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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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donweather Thursday, 8 Sep 2022 at 10:24am
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GuySmiley Thursday, 8 Sep 2022 at 12:24pm
donweather wrote:

Brilliant sustainability from Ripcurl.

https://www.ripcurl.com/au/explore/recycle-your-wetsuit.html?utm_source=...

Wow, that’s an excellent move

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freeride76 Thursday, 8 Sep 2022 at 12:52pm

yeah, I was hoping there might be a little cash-back deal.

asking too much.

My 2020 Dawn Patrol is just about cactus.

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blackers Thursday, 8 Sep 2022 at 12:58pm

Its a good thing, I have looking for ages to find somewhere that will do this.

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zenagain Thursday, 8 Sep 2022 at 1:34pm

Agreed, a little cash sweetner or a voucher for ?% off your next suit would give it a bit more traction imo.

Still, a great initiative.

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donweather Thursday, 8 Sep 2022 at 2:09pm

Sorry why would ripcurl give away sweeteners for this? It’s costing them money as it is for return postage.

Surely the benefit to the environment is the sweetener here for all of us? What else am I missing here?

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GuySmiley Thursday, 8 Sep 2022 at 2:58pm

Same scheme operates out of Coles and Woolworths supermarkets with clean soft plastic. Drop off bins are prominently located out the front.

What with the two compost bins in our garden and recycling bin (council) we could probably go 6 plus months before we would need to use the council’s hard rubbish bin and even then it would be 1/2 empty.

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blackers Thursday, 8 Sep 2022 at 4:32pm

Redcycle for soft plastics do good work. Terracycle (Ripcurl partners with this) have been around a while but haven't had the "shop front" presence. I'd be happy to pay a nominal amount to stop it all ending up in landfill.

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zenagain Thursday, 8 Sep 2022 at 4:38pm
donweather wrote:

Sorry why would ripcurl give away sweeteners for this? It’s costing them money as it is for return postage.

Surely the benefit to the environment is the sweetener here for all of us? What else am I missing here?

Those wetties need to be replaced irrespective of the cost of posting them back to RC. If they can get the sender back into a Ripcurl suit rather than a competitor then it's more than worth it for them.

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tubeshooter Thursday, 8 Sep 2022 at 5:03pm

I'd just feel better about it if they could assure me that my beloved suit, which served me so well, doesn't get recycled into a yoga mat for SUP riders.

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freeride76 Thursday, 8 Sep 2022 at 6:26pm

Thats what I reckon Zen.

I'm brand agnostic but if Rip Curl gave me a %-off when I recycled the suit I'd be a customer for life.

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simba Saturday, 17 Sep 2022 at 7:03pm

Udo buyer beware of Coastlines wetsuits....recently bought a 3-2 premium and a 4-3 premium .......both have torn in the neck seal and the 4-3 hadnt even been tried on...sent it back but still havent heard anything...would have sent the 3-2 back cause it had gone in the same spot...shit rubber.....but i had already cut the arms back so i couldnt......looking at that photo above and looks like the one the model is wearing is tearing in the same spot....rubbish

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udo Saturday, 17 Sep 2022 at 7:29pm

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simba Sunday, 18 Sep 2022 at 6:31am

Be careful what you put your name to rabs

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R00ney Sunday, 18 Sep 2022 at 10:36am

Grabbed a Project Blank 3/2 steamer on special recently as a backup to the other backups. I think it was $170 or so delivered, internal taping, recycled lining?
Had a few go outs in 12-13C water (northern Tas).
Pretty impressed at how toasty it is, no leaks although I did get a flush getting under a set the other day.
Build quality seems on par with Needs which I have never had any issues with.
Neoprene seems pretty light compared to the Needs equivalent. Dunno how it'll fare in the longevity stakes, time will tell.
Check their size chart if you're going there. I went a size up on Needs.
I'll grab one of their LS yulex springys if the price is right ...backup for backup.
Can't fault for the price.

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old-dog Sunday, 18 Sep 2022 at 10:54am

With those coastlines wetties not one shot of the internal lining. I reckon you get what you pay for.

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Alana_a Sunday, 18 Sep 2022 at 11:23am
simba wrote:

Udo buyer beware of Coastlines wetsuits....recently bought a 3-2 premium and a 4-3 premium .......both have torn in the neck seal and the 4-3 hadnt even been tried on...sent it back but still havent heard anything...would have sent the 3-2 back cause it had gone in the same spot...shit rubber.....but i had already cut the arms back so i couldnt......looking at that photo above and looks like the one the model is wearing is tearing in the same spot....rubbish

I can not believe no one picked up on that tear. Oh my.

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AndyM Sunday, 18 Sep 2022 at 8:46pm

How embarrassing for Bugs, looks like a used car salesman.

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udo Monday, 19 Sep 2022 at 7:13am
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poo-man Monday, 19 Sep 2022 at 4:01pm

Pretty sure Stu Hawkins started Coastlines back in the 80s in Mount Maunganui in NZ. A fair bit of rubbish in that article

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udo Monday, 19 Sep 2022 at 4:30pm

You thinking of Bodyline wetsuits ?

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poo-man Monday, 19 Sep 2022 at 5:03pm

Na not them. But they came from the Mount too. Stu's son works at Rip Curl these days