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  1. #1
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    Wet Suit Question

    So I was wondering what you guys wear through the different seasons.
    What's the thickest you go in the winter and the thinnest?
    Also in the early spring, fall etc...

  2. #2
    summer: from 3/2, short arm full. springsuit. to boardies.

    Fall: boardies. springsuit. shortarm full. 3/2. 3/2 with boots

    Winter: 4/3 or 5/4/3/ with hood. 7mm boots 5 mill 5 finger gloves. if you wear 4/3 it's good to get chest thermal with attached hood, there awesome.

    Spring: 4/3 with 7mm boots 3mm 5 finger gloves. 3/2 w/ boots. 3/2. short arm full.

  3. #3
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    march-may = 4/3
    june-sept = board shorts
    oct-nov = 4/3

    Not going in this winter, and I only have one suit so I need to make it work fall/spring. not using my hood, gloves and boots when appropriate

  4. #4
    End of december through march - 5/4 - 5 mil boots and gloves
    April and may- 4/3 -5mil boots - 3 mil gloves
    june - 3/2 3mil boots no gloves
    july- 2/1 spingsuit - but i bring my 3/2 just in case
    August and sept - boardies, but i bring my spring and 3/2 just in case
    oct 3/2 - 3 mil boots
    nov and december 4/3 5mil boots 3 mill gloves

    This is all a rough estimate based on air temps and water temps. Inbetween seasons I usually bring different stuff just incase because i'd rather be hot than cold.

  5. #5
    Spring - 3/2 and booties (I refuse to wear a hood of any type)
    Summer - Trunks
    Fall - Trunks to a 3/2
    Winter - sweat pants and a hooded sweatshirt while I sit on my couch.

  6. #6
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    So if you guys only had enough money for one suit what thickness would you go with?

    I was thinking a 4/3 or a 3/2...very tough decision

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by zaniac07 View Post
    So if you guys only had enough money for one suit what thickness would you go with?

    I was thinking a 4/3 or a 3/2...very tough decision
    4/3
    It works throughout all of winter, and it can work when it is a little warmer.

  8. #8
    There are pros and cons to both 3/2 and 4/3, which is why people have both. If I had to buy just one, I would get a good 3/2 and make sure the seams are sealed. I have an ONeill Epic 2 and it works great. I think it was like $150 brand new. I had a very cheap Quiksilver suit (was like $90) that didn't have sealed seams and that thing leaked like a BP oil rig.

    While 4/3s are obviously warmer, 3/2s are less restrictive and weigh less and with a sealed seam, you can go in a little colder water.

    With a 4/3, to really optimize it's use, you will need gloves, booties and a hood (yuck). You can't go wrong with a good 3/2. Just my $0.02.
    Last edited by StuckinVA; Jan 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM.

  9. #9
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    I'm leaning to a 4/3 right now.

    And with a hood does the bib thing just tuck into your suit?

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by zaniac07 View Post
    I'm leaning to a 4/3 right now.

    And with a hood does the bib thing just tuck into your suit?
    yeah, but it doesnt really get in the way at all. look into the Oneill mutant and Rip Curl Insulator.. they both have detachable hoods. Oneill is your better choice though