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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by RID View Post
    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?

  2. #12
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    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.
    Last edited by RID; Dec 20, 2011 at 04:55 PM.

  3. #13
    when i have my 6mil xcel suit on, i feel like a mummy. can not move easily at all compared to my 4/3. much prefer the 4 mil, i hate everything about the 6mil

  4. #14
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    I got the new 6/5 hyperflex AMP 3 for this winter and it is unbelievably stretchy and warm, almost too warm at times.

  5. #15
    Anyone have first hand experience with any type of heat vest

  6. #16
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    I know someone who has worn the 4/3 heated suit, and says its amazing... Sweating in the middle of winter.
    Its just the price tag that is what is stopping these suits from becoming more popular.

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by RID View Post
    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?
    No, the vest heats up your core/blood, which circulates through your extremities.

  8. #18
    Just chucking it out there... what about those Thermacare rock heating pads? No batteries need and those thing heat up something awful.

    JB

  9. #19
    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.