Well said...Yeah, um, this fall's water temperatures ain't abnormally high. Not t'all. Pretty typical, quite actually. The change into November usually signifies(SIGNIFY my brother) a contemplation of wetsuit change.
3 mils are nice and good until water hits 54-52.........and then that depends on whether the air temperatures cooperate. Two Sundays ago it was kind of hard offshore and the air was in the 40's, so yeah I put the 5 mil on.....yeah the water was probably 56, but the air, man, the air..........And the winds, man, the winds. I wasn't "TOO HOT" or anything. The winds, man, the winds......
If the water is 54 and it is 60 F out.....then a 3 mil is very nice like a southern California winter, but if the air temps drop then you throw on a thicker suit. That's all.......ain't no big thang.
Ain't no advice or "STANDARD" one can give a cracker on when to change-up suits. Experience counts a little but not too much. It's just one of them thangs that happens. You adjust just like the swallows of Capistrano - by instinct.......
If you wear a 3 mil too late......you get colder quicker. If you are contemplating a 3 mil then you ain't going to completely freeze, but you might not be as comfortable as you could have.
Wearing a 5 or a 4 (a 4 mil being completely useless for NJ, unless you have the scratch to be so finely detailed. If so, go for it, but it's pretty much a waste of good crack money) in water under 55 is not going to have you "TOO HOT."
If the air is under 50, and the water is hitting the low 50's, than ditch the 3 mil..........and the winds, man, the winds....
Boots: 59 F
Gloves: 57-56 F...........Now that's required by law.
Some dudes on here rock the 3 mil in mid-March. I highly advise against that, considering the water is in the low to mid 40's..........
Everybody has that period each Fall and Spring when they wonder what thickness to wear. You aren't alone. It happens to everyone .......every year. It's part of the magic of east coast surfing...........
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Nov 14, 2013, 07:42 PM #41
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Nov 14, 2013, 07:53 PM #43
I usually stay in the 3/2 until mid December. I'll throw a hooded vest on if the air's real cold
Nov 15, 2013, 03:32 AM #45
Nov 15, 2013, 06:02 AM #46
Brah, I've spent my whole life asking nonstop questions so I can learn. It's what I did since I came on this board too since there's so many near-legends on here that have seen it all. But while I was asking them everything, I was also charging waves every day of the week no matter what the temp, size, condition, sun, sleet, or snow. You'll find advice here that you couldn't buy most other places, but these vets aren't gonna pull-up the zipper on the back of your wetty for you.
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Nov 15, 2013, 06:31 AM #47
farmers almanac of neoprene- very funny
we need to make an n-dimensional hyper matrix with all the variables; water temp, air temp, wind speed, direction etc so we can dial into the EXACT accessories and wetties for any given condition
but we also need to know your weight, height, and metabolism to make sure it's accurate. Be sure to send stool samples to Charles Taylor for metabolic ANALysis
Last edited by MakeItStop; Nov 15, 2013 at 06:38 AM.
Nov 16, 2013, 09:57 PM #48Senior Member
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Nov 17, 2013, 02:12 AM #49
IMO, water temp is key, tho outside air/wind speed can dictate what I may wear as much as water temp. Blowin hard last week with air temp in mid to upper 30's. Went from wearing 3/2 no gloves and booties a few days prior, to wearing 4/3 hood gloves and booties...my face froze, actually got relief from duck diving.
I just returned back to surfing from over a 15 year hiatus and then I was still wearing suits that were probably 5 - 10 years old. One thing that now amazes me how easy it is to paddle...far less fatiguing. Those old suits seemed stiff and not flexible unlike today's technology.
Great to feel the stoke again and actually look forward to winter surfing.
Nov 17, 2013, 02:57 AM #50
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