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Wetsuit thickness for Sydney winter

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Created by Alysum 3 months ago, 14 May 2018
Alysum
NSW, 267 posts
14 May 2018 2:48PM
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I have a Mystic star 3/2 which I use in spring/autumn.

However I get too cold in it in Winter and usually put another 2mm top on top but it's not great.

Looking at getting a better Mystic such as the Majestic, just wondering whether 4/3 would be enough (considering the higher quality) or should I go 5/3 (not too restrictive?) ? I tend to get quite cold with my thin physique.

Thanks !

CJ2478
NSW, 265 posts
15 May 2018 8:16AM
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I have a 4/3 Ion wetsuit that I use all winter on the central coast which is a comparable climate. This last weekend which I consider pretty cold I was warm in it. I bought a wetsuit hood (the kind that connects under the chest zip flap) which kept me insanely warm and probably wouldnt get used on anything but the coldest days. For $50 or whatever it was i think its great value. I used to only ride in a Xcel infiniti 3/2 which was comparable to the ion. It was a much higher quality wetsuit though with sealed seams and sealed at wrists and ankles.

Alysum
NSW, 267 posts
15 May 2018 9:25PM
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Thanks It was pretty cold last weekend which is what prompted me to think about getting a thicker suit...

I guess a quality 4/3 will do even though the extra 5 would be nice?!

Trant
NSW, 593 posts
18 May 2018 1:01PM
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I have a thermal rashie which I used under my wetsuit on the colder days, it does help.
Maybe go the 4/3 and then put the rashie underneath when it's super cold?

TheSquirrel
14 posts
19 May 2018 4:14PM
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5/4 for Sydney winter

TheSquirrel
14 posts
19 May 2018 4:16PM
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Colder than that get a Drysuit.. kite in all conditions, all day..

nnnbrewery
NSW, 48 posts
21 May 2018 6:02PM
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TheSquirrel is taking the piss because... where the hell are you lot from?

Sydney in winter is 3/2 steamer conditions.

If you are cold... your steamer is of low quality or old and has had its day.

I have a 5/4.... for winter in Ireland.

bigtone667
NSW, 917 posts
28 May 2018 6:49PM
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5 or 6 hours in a souwester... 4/5.

Richoa
NSW, 397 posts
29 May 2018 12:45PM
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I wore 3/2 all last season, don't remember being cold when actually kiting other than when I came into beach between sessions, then its cold!

above suggested rashy underneath sounds worth a try tho :)

Unhooked Wtrspts
NSW, 7 posts
31 May 2018 9:41PM
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5mm or drysuit

nnnbrewery
NSW, 48 posts
1 Jun 2018 10:53AM
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I can't work out now if you 5mm people are taking the piss... wow. I still say a good quality 3/2 is all you need, even for long sessions.

Are you wearing booties, gloves and hood also with your 5mm suits?

I can kind of see some people stepping up from 3/2 to 4/3 if you really suffer in the cold, but 5/4?

What would you guys do in a location with proper cold water and climate? I guess drysuit.

Do water sports shops in Sydney even sell drysuits?

TheSquirrel
14 posts
1 Jun 2018 5:26PM
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Today's rig at Sandringham was 4/3 wetsuit, full thermals underneath, spraytop and wet socks. Lasted all day..

TheSquirrel
14 posts
1 Jun 2018 5:28PM
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nnnbrewery said..
I can't work out now if you 5mm people are taking the piss... wow. I still say a good quality 3/2 is all you need, even for long sessions.

Are you wearing booties, gloves and hood also with your 5mm suits?

I can kind of see some people stepping up from 3/2 to 4/3 if you really suffer in the cold, but 5/4?

What would you guys do in a location with proper cold water and climate? I guess drysuit.

Do water sports shops in Sydney even sell drysuits?


Buy them from overseas, approx $450, get ankle seals not latex socks.



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