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kooklife started the topic in Wednesday, 14 Apr 2021 at 5:12am

So its that time of the year again where the mornings are getting fresher and the offshores are starting to show. It looks like its been a couple of years since there was a discussion about it so I am looking for wetsuit recommendations.....

Whats everyone wearing/buying or not wearing/buying and why?

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Nick Bone Monday, 19 Apr 2021 at 5:17pm

could be off topic but care of wetsuit?

im bad. off and into a board bag and hang up in the shade. thats about as far as the buck goes. never rinse with fresh water etc.

but they seem to last.

cheat for my cold water friends - the Xcel sleeveless vest with attached hood. no restriction in shoulders and the hood, which you can peel back, is taken off after those initial duckdives punching out. game changer

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Nick Bone Monday, 19 Apr 2021 at 5:18pm

we lost edit button.

i rock Xcel wetty. the SS comp or whatever it is

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goofyfoot Monday, 19 Apr 2021 at 5:35pm

How much is a 4/3 Isurus?

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indo-dreaming Monday, 19 Apr 2021 at 6:08pm
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seaslug Monday, 19 Apr 2021 at 6:09pm

GF, Hooded AUD 899.95, unhooded AUD 849.95, https://surfisurus.com.au

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indo-dreaming Monday, 19 Apr 2021 at 6:10pm

Weird how website catalogue hasn't been updated since 20219 though? not very professional.

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seaslug Monday, 19 Apr 2021 at 6:17pm

Agree ID, not when you are spending top dollar

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goofyfoot Monday, 19 Apr 2021 at 8:12pm

Lotta money for a wetty hey

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billythekid Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021 at 6:45am

$849.95 for isurus 4/3 I get latest oneill psycho tech 4/3 for $500 at local shop...plus they do the sending and pay postage if/when it needs warranty repair

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udo Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021 at 12:21pm

Your warranty on materials gets halved if you buy a Ripcurl thru an outlet store.....
if you buy a Ripcurl at Urbnsurf onsite shop - 6 mths material warranty .....use it in the Chlorinated wave pool and its Prob Void..... ?

https://www.ripcurl.com/au/help/warranty-care.html

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Mr Nobody Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021 at 1:07pm

Great topic.

I am a Victorian surfer and manage about 2 or so surfs per week over winter.

I have mostly used RC wetsuits. A few seasons ago I bought an Xcel Drylock 3/2 wetsuit which was warm and had a great flexible feel. Instead of using a 4/3, I added a thermal vest underneath which made quite a difference and got through the winters without the extra rubber of a 4/3.

Towards the end of last winter I bought a premium Need 3/2 and wore it a few times before parking it. I have recently started wearing it again and while I feels OK, I wonder if my arse is starting to feel the cold? The quality is pretty go so far.

Anyway, I have found myself getting ads on F/B for Sharkskin suits that claim to offer the warmth of a 3mm with what looks like a thinner material. I have my eye on their titanium-lined vest to replace my older thermal vest to where under my 3/2.

Has anyone tried these? Do they perform as advertised? They do get bonus points for being Aussie made.

Also interesting…I received an ad for The Wetsuit Factory who also do Aussie made suits. Currently offering a back-zip 3mm steamer for $269. It seems the Need equivalent is a 3/2 for $260, presumably made in Asia? I have no idea how the quality compares but perhaps gives some idea of the how much profit might be in wetsuits. I am not affiliated with any of the companies I have mentioned.

Peace.

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udo Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021 at 2:24pm

Wetsuit factory / Sharkskin are same mob
Claiming made in Aust .

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Mr Nobody Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021 at 3:09pm

udo wrote: Wetsuit factory / Sharkskin are same mob
Claiming made in Aust .

Ah, thanks...that would explain why I got ads in F/B from both. I probably could have googled that....I can be a bit slow sometimes.

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vicbloke Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021 at 3:20pm

double checked my O'Neill 4/3 and it is a Superfreak not Hyperfreak, my bad. still happy and wore it his week and stayed nice and toasty. in the middle of winter I also use the termal vest with hood and gloves when blowing a gale and freezing nd manage to stay warmish. in my 50's and definately feel it more. only started using a hood about 7 years ago when I lost my feathers and gloves in the last two winters. On the subject of gloves, haven't been overly happy with the RC brand. Got any recommendations.

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billythekid Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021 at 3:32pm

ditto had issue with RC gloves- issue being they soaked up so much water that this added a bit of weight to each paddle stroke which, over a 2-3 session involving a lot of paddling, accumulated and caused a level of fatigue that was v noticeable. If they went limestone might be worth a try...

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vicbloke Wednesday, 21 Apr 2021 at 7:28am

Needs have a limestone 3mm glove for $40 which appears to be a good price. Will pick a pair this week.

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Hazrus Wednesday, 21 Apr 2021 at 11:55am

Has anyone tried the Needs wetties that are made in Thailand? I've only had the ones which were made in China - not the best rubber and construction IMHO

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batfink Wednesday, 21 Apr 2021 at 1:45pm

Bought a 2 mm long armed springy O’Neill hyperflex earlier this year, easily the most flexible suit I’ve owned (mainly I’ve had RC or Needs wetsuits).

It’s holding up well but I’ll as often go out in boardies and vest still, so it hasn’t got that much use.

But it did inspire me to buy a hyperflex steamer which I will take down the coast in May for its first go-around.

My Needs steamers have been good value, but I’ve found they get quite stiff after a season. I have worked out that I need to stretch them out a lot before using them the first few surfs. I really hate that Michelin tyre man experience of steamers early in the season. O’Neill hyperflex may have cracked that, but they are a bugger to get on when wet. Will have to employ the plastic bag trick to get into them easier.

And I do look after them with a fresh water rinse and hanging up in the shade treatment.

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Hazrus Wednesday, 21 Apr 2021 at 6:24pm

Good old sheico.... that’s who I meant re. Needs. Taiwan not Thailand.

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Mr Nobody Wednesday, 21 Apr 2021 at 7:12pm

Hi Hazrus,

The label on my Need 3/2 "Liquid Taped Thermal Chest Zip Wetsuit" I bought last year says "Made in Thailand".

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Hazrus Thursday, 22 Apr 2021 at 4:21pm

Thanks Mr Nobody - good to hear.

FYI all a bit of googling found that Sheico has factories across SE asia and especially in Thailand - It's likely the Needs suits are Sheico as well.

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 22 Apr 2021 at 6:41pm

@ udo

That was a real interacting read, i think a lot of the fins are made in the same factory too.

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 22 Apr 2021 at 6:41pm

interesting read

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udo Thursday, 22 Apr 2021 at 7:27pm
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Pan_down Monday, 3 May 2021 at 8:11pm

I'm also on the hunt for a new 4/3, unfortunately my flashbomb lasted about 2 winters - neck and chest have lost all elasticity despite being very careful taking on / off and looking after it quite well.

Was great for first year or so, but was expecting much longer lifespan from a $750 suit.

Would be interested to hear any other feedback / comments on longevity of chest zip vs. zip free, also longevity of Yulex vs traditional neoprene.

Noticed Need Essentials doing Yulex now too - looks very comparable to the Patagonia [I've got a Pata 2mm short arm steamer which has been great] at half the price.

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seaslug Monday, 3 May 2021 at 8:30pm

If you have spent $750 on a RC, why not spend around $100 more and get a Isurus?