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    Help me choose a wetsuit?

    This will be my first time buying a wetsuit and it looks like these are my two options from local shops, since I want to try them on before I buy. I could either get this: http://hyperflexusa.com/product/amp-...zip-full-suit/ for $190, or this: http://www.quiksilver.com/product/in...81778.16038856 for $115, although it may be the chest-zip version... I don't remember. Any reviews/experiences with either suit or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    I'd go with the Hyperflex.

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    Never worn a hyperflex, but I've heard mixed reviews, some particularly negative ones coming with regard to durability. My advice to anyone when buying a wetsuit is to invest in buying a high-quality suit. Wetsuits are something to not skimp on - do your local shops really only carry those suits, or are you trying to keep to a budget? While I certainly understand tight budgets, in my humble opinion, better wetsuits are well worth the extra dough. Saving money is nice, but being warmer and more comfortable, while having better paddling ability due to higher quality (read stretchier AND warmer) is pretty nice too, and the higher-end suits last longer if you take care of them well, so you won't have to be buying a new one in a couple years. I'm not saying to go buy a patagonia or something crazy, but getting into the mid-range of suits goes a long way (Xcel infinitis, Rip curl e bomb or insulator, etc.)

    However, given that you're buying your first wetsuit, it crosses my mind that you may be younger and still growing, in which case, forget everything I said, if you're going to grow out of the suit in a year anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newenglandflatness View Post
    Never worn a hyperflex, but I've heard mixed reviews, some particularly negative ones coming with regard to durability. My advice to anyone when buying a wetsuit is to invest in buying a high-quality suit. Wetsuits are something to not skimp on - do your local shops really only carry those suits, or are you trying to keep to a budget? While I certainly understand tight budgets, in my humble opinion, better wetsuits are well worth the extra dough. Saving money is nice, but being warmer and more comfortable, while having better paddling ability due to higher quality (read stretchier AND warmer) is pretty nice too, and the higher-end suits last longer if you take care of them well, so you won't have to be buying a new one in a couple years. I'm not saying to go buy a patagonia or something crazy, but getting into the mid-range of suits goes a long way (Xcel infinitis, Rip curl e bomb or insulator, etc.)

    However, given that you're buying your first wetsuit, it crosses my mind that you may be younger and still growing, in which case, forget everything I said, if you're going to grow out of the suit in a year anyway.
    Hell yeah, what that guy said. I was a cheapskate for years and it didn't really matter because I was surfing south Florida where it doesn't really matter what kind of suit you have. Just never gets very cold. I picked up a nice $300 hyperflex this winter, and that thing blew my mind. Do not skimp on the wetsuit you hash slinging shredder. If you can afford hash, you can afford a decent suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahuna Kai View Post
    Do not skimp on the wetsuit you hash slinging shredder. If you can afford hash, you can afford a decent suit.
    Come on! That's a Spongebob reference!

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    I'm only on a budget because I have to be. I only have $200 and change left over from my job last summer and those are the only two suits that seem like they might be worth it in my price range. Also, as far as I know I'm done growing or will grow a marginal amount. I'm like 5'7", 140ish pounds.

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    Xcel has a 4/3 and 3/2 for under $200. Totally worth it. I paid $150 for my 3/2 frontzip. However my winter suit is a totally different story. 4/3 hooded Xcel at $400 but worth every penny.

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    Alvin, do you have the SLX? I just got the 3/2 Infiniti X Zip 2 and am looking forward to it lasting a while as a daily wear. Been pleased with the durability and comfort of other Xcel suits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alvin View Post
    Xcel has a 4/3 and 3/2 for under $200. Totally worth it. I paid $150 for my 3/2 frontzip. However my winter suit is a totally different story. 4/3 hooded Xcel at $400 but worth every penny.
    I picked up an XCEL 4/3 hooded Infinity on whiskey last fall for about $229. They had my size (ML) and at that price i couldnt pass it up. What an amazing suit...xcel suits have always been durable and warm, but they were on the heavy side. This suit is planey warm and flush-proof the the built in hood, but seems a lot lighter than the older xcel hooded suits.

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    My advice? Save up 50 to 70 more bucks. It's worth it. Go mow some lawns, paint some houses, or something. I did the discount wetsuit thing a few times. Since then, I've changed my philosophy and will not go back, much as my wallet would like me to at times.

    If you're set on one of these, talk to someone who's worn hyperflex, I haven't. Good luck!