Im looking for a new wetsuit for this winter. aiming to get all the usual features; durability, warmth, comfort, and the ability to move comfortably. trying to get all this for around $250 or under. so here are the options ive been looking at. pick the one you'd go with and/or pros and cons of each suit. thanks for the help.
Xcel suits are nice as well. My brother and I both have the Xcel XFlex 4/3s, which is the cheapest suit Xcel makes, and they are comfy and warm. I'm sure there are betters out there, but its nice to know that the cheapest one still works. Don't forget to save 30-40 for some booties.
wb and you can find me at crystal and sweetwater and all over wb.
also dont forget gloves and a hood which is 20 -30 for gloves and 30-40 for hood depending on gloves and hood. cause as you know there are those cold windy days when you need gloves and hood as well with booties.
I don't do gloves or hood. I'd consider gloves if I felt that I needed them, but I've never felt that I needed them that badly. I was the same with booties until I wore a friends and then decided that I couldn't do without. lol
ill definitely picking up gloves booties and a hood eventually too. but seeing as how the water temps are dropping quick i want to focus on getting my suit first. any more thoughts on the suits ive picked out? its hard to find any decent reviews on the web.
I've got 3/2 versions of the Ripcurl and the O'Neill suits you mentioned. I liked the Rip Curl, but the Batwing was a real pain to use. I finally just took it off. I also noticed that the shoulders seemed to get a little tighter/stiffer the 2nd year I had it. The O'Neill fit me a lot better and seems a little stretchier. I'd say they were equally warm. I now use the RipCurl as my backup in case I get lucky enough to pull two sessions.
My advice would be to get whichever suit fits best. O'Neill fits me WAY BETTER and I'll buy them from now on. But that's just me. Rip Curl or some other brand may fit you better. My advice would be to try on several suits before you decide. You can buy them on-line, but my experience has been that you're better off buying from your local shop.
welp i went for it. got a new excel infiniti on the way. stoked. but poor. looks like spaghetti for dinner for the rest of the month. hopin to see a promising forecast soon. thanks for all the suggestions.