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Full wetsuit or long john + vest

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Created by ActuelVirtuel 9 months ago, 14 Mar 2018
ActuelVirtuel
13 posts
14 Mar 2018 11:21AM
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Hi, I practice downwind in French Brittany and need to purchase my first wetsuit for winter 58-65F.
I like Patagonia but hesitate between a full R1 wetsuit 3/2.5 or a the Long john 2mm + the neo jacket 1.5.

I need your advices.

pumpjockey02
208 posts
14 Mar 2018 5:10PM
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Downwinding gets cold more than wet, I would go a long john with a windproof vest, leaving the arms free. As you dont need to hop on and off reguarly you can get a much more non flexible wetsuit. How cold is the water?

ActuelVirtuel
13 posts
14 Mar 2018 5:56PM
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Around 58F

ActuelVirtuel
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15 Mar 2018 11:50AM
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What do you wear for winter downwind?

Supnorte
165 posts
16 Mar 2018 6:22AM
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Hi ActuelVirtuel

In Portugal (a little bit warmer than Britanny) we usually wear 4/3 wetsuits during winter downwinds. One of the worst things during a DW is starting to get cold and since you have to endure until your final destination if you get too cold your performance will be worse (shivering, falling constantly, feeling exhausted). If you get too warm on a 4/3 just take a dive and get back on the board.

pumpjockey02
208 posts
16 Mar 2018 11:00PM
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Its pretty warm up in nsw australia, I wear warmer rash shirt and fleeced neoprene pants.

ActuelVirtuel
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17 Mar 2018 6:53AM
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Thank you for your advices. I will go for a full wetsuit.



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