This cold snap is certainly going to pull us into 4/3 weather I believe...but keep in mind that the water has been uncharacteristically warm this fall.
I was warm surfing late October this year in just a 3/2!
Just do like this guy does...
Yeah, um, this fall's water temperatures ain't abnormally high. Not t'all. Pretty typical, quite actually. The change into November usually signifies(SIGNIFY my brother) a contemplation of wetsuit change.
3 mils are nice and good until water hits 54-52.........and then that depends on whether the air temperatures cooperate. Two Sundays ago it was kind of hard offshore and the air was in the 40's, so yeah I put the 5 mil on.....yeah the water was probably 56, but the air, man, the air..........And the winds, man, the winds. I wasn't "TOO HOT" or anything. The winds, man, the winds......
If the water is 54 and it is 60 F out.....then a 3 mil is very nice like a southern California winter, but if the air temps drop then you throw on a thicker suit. That's all.......ain't no big thang.
Ain't no advice or "STANDARD" one can give a cracker on when to change-up suits. Experience counts a little but not too much. It's just one of them thangs that happens. You adjust just like the swallows of Capistrano - by instinct.......
If you wear a 3 mil too late......you get colder quicker. If you are contemplating a 3 mil then you ain't going to completely freeze, but you might not be as comfortable as you could have.
Wearing a 5 or a 4 (a 4 mil being completely useless for NJ, unless you have the scratch to be so finely detailed. If so, go for it, but it's pretty much a waste of good crack money) in water under 55 is not going to have you "TOO HOT."
If the air is under 50, and the water is hitting the low 50's, than ditch the 3 mil..........and the winds, man, the winds....
Boots: 59 F
Gloves: 57-56 F...........Now that's required by law.
Some dudes on here rock the 3 mil in mid-March. I highly advise against that, considering the water is in the low to mid 40's..........
Everybody has that period each Fall and Spring when they wonder what thickness to wear. You aren't alone. It happens to everyone .......every year. It's part of the magic of east coast surfing...........
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I feel like such a douche, I have a .5 mill long sleeve top only. For when the water drops to the low 70's. Helps to get rid of the chills. A bud also gave me his fullsuit, I think it's a 3/2. Haven't HAD to use it yet.
Woohoo s. Fl.
Use all are hard core up der!
I've actually thrown a spring suit over my full and it worked out pretty well. Don't remember the thickness of the suits, couldn't have been very thick cause I actually had pretty good flexibility. I think I had a hole in my full suit in the peepee area and that's originally why I did it.
Wetsuit technology has come a long way but I feel as if we could do way more in the advancement of keeping us warm in the water. Maybe like those bags that you use to put heat on sore muscles. Maybe there's a way to put that gel into a wetsuit to keep you warm, or maybe we could just make slightly radioactive wetsuits. I'd sacrifice a year or two of life on the back end for some extremely warm surfing in good waves!
Has anyone tried the Quicksilver wetsuit that has the battery operated heater in it?
I have a body glove hooded vest that a friend who quit surfing gave me a couple of years ago. I think it is one of the thicker models and it is pretty old but in good shape. It is one of those hoods that is easy to pull off your head and scrunch around your neck fairly comfortably if you want to paddle out with a hood/no hood option. I wore it under my really old hoodless 4/3 the last couple of winters and that setup with gloves and booties kept me pretty warm through Dec and after Feb. (I also got a 6/5/4 hyperflex for cold days in Jan/Feb.)
I am also wearing the hooded vest under my new 3/2 now cause sometimes this time of year the wind and air temp make my earsies cold sitting in the lineup, and the hood works great for that.
I busted out the 4/3 last week, when that cold front pushed through. Boots and gloves too, which was the first for all 3 this year. As far as bringing the 3/2 back out in the Spring, its usually not until May, and sometimes not until the middle or later in May, as the ocean takes a while to heat back up. April is usually still balls cold.