1. On the same site, that offer the Billabong gold in 6/5/4 thickness and it is only 10 bucks more than the 5/4/3. Would the 5/4/3 keep me warm through the winter or would I be better off getting the 6/5/4? I would like whichever I buy and my 3/2 to be my only suits to get me through year round.
2. Second, any gripes on the Solution Gold suits? My 3/2 is awesome but didn't know if anyone else had any horror stories. Thanks.
The 5,4,3 should be ok. I use a 4:3 psycho II by O'neil most of the winter. Keep in mind that the thicker you go the stiffer the suit will be. The idea is to surf the thinnest suit that is comfortable. As far a which brand, all suits fit a little different and the most important aspect of a good wetsuit is the proper fit. I only break out my 6:4 on the coldest of days, 20 degree air & water in the 30's, propably less than 10 times a year. I hope this helps.
I've worn a Rip Curl 4/3 the past two winters, and have been fine. More than enough. The suit I have has a layer of thinsulate from the thighs to your chest that obviously helps a great deal. I recomend trying to find one with the thinsulate, it really makes a big difference. There is one bad thing... you think a normal suit stinks when you piss in it, you can't imagine the funk that this thing puts out!