Best Wetsuit

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Onelove87, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Onelove87

    Onelove87 Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    After this winter I am gonna get a new wetsuit and was wondering what is the best wetsuit for November through February Swell. Dont really care about money.
  2. LegendJim

    LegendJim Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2010
    So far for me it is easily Patagonia R4. (I have worn every winter wetsuit over the last 20 years.) I also heard they are doing limited release of a plant based wetsuit that is sustainable and will change the game over the next few years. I am going to look into this one too.

  3. RIsurfer

    RIsurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    I've got an O'neill mutant 5/4. Just used it on sunday. Still warm.
  4. whiskey

    whiskey Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Billabong sg5 hooded 5/4. This suit fits me well and is super comfy and stretchy. I tried on the r4 and a xcel dry lock 5/4 and they both felt heavy and stiff in comparison. On the same note they are probably warmer more durable suits. Try a bunch on.
  5. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    xcel chest zip. I'm not a huge fan of dry lock but the infinity and even the x-zip are stretchy and warm and awesome. I'd try Patagonia but knowing that I can get a proven suit for half the price from xcel, I just can't bring myself to do it.
  6. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    I'm a big fan of the mutant too, and the heat 4/3...kind of a bulky dude I like the way O'neils fit me.
  7. es-dot

    es-dot Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2013
    got a rip curl flashbomb 5/4 haven't gotten even chilly in it yet it fits great and got good stretch .
  8. Huntereclipse

    Huntereclipse New Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    I absolutely love the E-bomb pro and Flashbomb. So much stretch. I hardly feel like I am in a suit. Also, it is as warm as one could ever want to be.
  9. ClemsonSurf

    ClemsonSurf Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Orange. White helmet.
  10. cresto4

    cresto4 Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    I was gonna say 'favorite' but not 'best' unless you've tried every one out there - and then I see the legend has tried every one. What would your top 3 be jim? What is it about the patagonia suit you like so much (and that justifies the high price)? warmth? fit? performance? all of the above? like lee says you can get quality suits for so much less...
  11. Alvin

    Alvin Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    I totally love my new 4/3 hooded Xcel Drylock. Very comfortable and warm. Stay dry. Every time I've gone out this winter I wind up sweating in it. Along with Xcel 7 ml booties and 5 ml gloves. I'm sure the 5ml suit is even warmer. talked to someone who actually shifted from 5 to 4 ml cause their so warm. Alot has to do with fit as well.
  12. Riley Martin's Disgruntled Neighbor

    Riley Martin's Disgruntled Neighbor Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2012
    Amen. Although I love me some drylock.
  13. Onelove87

    Onelove87 Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    Appreciate the info, im leaning towards the ripcurl flash bomb and the xcel Infiniti drylock. I feel like both of these will keep me warm and have enough stretch to it. Now just gotta wait for the discounts.
  14. Mikey

    Mikey Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    I really love my Mutant 5/4. It is warm and flexible and comfortable. One thing: The little tiny zipper that attaches the hood yoke is a royal pain in the arse to get zipped up. When it's cold out, my fingers get stupid and I have to get a buddy to start the farkin zipper. Anybody else experience this and have a solution?
  15. Uncle Irish

    Uncle Irish Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Keep your eye on Picked up a 5/4 Drylock on there last summer for 2 Hundo. Been wearing it all winter and love it. Just need to step up to 7ml on the booties.
  16. pinkstink

    pinkstink Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    I gotta second what Uncle Irish said. I got my xcel x-zip on there for the same price. For $200 it can't really be beat! The one question no one's asked that I think is fairly important is where the hell are you surfing? Cuz that makes a big difference in how serious of a suit you need. I've got the 6/5 xcel b/c the current water temp is 36 F where I'm at. It's keeping me pretty toasty!
  17. Onelove87

    Onelove87 Well-Known Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    I live in Virginia Beach, and surf here and in the obx would like to travel to jersey sometime and catch some swell there so i believe a 4/3 to 5/4 is my best bet. prefer the 4/3 so i will have more maneuverability.
  18. M.R.gnar28

    M.R.gnar28 Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2012
    3rd vote for the 4/3 x-zip. Super warm with similar maneuverability of a 3/2. From VB btw.
  19. Agabinet

    Agabinet Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Isurus I-evade, 5/4. Light, toasty, tight and rarely flushes. Expensive. Surfing New England in it.