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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by saltman » Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:53 am

This could be a TOTY entry but I have been using my Oneill Hyperfreak long arm spring suit most of winter . Chest zip really comfy
thinking lately I have trimmed down a lot more than I thought
Hung it up last week and realised its a large not a medium!!

anyone want a slightly used springy - has 6 months on the warranty??
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by swvic » Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:45 pm

Anyone know where I might get a smooth skin hooded vest?
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Post by godsavethequeen » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:10 pm

The whole lot smoothskin you mean? Never seen one myself. 30 years ago I had an all-neoprene hooded vest (not smoothskin though) but you can't really seem to even get those any more, with most manufacturers doing a polypro body with a smoothskin hood. Dive shops might have them I guess but they probably won't have the toggle to tighten the hood around your face which will be a pain in the arse when you're duckdiving

You might have to get one made up I reckon, or just wear a hood together with a hoodless smoothskin vest. What do you want it for anyway? Trying to outdo shearer in the gimp stakes? Edit: Don't worry I just read your other post. Vest on the outside eh? I trust you also wear your booties over your wetsuit legs rather than tucked in? Legrope firmly attached in the carpark?
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by steve shearer » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:20 pm

I found my gimp mask the other day, under the house. The rats had made a nest in it, but it'll be good to go again this winter.

Still in boardies though here GSTQ.

Hows the water temp there?

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Post by godsavethequeen » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:26 pm

Nine degrees here steve. Never got that cold this winter as the weather was pretty mild and in a decent suit you barely notice it anyway.

It only gets down to about 12 or 13 in tasmania doesn't it? What the hell's he taking a 5/4 for, the big ponce

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Post by godsavethequeen » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:50 pm

swiv, referring again to your other post, I've got 4/3 and 5/4 drylocks and they're very nice suits. I'm sure the 3/2 is as well. Have you thought about a heated vest under a 3/2 rather than adding layers of neoprene? I've got the fairly crappy quiksilver one and even that makes a decent difference. I reckon if you got the RC one - or better still the Thermalution one - you'd be fine in a 3/2. The main downside is cost, although there may be some bargains around in our shops as we edge into summer

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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by swvic » Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:51 am

Cheers, gstq. Couple of attempted replies lost. I blame the phone

Thought about the heated vest, but don't mind the extra rubber in vest form - barely notice it, although it hasn't really been rubber (polypro). Have seen a smooth skin vest by oneill which I could pair with a smooth hoodie

Might also make enquiry to Triple X about making me one

Re underrubber on the outside. Busted. If you discounted splashing around between the flags with my little princess boogie board on hot summer days, I don't really surf
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Post by alakaboo » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:07 am

If you just want the hood there are heaps of dive options.
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Post by Cranked » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:14 am

I just bought a 3mm long john and a 2mm front zip long sleeve top, both Xcel super stretchy rubber. This combination is extemely easy to get in and out of and I can vary the tops from 1mm short sleeve to 2mm long to suit the conditions and so I can have 5 mm on the body for those winter dawn surfs in the super dry offshores that produce a windchill of around a few degrees.

Added bonus is longevity, the shoulders on all my wetsuits are reduced to just the nylon mesh after a year or two but the rest of the rubber is usually fine so I can just replace the top bit.

Easy to get on and off! Thank fcuking christ
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Post by Cranked » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:23 am

Just stylin'. I'll have to just learn to ignore those envious looks.

Nah, I figure its the sun degrading the rubber. Its happened to the last 5 wetsuits. I always have three: short arms and legs, short leg long arms (the most used) and a steamer.

Actually, its probably more like 2-3 years before that happens, but it pisses me off when the rest of the wetty is OK.
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by alakaboo » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:05 am

Don't you only surf in Indo?
Why do you even own a wetsuit?
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Post by swvic » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:33 am

Triple X inform me they can't do it. Wetsuit side of business is closing down and they're in the process of seeling of the small amount of remaining stock. Get to it if you want a bargain

'boo, will have a look at all options including dive hoods

Truth is, we've had a couple of coldish days already and this arming myself with a 3/2 for winter idea has me wondering if I'm on the right path

Cranked's methodology makes some sense too. Don't think I've seen that combo in the surf since 1979
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Post by alakaboo » Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:12 am

Diving mates rate the radiator and sharkskin hoods.
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Cranked » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:02 pm

alakaboo wrote:Don't you only surf in Indo?
Why do you even own a wetsuit?
Unfortunately no 'boo, only half my time in Indo this year, last year three months.
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Cranked » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:06 pm

swvic wrote: Cranked's methodology makes some sense too. Don't think I've seen that combo in the surf since 1979
I'm thinking of getting a faux beavertail sewn on :-D-:
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by bobjs » Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:39 pm

These guys organise custom suits but don't know if they can do that combo

http://zaksurfboards.com/axxe-wetsuits/

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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by godsavethequeen » Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:53 pm

swvic wrote:Triple X inform me they can't do it. Wetsuit side of business is closing down and they're in the process of seeling of the small amount of remaining stock. Get to it if you want a bargain

'boo, will have a look at all options including dive hoods

Truth is, we've had a couple of coldish days already and this arming myself with a 3/2 for winter idea has me wondering if I'm on the right path

Cranked's methodology makes some sense too. Don't think I've seen that combo in the surf since 1979
swvic, this place http://www.surf-store.com sells the ION 3/2 and 2/1 hooded vests as well as the NP 0.5mm one. None of them are smoothskin but the ION ones can apparently be worn outside your suit as they've got a jersey lining. it's a UK site but they will send worldwide

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