Winter is coming - 5mm rec

Discussion in 'Northeast' started by BKSurfer, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. BKSurfer

    BKSurfer Active Member

    Sep 13, 2010
    What are peoples fav 5mm suits these days? I have a 6/5 excel from 10 years ago that seems impossible to get in and out. What do you like? Are the Patagonia's the way to go? Thanks yo!
  2. frothy cheese

    frothy cheese Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2016
    Got a billabong and quicksilver cause they were both my size and on clearance at el shoppe last winter. Not any fancy new kinds just the company's basic five mils I believe. Quiksilver wins for movement and comfort but not seam wise, took it out last time we had waves and water came in the thighs right away. Billabong is toasty for what I remember from last winter but stiff. Not the best reviews you'll get but my rough $.02

    If someone were to get me a new five mil I would find the fanciest excel or vissla suite cause those look toasty. But realistically I would prob just find whatever's cheap and fits at the shop again if I needed a new one.

  3. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    I think suits come down to fit. Different brands for differently even at the same size. I absolutely love rip curl. Your from Brooklyn? I'm on LI. Last winter i wore a 4.5/3.5 all winter and was warm. And i surf every time there's waves, and even when there aren't waves. I surf slot and you know how cold it can get. Super comfy too. I only wear rip curl these days.
  4. Notaseal

    Notaseal Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2015
    fit is the factor
  5. archy 2.0

    archy 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    There's so many good ones out there that my best advice would be how much your willing to spend and the best fitting. They all pretty much fall apart after a season or two if you throw it in the closet after the season is over without proper conditioning and storage to avoid dry rot.
    This Surfline feature is pretty comprehensive.
    Good luck.
  6. Kanman

    Kanman Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2014
    No 5mil for me this year. Rocking a 4/3 excel Hawaii comp with a 1.5 Patagonia hooded vest. Gonna bear and grin it. I hate extra rubber.

    Grin and bear it*fail*
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2016
  7. trevolution

    trevolution Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    im in a 5 mil year round in oregon, and i prefer ripcurl ebombs or oneil stuff. Im not a rich hipster from brookyln that can afford the full patagucci shwag fullsuit but i can assure you i bought a pair of their booties and they were utter garbage. I got a new rip curl ebomb on sale at the outlet store in santa cruz for 220 bucks, i think there ussually like 3 or 4 hundo otherwise.

    I hate excel, seams crapped out on me in less than 4 months and they refused to honor their warranty.

    based on trial and error over the past decadish of spending more time in a wetsuit then boardies (or any other single outfit for that matter) heres my generic all around rankings for brands ive tried out of 1(worst)- 10(best)

    Oneil: 7
    Ripcurl: 7
    Quicksilver: 6
    Hotline: 6
    Billabong: 5
    Patagucci: 5 (but due to the price-point should be lower)
    Excel: 3
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2016
  8. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    Just ordered a Billabong 5/4/3 to replace my beat up Quicksilver 4/3 which had been getting me through the previous 4 winters here. Both are back zip. Neither are high end suites, prices new around $180-$190. Getting older and needing more rubber.
  9. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    O'Neill fits my body the best so any oniel one works for 4 me. They are kinda leaky after being 5 years old lol.
  10. Schwazo

    Schwazo Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    O'Neill is the best wetsuit for quality. I have Rip Curl boots and they're good too-need to try a Rip Curl suit soon.
  11. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Fit??? Hell no!!! It's all about color and style!! I like some panels to be either magenta or fuscia!! It is what impresses the babes best!! And if you can wear a bow tie with it, so much the better!!!
  12. live4truth

    live4truth Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    Hands down best suit out there are the Isurus suits...Yamamoto rubber throughout. Expensive like the patagucci suits but has been the warmest suit I've owned. X el and patagonias are incredibly heavy comparatively. Only had a 3/2 O'Neill and only owned 1 rip that felt incredibly stiff. If your looking at the patagonias I would suggest looking at th isurus.
  13. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    Somthing i forgot to mention. Rip curl has good customer service. A know a guy who got rips in his suit, twice i think. Both times he sent the suit to rip curl and they fixed it free of charge. He just paid shipping.
  14. 1vin

    1vin Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    I just got a xcel x2 infinity with the tdc lining on sale . I normally use oneill. but it was a hundred bucks cheaper. hope i dont regret it.
  15. your pier

    your pier Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013 big are your tahtties?

    Srsly though...start with your price point, go from there

    Personally oneill has been working just fine for 5/4 is on its 3rd winter though it's begun to get a little loose and leaky, makes getting it off easy though...bought the 5.5/4 for feb/mar and thing to hold out, we'll see

    Patagooch 7m boots - gloves suck, have returned 2x, againe got compression pin holes in 3rd pair after just a few uses, I gave up

    Excel 7m gloves
  16. mrcoop

    mrcoop Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Yep, I agree. I had ripped one suit on the lower sleeve, asked if they could just make it a short sleeve full suit. No charge. I buy mostly rip curl.
  17. sigmund

    sigmund Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2015
    I always like the fit of Xcel and they work great for a season, but they never last. I've had the best luck with O'Neil and Rip Curl. I have an O'Neil Mutant 4/3 that I love. 3rd season and it still fits tight as a glove. Plus the removable hood extends the use of the suit an extra month.
  18. frothy cheese

    frothy cheese Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2016
    This brings my two questions: can you simply return the patagooch gloves with their receipt? Been through two pairs as well and was not happy with either. Also, who else has da glove recommendations? Xcel is the way to go? That was my main thought already.. If I get to work more this winter I'll be looking to try some
  19. frost

    frost Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    if yall buy a new one mail me ur old one, 2 xl size please :)
  20. your pier

    your pier Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    Iron clad my bro...they replace anything

    Started with xcel in April...too warm...hoping for good things with them come Jan/feb this seasone