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Created by 808-Obsession 2 months ago, 12 Aug 2018
808-Obsession
QLD, 332 posts
12 Aug 2018 5:05PM
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So...have bit the bullet and ordered a 2mm short-arm steamer from NeedEssentials to stay a bit more toasty through winter in SE QLD. May be an odd question, but when I used to prone-surf many many years ago, it was the done thing to wear a rashie under the wettie. Having not squeezed into full-body rubber for 20+ years, is it still something that needs a rashie under it or have wetties improved and no longer need the extra layer to prevent chafing under the arms / around the neck? Bit of a yeast-filled kooky question, I know...

philthyphil
NSW, 7 posts
12 Aug 2018 5:59PM
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No need for rashies anymore, these wetties are fantastic quality for the price.

808-Obsession
QLD, 332 posts
12 Aug 2018 6:03PM
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philthyphil said..
No need for rashies anymore, these wetties are fantastic quality for the price.


Cheers Phil. Didn't want to spend huge $$ so willing to give them a crack

colas
2753 posts
12 Aug 2018 4:34PM
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No need for rashies anymore with modern wetsuits

What I do however is at the start of the season to rub in some petroleum jelly on the inside of the collar rim. Otherwise I may get some chafing after long sessions.

808-Obsession
QLD, 332 posts
12 Aug 2018 6:40PM
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colas said..
No need for rashies anymore with modern wetsuits

What I do however is at the start of the season to rub in some petroleum jelly on the inside of the collar rim. Otherwise I may get some chafing after long sessions.


Merci, Colas. Shows you how long I've been out of the game!

Hoppo3228
VIC, 246 posts
12 Aug 2018 9:36PM
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vaseline especially when they are brand new. no rashy needed.

cantSUPenough
VIC, 1631 posts
12 Aug 2018 9:40PM
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Well, there you go! I haven't stopped wearing a rashy! That's going to feel weird without one...

808-Obsession
QLD, 332 posts
13 Aug 2018 5:33AM
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Hoppo3228 said..
vaseline especially when they are brand new. no rashy needed.


Thanks Hoppo

micksmith
VIC, 1197 posts
13 Aug 2018 7:25AM
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Try it without any lubricants mate, particularly petroleum based. If any needed try lanolin. I have the need 2mm its been great for vic spring/autumn

Tardy
2499 posts
13 Aug 2018 5:51AM
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just wash them after use right through with a little bit of soap .or shampoo ,thats what stops the rash .

i found it colder with the rashie underneath.it held the water in ..

a good pee warms you up . at the beginning of the surf not just before you get out .

808-Obsession
QLD, 332 posts
13 Aug 2018 4:01PM
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Tardy said..
just wash them after use right through with a little bit of soap .or shampoo ,thats what stops the rash .

i found it colder with the rashie underneath.it held the water in ..

a good pee warms you up . at the beginning of the surf not just before you get out .


I do remember that bit!

E T
QLD, 2286 posts
14 Aug 2018 7:59AM
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808-Obsession said..
So...have bit the bullet and ordered a 2mm short-arm steamer from NeedEssentials to stay a bit more toasty through winter in SE QLD. May be an odd question, but when I used to prone-surf many many years ago, it was the done thing to wear a rashie under the wettie. Having not squeezed into full-body rubber for 20+ years, is it still something that needs a rashie under it or have wetties improved and no longer need the extra layer to prevent chafing under the arms / around the neck? Bit of a yeast-filled kooky question, I know...


The best advice I can give you, and this is from a fellow Queenslander, is HTFU.

ET.

808-Obsession
QLD, 332 posts
14 Aug 2018 1:28PM
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E T said..

808-Obsession said..
So...have bit the bullet and ordered a 2mm short-arm steamer from NeedEssentials to stay a bit more toasty through winter in SE QLD. May be an odd question, but when I used to prone-surf many many years ago, it was the done thing to wear a rashie under the wettie. Having not squeezed into full-body rubber for 20+ years, is it still something that needs a rashie under it or have wetties improved and no longer need the extra layer to prevent chafing under the arms / around the neck? Bit of a yeast-filled kooky question, I know...



The best advice I can give you, and this is from a fellow Queenslander, is HTFU.

ET.

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E T said..

808-Obsession said..
So...have bit the bullet and ordered a 2mm short-arm steamer from NeedEssentials to stay a bit more toasty through winter in SE QLD. May be an odd question, but when I used to prone-surf many many years ago, it was the done thing to wear a rashie under the wettie. Having not squeezed into full-body rubber for 20+ years, is it still something that needs a rashie under it or have wetties improved and no longer need the extra layer to prevent chafing under the arms / around the neck? Bit of a yeast-filled kooky question, I know...



The best advice I can give you, and this is from a fellow Queenslander, is HTFU.

ET.




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E T said..

808-Obsession said..
So...have bit the bullet and ordered a 2mm short-arm steamer from NeedEssentials to stay a bit more toasty through winter in SE QLD. May be an odd question, but when I used to prone-surf many many years ago, it was the done thing to wear a rashie under the wettie. Having not squeezed into full-body rubber for 20+ years, is it still something that needs a rashie under it or have wetties improved and no longer need the extra layer to prevent chafing under the arms / around the neck? Bit of a yeast-filled kooky question, I know...



The best advice I can give you, and this is from a fellow Queenslander, is HTFU.

ET.


Easier said than done... I grew up surfing Mornington Peninsula in mid winter without a worry but the old bones just can't take it any more!!

riverider
TAS, 890 posts
14 Aug 2018 5:03PM
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E T said..

808-Obsession said..
So...have bit the bullet and ordered a 2mm short-arm steamer from NeedEssentials to stay a bit more toasty through winter in SE QLD. May be an odd question, but when I used to prone-surf many many years ago, it was the done thing to wear a rashie under the wettie. Having not squeezed into full-body rubber for 20+ years, is it still something that needs a rashie under it or have wetties improved and no longer need the extra layer to prevent chafing under the arms / around the neck? Bit of a yeast-filled kooky question, I know...



The best advice I can give you, and this is from a fellow Queenslander, is HTFU.

ET.


And this advice is coming from someone that wears booties while paddling in Noosa

808-Obsession
QLD, 332 posts
14 Aug 2018 5:34PM
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Wettie arrived today - damn good service! Ordered Sunday from Vic. and arrived Tuesday 0930am in Brissy. First time putting on a chest-zip suit is a bit of an adventure it must be said, but assume it'll get easier with practice & working out a sequence.

Now if only I can come up with a plausible explanation for my wife having come home and found me neck to ankle in black rubber...

colas
2753 posts
14 Aug 2018 3:40PM
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808-Obsession said..
First time putting on a chest-zip suit is a bit of an adventure it must be said, but assume it'll get easier with practice & working out a sequence.


The only trick to know is on removal, to focus on getting the left elbow out, then you can take a breath and continue.

There are actually some videos on youtube showing how it is done.

808-Obsession
QLD, 332 posts
14 Aug 2018 5:47PM
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colas said..

808-Obsession said..
First time putting on a chest-zip suit is a bit of an adventure it must be said, but assume it'll get easier with practice & working out a sequence.



The only trick to know is on removal, to focus on getting the left elbow out, then you can take a breath and continue.

There are actually some videos on youtube showing how it is done.


I'll check it out. Thanks Colas

Th0m0
QLD, 522 posts
14 Aug 2018 7:13PM
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808-Obsession said..
Wettie arrived today - damn good service! Ordered Sunday from Vic. and arrived Tuesday 0930am in Brissy. First time putting on a chest-zip suit is a bit of an adventure it must be said, but assume it'll get easier with practice & working out a sequence.

Now if only I can come up with a plausible explanation for my wife having come home and found me neck to ankle in black rubber...


Hope you didn't have the lubricant in your hand or your gone

808-Obsession
QLD, 332 posts
14 Aug 2018 7:25PM
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Th0m0 said..

808-Obsession said..
Wettie arrived today - damn good service! Ordered Sunday from Vic. and arrived Tuesday 0930am in Brissy. First time putting on a chest-zip suit is a bit of an adventure it must be said, but assume it'll get easier with practice & working out a sequence.

Now if only I can come up with a plausible explanation for my wife having come home and found me neck to ankle in black rubber...



Hope you didn't have the lubricant in your hand or your gone


808-Obsession
QLD, 332 posts
8 Oct 2018 7:22AM
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Have now had the wettie for a couple of months, and have to say I can't fault it. Nothing flash, but keeps me warm and seems to be well-made. Definitely loosened up a little after a couple of wears and entry / exit is now a lot easier than when brand new. The chest zip (vs a back zip which was my only previous wetsuit style) is a great innovation (I'm a bit behind the curve on that...) and seems to reduce 'flushing'. Super happy with it overall and I'm glad I didn't spend $500. Great bit of kit at a great price

Jradedmondo
NSW, 619 posts
Sunday , 14 Oct 2018 7:08PM
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808-Obsession said..
Have now had the wettie for a couple of months, and have to say I can't fault it. Nothing flash, but keeps me warm and seems to be well-made. Definitely loosened up a little after a couple of wears and entry / exit is now a lot easier than when brand new. The chest zip (vs a back zip which was my only previous wetsuit style) is a great innovation (I'm a bit behind the curve on that...) and seems to reduce 'flushing'. Super happy with it overall and I'm glad I didn't spend $500. Great bit of kit at a great price


have had a couple of wetsuits from these guys, like you say nothing super flashy, yeah my f-bomb is nice but for the price and the quality definitely can't beat need, yeah it's can be a little funny trying to get out of your wetsuit the first couple of times until it stretches

Jarryd



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