And I still think I'm right about the Gulf Stream. Any time the wind is blowing out of the south, it's going to push warm water from the Gulf Stream towards the coast of RI and southern Mass. It's not just that Boston is farther north. It's the Gulf Stream too.
If we can't agree on this, I think we're gonna have to have a BENCH OFF!
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Oct 11, 2013, 03:46 PM #21
Oct 11, 2013, 04:29 PM #22
after a decade and a half in jerz (its goes down to 35 in winter, cant get much colder and still be liquid) this suit has treated me nicely, if you are scrawny and lose heat fast, maybe get a 6 mil, but a 5 mil is plenty so long as you are paddling and catching waves...sitting around you will get cold. I have a few buddies who are about 200 lbs and lament they get too hot in the 6 mil even on the coldest of days.
I would surf for 3 hours plus in my xcel during snowstorms and my core is fine, however, I cant feel my extremities by the end of the session. For the record, I am thick hairy mongoloid so that helps retain heat too
Oct 11, 2013, 04:52 PM #23
Yeah dude, the 6/5/4 v 5/4/3 thing is really just preference in Northern NE...as I said earlier, I surf MA, NH, and ME all winter and I do it in a 5/4. For me, it was worth the little bit of extra money to get a higher-end 5/4 that provides some extra warmth over adding the extra rubber of a 6/5.
and Pink, as you hammer all the "bad advice" about 4/3s, I'm not telling him to just get a 4/3 and call it a winter suit, but when he asks if he should have a suit between a 3/2 and a winter suit, well no, you don't NEED one, but myself and many others find it nice to not have to choose between freezing or sweating my balls off. 4/3s aren't reserved for just California, I go through my 4/3s faster than I do my 3/2s because I use them a LOT, between the late fall swells, wearing it with one of those undervests with attached hoods to stretch it a bit further into the winter, and then the spring swells before the 3/2 comes out, so I definitely consider it a pretty good investment if you're going to be surfing a lot.
I've never actually worn a suit with a legitimate detachable hood, can't speak to those, just worn the little undervest things that you throw on underneath your suit and have a hood that folds down over the neck of your suit once it's zipped up
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Oct 11, 2013, 10:24 PM #28
Im from long island but I use a 5/4 with a attached hood in winter here. Its a rip curl fbomb. For me it keeps me more then warm enough. More importantly though I find it super comfortable and stretchy. I don't even feel like I'm wearing a 5/4. Just my .02
Oct 15, 2013, 04:43 PM #29Junior Member
- Join Date
- Sep 2013
- Granite State
After debating for a month over 6/5 or 5/4 i said **** it and just bought a 5.5/4.5 Ebomb from Rip. Seems like the best option for up in NH and Maine where I'm at.
Oct 15, 2013, 10:19 PM #30Senior Member
- Join Date
- Jul 2011
I surfed RI for three years owning just a 2mil oneil and a 5/4 hooded drylock. one pair of 5mil boots and on pair of 5 mil lobster claws. The drylock was great all winter starting around late nov. the 2 mil usually came out late april. In between seasons you just added boots and gloves accordingly.
I suggest the drylock for anyone that moves, if you are just bobbing (photogs,swimming slowly,day dreaming about summer in the winter lineup) go 6mil for you will become cold.