Winter suits..... anticipation

michael

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Apr 19, 2017
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I’m considering getting away from a chest zip for my thickest Winter suit. The constant push & pull (putting on and taking off) in the cold I swear is what screws up my shoulders. Been taking more than 6 months to recover too.
That’s what I’m talking about. It’s a battle before and after each session. And I don’t always win.
 

Surfnfish

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Feb 6, 2015
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the more sealed the seams are, the less stretch they will have. The liquid rubber seams such as Xcel Drylock like straitjackets.

Fan of the Xcel Comp X series, excellent mid price wetsuit with a lotta stretch, very warm, very comfortable. Much easier to put on then other chest zip's I've had. Also like how they 'rubber' them...depending on temps, run either a 4.5/3.5 or 5.5/4.5 unless summertime and in a 3/2..

Look around, can often find them for under $300.
 

dingpatch

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Apr 2, 2014
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Ummm, , , , ahhhhh, , , , I know that it is perhaps wrong of me to speak up about all this, being that I have not been in the water at all lately but, , , , ,

The last time I put any rubber on was while on a business trip to Southern California, , , , , in 2011!!

Otherwise, I gave all my rubber away back in 2012. I'm over being cold out in the surf, , , ,!
 

ironmace7

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May 28, 2005
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Bought 5mm lobster claws and 7 mm drylock boots today. Ridiculous sales this time of year. I always wear a l/s rashguard and shorts. Suit peels right off even if it’s below 20 degrees. Every season has advantages. I love them all
 

Walnuts

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Mar 25, 2018
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Long Beach, NY
I used to wear the Xcel drylocks and recently gave the Vissla entry level 5/4 a try and I LOVE it. Two seasons in it. Really stretchy and economical in my opinion. Would recommend. And for reference I surf New York dead of winter, so it gets real cold.
 

pintail

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Feb 19, 2004
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I use the Isurus 4/3 in the winter here, but it doesn't get as cold as on the EC. It's absurdly warm and comfortable, but it is a bitch to get into and out of. One other option to consider is using a warmer rash guard. I use an O'Neill Thermo-X 13 oz. short sleeve rash guard, and it makes it possible for me to use a stage thinner wetsuit for every season.
 

shadydave

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Mar 10, 2014
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the more sealed the seams are, the less stretch they will have. The liquid rubber seams such as Xcel Drylock like straitjackets.

Fan of the Xcel Comp X series, excellent mid price wetsuit with a lotta stretch, very warm, very comfortable. Much easier to put on then other chest zip's I've had. Also like how they 'rubber' them...depending on temps, run either a 4.5/3.5 or 5.5/4.5 unless summertime and in a 3/2..

Look around, can often find them for under $300.
Xcel comp for the win!
 

nedsurf

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Jan 22, 2005
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I don't surf in your water so don't ever get into anything heavier than 3/2 ( apparently I seem to have a better cold tolerance than others?), but I learned something many years ago and have a question. Who of you in the great white north has tried polypro inside their suits? My experience is that 1) I can wear a lighter suit than others in the water, 2) keeps flushing under control by slowing water circulation inside the suit, and 3) it makes the in-out ordeal a lot easier. What's your experience?
 

NJ Longboarder

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Getting into 5/4 front zip is relatively easy. Getting out when exhausted and the suit sticking to you is nearly impossible. Definitely does a bit shoulder damage trying to get that first arm past the elbow. I go with back zips for my winter gear and doesn't seem to make a difference in warmth.

I can't touch my toes so I am not too worried about suit flexibility. As long as the shoulder fit well that is all that matter to me.
 

shadydave

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Mar 10, 2014
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I don't surf in your water so don't ever get into anything heavier than 3/2 ( apparently I seem to have a better cold tolerance than others?), but I learned something many years ago and have a question. Who of you in the great white north has tried polypro inside their suits? My experience is that 1) I can wear a lighter suit than others in the water, 2) keeps flushing under control by slowing water circulation inside the suit, and 3) it makes the in-out ordeal a lot easier. What's your experience?
I wear a rash guard top,bottom (shorts) and socks. Not sure if it keeps me any warmer but it certainly makes for easy on and off.
 




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