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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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Clivus Multrum Monday, 16 May 2022 at 2:39pm

Coming in late to this thread, are the Isurus owners out there still pleased with performance and durability of their suits? Weighing up whether to give them a go or get another Needs (the latter being good value for money in my experience but sounds like they’re inferior to the Isurus on flex and perhaps durability)

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82shoes Monday, 16 May 2022 at 6:33pm
Clivus Multrum wrote:

Coming in late to this thread, are the Isurus owners out there still pleased with performance and durability of their suits? Weighing up whether to give them a go or get another Needs (the latter being good value for money in my experience but sounds like they’re inferior to the Isurus on flex and perhaps durability)

I've had mine (vest, short arm steamer, long arm steamer) 3-4 years i reckon and love them. Only thing is i haven't been able to surf much at all last two winters (SE Qld) so can't really comment with great authority on longevity/wear and tear
super comfortable though, you can wear them a mill thinner than most wetties

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markxxx Monday, 16 May 2022 at 9:08pm

Durability wise my Isurus is holding up ok (second season). The whole wear Yamamoto suits 1mm thinner thing I’m not so sure about. There’s no way I’m wearing my Evade 3/2 through the depths of an SA winter, that’s for sure but I guess that also depends on the person. Admittedly I did see they changed temp range from 13-18 to 15-18 degrees after I’d bought it :(
Like 82shoes said they are super comfy.

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Goofy4 Monday, 16 May 2022 at 9:49pm

I have surfed in both Need and Isurus in recent years in the Bass Strait Islands. There is no comparison for mine in mid-winter. I wear the Isurus 4/3 hooded chest zip in preference to the Need 5/4. It's excellent for fit, flexibility and warmth. Wearing now in its 3rd season and I reckon I'll get this year and ongoing late autumn early winter use for a few years yet - highly recommend.

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Clivus Multrum Monday, 16 May 2022 at 10:00pm

Thanks for the helpful info, 82, Markxxx and Goofy. Stay warm legends

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garyg1412 Tuesday, 17 May 2022 at 9:53am
Clivus Multrum wrote:

Coming in late to this thread, are the Isurus owners out there still pleased with performance and durability of their suits? Weighing up whether to give them a go or get another Needs (the latter being good value for money in my experience but sounds like they’re inferior to the Isurus on flex and perhaps durability)

Clivus. Just bought myself a Needs 4/3 out of interest and used it for the first time yesterday in pretty average conditions so was a good test run given that I had worn my Isurus the week before.
Being an Isurus tragic for the past seven years I was pleasantly surprised with the Needs flexibility and warmth. However - you will notice with a suit made from the high grade Yamamoto stuff that Isurus use is:
1) There is next to no water absorption. When I took the Needs off yesterday I could feel the extra weight when hanging it up. This makes a huge difference late in a session when you can feel your arms turning into lead balloons.
2) The thing will fit you like a glove.
3) It will last 3 times as long as your normal suit. Whether that is as a result of high quality neoprene or construction I don't know - probably a combination of both. Mine is going into it's 7th year.
4) You will slide in and out of a Yamamoto suit like you won't believe. No more stumbling around in the carpark getting those leg cuffs over your heels.
So my take is it's not all about warmth that the cheaper suits can match nowadays. If you have the cash give it a splash I reckon.
I must sound like an Isurus rep but I'm not. Goofy4 who is in the same region as me bangs on about them for exactly the same reasons :):):)

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Clivus Multrum Tuesday, 17 May 2022 at 11:06am
garyg1412 wrote:
Clivus Multrum wrote:

Coming in late to this thread, are the Isurus owners out there still pleased with performance and durability of their suits? Weighing up whether to give them a go or get another Needs (the latter being good value for money in my experience but sounds like they’re inferior to the Isurus on flex and perhaps durability)

Clivus. Just bought myself a Needs 4/3 out of interest and used it for the first time yesterday in pretty average conditions so was a good test run given that I had worn my Isurus the week before.
Being an Isurus tragic for the past seven years I was pleasantly surprised with the Needs flexibility and warmth. However - you will notice with a suit made from the high grade Yamamoto stuff that Isurus use is:
1) There is next to no water absorption. When I took the Needs off yesterday I could feel the extra weight when hanging it up. This makes a huge difference late in a session when you can feel your arms turning into lead balloons.
2) The thing will fit you like a glove.
3) It will last 3 times as long as your normal suit. Whether that is as a result of high quality neoprene or construction I don't know - probably a combination of both. Mine is going into it's 7th year.
4) You will slide in and out of a Yamamoto suit like you won't believe. No more stumbling around in the carpark getting those leg cuffs over your heels.
So my take is it's not all about warmth that the cheaper suits can match nowadays. If you have the cash give it a splash I reckon.
I must sound like an Isurus rep but I'm not. Goofy4 who is in the same region as me bangs on about them for exactly the same reasons :):):)

Thanks, Gary. Helpful info. 7th year is very impressive!