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    Winter Wetsuits

    I was just wondering if anyone had any recommendations for winter wetsuits. I've never tried to surf through the winter before, and am unsure as to what thickness a full winter suit needs to be. Do they make wetsuits with pre-attached booties (mine always fill up with water) for winter surfing, or would I be better off looking into drysuits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickpacific View Post
    I was just wondering if anyone had any recommendations for winter wetsuits. I've never tried to surf through the winter before, and am unsure as to what thickness a full winter suit needs to be. Do they make wetsuits with pre-attached booties (mine always fill up with water) for winter surfing, or would I be better off looking into drysuits?
    Nick,
    Do a search of the forums for "wetsuits". You will find much info.

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    Doing a search in the forum is a good idea, but this is discussed greatly. your going to want to go 5/3 or greater for the northeast winter. There are a lot of good wet suits out there. I reccommend going to your local shop and trying them on. The most important thing is that the suit fits you well in that you have enough flexibility in the chest/shoulders.
    Last edited by Swellinfo; Dec 17, 2008 at 02:09 AM.

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    Cool

    I live in RI and found that Rip Curl F-Bomb 5/4/3 works great. The hood is attached almost no seepage (only got some down the back when duck diving) As for the boots Rip Curl and Hyperflex both have good high ankle 5 to7 mill boots. If you're thinking of going out all winter I would get a pair of mittens or 3 finger gloves, your fingers stay warmer then with fingered gloves. Good luck with the season

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    oneill mutant

    Get an oneill mutant 5/4 or or 6 mil if you live in maine trust me this suit is great, little on the pricey side but definetly worth it. it has a detachable hood to a neck piece and i found this suit extremely easy to get into compared to other suits.

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    i have been using an xcel 5/4/3 for years , but all the crew on the cape are raving about the rip curl f-bomb this year, either 5/4 or 6/4... definitely get 7mil boots and either 5mil lobster claws or mittens... the water in the boots stays warm so don't worry about it... and just remember it only gets cold when you get out, or you get 5 set waves on the head, both are likely to happen

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    nick rouner
    get a 5/4/3

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    Don't surf in the winter its too cold

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theegreeneroom View Post
    Don't surf in the winter its too cold
    yea, what he said ^

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    +1 on the O'neill Mutant. I have the 5/4 and it is the best suit I've ever owned. I had a ripcurl for a while and It was the biggest pain to get out of after a long session. With the mutant the chest/back zipper attached hood and the super stretch neck entry makes it a breeze to get in and out of . I love having the interchangeable neck too, when the air was still warm but the water had gotten cold already I had the 5/4 with just the crew neck and it was really comfy, and now I have the hood on it.

    I have Oneill 7mil boots and lobster claw gloves and both keep me super warm. Just remember, a wetsuit is called a wetsuit for a reason. You are supposed to get wet while wearing it. your body warms the layer of water in between your suit and your skin and keeps you warm.

    One thing I always recommend is to tuck your boots and your gloves INTO your wetsuit. keeps the water flowing up and down your body instead of just flushing fresh cold water directly into your hands and feet every time you submerge.

    Like other people have said though, just go to the local shop and try a bunch on. the technology is pretty much there in most well known suits, so just make sure it actually fits you no matter what you buy. If you have restricted movement then it will make your sessions that much more uncomfortable, and that much less fun.