I got the rip curl F-bomb 7 mils last year and I wore a pair of those Polypropalean hot socks as well. My feet were to the point where they were almost sweating. They only started to leak towards the end of the winter.
Far a gloves I got these 5mil oneils lobster mits but they started to leak in between my index finger and the section that had my other three fingers in it. I repaired them to get me threw the rest of the winter
I am gonna get the hyperflex ones this winter and see how they are . Hope they are as good as there suits
I am going into my 3rd winter with 5m Hyperflex claws with no rips or leaks and they are warm.It will also be my 3rd winter with 7/5m Hyperflex cyclone round toe boots. They started to leak last yr but are still warm. When I add poly hot socks (also hyperflex) my feet almost sweat.
Yup... But not any wool socks. SmarWool. They make a line of "performance" socks (I know... sounds hokey) that are awesome. Boot slides off and on like a porn star in heat, and the extra warmth is a bonus. (wool keeps its thermal properties even when wet) They work best inside boots with that strap over the top of the foot... keeps your foot from slipping around inside the boot.
gonna have to invest. 5mm excels don't do the job from jan - mar like they should. this debilitating cold starts in the feet and it makes its way up my legs. after like 2-3 hrs it's really hard to surf well b/c of the lack of feeling. really don't feel like dropping $70 on 7mm boots
I can't say enough about the 7mm XCEL Mittens. Best gloves I've ever had hands down. I've tried lots of brands, and all developed leaks except these. The Xcels are bullet proof and really warm.
I've used 5mm and 7mm booties, both work fine for me all winter, as long as I get the fit right. That said, I like to be as warm as possible, so now i stick with the 7mm. I can't tell much of a difference in bulk between the 5 and 7 anyway. The Rip Curls seem to hold up well. Although their gloves always opened up on me. I also like a pair of Hyperflex booties I got 2 years back, and they were priced well.
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