I feel like the winter/heated wetsuit debate cannot happen between people from Northern New England and people from New Jersey, the water temps are drastically different. Maybe a heated 4/3 will work in a NJ winter but no way it works in a NH winter.
How so? You mentioned 38 degrees in an earlier post. 38 is a pretty typical water temp for New Jersey for a good part of January, February and March. Isnt it air temps that are actually drastically colder up in NH? Just curious.
And why wouldn't the heated suit work up north? I would have thought places like NH are exactly where the heated suits make sense?
I didn't realize it got that cold down there. I figured with 70+ degree summer temps it only dropped into the low 40s in the winter. Anyway though with temps in the mid 30s' wouldn't your arms and legs get extremely cold wearing a 4/3 with a heated vest? I know when I get back into my 4/3 around late april my legs get a bit cold and the water at that point is into the 40s.
Overall I have never felt the need for nor wished I had a heated suit and I have never felt like my 6/5 restricts my ability to surf, then again there are certain air temps when I will not go out.
I had the Quiksilver heated vest and wore it a lot last winter with my 4/3.. It does make a slight difference, but you wont even know it's doing anything if your already starting to get cold or you have even a semi leaky suit. Awesome idea, but not quite worth the $200 in my opinion. Plus the button thing on the side was a little awkward and uncomfortable.