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  1. #1
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    Wetsuit Question

    At what water temperature is it necessary to wear a wetsuit so you don't get hypothermia. The air temperatures/wind matters too, right?

  2. #2
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    I have no idea what temp it is necessary. There is usaually just a weekend where you go, "yep, its too cold to bare back it."

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    last year i got in my wetsuit in late november or middle of november.

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    Depends on if you got a 3/2, 4/3,5/4, 3mm or higher,. If ya got a descent 3/2, I would say anything below 58 gets a little chilly. 4/3 really depends on what brand ya got. I have worn my latest 4/3 in 50 or a little below, beyond that good luck, thats when things get a bit hairy. I recommend you check out this company, they make some really good suits, go to the catalog, its worth it: http://www.westsurfing.com/

    just got a lotus out of there, easily blows out any suit I have had.
    Last edited by bfloyd; Aug 15, 2008 at 02:49 PM.

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    November...

    I went out one day last year, in early November. The water was still warm, 68 degrees, but there was an offshore wind that was a bit chilly. I wasn't wearing a wetsuit and that wind kept blowing on the back of my neck, and after a while it felt like an ice cream headache, so after that I wore a wetsuit.

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    if your looking for a wetsuit go to wetsuitwarehouse.com they have all the best wetsuit manufactures and i use them for my wetsuit purchases also they give you a discount on some of them. but my advise is dont buy the gloves and booties from them buy them from a local surf shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbsurfer View Post
    if your looking for a wetsuit go to wetsuitwarehouse.com they have all the best wetsuit manufactures and i use them for my wetsuit purchases also they give you a discount on some of them. but my advise is dont buy the gloves and booties from them buy them from a local surf shop.
    OK, that's good to know. I've got that site bookmarked and I'm going to need a 4/3 this fall.

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    yeah i know i read about it in a surf magazine i got so i went to it and ever since then im buying my wetsuits from them. but i would go to local shops and try them on there and go on the wetsuitwarehouses website and order it so at least you know the size you need.

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    i'm from pensacola, and yes i'm a ***** when it comes to cold water... as soon as it get's around 65 degrees, on goes the xcel

  10. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by wbsurfer View Post
    yeah i know i read about it in a surf magazine i got so i went to it and ever since then im buying my wetsuits from them. but i would go to local shops and try them on there and go on the wetsuitwarehouses website and order it so at least you know the size you need.
    Yeah, I bought a 3/2 at Bert's Surf Shop last fall. I figure if I order the same brand & size from wetsuit warehouse, it ought to fit. I don't think the local shops up here (TI) even carry women's wetsuits in 4/3.