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    Help me Pick the right Wetsuit.

    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.

    rip curl core fireskin $240ish
    oneill heat $250ish
    billabong revolution $235ish
    any others?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    yeah theres those days when you dont need gloves but i use them but i dont wear hoodies at all during the winter cause i just let my hair grow really long during the winter.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carvebeast View Post
    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.
    go to wetsuitwarehouse.com they have all the good name brand wetsuits out there except xcel but they have good help if you need help fincing one.

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    xcel wetsuit 250 bucks

    17th street has some xcels with infinity (the pull over feature that keeps water out better than anything) at 25 percent off. they're usuallly really expensive, so get there while they're still there

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    That is where I picked up my Xcel on sale 2 years ago. I paid about 120 for it.

    Also, check this guide out. I just got it in a email from surfing mag.
    http://www.surfingthemag.com/wetsuits08/

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    for anyone wanting to get the best wetsuit, get an xcel with the infinity pull over. ive had the same one for 3 years, and im comfortable when im here surfing wb in the winter and when im back home surfing 40 degree water. all that you need is that suit and a solid pair of booties. xcels are insanely durable, they have a great warranty, and they're super stretchy. no matter the cost, you cant go wrong with an xcel, they're by far superior