Winter is coming - 5mm rec

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

  1. HaoleNJ

    HaoleNJ Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    I've always preferred xcel suits, boots and gloves for the reason that they last for me. Also, they fit and the they are warm. Even there lower end products are warm.

    Contrary to what others have said I've had good customer service with xcel. I've sent my suits back after a few years of use and they have reinforced and re-glued seams.

    I'd rather gets wetsuits from a company that only makes wetsuits, rather than one that focuses on making cool t shirts. Just my opinion.
  2. your pier

    your pier Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    2xl??? Holy fok froste, time to make the switch to mic ultra

  3. mattinvb

    mattinvb Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    I have a patagonia r2 (their version of a 3/2) & a patagonia r3 (4/3), and a rip curl f-bomb 5.5/4

    Lost a bunch of weight two years ago and had to replace all my wetsuits winter 2014/2015, so everything is still relatively new/seams haven't started to fail on anything yet...

    Regarding patagonia: the r2 flushes way more than I like around the neck...looking to replace it with a rip curl f-bomb 3/2, probably this spring when the waters warm back up here in vb. Been going back and forth on this idea for a few years.

    the r3 (hooded) is a pretty good suite. Definitely warm. Their big selling point is two-fold: warranty (I'll get to that in a sec) and thinner rubber. They essentially claim that because their suites are so warm due to the wool lining, that you get away with a thinner rubber. So their equivalent to a 4/3 is actually 3 mm; their 3/2 is actually 2 mm, and so forth. The downside is that as someone else mentioned, they aren't that flexible when compared to other high end suits of a comparable price point: matuse, isurus, rip curl f-bombs, etc. Ultimately, that's why I went with an f-bomb over an r4 for my 5/4. At that thickness, I think flexibility is critical, far more so than a warranty.

    Which brings me to my next point. The main advantage IMHO of patagonia is that ALL of their products have a lifetime warranty, including wetsuits. Theoretically, every time a seam starts to go/leak, you just send that bad boy back, and they replace and/or repair for as long as you own it. That can be worth its weight in gold over the long haul, considering that I usually get about three seasons out of a wetsuit before it starts to leak. I think rip curl has the next best warranty at three years for their suits (although matuse or one of the other $$$$ brands might be comparable). Last time I checked, xcel, quik, billabong all clocked in around one year.

    All that being said, my opinion after two seasons are that the patagonia suits are definitely warm, the r2 isnt worth the $, the r3 was a good buy when factoring in the warranty (had an issue after the first 3 months, took the suit & receipt back to the retailer and was told to grab a new one off the rack right then and there - freakin bad a$$)- but without it I would have gone with a competitors product, probably rip curl. I've heard great things about matuse from a comfort/warmth/flexibility standpoint, but have hear a LOT of complaints that they're not durable and fall apart fast. Haven't heard too much about isurus either way. A local surf shop owner (Freedom) used to be an oneil sales rep wasn't too impressed with their product. I have no experience or opinion with them.

    I've owned everything from cheapass quiksilver to the high dorra stuff, and I won't go back to budget suits (provided i can continue to afford the expensive sh!t). I firmly believe that you get what you pay for, which is evidenced in quality construction, flexibility, and warranty/customer service. When you drop $500 on a wetsuit, companies tend to work with you a bit more than if you bought the $100 product.
  4. stinkbug

    stinkbug Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2010
    Patagonia and Rip Curl.
    Everything else falls apart.

    CBSCREWBY Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    I just bought a 5/3 Rip Curl Dawn Patrol from Wette Suite whorehouse for Under $150, to replace my 5 year olde 4/3. Actually my wife bought it for me for Christmas but she doesn't know it yet.
  6. frost

    frost Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    its all muscle bro
  7. Sleazeside's Finest

    Sleazeside's Finest Active Member

    Apr 5, 2012
    Best suite for the price is hyperflex if you live in the northeast because they ship out of NJ so you can get them super cheap. Got my 6/5/4 for $170 from sierra trading . com it kept me warm during our winter vortex a few years back and frankly I've never been cold in that thing; in fact it's too hot sometimes. It's plenty flexible while it's on but a bear to get out of.
    Side note - I sent it back for a fix after my fin sliced a notch in my thigh and they had it patched and back to me in 3 days. Meaning they fixed it the day they got it and send it back that same day. Solid service

    Rip Curl is my goto at the mid range price point. Never had an issue with them and love the comfort and warmth they provide.

    Gloves only last a season or two so I buy hyperflex because they're the cheapest by me.

    Just check reviews before buying from any company; a deal isn't a deal if the suite has to be replaced after a season or two. Winters in the northeast justify spending a little more to stay toasty.

    Good luck.

    PS off to Puerto Rico on Friday just in time for it to go flat there...SMH

    CBSCREWBY Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Update: my wife just bought me a new tyde watche for under $50 too! She doesn't know about that yet either...
  9. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    In her ignorance, your wife is the most generous lady!!!

    CBSCREWBY Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    She is generous, but knows nada about tide watches or wet suites or so her ignorance in those manners works out to be my bliss!!
  11. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
  12. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    i need to get me one of these wife's.
  13. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    My wife has gotten me 3 surf boarts and an SUP since we've been together. I'm spoiled but so is she, it's a fair trade off. I take her shopping anytime she wants, so it balances out. You should try it out. Didn't you have a live-in not long ago? Ya'll split?
  14. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
  15. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    yeah after like 2 or 3 years. sucks but what can you do?
  16. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Damn man that sucks. But, perhaps for the better? Whatever you do, make sure whoever you settle down with you have sh*t in common.
  17. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

  18. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    Explain why, maybe I won't
  19. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    You will be paying for a bunch of hipsters and their flashy soul, just money.

    And besides--they hate pigeons!!!
  20. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    just got a new quicksilver 6/5/4 last winter.last year the water was a bit warmer than normal,i remember coming out the water last week of February fukin sweating my arse is great people,winter surfing is..............ah I wont say,its super dangerous,only surf with a lifeguard nearby:)