I hear ya Stoney,
I HATE going to the thicker rubber. I stretch my West Lotus 3/2 for as long as I can. Right now I have an 8 oz Hyperflex polyolefin fleece L/S rash guard & shorts on underneath. w/3mm boots, 1.5mm gloves, and no hood - no issues. However, it looks like the hood is coming out this week.
My next step will be to add my Hyperflex polyolefin fleece full body suit to the mix.
After that - hopefully Jan - it's 5/4/3 time w/7mm boots & 5mm lobster claw gloves
Thanks for the info. It helps me out since you're probably right near me and you are trying to keep the 3/2 going. I think I'm going to try one of those fleeces underneath. The boots/gloves I have are both 3mm. I wouldn't mind 5mm boots as of now because my feet are always cold for some reason.
If you gonna get 5 mm boots I would just say get 7mm and be done with is. You mentioned you dont want to invest alot of money in multiple items. I am in 7mm boots now and have been for about a month. I will probally start wearing mitts ina week or 2 .
But in all reality it what you can withstand . Some ppl are wimps and in 6/5/4's and gloves and boots and some are 3/2ing it still . Its all preference and what kinda temps you can take
Its not like I said "Hey guys the water is 53F, how thick should my wetsuit be and what does 3/2 stand for?". My intent was to hear tricks or tips people use to stretch out of their 3/2 season (e.g. the heated vest). I didn't realize every thread had to be revolutionary to the activity of surfing.
I hear what you're saying above, but it did not come across that way in the original post (at least to me).
Last year i went all year in my 3:2 Quiksilver Syncro with a Nike Dri-Fit underarmour type thing, 7mm Boots, 3mm gloves, and a 5mm hood. This year i got an INSANE deal on last years Quiksilver Cypher Hooded Chest Zip 6:5:4 for 250, and now to buy one new its around 400. I'll be out tomorrow and judging by the chilly air, howling winds, and rain I'll probably be testing out the 6:5:4 for the first time. The only thing i'm worried about is the lack of motion that I am going to have.