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    patagonia or xcel

    i want a 3/2 wetsuit for the beginning of summer and for the fall. I have narrowed my search to 3/2 xcel infiniti drylock or a 2m patagonia front zip fullsuit or 3/2 oneill psyco 2. I think the patagonia would be lighter and more flexible because it is thinner and it is still supposed to be as warm as a 3/2 because of the wool inside it. Any reviews on any of these suits(esp. Patagonia and Billabong)? Any suggestions on which to buy? I am looking for a suit that will be good for water ranging from about 55 to 65 degrees (+ or - a few degrees)
    Last edited by njsurfer17; Apr 12, 2009 at 11:47 PM.

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    ive never had a patagonia wetsuit but i have one of their epoxy boards which is well made

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    yeah they make very good products and i hear the warranty is really good but i still want a feel from someone who has wore it. I am also looking at the Billabong 302 Solution Platinum Zipperless Steamer

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    i have a billabong 3/2 wetsuit, which i dint see you mentioned that, I like it but i think thats its a foil which is a good wetsuit in terms of warmth. Its not as flexible as other ones that are more expensive but if you are looking to not spend a lot of money then i would just go for the foil

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    I wear a Billabong Revolution zipperless steamer and i think its real flexible and warm. I would go with the Solution Platinum, they are very well made and probably really flexible.

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    I would go with the patinum cause it sounds like money to spend but if your on a budget go with the foil

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Davy Jones' Locker
    Patagonia's are heavier...believe me....think wet wool......excel's are heavy too tho. I have a quiver of wetsuits all xcel everything from 2mm to 5/4/3. 3/2 I would go for an xcel ...anything higher than a 3/2 tho I would get something else. Maybe like a Vapor. Or something else. From my experience anything above a 3/2 in xcel is hella heavy. Drylocks in particular are heavier.

    True story.....My buddies 5/4/3 Body Glove Vapor weights less than my 4/3 xcel. Xcel make great 3/2 suits. Anything after that that are heavy and restricting. Body Glove Vapor FTW!
    Last edited by Aguaholic; Apr 12, 2009 at 11:53 PM.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Monmouth County
    i have a 4/3 xcel infiniti and i can't see a suit being much better than this. i have owned a number of suits and this is without question the best. highly recommended. i'm sure the 3/2 is just as good. i have an xcel 3/2 but it's just like their base model or whatever. also good, but nothing to rave about. i'd definitely go with an infiniti

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    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Never had a patagonia, but I've seen one of their 5/3 models. It looked pretty sick with this stuff called merino wool material in the hood to keep you warmer. They've got a retro meets new school style going on and I've heard their suits are very good. Excel on the other hand is a very reliable company. The material is very light and stretches just enough. I'd suggest getting the ultra stretch models. they're sick.

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    Join Date
    May 2007
    ive also been lookin at the patagonia wetsuits since my stuff now is on the way out. and i have also narrowed it down to xcel and patagonia. the only big difference i can find is the materials, as far as recycled materials and less impact, patagonia uses more recycled materials. i called for specs too, mainly for the warranty on materials because i heard/read (cant recall) that they have a lifetime warranty on all materials. unfortunately my call was lost. (gotta love cell phones.) so if they do carry the lifetime warranty i would say there is no real choice. not to mention the great name patagonia has already for outerwear products. even tho a bit more expensive, im a firm believer in you get what you pay for.