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    ****ty wetsuits

    So my
    4/3 rip curl is ripping on the seams everywhere after only a year... Any suggestions on good reasonably priced 4/3s?

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    I've had a foil by billabong for 2 or three years that I like. 4/3

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    just check whiskey militia every so often get a $500 xcel for like 200

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    Have had good luck with Billabong Foil 4/3 - used for almost 3 years. Body Glove Legends 4/3 is what I have now - so far so good.

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    Excel Drylock - 4/3 - unless it is big, you barely even get wet... best wetsuit IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcyr2 View Post
    So my
    4/3 rip curl is ripping on the seams everywhere after only a year... Any suggestions on good reasonably priced 4/3s?
    Rip curl has one of the best warranty policies, send it back they will
    re glue and stich the entire thing

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    I've owned nothing but rip curls for over 20 years. Never had a problem. I'm mental about caring for them, fresh water rinse each session, wash them in baby shampoo 1x a month, never dry in sun, hang dry properly. My suits last for about 4-5 seasons before the seams wear enough that I have to touch them up with repair glue.

    That said, I just shipped my 3yr old winter suit back to Rip Curl for a major neck seam tear, I caused by rushing one morning. Was quoted $35.

    Although I do find newer rip curl and oneill gloves and boots don't last at all, they leak after one season.
    I used to get 10+ years out of boots and gloves - would only replace them because of stank. Now they're crap.
    Last edited by Gfootr; Apr 26, 2013 at 01:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gfootr View Post
    I've owned nothing but rip curls for over 20 years. Never had a problem. I'm mental about caring for them, fresh water rinse each session, wash them in baby shampoo 1x a month, never dry in sun, hang dry properly. My suits last for about 4-5 seasons before the seams wear enough that I have to touch them up with repair glue.

    That said, I just shipped my 3yr old winter suit back to Rip Curl for a major neck seam tear, I caused by rushing one morning. Was quoted $35.

    Although I do find newer rip curl and oneill gloves and boots don't last at all, they leak after one season.
    I used to get 10+ years out of boots and gloves - would only replace them because of stank. Now they're crap.
    my winter suit is a ripcurl ( Fbomb zipperless and its about 5 seasons old with heavy use and this is the first year that the seams are failing. The rubber is still pretty supple so maybe i'll might just repair them to save money.
    i do all the same things you do with my suits except the baby shampoo. why are you shampooing? is it just to clean them or does it condition the rubber or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peajay4060 View Post
    i do all the same things you do with my suits except the baby shampoo. why are you shampooing? is it just to clean them or does it condition the rubber or something?
    yep...baby shampoo/wetsuit shampoo conditions the neoprene & makes it all nice & soft & supple again. it's like having a new suit that doesn't smell like 3 month old cat piss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    yep...baby shampoo/wetsuit shampoo conditions the neoprene & makes it all nice & soft & supple again. it's like having a new suit that doesn't smell like 3 month old cat piss.
    Thanks I'll try it.