and it was impossible to paddle in.. I spoke to some guys in the water and they mentioned that they use a high end 4/3 year round and they are fine.
    Any suggestions would be a huge help!
    Thanks

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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #5 on: October 11, 2018, 01:18:46 PM »
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  • Iíve been pretty happy with my Vissla 5/4 but only one season in.


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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #6 on: October 11, 2018, 01:59:53 PM »
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  • Thanks guys.
    No matter how hard you train, it all comes down to confidence.

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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #7 on: October 11, 2018, 02:15:09 PM »
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  • Mayday, which Vissla suit do you have? I think they have 7 Seas and North Seas..

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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #8 on: October 11, 2018, 02:47:05 PM »
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  • Zbay - A good 5/4 is more useful than a 4/3 IMO. Our best swells are often during/immediately after brutal storms. Xcel 5/4 infiniti is a great all around suit that is flexy, warm and not too $$. I like them better than drylocks (seem stretchier/lighter to me).

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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #9 on: October 11, 2018, 06:38:45 PM »
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  • Does anyone have any other wetsuit suggestions for winter?
    I am originally from SD, so I haven't quite learned the winter wetsuits..
    Last year I bought a used POS 5/4 and it was impossible to paddle in.. I spoke to some guys in the water and they mentioned that they use a high end 4/3 year round and they are fine.
    Any suggestions would be a huge help!
    Thanks
    You can get away with using a 4/3 but i would at least layer under it with a good polypro rash guard and shorts or invest in one with a killer liner. Either way, your (dead of) winter suit should have the most tec features and i would strongly advise one with taped seams and rubber external taping as well. It will last longer and keep you warm much longer than one without. Add to that a good insulating /quick dry liner and you are golden.
     As far as 4/3 v 5/4 if you will only ever be surfing in the winter for an hour each time then 4/3 is fine... i knew a guy who surfed in a 3/2 with a hooded rash guard but wouldn't be in the water long. If you have the time to be in the water longer than an hour in the winter then 5/4. But really the flexibility and price difference between the two are negligible so why not just go 5/4?
     
    For reference my wetsuit quiver goes like this:
    Summer -2/2 short arm or board shorts/polypro rash guard or just board shorts
    Late September to late October.- 3/2
    Late October to early December.- 4/3
    January to early March- 5/4,( just upgraded to a quicksilver highline 4.5/4 3x bonded and lined head to toe + detachable hood i can use with my 4/3)
    March to mid May - back to 4/3
    May to mid June.. 3/2
    Having a detachable hood and insulating rash guards may negate the need for a 4/3 all together or turn your 4/3 into a 5/4... they just add versatility.
    I also have. Few other suits, old ones, back ups etc. One is an O'neill mutant 4/3. It's my favorite suit even though its totally clapped out and i got it in exchange for a bar of wax and good vibes. It still doesnt leak all that much and is super comfy and versatile. If you get a 4/3 i highly recommend it or adding a stand alone hood
    Boots and gloves, i got away with 3mm for both all last winter. There where definitely a few sessions i wish i went with my 7mm boots but, again getting a boot with a good liner usually means you can get away with thinner rubber. My 3mm boots are xcell drylock and they are almost as warm as my 7mm.

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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #10 on: October 11, 2018, 07:19:47 PM »
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  • My vissla is the entry level one.  And I would honestly say I use my 4/3 for like a couple sessions but my 5/4 gets a lot of use.


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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #11 on: October 11, 2018, 09:36:46 PM »
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  • Awesome guys!
    Thanks so much for the tips

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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #12 on: October 15, 2018, 03:02:52 PM »
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  • While we're on the subject-


    Has anyone ever ordered a custom suit through 7till8 or know anyone who has? I'm tempted because I'm short and broad so wetsuits always fit me a little weird, XLS's are super tight on my shoulders sometimes and XL's have too much length. Really tempted to try the custom 5/4.


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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #13 on: October 15, 2018, 04:51:22 PM »
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  • No idea bout Hyperflex but I got a 4/3 Mutant after moving here from south Florida.  Last winter was my first winter here and I've worn it in low 40's water temp no problem.  It's a great suit. Very warm and flexible.  First time I surfed in it I couldn't believe how dry I was. If you can only have one suit that's what I'd get. 
    I also ordered a Xcel Infiniti hooded 4/3 for a steal and it was thicker and not as stretchy compared to the Mutant.  I sold it unworn.


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    Re: Wetsuits.
    « Reply #14 on: October 15, 2018, 05:05:53 PM »
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  • Do your mutants have linings like fleece or wool? Or no linings?