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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby Tex » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:46 am

I could hear air going in and out of the puncture....it was so jacked up. I was at a party last night, the noise on my ears was so irritating, almost left after only an hour but my wife convinced me to stick it out. I think I need to get my ears drilled.
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby Major Lazer » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:38 pm

These boots look interesting.....

https://soliteboots.com/

Almost grabbed a pair during Seaside Surfs end of the year sale, but they didn't have my size.
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby smithgrind » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:12 pm

A former OSPer gave them a go on Saturday and didn't like them. He said the fit was a tad loose in the width
and the sole was too insensitive. I don't see the point if you have to wear socks with them and you do since the
foot mold of the booty isn't lined. Seems like a hass...
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby smithgrind » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:35 pm

I found an ebay seller with some very reasonable deals. If you know your brand and size and don't
sweat getting wetsuits via delivery, chances are you're gonna score hard. His feedback is stellar as well.

https://www.ebay.com/usr/serfbum64?_trk ... 7675.l2559
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby Howly Wolf » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:50 pm

Anyone using a wetsuit with a magnetic zipper latch? Convenient feature when it works, but the magnet on my xcel infinity seemed to lose it’s grip within a year and now unzips upon wave impact. Not cool. Curious if anyone else has had a similar experience or if it's just a defect in this particular suit? Still holding up nicely as a backup for mellow days, but not about to drop dollars on a similar design if it’s a widespread flaw
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby Major Lazer » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:21 pm

Not I. Interesting idea. Bailed on Xcel 5 or 6 years ago for my primary suit and been on the ONeil Pyscho Techs as posted here in Nov 2017. Zipper closure with button. Current suit has gone through 2 winter's now but will most likely need to replace come fall. Durability has been great and was quite toasty last weekend with the sun and butter glass Sat AM. May be time to bust out 4mil....... May entertain some Japanese rubber for replacement if a deal is at hand.

Good timing on thread resurrection. Need new boots left mine on my tire and drove away after all day beach post (and roast) up. Any reason to change things up after rocking Hotlines the majority of the last 20 years? Pretty thick soles and not the best board feel but durrable as hell and last me 3 or 4 years. Xcell Dry Locks? Those dipped boots aka Rip Curl Rubber Soul? Or Sollites custom molded boots?
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby smithgrind » Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:59 pm

Major Lazer wrote:. Xcell Dry Locks? Those dipped boots aka Rip Curl Rubber Soul? Or Sollites custom molded boots?

Dry Locks are great but aren’t all that durable and that goes double for the dipped Rip Curls. Felt like I could’ve torn one while pulling it on at the shop. I panned the Solites last year. I’m still a fan of the O’neill heat booties, time tested and still the best value for your $.
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby Major Lazer » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:06 am

Ok might have to keep the rubber kit all one brand and try this ONeils......
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby Howly Wolf » Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:20 pm

smithgrind wrote: Dry Locks are great but aren’t all that durable


Thanks for reminding me, I need to patch mine up. Been happy with them over the past year+ and other than a slight knick, they're holding up fairly well. Drylock gloves on the other hand (no pun intended) wear out way too quick for the price. Was feeling kinda off a few months back and eventually realized that the palms of my gloves had worn through enough to take on water, even though they still looked intact. For what Xcel charges, a pair of gloves should at least make it through the season :?
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby Spent » Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:43 pm

I've had great luck with Drylock booties. Super toasty, comfortable and durable. Only had one dry lock wetsuit. It has the magnet and is holding up well.
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby Tex » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:23 am

I have only been using Ripcurl....got my first suit back in 89 and never found the desire to try any other brand. Maybe one day but kinda doubt it.
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby Howly Wolf » Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:21 pm

If it works, it works...

Been really liking the Xcel Comp X. Magnet's doing fine so far and I really dig the lack of rubber belly-- keeps the suit light and flexible, even at 5.5 mm. The trade off (in theory) is a little less warmth, but I haven't really noticed the difference. Very quick drying time is an added bonus.

I did a little inspection on the back up wetsuit and although the nickel casing on the magnet looks a bit corroded, the problem itself seems to be slack in the adjoining cord that covers the zipper teeth. Wrapped it with a bunch of electrical tape to hopefully provide some extra catch.
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby Major Lazer » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:00 am

Vans has come to the market with a surf bootie. Looks like they have gone with the "dipped" tech. Only 3 mill thou, but guessing we'll see the boys of summer sporting them in the mediocre mush once the sun comes out and swell dies. Given how fashionable Vans have become, wouldn't be surprised to see the a-typical eastside Portland fashionista sporting them in the city. 80 bones puts them up there with Xcel Drylocks and Sollites, which seem to be the most expensive booties out there.

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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby McDing » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:18 am

Hyperflex——- Best suits, booties, gloves for the money. They,vet been making wetsuits longer than O’Neill for conditions harsher than the Northwest (Washington/ Oregon).
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Re: Wetsuit thread

Postby Tex » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:50 am

Ben Gravy Sig model for Hyperflex!!!!! For the Win!
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