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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    If you like hearing, and pain free ears, wear the hood in the colder months.
    +1 what Seen said,
    and +1 what BillyBear said about ear plugs....

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddington Jetty Bear View Post
    Hood ...........



    And wear earplugs during the cold months........just do it.
    ^^This. I really think if you are in water below 55 without plugs OR a hood, you are causing yourself harm.

    Not to geeze out too much but wear the hood! Surgery to correct surfers ear SUCKS. I had my right ear drilled out last winter and will have to have my left hear drilled out this coming winter. The 6 weeks of recovery is VERY uncomfortable, there is no surfing for two months while your ear heals, and no hearing for several weeks after the surgery (this is why my surgeon would only do one ear at a time even tho i need both ears done.)

    I pretty much blame surfing without hoods back in the day when hooded wetsuits were rare and the separate hoods were lousy so just skipping the hood seemed like an easy option.
    Last edited by mitchell; Aug 28, 2013 at 06:48 PM.

  3. #13
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    I love my XCELs, but that Oneill Mutant is great! Henny is spot on. If I see you in the water with it on, I will compliment your suit. After that, you will be so moved you will be begging to let me have your beers. Remember, hydration and happiness are important...and don't forget those beers.

    P.S. - Don't tell anyone about the Jetty...legend has it SJB lives there now. If you talk of it, he will go Kaiser Sose' on ya. If you want to talk about it, I recommend selling all of your gear and placing me in your will. I will appropriate the funds as you would wish.

    Speaking of wetsuits, I was out the other morning and I saw a dude rockin a hooded suit (hood up). What season is this?

    Don't forget to bring a towel...

  4. #14
    4/3 no hood, 5/4 and above attached hood....
    Last edited by 15stwr; Aug 28, 2013 at 07:18 PM.

  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchell View Post
    ^^This. I really think if you are in water below 55 without plugs OR a hood, you are causing yourself harm.

    Not to geeze out too much but wear the hood! Surgery to correct surfers ear SUCKS. I had my right ear drilled out last winter and will have to have my left hear drilled out this coming winter. The 6 weeks of recovery is VERY uncomfortable, there is no surfing for two months while your ear heals, and no hearing for several weeks after the surgery (this is why my surgeon would only do one ear at a time even tho i need both ears done.)

    I pretty much blame surfing without hoods back in the day when hooded wetsuits were rare and the separate hoods were lousy so just skipping the hood seemed like an easy option.
    How uncomfortable is the recovery period? Be detailed.

    How bad did you get before you went in to get the drilling? Symptoms?

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by nynj View Post
    Get it w/o the hood.. and get a hooded vest. You will have days when you don't want the hood... You will also have days when a 3/2 wit the hood is all you need.
    100% second. Sometimes you'll want a 4/3 no hood (warm air in early spring) and other times you'll want a hood with your 3/2 (cold/windy fall day). Xcel is the only wetsuit to own but I think my hooded vest is oniell

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by M.R.gnar28 View Post
    100% second. Sometimes you'll want a 4/3 no hood (warm air in early spring) and other times you'll want a hood with your 3/2 (cold/windy fall day). Xcel is the only wetsuit to own but I think my hooded vest is oniell
    Dude, so true. I've always only owned xcel's until this summer when I bought a Ripcurl Flashbomb 3/2 just to try something different. Although I don't have any complaints about the Ripcurl yet, I have a feeling I will. Plus I don't understand why you would have a chest zip go from inside out. Makes no sense!

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkstink View Post
    Dude, so true. I've always only owned xcel's until this summer when I bought a Ripcurl Flashbomb 3/2 just to try something different. Although I don't have any complaints about the Ripcurl yet, I have a feeling I will. Plus I don't understand why you would have a chest zip go from inside out. Makes no sense!
    Why would you buy a suit if you expect it to disappoint you eventually? That make a no sense. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the quality of your Ripcurl suit, I've got a 3/2 DawnPatrol (i know) and it works perfectly, no issues, have had it for several years now and it gets lots of use. Have yet to break a seam or anything, zipper stays up too.

  9. #19
    Yeah I just like the flexibility xcel offers over others like ripcurl but that's more important to me surfing in VB or OBX. Not sure if other suits are warmer for NJ and north

  10. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by KillaKiel View Post
    I love my XCELs, but that Oneill Mutant is great! Henny is spot on. If I see you in the water with it on, I will compliment your suit. After that, you will be so moved you will be begging to let me have your beers. Remember, hydration and happiness are important...and don't forget those beers.

    P.S. - Don't tell anyone about the Jetty...legend has it SJB lives there now. If you talk of it, he will go Kaiser Sose' on ya. If you want to talk about it, I recommend selling all of your gear and placing me in your will. I will appropriate the funds as you would wish.

    Speaking of wetsuits, I was out the other morning and I saw a dude rockin a hooded suit (hood up). What season is this?

    Don't forget to bring a towel...
    Gotta question PJB's assessment of 4/3's. I bought a 4/3 O'Neill Mutant with the detachable hood this spring. It was excellent in low-40's water, low-50's air. Rarely used the hood, though it sounds like I should start doing that more. By early June I was too hot so I can't imagine how hot a 5mil would be when the weather warms up. In Maine you need a good 5/4 in Dec, Jan, Feb and early March. The rest of the time a 4/3 or less is okay. With that in mind, I would think a 4/3 with removable hood would be good all year way down south in VA.