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    Wetsuits for north-east surfer

    Currently I have a 3/2 full body wetsuit. I have a feeling that this is only good enough for spring and fall seasons on the east coast. In the summer I will surf with a rash guard on if that. I was wondering if you agree or have any suggestions on what I would need to be surfing all year round on the north east coast.

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    I think the questions you are asking are best figured on your own or with close friends that you can learn with. Call me on old fashioned but asking a surf forum on the internet just seems unnatural to me.....surfing is all about the search my man.

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    If you're looking to buy the least amount of suit possible and surf all year, you'll need a heavier hooded suit, boots and gloves. I recomend 5/4/3 at a minimum with attached hood, and 5 mil min for boots and gloves.

    That would get you through full season in NJ. points further south may vary. For ideal comfort, you could of course buy more suits/boots/gloves at different thicknesses to fill the gaps, but you dont have to as the above will work for everything NJ dishes out.

    Personally, I made the jump from a 5/4/3 to a 6/5/4 a few years ago and love it. But I'm older and fatter now so the extra warmth outweighs the little bit extra bulk for me. I also upped to 7 mil gloves and booties and prefer it over the 5 mils.

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    I know there's a handful on threads on this very subject. Search before you post, please.

    I use a 3/2 in the fall and spring. Bought a 4:3 Mutant (w/ detachable hood) last summer and plan to use that when the 3/2 won't cut. I go to my 6:4 hooded in the dead-of-the-winter but am thinking about trying a 5/4/3 to get some more flexibility.

    Someone on here created the attached chart. It's a good reference.

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    search button is your friend

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    GO to the wetsuit review thread. Lots of good info on what wetsuits hold up best, which ones are sealed well, etc.

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    dont be a puss, 3/2 is plenty warm. Mind over matter, brah!

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    unless you sponge or longboard 6 mil full is restricto on a shortboard,so,a good 5 mil w/5mil gloves,7mil boots is as much as you need,unless the air is insanely cold

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachbreak View Post
    unless you sponge or longboard 6 mil full is restricto on a shortboard,so,a good 5 mil w/5mil gloves,7mil boots is as much as you need,unless the air is insanely cold
    totally agree w/ this. & don't skimp just to save a couple bucks...whatever brand you settle on, get that company's top of the line suit. there is a BIG difference between the basic entry-level suits & the top of the line.

    i also have issues w/ the above-posted temp. chart...but that's a different thread for a different time.

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    Ok so here is my 2 sence on things. First of all that chart posted above is accurate to perfection. And I would say that to surf full season while keeping your wallet as thick as possible you will need a 5/4 and a 3/2. Someone on here posted that all you need is a 5/4. I disagree. That logic leaves May, June, September, and October out. In those monthes you will be too cold to go with boardies, but will sweaatt your BALLS OFF in a 5/4. Trust me, late spring/early fall you will never be able to surf with a 5/4 on.

    ^^^ and regarding njsurfers comment.. Not ennttirely true. You should never go with the entry level suit, but the top of the line isnt exactly necessary either. I ussually go with the one right below the top of the line suit, example: xcel x-zip (great suit, and 100$ less then the top suit)

    Have a blast in the off season. Fall is the bestt. Im stoked )

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