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  1. #1
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    Wetsuit Management

    So, the wife stoked me out and got me the Oneill Psycho Freak 3.5 Mill last christmas. Since I had the baby coming and now she is here, I am really only surfing about 3 times per week, 4 max. So my suit did not take its normal 7 days per week beating....

    So, the Psycho Freak held up very nicely. Still in perfect condition going into this winter....

    So, 2 months ago, I brought my 3 year old Quiksilver Cell into my local shop and had them mail it back to Quiky for re-seal and repairs on the back panel.... Long story short, they lost my suit, and now Quiksilver called me and they are sending me a brand new 4/3 Cyhper....

    So here is my question: As far as managing your wetsuit.... What do you guys think the best plan of action is?

    a) Continue using my 3.5 mil every day through the winter, and store the new Cyhper in my closet somewhere... And just keep rocking the Psycho Freak until the wheels fall off in a year or 2....

    or

    b) Break out the new cypher as well, so every session is cycling into a dry suit, giving the other suit time to dry and stay OUT of the water....

    What do you think the best course of action is to PRESERVE both suits and get the most life out of them both?

    I will obviously go to the 3/2 etc in the spring, but in San Diego, I am usually in my 4 mils about 7-8 months of the year....

    Advice?

  2. **** that, rock the new **** dude!

  3. #3
    Rotate them. I do this, with fresh water rinse after each session and my suits last for years. They need activity to stay "flexible".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gfootr View Post
    Rotate them. I do this, with fresh water rinse after each session and my suits last for years. They need activity to stay "flexible".
    Thats what I was thinking. I know the old suits that I retire into my dry, dark closets crack and become crap after 6 months or so.... but that is because I completely stopped using it. I took out my 4 year old cell 5 the other day. It was in pretty solid condition when I retired it... And when I stretched it out, you could feel the threads and seems just popping...

    Thanks for the tip.... So a fresh water rinse, then hang up in a dark closet... I have a Patio with a storage closet... The air around here is always dry, but I think if I rinse it out in the shower after each sess and let it hang up in there for a few days before its taken out again, that may be the call.
    Last edited by zach619; Oct 27, 2011 at 06:21 PM.

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    b. is a good option. i do that with my 5 mms. the washing and drying is the key. i rinse mine and dry both outside and inside. nothing like always having a dry suit in winter.

  6. #6
    If you really wanna get fancy you could use wetsuit shampoo too. I usually rinse off my suit with fresh water then dunk it in a 5 gallon bucket with the shampoo then hang it up to dry in my shower. That helps with the smell too especially booties

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    I would rotate as well. Rinse them and alternate. Once you get to that new suit in 2 years it will be old technology and you will want something new then. I have the 5/4/3 cypher and I like it a lot.

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    i wish i had a second 5mm. now accepting donations. size M

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    You wear a 4/3 in San Diego?

  10. #10
    baby shampoo works really well too, I do that every month or so.