I'm looking to get a new wetsuit for this winter. I live in South Jersey (atlantic city), so water temps get to about 36-40.
Here's my dilemma - i am looking at the xcel infiniti drylock 5/4/3 and the quiksilver cypher 5/4/3, both hooded and I'm just not sure which one to get.
Anyone have any pros/cons for either of these suits? I've been wearing a Billabong 4/3 for several winters but it's time to upgrade after having froze my butt off a few days last year, plus the suit is just getting old.
i would recommend you read the wetsuit review thread that is stickey'd to the top of the page here. but that said, i would lean away from the excel simply b/c i can't stand the drylock thing. it feels like my circulation is being cut off to my hands & feet in those things. if that's not an issue for you, then it'll be a great suit, but try it on first to make sure that narrow cuff opening isn't going to bother you. the quiksilver isn't a bad suit either though, but historically quik doesn't make that great of a suit, compared to other big name wetsuit manufacturers.
I just got a Rip Curl E-Bomb 5.5/4.5 from Surfside Sports for $289 using the "surfline" discount. It's a brand new suit and is regularly $340. Haven't gotten it in the water yet, but I tried it on and it feels super nice.
I've got the cypher 5/4/3 and must say Quiksilver has stepped up their game when it comes to their wetsuits. Nicest 5 mil I've owned. I have never used the Drylok so i can't comment on that. Other suits I have:
6 mil O'neil Psycho
5 mil ripcurl E bomb
5 mil West Lotus (sold this to get cash for the cypher)
5 mil ripcurl Elasto (got rid of this a few years ago)
4/3 O'neil Mutant
Again, the cypher is the newest of them all but it's by far the best neoprene and best tech.
as rip curl makes the only suits that really fit me, i picked up one of those for this winter & i'm pretty stoked on it. obviously, w/ the water as warm as it is still, i haven't worn it yet, but if it's anything like the previous e- & f-bomb suits i've had in the past, it'll be a fantastic suit that keeps me warm for several seasons & holds up well. i went w/ the e-bomb 5.5/4.5 over the flashbomb 5/4 b/c i figured that it would be warmer (b/c it's thicker), yet more flexible (b/c it's more elastomax) than the flashbomb. it might not dry as quickly, but i'm willing to trade that for warmth & flexibility. i haven't tried it on yet (i know my size well), but it seems super stretchy, more so than the f-bomb 4/3 that i'm currently wearing, & definitely more so than the old f-bomb 5/4's rip curl used to produce. it's certainly not 3/2 stretchy, but what 5mil is?
Just wanted to thank everyone who gave me their input, it's definitely greatly appreciated. My buddy has the xcel drylock, and to be honest i'm skeptical of the cuffs with having to constantly put them over gloves and booties, plus trying to squeeze my big a$$ foot (sz 14) through them over and over! I'm really considering the cypher and the e-bomb at this point, and i'm leaning more towards the e-bomb. I found the cypher for $240 and the e-bomb for $289 (which went UP to $305 with the Thanksgiving sale - guess I'll wait until I can use that discount code!), so the prices are very comparable, and at that point basically negligible.
Any other comments/opinions please feel free to add them!!