i've heard of them, but that bit i bolded sounds like BS to me...like some kind of super-wetsuit...or an "emperor's new clothes" scam.
also, when i first heard of them & checked the company out, they didn't make a hooded suit. i asked what was up w/ that & got some bs response about how the suits are so warm that you wouldn't need a hood. i told them i was on the east coast, not a california guy & they said that i'd still be plenty warm w/ just one of those hooded vest deals. made me feel like 1. they didn't give a crap about anyplace but california & 2. they were real full of themselves. i wasn't impressed.
First off, I didn't mean forever in the most literal sense.... i simply meant they last a long time.. Secondly, from 2009-2010 was there 1st generation wetsuit, and when they came out, so naturally since they are from santa cruz, they began with a 4.3 and 3.2. for 2011 they came out with a 5.4.3. Also, I emailed them a few days ago, and I got a personal response the next. Maybe you tried to contact them while they were still figuring everything out, I don't know. But, I think they'll going to become very popular soon
I wear my 5/4 until like May. I hate being cold. If I'm too hot, thinner boots and gloves, and I drop the hood, but I would rather sweat than freeze.
I NEVER understood the rush to strip down to thinner suits and be the macho psycho to be first out of his wetsuit each year. It is far easier to cool off by flushing your suit than to try to warm up from near hypothermia. The water is is still in the mid to upper 40s and THAT is what you dress for, not tempting air temps nearing 60. Keep the 5/4 for now.