If you're worried about money, buy an old winter model in late spring. Can get an old model Xcel 5/4/3 for like $150-200.
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Thread: 3/2 Winter
Oct 6, 2008, 05:21 AM #22
ive rocked a 3/2 for a few winters its not bad i didnt have a hood so multiple duck dives would have ya throwing up with bad ice cream headaches just make sure ya wear warm 5mill mitten gloves and nice booties and u should last
Oct 6, 2008, 05:06 PM #24
a 3/2 is doable til Christmas if the fall isn't too cold. after that no way. you can't get wet for any decent amount of time in the core winter months with one. get a hyperflex amp 5/4/3 (cheap but good)
Oct 6, 2008, 10:07 PM #25
DO billabongs tend to be colder than others
Oct 7, 2008, 01:48 AM #26Junior Member
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i have a new 3'2 rip curl fireskin if your looking to purchase one. Size medium. Let me know.
Oct 7, 2008, 03:06 AM #27
I currently have a 3/2 but thanks
not a good idea. the wind makes you a lot colder than you think especially coming out of the water in the winter months.
I heard in the winds that Billabong is buying XCel to obtain their wetsuit technology.. cause their own suits are lacking.
Patagonia is supposed to make some awesome suits, but it may prove difficult to actually find a shop that is stocking them. I would be hesitant to buy a suit w/o trying the thing on.
As far as the 3/2 goes it could work in the winter on sunny days.. its when its overcast and windy that brings out the hawk. I used a 4/3 core last year and was fine, but I am shopping for a 6/5/4 hooded so I can be toasty even if an iceberg floats by.
Oct 7, 2008, 02:24 PM #30Junior Member
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its all relative...
I surfed all last year with a 3/2 then for jan/feb/march bought a 3mil hood/vest combo and I thought it was fine.
I also bought a 1mil longsleeve for my trip to the west coast and I ended up surfing with that every session back home for the reason being that warmer is better.
bottom line is that if you dont know any better and you think you can make it, a 3/2 will last you the winter. but the reality of it is that you will be much better with atleast a 4/3 hooded
winter is all about being warm...buy a cheap or used wintersuit