I'm planning to try these on but I want to know your opinions/knowledge about these couple of wetsuits if you have any.
Here's my deal:
I want to be warm 1st and foremost. Quality/endurance is 2nd criteria as I want something that can last me a 5-10 years (I only surf about 5-15 sessions a year). Performance/comfort is just but not essential...since I'm still pretty much a novice surfer.
Due to the distance I live from the beach and other non-surfing commitments, I usually only get in between 5-15 sessions a year. The primary season I surf is summertime, but I want to buy 1 suit that I can stay warm from April through November to give me plenty of options/opportunities if they present themselves.
Here are the suits that fit my price range that I'm contemplating buying (basically <$200):
Option 13/2 JetPilot Capsule
100% flex/ sealed & taped seams / polyfleece lined
Will a 3/2 sealed/taped full suit be warm enough in water temps getting down in the mid 50's? I have my doubts. As a point of reference, my very old O'Neil Reactor suit doesn't work keep me very warn in water temps below 63 degrees. My Reactor only has flatlock seams though (not taped/sealed like the JetPilot) and cold water flushes through all the seams pretty much all the time. Same for the back zipper.
Main question I have regarding these 3 options is if I find any defects or problems with the suit after just a couple of wearings, which companies have the best warranties and can get me a fixed up suit (i.e. best customer service)?
I want to buy 1 suit that I can stay warm from April through November to give me plenty of options/opportunities if they present themselves.
I requoted you since those who are telling you to buy a 5/4/3 arent bothering to read your question. Nobody would buy a 5 mil wetsuit as their only wetsuit for April through November in the mid-atlantic. If you must get by with one suit for all of those months, I would get a taped, sealed-seam 3/2 and a neoprene short sleeve or vest (maybe hooded) to wear under it in April and Nov.
After alot of initial hazing, I'm gettings some quality tips and advice. Thanks guys.
I like the idea of buying a hooded vest to wear undere a 4/3 or 3/2. I was thinking more about buying a detachable hood, but the hooded vest might be a decent alternative. if I were to guess this type of setup might better prevent flushing down the neck? Not sure.
Any JetPilot owners? Just wondering, I never happened to see or know anyone wearing their suits.