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Wetsuit...BRAND, thickness, for winter

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Created by Mikedobee > 9 months ago, 19 Mar 2012
Mikedobee
NSW, 329 posts
19 Mar 2012 6:13PM
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Hi guys,

As we all felt it, especially the last couple of days (NSW), the winter is here to stay :(
and I need a new wet suit, something really worm and reliable. What brand do you guys recommend_ to be good value for money_

Cheers,
Mike

giBiLatoR
QLD, 147 posts
19 Mar 2012 8:17PM
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Nice local brand for your based out of Byron bay I believe is 'maddog'. Extremely reasonably priced and quality, have had quite a few good hits in my springy and it's still in one piece :)

Another suggestion only valid really if your close to the Queensland border is the billabong factory at helensvale, they sell brand new 2/3 full length steamers billabong for $99! Not going to find a better deal then that.

DJF
SA, 114 posts
19 Mar 2012 8:53PM
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$99!!! What about 5/4 steamers?

NickT
WA, 1081 posts
19 Mar 2012 8:48PM
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Nothing but e-bomb for me, I surf aswell and love the stretch if them. They won't last more than two hard seasons and are also exy, but for comfort alone nothing's close.

cauncy
WA, 5102 posts
19 Mar 2012 8:51PM
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I've had premium oneill , billabong wetsuits over a few years but on recommendation I've had a mystic star 5 3 double lined I've flogged it for a couple of years giving it no care ie cleaning and its as good as new apart from the stale smell of piss, go on admit it we all do it and it feels good

jumarcil
33 posts
19 Mar 2012 11:30PM
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xCel Infinity Drylock 6-5 or 5-4 is your best bet. I had a mystic steamer before and after a year I already had a lot of rips and tears into it.

Now I bought an xCel infinity XZip2 5-4 Hooded and it is the best steamer I have seen. My dealer which sells NPX, Neil Pryde Xcel etc.. told me that xCel is the company that makes the most robust wetsuit out there.



mesurf.com.au/ProductDetail.aspx?id=641&name=xcel-infinity-x-zip

BoardGirl
QLD, 248 posts
20 Mar 2012 9:34AM
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You could check out www.wetsuitwarehouse.com.au

They have some good specials on.

suniboy21
VIC, 1090 posts
20 Mar 2012 7:06PM
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E bomb! But can be a bit hard to get into for the first few sessions.
They go cheap at factory outlets if your lucky to find a size!

eppo
WA, 6232 posts
20 Mar 2012 5:31PM
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Also consider getting yourself a 'woollen' long sleeve rashy. Bought my ozone rashy before winter last year and have used it extensively, especially on a say 30 degrees day and below, when a wetty is too hot. Just the rashy and boardies.

In winter they saved out asses last year under the steamer.

NickT
WA, 1081 posts
20 Mar 2012 8:43PM
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eppo said...

Also consider getting yourself a 'woollen' long sleeve rashy.


I'll get my nanna right into it, she loves knitting

eppo
WA, 6232 posts
20 Mar 2012 8:49PM
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Lol. Not sure if I have described it properly. But they work man so well.

koma
VIC, 760 posts
21 Mar 2012 7:33PM
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I also recently bought a top of the line Xcel 4/3 to get me through Melbourne winters. It's taken a couple of sessions to really bed in and loosen up, but straight from day 1 it's been damn warm; even in the few icy southerlies we've had so far.

giBiLatoR
QLD, 147 posts
23 Mar 2012 7:59PM
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koma said...

I also recently bought a top of the line Xcel 4/3 to get me through Melbourne winters. It's taken a couple of sessions to really bed in and loosen up, but straight from day 1 it's been damn warm; even in the few icy southerlies we've had so far.


store up here has xcel 4/3 steamer for 189 down from around $400!! TAXII!!

puppetonastring
WA, 3601 posts
23 Mar 2012 9:19PM
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For mine I definitely recommend going as light as possible with ur wetty and match it with an under-shirt poly fleece rashy. (some may can them 'woollen' but if they bought the right brand they would know that 'polyfleece' is the best description).
This combo will cover for several mm's of extra uncomfortable neoprene.
For Perth last winter a 2/2 of neoprene & a polyfleece from West Suits gave me the warmest sessions ever.
AND - absolutely no wind chill when u strip off the top of ur wetty for ur apres kite chat session.

The poly fleece rashie gets my vote as THE ABSOLUTE BEST invention in aquatic sports of all kinds for years. The best thing since 'one pump'
And from having scoured the world for a replacement when West went down (temporarily) my research rates the West Suits polyfleece no.1 by a long way.

dave......
WA, 2119 posts
23 Mar 2012 9:33PM
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^^^^^^ and get a wetsuit hat. You lose 40-80% of heat through your head, especially when its cold. Count in evaporation, coldness, and the blood pumped to your brain when kitesurfing ( well most kitesurfers). a good hoody makes you cut 2mm of the wetsuit thickness to keep warm and most of all more flexible

surfingboye
NSW, 2697 posts
24 Mar 2012 11:35PM
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Look no further...

www.dextersurf.com.au/

doonut
WA, 183 posts
24 Mar 2012 9:23PM
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xcel infinity dry lock 3/2 flexy and warm for winter Perth winter anyways.

juggler
VIC, 243 posts
26 Mar 2012 9:41PM
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So you can buy a 5/4 mystic len10 out of the UK for $303 ($326 inc postage) on ebay. Can any shops here match that???
I already have a 5/3 mystic wettie so not in the market for one (its really good!!)

www.ebay.com.au/itm/BRAND-NEW-Mystic-Empire-Len10-5x4-Wetsuit-2012-size-M-/120873613815?pt=UK_SportingGoods_Wetsuits_WatersportsClothing_CA&hash=item1c24a0f9f7

eppo
WA, 6232 posts
26 Mar 2012 7:48PM
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puppetonastring said...

For mine I definitely recommend going as light as possible with ur wetty and match it with an under-shirt poly fleece rashy. (some may can them 'woollen' but if they bought the right brand they would know that 'polyfleece' is the best description).
This combo will cover for several mm's of extra uncomfortable neoprene.
For Perth last winter a 2/2 of neoprene & a polyfleece from West Suits gave me the warmest sessions ever.
AND - absolutely no wind chill when u strip off the top of ur wetty for ur apres kite chat session.

The poly fleece rashie gets my vote as THE ABSOLUTE BEST invention in aquatic sports of all kinds for years. The best thing since 'one pump'
And from having scoured the world for a replacement when West went down (temporarily) my research rates the West Suits polyfleece no.1 by a long way.






Yeh sorry a polar fleece rashy, that's the one. Had it all winter, used it over east south Melbourne brrrrr, and then used all summer with boardies. Add to the wetty equation.

frankief
NSW, 68 posts
22 Apr 2012 10:45PM
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dave...... said...

^^^^^^ and get a wetsuit hat. You lose 40-80% of heat through your head, especially when its cold. Count in evaporation, coldness, and the blood pumped to your brain when kitesurfing ( well most kitesurfers). a good hoody makes you cut 2mm of the wetsuit thickness to keep warm and most of all more flexible


I think you'll find its 20%

IanR
NSW, 647 posts
23 Apr 2012 8:57AM
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My Advice is don't worry too much about Brand. All premium ones are good, some of the cheaper ones are not so good
It should be all about fit. Go to a shop that carry lots of brands and try on heaps.
You'll find one that fits your body shape. And budget
In NSW I'd recommend a 2/3mm wetsuit and a polar fleece top or metallic lined 1mm top to wear under the wetsuit on the colder days. I've worn this combo in CapeTowns cold 6 or 7degree water in October and was fine.

pearl
NSW, 899 posts
24 Apr 2012 2:36PM
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I've had most major brands in past. I would reccomend Rip Curl, X-Cel, and Oneil, and triple x. There are some other major brands I would avoid after seeing the return/failure rate. I now use 2mm wetties from triple x. They're an Aussie company. Lifetime guarantee. Free postage. Good prices and quick in house repairs to any brand. They also have good sizing. I find I can be in-between sizes in other brands

www.triple-x.com.au/australia-uv-protective-clothing-dive-and-surfing-wetsuits-rash-vest-rash-guards-sun-shirts

woodys
WA, 218 posts
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24 Apr 2012 12:50PM
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Bump to my comment on the West Suits 'poly fleece' rashy.
West are back in business & the poly fleece range is still in there.
Still rate them as no. 1 aqua product since the invention of the Kite.
Do yourself a favour - check them out.

Krispy54
NSW, 73 posts
24 Apr 2012 6:36PM
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woodys said...

Bump to my comment on the West Suits 'poly fleece' rashy.
West are back in business & the poly fleece range is still in there.
Still rate them as no. 1 aqua product since the invention of the Kite.
Do yourself a favour - check them out.


+1. West Suits 'poly fleece' rashy is the best investment I've made. I can stay in a 3/2mm steamer all through autumn, spring and winter. During winter I just wear my rashy under the steamer and stay toasty warm. I'm becoming a real sook with the cold as I'm getting older!
Also picked up a new West Nitro 3/2mm chest zip steamer this afternoon. Quality and fit is great. They also do in between sizes. I'm 180cm and 90KG. The L is always too tight and XL is too long in the body and legs. West do a XL Short which is the perfect fit for me. I'll get in the drink tomorrow if all goes to plan and see how it compares to my e-bomb.

Saffer
VIC, 4153 posts
3 May 2012 10:55PM
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juggler said...

So you can buy a 5/4 mystic len10 out of the UK for $303 ($326 inc postage) on ebay. Can any shops here match that???
I already have a 5/3 mystic wettie so not in the market for one (its really good!!)

www.ebay.com.au/itm/BRAND-NEW-Mystic-Empire-Len10-5x4-Wetsuit-2012-size-M-/120873613815?pt=UK_SportingGoods_Wetsuits_WatersportsClothing_CA&hash=item1c24a0f9f7



Just picked up a standard model (different colour to Len10 - only difference) for $280 delivered to Aus from wetsuitoutlet.co.uk

The up side with our winter is their winter ends right at the beginning of ours.

iRideWainman
VIC, 219 posts
3 May 2012 11:09PM
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I've got one of rip curls flash bombs 4/3, pretty sick suit, nice fit and super stretchy, dries fast enough, however, I think my O'Neill Pyro Freak which is identical to the Psycho 3 minus techno butter neoprene is warmer.

cauncy
WA, 5102 posts
3 May 2012 11:47PM
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If your looking 4 a wetsuit king of watersports UK you pay pre vat and shipped free over 100 quid no imports or gst at this end as its under $ 1000, just ordered the lens 10 empire 2012 for 259

Saffer
VIC, 4153 posts
4 May 2012 10:27AM
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cauncy said...

If your looking 4 a wetsuit king of watersports UK you pay pre vat and shipped free over 100 quid no imports or gst at this end as its under $ 1000, just ordered the lens 10 empire 2012 for 259


Yup. End of season specials rock and shipping from UK is 5 days if they use a decent courier!

Decided to get myself a mystic neoprene beanie as well. Keen to see how the warm head impacts on the session.

Mikedobee
NSW, 329 posts
4 May 2012 12:05PM
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Hi guys,

I reckon the Collaroy surf shop has amazing prices and really good quality service and products. I went there and got a great wetsuit. I haven't tried many, so can't comment much, but this one feels really good and it wasn't much. I think 275 with boots and rashie.

Anyway thanks for the advice with the Uk ebay stuff. However, I am trying to support the Australian business and buy whatever I can, as much as I can Aussie stuff. Eg. I'll be in Europe the next month and could've bought a new kite from there as is much cheaper. However, I preffered buying from here.

Cheers,
Mike

Saffer
VIC, 4153 posts
4 May 2012 12:44PM
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Mikedobee said...

Hi guys,

I reckon the Collaroy surf shop has amazing prices and really good quality service and products. I went there and got a great wetsuit. I haven't tried many, so can't comment much, but this one feels really good and it wasn't much. I think 275 with boots and rashie.

Anyway thanks for the advice with the Uk ebay stuff. However, I am trying to support the Australian business and buy whatever I can, as much as I can Aussie stuff. Eg. I'll be in Europe the next month and could've bought a new kite from there as is much cheaper. However, I preffered buying from here.

Cheers,
Mike


Kite's and boards I will always buy local due to things like support, demos, etc. Shipping a board or kite back to the original retailer is a major issue. Nobody really demos a wetsuit and they are a little easier (if you know your size) because they are more durable and if you have an issue, they are easy to get repaired locally. In all the years of kiting, I've never had one warranty issue on a wetsuit within the warranty period.

Big eeeZeee
NSW, 1100 posts
4 May 2012 8:41PM
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^^^^^ what happens to the dry suit saff??



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