Just had a session in a new suit and thought id share a review. This suit was purchased as a replacement for my xcel infinity 4/3 that iv had for about 4 years. GREAT suit so I just wanted a legit replacement. Let me tell you , xcel has done a lot of work since then..
I decided against the drylock after (attempting to) try one on. I have thicker than average wrists and the dry lock cuffs made my hands turn purple. No Bueno. So I tried on their mid-entry level model and was presently surprised.
I surfed it on 1/19 in vb for a hellofa swell. Water temp was 38 degrees, air was 41. I also had on an oniell hooded vest (vest part was maybe 1.5 mil thick, tops). Very little flushing and I love the little refinements to the chest zip system. Smaller zipper = less flushing. I surfed for 1.5-2 hours and the limiting factor was my boots. My body was nice and toasty, with thicker boots i could have surfed all day. Really flexible suit and fairly easy to get in and out of.
I give it 5 stars considering it was under $200 new. It could hang in 38degree water and it seemed flexible and light enough to wear on those 3/2 days. SCORE.
Oh yeah, i love that thermo-bamboo stuff too. Its no wool lining (patagonia) but it wasnt $600 either...
Last edited by leethestud; Jan 21, 2011 at 08:26 PM.
I have a MT 5/4/3 Patagonia R4 for sale. $493 (20% OFF, Reg-$625). It has only been worn ONCE! Warmer then my Xcel Drylock by far. Tags are re-attatched because my arms ended up being to long (sleeves to short for my lanky ass). I am 6'1'', but I have super long monkey arms.