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    2013 New England Wetsuit Recommendations

    I know there are 6 zillion wetsuit threads already but BLEEP YOU I AM STARTING ANOTHER ONE.

    I'm a bodyboarder and swimmer in Massaflatness, right now I just have a 3mm suit that is perfect for this time of year but I want to catch some waves this winter so I am looking to expand my wetsuit collection a little.

    Some questions:

    * Should my next suit be a 6/5/4 or is that going to be too "warm" to go straight from a 3mm? I.e. do I need anything in between (like a 5/4 or a 4/3 even)?

    * Should I go for integrated hood or are separate hoods okay? I have a huge head so I am a little worried that any "standard" hood size built into a suit is gonna be too small for my head, but I haven't tried any of them on yet.

    * Is 6/5/4 warm enough for Massachusetts/Rhode Island/New Hampshire in February?

    * Is there a local shop somewhere around that you guys would recommend? I go to Island Surf sometimes because I pass it on the way to Second Beach but the selection doesn't seem to be the best there...

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    A 4/3 with separate hood usually gets me through the middle of December in NH. After that it's 6/5/4 through early April and then back to the 4/3. A 6/5/4 will definitely be excessive from now through the beginning of November.

    Come on up to Pioneers Board Shop in Hampton, NH. I'll show you the goods.
    Last edited by JReid; Sep 27, 2013 at 03:43 PM. Reason: Oops

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    Quote Originally Posted by JReid View Post
    A 4/3 with separate hood usually gets me through the middle of December in NH. After that it's 6/5/4 through early April and then back to the 4/3. A 6/5/4 will definitely be excessive from now through the beginning of November.

    Come on up to Pioneers Board Shop in Hampton, NH. I'll show you the goods.
    I use a 7 mil dive suit, which I got for 100 bucks when it was like originally 400. I use that and a 3-2 separate hood with 3 mil boots and gloves and that usually gets me through the winter. You don't need a 7 mil at all. Out on mv its really chilly. A 6/5/4 would be toasty and perfect for Jan. - March

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    I get through the winters with a 4/3 + hood till December or so, 5/4/3 for the dead of winter until I get back into the 4/3 in the spring. I used to wear a 6/5/4 but didn't like the extra rubber, so I shelled out a little more for a higher quality and warmer 5/4/3, worn it in February from RI to as far north as Nova Scotia without issue

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    ^^^ this is the right idea. A good 4/3 with detachable hood will get you through fall. For winter a good hooded 5/4 or 5.5/4.5 is all you need. Better quality wetsuits can be thinner and still provide adequate warmth. Check the used market...you should be able to score a used winter suit for ~$200. I just snagged a nice used RipCurl 5.5/4.5 ebomb from the dude at the surf shop for $150.

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    Can't go wrong with something like this:


    Best Bet.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    Can't go wrong with something like this:


    Best Bet.jpg
    What the Jacques Cousteau is that?!?! Nice find Ss

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    What the Jacques Cousteau is that?!?! Nice find Ss
    That is MV's 7mil dive suit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Atom View Post
    ^^^ this is the right idea. A good 4/3 with detachable hood will get you through fall.
    I woke up this morning with a bad hangover and my hood was missing again. This happens all the time. It's detachable.

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    I surf RI all winter and have never gone heavier than 5/4. I have a hooded flashbomb, but it flushed more through the hood than I liked. I have an Isurus iEvade now . . . lighter, stretchy and very warm. My Rip Curl could be for sale cheap if you want it.