I come from Denmark where we have a very cold winther. I buy my wetsuit in the summertime because they are cheaper. I have a 5 mm neopren wetsuit and its fine most of the year. I read about som guys from norway that used 9 mm neopren suits they could surf en the whinter with - degrees and snow.
usually this time of year and late summer is best to buy a winter suit cause stored are trying to make room for this year inventory. you could use a 3/2 til mid to late november depending how fast it gets cold. After that 5/4/3 with 7 mil boots and 5 mil gloves and you will be fine all winter?
you can use site like wetsuit warehouse , whiskey Milita , and Backcountry Outlet to get some really good deals on suits that are this years left overs
I'm getting my first wetsuit for the fall/winter season and I had a few questions.
1) When is the best time to buy a wetsuit economically? (Are wetsuits cheaper in the summer?)
2) My local break is Va Beach. When should I need to get boots and eventually a hood?
3) Would a 4/3 be my best bet?
4) Does anybody have any experience with WRV wetsuits? I happen to still have a gift certificate with quite a bit of money on it and if the wetsuits are of good quality that would be great.
I'm sure I'll have more questions so I'll post them up here.
Yes they are cheaper in the summer, but there are deals to be had all of the time.
You will need boots and gloves by November, Hood in December
If you are counting on one wetsuit for the fall, winter and spring, yeah i would say a quality 4/3 is your best bet for that area. WhiskeyMilitia.com has been selling Xcel 4/3s lately for under $200. its a deal if you can snag one.
I'm sure WRV has some good suits. They dont make any themselves but sell several good brands
I live in wilmington too. I just moved here about a year ago and it got cold as "all get out" here last year. Not sure if that's normal but the water temps got down to freekin low 50's. upper 40's last winter. That my friend is too low for me. I came from LA where a good 3/2 can be an all year thing. You'd need to add 5mm boots and gloves in the dead of winter hoods where optional but really nice to have. I think if i where to have one suit for here it would be a 4/3. It goes all the way down into the 50's and you can always take it off or let water in if you get too hot. The only thing is it's alot of rubber. like 10lbs + . So your board might need to be an 1/8 thicker or wider to keep the same feel. Hope that helps.
I have an extra 3/2 oneill Heat full wetsuit if you want it for $100. Only selling it cause it's extra.
I'm sure you have the phrase you get what you pay for....... It doesnt always work but to me it's right on with a wetsuit. Try to get out to cheap and you'll you'll be surfing short sessions in cold water. A 4/3 is good all around for the cold water but there are different warmth levels in a good or best 4/3. A $200 4/3 will get you a good 2 hour session in 45 degree water but if you want longer go ahead and drop another $150 to $200 and have a great 5 hour session. 7mm boots and 5mm gloves will see you through the 40's temps as well. I use 3mm gloves and booties from the low 60's to mid 50's. 2mm hood in the late fall and 4 or 5mm in the winter. A more expensive suit will also give you better flexibility which is a great plus when you have the extra weight on you.