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    Neoprene top under my wetsuit

    This questions is probably geared toward New Englanders...<br /><br />Has/does anyone wear a 1-2mm top/bottom under their 4/3 in the colder months. Its getting to that time of year and I am hesitant to buy a 5 or 6. If I can cheat and throw an extra 1mm layer underneath...<br /><br />Now here are a bunch of faces that don't reflect my feelings in any way...

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    Oct 2013
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    last year i was given a ripcurl 1.5mm heated vest and wore that under my hooded 4/3. i wore that until the beginning of January in new hampshire. i wore the vest under an old winter suit but never turned it on after that.

    for the winter, i recommend doing whatever it takes to get in the water and have as long of a session as you want.

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    Oct 2012
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    I've done it before. It works a bit in that it will keep you warmer (marginally), but I really was not a fan of paddling, with the two suits stretching independently and what have you. Short-term solution. Those heated, sleeveless (emphasis on sleeveless) vests seem like they could do some good though.

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    I've done the heated vest and layering options and theyre both nice extensions on the 4/3 season but in the end youre really just delaying the inevitable. If the water temp is in the 30s, sky is cloudy (solar helps w/suit warmth), with a temp in the 20s and say about a 10mph wind then there is no getting around it, you'll really need a wintersuit. And lets face it those are pretty typical new england conditions for January till almost April.

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    I got a thin hooded vest as a gift. Coupled with my cheap 4/3, I was able to have a quick session in low 40's water and air. Beyond that was pushing it. Find a deal on a 5 mil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slashdog View Post
    I got a thin hooded vest as a gift. Coupled with my cheap 4/3, I was able to have a quick session in low 40's water and air. Beyond that was pushing it. Find a deal on a 5 mil.
    Yeah I think thats about where the line is too but I like to have a little longer session generally so I make the switch a litttle before those temps.

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    i do it all the time with my 3/2. keeps the core nice and toasty. your legs might get a little cold but you'll have more flex. it might also be helpful to buy 3 carver skateboards. 5 hours before every session should do the trick.

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