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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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    like Gfootr, i've worn only rip curls for the last 10 years or so & never had a problem (& while i take good care of my suits, i don't go to the lengths he does). their warranty policy is second only to patagonia's. send it back & they will fix it.
    what rip curl suit is it, out of curiosity?

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    It's all about the xcel chest zip. Warm, flexible and durable. Can't wait to get back in it

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    Ripcurl didn't honor my warranty when I sent it back for a bad seam after two years because the store I bought it at issued a handwritten receipt instead of a printed one. Bogus.

    Went Xcel after that and I've been extremely pleased with the ones I've owned, including the xzip2 4/3 I wear right now.