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Offline jammy

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women's hooded wetsuit
« on: December 08, 2014, 05:58:14 PM »
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  • i would love to hear from women about 5/4 hooded suit preferences. i've gone through 2 o'neills and am considering retiring a roxy 5/4. the neck area is ripping clear down the shoulder and pieces of the suit are just coming off. i may sew it (i already repaired the hood that my cat clawed) and just gut it out one more year. anyway, are there any women's suits that are decent? and that you can put on without breaking into a flop sweat and getting a boob stuck up by your ear? and then paddle in without feeling like you are in a straight jacket? and then get out of without wondering if you are going to injure yourself or suffocate in the process?

    my favorite suit was the second o'neill. it was a back zip which you just can't find anymore in a 5/4. i loved it so much and the rear velcro attachment of the hood wasn't much of a flushing issue. far preferable to the ripping shoulder.



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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #1 on: December 08, 2014, 05:59:47 PM »
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  • and one last question: anyone use a suit without taped seams? all mine have always had those and now i'm seeing a lot of suits below the $300 mark without taped seams, only with critically reinforced taped bits.
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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #2 on: December 08, 2014, 06:29:52 PM »
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  • and one last question: anyone use a suit without taped seams? all mine have always had those and now i'm seeing a lot of suits below the $300 mark without taped seams, only with critically reinforced taped bits.
    Don't do it, my cypher has taped bits and is oh so cold.
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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #3 on: December 08, 2014, 08:14:38 PM »
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  • In reality it sounds like your suit doesn't fit right if it's that awful to get on and off. My first winter suit was a size too small and it was a total pain to get on and off. I went up in size when that suit wore out and it's almost a pleasure now. I also just discovered it is way easier to get your legs in with socks on.


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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #4 on: December 08, 2014, 09:05:09 PM »
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  • Like Onefin said, seam tape is a must in a 5mil suit unless you like cold water getting in. Don't go too cheap on a Winter suit, you'll suffer. I always shop for them in Summer but that isn't a help now....
    It's no better to be safe than sorry....

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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #5 on: December 09, 2014, 09:03:11 AM »
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  • In reality it sounds like your suit doesn't fit right if it's that awful to get on and off.
    you're definitely right. the problem i have is that if a suit fits me in the shoulders/back it will be too large everywhere else. i should also add that this was the first time i put on my 5/4 this year. And finally boobs really are a problem with neck entry suits. Unless you have pecs like vin diesel you probably don't know what this is like.
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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #6 on: December 09, 2014, 09:19:58 AM »
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  • hey jammy - funny, I was just thinking last weekend that my old O'Neill back zip (Psycho II? w/ hood that velcroed at back of neck) flushed less than my chest zip suits (maybe an icy flush if you fell in a bizarre way, but my chest zips seem to flush often).  I currently have Xcel ('new bamboo lining').  Flushing aside, seems Xcel holds up pretty well.  Always seems slim pickings for women's hooded suits - at least what you readily find in stores & online - both in fit & features.  I've been in Xcel lately.  Oh how I'd love to stuff a few of those hand-warmer packets right around the kidneys.
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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #7 on: December 09, 2014, 10:33:05 AM »
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  • In reality it sounds like your suit doesn't fit right if it's that awful to get on and off.
    you're definitely right. the problem i have is that if a suit fits me in the shoulders/back it will be too large everywhere else. i should also add that this was the first time i put on my 5/4 this year. And finally boobs really are a problem with neck entry suits. Unless you have pecs like vin diesel you probably don't know what this is like.

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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #8 on: December 09, 2014, 10:39:09 AM »
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  • thanks ankleslapper!
    i think we had the same o'neill, it wasn't a psycho ii though, those were super duper expensive...
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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #9 on: December 09, 2014, 12:14:44 PM »
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  • it is way easier to get your legs in with socks on.


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    I keep a large ziploc bag in the car for just that reason.  Put your foot in and slides right through even the wettest of suits.

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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #10 on: December 09, 2014, 02:24:11 PM »
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  • For what its worth, there are a couple of women's hooded Xcel 54's (drylock and infinite) on whiskeymilitia right now for less than $300.  Random sizes but worth the look though. 

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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #11 on: December 09, 2014, 04:33:23 PM »
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  • Winter suits are always so tricky for me too, and although once the chest zip is on it's heaven, getting that sucker over my hips might actually be hell.  I'm a fan of the Rip Curl suits, my last 4/3 from them with a hood chest zip was pretty solid when it got colder.  It lasted a solid 4 year and now will be retired from a nice sized hole right on my shoulderblade.  I haven't found the perfect 5/4 yet since apparently my head is huge and I have monster shoulders.  The bonus for rip curl is the extra sealed seams from the chest down, keeps me nice and toasty.  Also don't be afraid to try all some guys suits, MS seems to work for me sometimes, other times the arms are just huge.

    The depressing part is never being about to try on all the different suits, when I bought my last one it was the legit only 4/3 or 5/4 for women in the entire store... sad times that the surf industry doesn't think us ladies will buy cold water suits :(

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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #12 on: December 09, 2014, 05:34:19 PM »
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  • It definitely is slim pickings for women, I'm noticing some makers not offering any hooded ladies suits this year, others only one. And if you want a bargain diligent  then internet hunting is needed. After @ankleslapper posted i did bite on an Xcel on whiskey pvt stash, thanks for the heads up @Mayday . Hopefully it will fit.
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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #13 on: December 10, 2014, 10:47:17 AM »
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  • Lois just got a ripcurl firebomb or something like that ..
    She hasn't complained about it yet ..
    Txt her
    It seemed a much better suit then the excel lower line

    I just got an excel rebel, ( they didn't have a fetlock in my size)
    It's pretty amazingingly warm...
    ..Whore it to death then sell the corpse on Craigslist... (used to be Ebay but eff Ebay and Paypal)

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    Re: women's hooded wetsuit
    « Reply #14 on: December 10, 2014, 12:53:29 PM »
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  • it is way easier to get your legs in with socks on.


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    I keep a large ziploc bag in the car for just that reason.  Put your foot in and slides right through even the wettest of suits.


    its ridiculous how much pleasure I get out of doing this every time