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Winter Gear
« on: November 23, 2010, 09:05:08 AM »
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  • So I was curious what the experienced winter surfers use to get them   through the winter months. I wanted to get suggestions on what else I   need to buy. To get me through fall I have a 4/3 suit (I know I will   need a new one, I am thinking a 5/4), 5/3 boots, 5 mm gloves, and a 3/4   hood. I am not sure how long the gloves and boots will last me but I   know I need a new hood as well.

    What do you guys use and/or suggest?


    Thanks

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010, 10:20:53 AM »
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  •  i own a mutant and it is honestly one of the most versitile suits i have it has a detachable hood really warm and good stretch. 5/4/3 5mm drylock boots and 5mm drylock gloves. go mittins and round toe boots for more warmth. Hyperflex has really good suits for cheap,  boz and Buell are great brands for your money.

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010, 10:34:12 AM »
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  • So I was curious what the experienced winter surfers use to get them   through the winter months. I wanted to get suggestions on what else I   need to buy. To get me through fall I have a 4/3 suit (I know I will   need a new one, I am thinking a 5/4), 5/3 boots, 5 mm gloves, and a 3/4   hood. I am not sure how long the gloves and boots will last me but I   know I need a new hood as well.

    What do you guys use and/or suggest?


    Thanks

    well you are going to get some different opinions feedback because different people have different tolerances for cold, some people do shorter sessions in the winter, any number of variables so, things you will hear are:

    "I surfed all last Winter in a 4/3 with a liner and hood, 5 mil boots, 5mil fingered gloves." {this is NOT me}

    "get a good 5/4 and round toe boots, 5 mil lobster claws for the cold months." {this could work for you depending on tolerance level and quality of equipment}

    and now my long session doing, I hate being cold setup....
    5/4 with 5mil round toe boots, 5 mil fingered gloves to about the end of december, then 6/5/4 suit with 7mil round toe boots and 7mil mittens for the coldest months. I tend to surf for 3 hours at least, and hate getting cold at the end of my session. Can't surf well when I'm cold and hate finishing with a crappy wave that I screwed up.

    I have a new 5/4 Excel that I am going to see if it keeps me warm in the worst this winter it has very little 3mil on it. My previous experience has been, I felt the wind coming right through 3mil part of any 5/4/3 suit I have tried so far and it killed my session quickly.   
    It's no better to be safe than sorry....

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 10:44:41 AM »
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  • Balboa - the 5/4 you buy will come with attached hoods - I prefer to be warm, not cold, so if you ask me - get 7mil boots and 5 mil gloves, and you're set!
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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010, 02:57:30 PM »
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  • Copious amounts of craft beers from Bierkraft on union and fifth in Brooklyn . Or a credit card with skymiles.
    In all serious 54 or 65 with 7mm boots and mittens for January through April .

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #5 on: November 24, 2010, 10:59:53 AM »
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  • Looseness knows the deal if you actually want to surf all winter.  Dorado has the prescription if you're a poseur.
     
    The single most important piece of gear I can recommend for folks who are thinking about surfing all winter long is high quality ear plugs.  I just had surgery to remove exostoses (bony growths in my ear canal from repeated long-term exposure to cold water, known as surfer's ear) from my right ear.  I had to have the left one done in 2003.  Its a horrible surgery and the recovery is long and miserable (and keeps you out of the water for months).  So, get all the stuff to keep you warm, but don't forget to keep the insides of your ears dry.   

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #6 on: November 24, 2010, 09:04:14 PM »
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  • Looseness knows the deal if you actually want to surf all winter.  Dorado has the prescription if you're a poseur.
     
    The single most important piece of gear I can recommend for folks who are thinking about surfing all winter long is high quality ear plugs.  I just had surgery to remove exostoses (bony growths in my ear canal from repeated long-term exposure to cold water, known as surfer's ear) from my right ear.  I had to have the left one done in 2003.  Its a horrible surgery and the recovery is long and miserable (and keeps you out of the water for months).  So, get all the stuff to keep you warm, but don't forget to keep the insides of your ears dry.

    I have to get used to the earplugs.....I tried to use them again last time I surfed and pulled them out because they just drive me nuts being in a world of silence. I guess I need to try the fitted one where you can hear a bit better.
    It's no better to be safe than sorry....

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #7 on: November 24, 2010, 09:09:26 PM »
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  • Doc's Pro Plugs.

    Hey Ballsack, do you hear better now?
    So heavy you can't even pick it up.

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #8 on: November 24, 2010, 09:54:35 PM »
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  • i need to start using the proplugs that i have, i can't stand the feeling but i know i'll regret not wearing them.....i can feel my ear canals getting smaller and smaller!!


    a hooded 5/4/3 and 7 mil booties and some 5 mill glove will get you through the entire season.  A 4/3 will get you through most of the the shoulder seasons with good booties, hood and gloves but not Feb/March

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #9 on: November 25, 2010, 07:30:37 PM »
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  • i didn't realize this until last season, but they didn't start making xcel 6 mils for women until this year (at least, that's the rumor i've heard). so, i've been going through my winters in a 5/4, thinking all along it was a 6 mil. and it is plenty warm. and i don't like the cold. i have 7 mil mittens that keep my hands toasty all winter (fvck the lobster claw - that one little segregated finger will HATE you). i think my booties are 7 mil. that's always the hard part - the feet. my feet get cold. theusername had a good recommendation some time back - there's a sock you can get from sierra trading post, i think. that helps with the cold feet. but, i'm waiting for heated booties.

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #10 on: November 29, 2010, 01:52:02 PM »
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  • I have a 6/5 West suit that I hate! Very hard to paddle in. Last year my friend surfed a Excel Dryloc 5/4 on that brutally cold Super Bowl Sunday and was very warm.

    Here is my question for all of you:

    5/4 SG5 from Billabong with hood or 5/4 Excel Dryloc with hood? Any other companies people are wearing that they swear by or suggest?

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #11 on: November 30, 2010, 09:04:45 AM »
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  • Thanks a lot for all your help. I am going to go for a 6/5 suit 7mm boots and gloves. PLUS the earplugs, I do not want to go through what Balzsac went through. I bought my last one from the surf shop on beach 116th, they had pretty good prices. Boarders I love but they were more expensive from what I remember. Unless you guys can recommend a good site to order from.

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #12 on: November 30, 2010, 12:43:38 PM »
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  • Try them on - see what fits best. You might get lucky getting a good fit ordering online but if not you'll have to return it and pay shipping. If you're like me and rarely buy a board off the rack, at least you can support your local shop buying your wettie gear there.

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #13 on: November 30, 2010, 06:18:13 PM »
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  • Thanks a lot for all your help. I am going to go for a 6/5 suit 7mm boots and gloves. PLUS the earplugs, I do not want to go through what Balzsac went through. I bought my last one from the surf shop on beach 116th, they had pretty good prices. Boarders I love but they were more expensive from what I remember. Unless you guys can recommend a good site to order from.

    Bought my first wetsuit on 116th.  That may very well be the last surf related item I bought on that street.  I can assure you that while you MIGHT pay a little more a Boarders, you will definitely get service with a smile and the satisfaction that you are dealing with a local who cares about the neighborhood and his neighbors, as as a result get more than if you go back to 116th.

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    Re: Winter Gear
    « Reply #14 on: December 01, 2010, 12:49:37 PM »
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  • one is for bourbon the other for hot tea with honey, absolute winter gear.  No matter how thick your suit you still have to get warm enough once out of the suit to be able to turn the key in the ignition.  Hand warmers, thick thick socks, and spare dry towel.

    « Last Edit: December 01, 2010, 12:54:55 PM by onefinookas »
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