How cold is too cold for my Patagonia R3 wetsuit?

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  1. newlyn

    newlyn Active Member

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    Chilly: I think the R3 is 4.5/3.5.

    I know I am very comfortable in it at least down to about 45 water/40 air, but I haven’t gone past that. I think tomorrow will probably be too cold, but if I decide to give it a try I will let everyone know how it works out!
     
  2. Salinity

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    What do you have as far as mitts, booties & a hood? In my opinion, those are just as, if not more critical to a temperature-based go/no-go decision than a millimeter or so of neoprene on the wetsuit.

    For reference, I was in today in southern MA for 1-1/2 hrs with a budget chest-zip hooded 5-4 with 7mm boots & 6 mm mitts (and the knowledge that I had 4 gallons of hot water awaiting me in the car). I started to get cold right near the end after a big ol flush.
     
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  3. Salinity

    Salinity Active Member

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    I love this line:

    “Also, I should note that I never pee in any of my wetsuits because that is just plain gross.“

    Yeah, right. If i’m in water cold enough for a 5/4, I can’t wait to pee in my wetsuit.
     
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  4. Heavywetsuit

    Heavywetsuit New Member

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    If your wearing r5 mittens & r4 or r5 booties you’ll be fine. Surfed a total of 4.5 hours yesterday in my r3 yulex.. grow a nut sack
     
  5. sightpoint

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    Get a polypro fleece base layer. I have an Oneill one, think it's 13 oz weight, adds degreeeees of warmth.
     
  6. nedsurf

    nedsurf Well-Known Member

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  7. Silk123

    Silk123 Active Member

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    I find that my feet go numb first, even in 7 mm booties with 1mm wetsuit socks, wearing an xcel 5/4. But each person is different so you gotta figure out what works for you. One thing I learned early on when surfing cold water is to be careful. Getting too cold can affect your judgement pretty badly. For me, I've learned that once I start to shiver at all, it's time to think about getting out.

    Oh yeah, and paddle A LOT when it's cold. It'll wear you out quicker but it keeps you warm. I get cold real quick if I'm just sitting there waiting like I might on a normal day.
     
  8. deemce

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  9. deemce

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    I agree with Silk. Feet and hands are the first to make you miserable. 7MM boots and 1MM socks here too..... and keep moving to stay warm.
     
  10. nedsurf

    nedsurf Well-Known Member

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    Try getting rid of the 1mm socks and using thin polypro socks instead. You might be constricting circulation, which will make your feet colder. Let us know if that helps.
     

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