Yea I just got the Xcel wetsuit, its semi-dry lock version with bamboo thermal insulation 5.4.3 and itís sick, I was actually too hot when I went out end of November! Am really happy with the suit, it let in like half a cup of water mostly through the hood section, these guys been making suits for a long time and its good quality.
i have an Xcel drylock 5/4/3 - it's a great suit & worth the price. my only beef w/ it has to do w/ the hood. the chin area has a small stretchy panel of softer fabric that presumably is to minimize chin-chafing. i find that this panel lets the lower portion of the hood slide down, thus exposing the whole chin to cold air/water & allowing some water to get into the suit. i prefer to have rubber covering me up to my bottom lip b/c it's warmer and it makes a tighter seal. other than that complaint (& it's a minor one, i assure you), it's a very warm, light & stretchy suit.
My three rules:
1. If a brand fits you well, right off the shelf, that's critical.
2. Buy the best and cry only once.
3. Never EVER complain about being too warm before, during, or after a session - this from a guy who just moved to Gloucester from Carlsbad (along the coast north of San Diego) who now finds himself dressing like I'm going snowboarding just to walk the dog and contemplating suiting up to surf in 47 degree water and 34 degree air - and THAT'S in early December! As my buddy in Hampton has told me: I have to love surfing more than I hate the cold - not sure if I'll be there in mid-February.
The final analysis: I wouldn't contemplate jumping in without my 5/4 Dry Lock - these suits rock!
lol i started a thread like this but this is the same question.. i got the xzip 5/4 is ANYONE using one of these in RI or north for full winter use? im tryin to decide whether to go with the 6/5 version