Hopeful for wetsuit layering ideas. Was out this morning at 7:30 in MD. 2-3' of beach gone and dragged out, but happy to see everything intact. Amazing long, clean lines; knee to waist high. Cool to watch but a short ride as they tended to close out. 42 degrees didn't work well with a 4:3 even with the higher water temp. Only lasted about 2.5 hrs with the steady breeze. Thinking of either a wetsuit jacket to go over top, or looking for ideas to go underneath. I have a shortsleeve 3:2 for early fall as well. I'd appreciate ideas to expand their use and comfort.
I'm sure you all have some cool ideas that work from what you've tried through the years. Many thanks.
I wear a sleeveless 1 mm top under my 3/2 and on windy days I wear a sleeveless zip up vest on top of the 3/2. It adds warmth but I think I need to shop for a 4/3 or a better 3/2 with taped and glued seams instead of stitched. It's gonna cost.
Don't layer, it will just considerably restrict your movement with minimal signifigant gain in warmth. Long Sleeve rash guard, no problem. For deals on cozy sealed suits and rash guards, keep an eye on www.WhiskeyMilitia.com or their parent company http://www.departmentofgoods.com/sal...T3E&q=Wetsuits. (not always the best prices, but they usually post much better sale prices on Sites like Whiskey)
Clearly you have to know your suit characteristics, and especially your fit preferences, but I snagged a really cozy hooded Xcel Infiniti 6/5/4 for only $199. The key is to right size your suit and make sure it comes with taped seams to minimize flushing. Oh, and from my experience, Hyperflex is a bargain, but I've never had one that fit decently. It only costs a little more to go first class.
Pick your wetsuit based on FIT, which is totally personal. Hyperflex doesn't fit me. It's too big. Get a 5mm or a 6mm. 42 degree air temp is too cold for a 4/3 and your average person will be uncomfortable and start shivering.