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jlf
01-17-2007, 08:46 PM
Has anyone had any experience with the Vortex Barefoot suits, they have a woman's one that I am looking into. Just wondering if anyone has one and what they like or dislike about it? A friend has the Helix and I really liked his. He doens't seem to have any complaints about his. I have noticed that the amount of padding seems to be a bit thinner with the Vortex than some of the other brands out there.

Is there any brand or barefoot suit you would recommend?

Your two cents appreciated!!
Thanks, CJ

Footin
01-17-2007, 09:42 PM
Hi Carissa, I would try a Helix on first if you can. I have heard you either love them or hate them.

I personally like Barefoot International suits, I have had two or three and thy fit me well and last a long time.

Footin
01-17-2007, 09:42 PM
opps.. double post........

jlf
01-17-2007, 09:48 PM
I'd love to try them on, unfortunately there is no dealer for any type of suits near me that is why I am relying on my good friends here to help me out with some advice.

Footin
01-17-2007, 09:50 PM
I understand, if it's a great deal I would say to do it.

jlf
01-17-2007, 09:53 PM
I have never heard a bad thing about the Barefoot Internation suits either so I have also been looking at them too. I just liked the looks of the Vortex suits better. Part of the reason I was looking for input from people who have used them is because I've heard so little about them.

Footin
01-17-2007, 09:55 PM
I will always buy BI. The only BF suit I would stay away from is O'neil.

Had one 10 years ago and it fell apart in two years. I now get 5 or 6 years out of a BI.

jlf
01-17-2007, 09:57 PM
What is the biggest thing I want to look for in a barefoot suit?

Footin
01-17-2007, 10:01 PM
Nice snug fit (if you can try it on), thick padding in the butt, back and chest (especially the butt) and cool colors (it help to look cool)

Laurel_Lake_Skier
01-17-2007, 10:11 PM
I got a Helix about a year ago and really like it. I also have an Intensity that is several years old. It (the Vortex) did seem a bit thinner and I was a bit concerned about that. As it turns out, I like the thin padding for great flexibility. It does not seem to affect floatation or give any less impact absorbsion. I also notice a big difference in the glide of the suit....it really slips nicely on the water for starts and tumbles. My daughter has one of their women's models, not sure of the name, and although she doesn't use it as much as I do, it has worked well for her. I did see some like hers on ebay, none current models, new for $85 I think. That would be a nice deal

jlf
01-17-2007, 10:29 PM
The womans one is the one I was looking at. I can't recall it's name right now. Good to hear the thinner padding hasn't affected the impact absorbsion, 'cause I have a feeling I'll be taking a lot of tumbles as I am just learning to foot.

Laurel_Lake_Skier
01-17-2007, 10:34 PM
To get to the one I saw do an ebay search for "barefoot wetsuit"......same suit as my daughters.

whitedog
01-17-2007, 11:32 PM
Several in our club have vortex barefoot suits. Seem to like them but they don't seem to hold up as well as the BI suits. Made in China. BI suits are a bit stiffer and sized diferent so try one on. They are made in Milwaukee also. A bit more expensive they last a long time. I have one and so does my son, Eagle would be our second choice. Just my :twocents: .

atlfootr
01-18-2007, 08:08 AM
There's an exsisting thread I may of started or aleast added too awhile back re: this very subject.
However, after my most recent thread I'm keep'n my mouth shut on this subject.

Find the thread and you'll find my :twocents:

Mag_Red
01-18-2007, 08:16 AM
There's an exsisting thread I may of started awhile back re: this very subject.
However, after my most recent thread I'm keep'n my mouth shut on this subject.

Find the thread and you'll find my :twocents::rolleyes: At least post a link to it. I went back two pages of posts you started and didn't find it. The girl just wants your opinion..........we know you aren't shy....so just give it.8p

atlfootr
01-18-2007, 08:47 AM
:rolleyes: At least post a link to it. I went back two pages of posts you started and didn't find it. The girl just wants your opinion..........we know you aren't shy....so just give it.8p

11-27-2006 Learning to Barefoot (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=13054&highlight=vortex+barefoot)

08-23-2006 barefoot suits (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&highlight=vortex+barefoot) (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/mc2006/images/misc/multipage.gif 1 (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&highlight=vortex+barefoot) 2 (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&page=2&highlight=vortex+barefoot) 3 (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&page=3&highlight=vortex+barefoot) ... Last Page (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&page=7&highlight=vortex+barefoot))

06-02-2005 Wanted: Barefoot suit (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=3115&highlight=vortex+barefoot)

atlfootr
01-18-2007, 08:55 AM
08-14-2006

Originally Posted by sassydog
Quote: thanks for all the advice guys, i'll probably order my suit this week. i've narrowed it down to the BFI and the Vortex Helix V2, one designed by Seipel an the other by Scarpa. i know both have good reputations, but so far i'm leaning towards vortex.

atlfootr (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/member.php?u=1049)

DON'T BUY VORTEX ... :noface:
READ THE LABEL ... made in CHINA :mad:

jenglin
01-18-2007, 09:26 AM
I used to ski for a show ski team, and when I first joined we bought Eagle barefoot suits. They took a beaten week in and week out for 3-4 years skiing 3-4 times a week. Then our club went the Vortex suits. I really liked the suit. I highly recommended them!

No Skeez
01-18-2007, 09:44 AM
Carissa - We have most sizes in stock in the Vortex Women's Venus barefoot suit, in both the Pewter and Red colors. If you have a chance, and don't mind the drive, come on down and check it out this weekend. As I'm writing this our 214 is being unloaded, so we will have that in the showroom by tomorrow as well. Other than that, plenty of other '07s to check out!

We sold 6 of the Venus suits last year, 3 of which were sold to friends of mine who really like them. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Brian @ Redline

Mag_Red
01-18-2007, 10:03 AM
11-27-2006 Learning to Barefoot (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=13054&highlight=vortex+barefoot)

08-23-2006 barefoot suits (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&highlight=vortex+barefoot) (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/mc2006/images/misc/multipage.gif 1 (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&highlight=vortex+barefoot) 2 (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&page=2&highlight=vortex+barefoot) 3 (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&page=3&highlight=vortex+barefoot) ... Last Page (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&page=7&highlight=vortex+barefoot))

06-02-2005 Wanted: Barefoot suit (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=3115&highlight=vortex+barefoot)
Thanks Alt!

Mag_Red
01-18-2007, 10:04 AM
11-27-2006 Learning to Barefoot (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=13054&highlight=vortex+barefoot)

08-23-2006 barefoot suits (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&highlight=vortex+barefoot) (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/mc2006/images/misc/multipage.gif 1 (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&highlight=vortex+barefoot) 2 (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&page=2&highlight=vortex+barefoot) 3 (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&page=3&highlight=vortex+barefoot) ... Last Page (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=10911&page=7&highlight=vortex+barefoot))

06-02-2005 Wanted: Barefoot suit (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=3115&highlight=vortex+barefoot)
Thanks Atfootr!

atlfootr
01-18-2007, 11:01 AM
Thanks Atfootr!Welcome Mag_Red :D

barefoot
01-18-2007, 11:42 AM
I have a BFI suit. I like the extra padding in the back and butt. Seiples clam is that all seams are double stitched and glued...that's why they last longer then other suites. If you decide to buy one, order one size SMALLER. To give you an idea, I'm 5'8, 160 and I wear an x-small. It's super snug, but that's what I wanted. There is no need for extra material to be catching on the water when you're doing a tumble or take a hard fall.

One thing that might help is a review by barefootcentral.com. Watch the videos and you get an idea what to look for. All the water tests and weigh-ins are to the right of the pics.

http://barefootcentral.com/Suit_Review_Specs_Men.htm

loeweb
01-18-2007, 12:24 PM
I personally love my eagle. One problem I have with mine is that it seems to be very tight the first few times out in the season. I think that it shrinks over the long winter;)

CoFooter
01-18-2007, 12:36 PM
I personally love my eagle. One problem I have with mine is that it seems to be very tight the first few times out in the season. I think that it shrinks over the long winter;)

Loeweb, its the adult beverages that shring your wetsuit. Happens to me every spring.

My vote is for BI suits, though Vortex would be a close second.

jlf
01-22-2007, 08:47 AM
I guess I am really bad at doing searches to see if the subject has already been discussed or not, sorry. I read all the links, thanks you. Seems I probably can't go wrong with either of my two choices.
Thank you all for the input.

I am leaning towards a suit with no sleeves. I've also noticed not nearly the selection if I want to buy a woman's suit. Would a man's suit work as well? I am not a professional here and I don't plan on becoming one. Just want to learn for fun. Both of my wet suits are men's and they seem to fit and work fine for me.

jlf
01-22-2007, 08:48 AM
Carissa - We have most sizes in stock in the Vortex Women's Venus barefoot suit, in both the Pewter and Red colors. If you have a chance, and don't mind the drive, come on down and check it out this weekend. As I'm writing this our 214 is being unloaded, so we will have that in the showroom by tomorrow as well. Other than that, plenty of other '07s to check out!

We sold 6 of the Venus suits last year, 3 of which were sold to friends of mine who really like them. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Brian @ Redline
Brian, do you carry both the Vortex and BI suits? I could try both on.

Workin' 4 Toys
01-22-2007, 09:15 AM
08-14-2006



atlfootr (http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/member.php?u=1049)

DON'T BUY VORTEX ... :noface:
READ THE LABEL ... made in CHINA :mad:
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......Notes to self:



;)

No Skeez
01-22-2007, 09:39 AM
Carissa -
We stock the Vortex suits, although we can also order any of Seipel's sutis. I've got a small Iron sleeveless grey/black here that's on consignment for a customer who just bought a new Helix V2. It's recommended size range is 5'6" to 5'9", chest 24" - 38", and weight 135 - 155. (all from the BFI Website). Otherwise, again, we have almost all sizes in all colors in the Vortex Venus suit.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Brian

jlf
01-25-2007, 08:54 AM
Carissa -
We stock the Vortex suits, although we can also order any of Seipel's sutis. I've got a small Iron sleeveless grey/black here that's on consignment for a customer who just bought a new Helix V2. It's recommended size range is 5'6" to 5'9", chest 24" - 38", and weight 135 - 155. (all from the BFI Website). Otherwise, again, we have almost all sizes in all colors in the Vortex Venus suit.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Brian
Thanks but when I buy a suit I am buying a brand new one. I do not want used. I am really undecided between the Vortex and the BI suit. I'd really like to try both on.

sassydog
01-28-2007, 01:48 PM
I've learned on Rockman's BI, and it did great by me. Bi hasn't changed much about their suit design over the years, but i guess if it's not broke, don't fix it. I decided on Vortex because of the different features compared to BI. Vortex is a thinner, much tighter fit compared to BI which allows for more freesomd of movement, but it stretches A LOT more than a BI will. Buy small in size, the stretch will adjust once you're in the water. I also love the racheting cinch straps Vortex offers, geat design. I odered an extra pair for Rockman's BI and they cost $18 for two, but they were shipped for free. BI will float a little high when you're in the water, if that's any preference to you. Although vortex is a thinnner suit, i've felt no differece when riding on my butt, but padded shorts are a must. Which is another point....Bi shorts a much thicker than Vortex giving you a lot more comfort when riding on your butt for a few miles, but Vortex shorts have a front zipper and handles which make them much easier to get on and off. I don't think either is worse than the other, just different. You can always do what Rockman did. Buy a BI while you're learning, then buy a vortex or eagle later on and keep the BI for when you teach others to foot. Need any more help, email me. good luck

JohnnyB
01-28-2007, 04:15 PM
I own an Intensity with sleeves. The suit has lasted a long time (I think I bought it in '95). I hate the sleeves and would recommend that you go sleeveless. I also inherited a Bare barefoot suit from my brother-in-law who doesn't foot anymore....its sleeveless but is nowhere near as durable as the other brands. The only time I wear it is when mine is on loan to someone in the boat I'm trying to teach how to foot....seems to be a regular thing :D

When I buy a new one, it'll be a BI, eagle or Vortex. From what I've read, BI and Vortex will be the front runners.

Good luck with your purchase.

tex
01-28-2007, 04:26 PM
I own Intesity, Eagle, and O'Neil BF suits. My Eagle is the most comfortable. I wear it to showski in. My Intesity is one bad ars bf suit. My O'Neil is too old to judge. I own 3 or 4 other O'Neils and love them. I have 2 or 3 Wet Tech jumps suits which rock. I also have a Dolphin jumpsuit that is ugly but is tough as nails!

areamike
02-13-2007, 12:25 PM
I've only owned Eagle. Eagle has great padding, but is overall, a boring suit. I have finally made the leap and ordered a Vortex Helix V2 today. I figure it's time to stop being brand loyal at the very least. And after reviewing the suit, it appears that Vortex is really starting to make name for itself.
I doubt I will be disappointed after being so thoroughly disappointed by my recent Eagle BF suit purchase.(rant aside)
So we shall see. I will post back after I have had a chance to test the suit out.
I don't think you can go wrong these days with the different suits out there. It's all about quality and for the most part, most manufacturer's build a good suit. It boils down to the Consumer's likes and dislikes.

MasterCrafting
02-20-2007, 11:18 PM
Love my Eagle.

sizzler
02-21-2007, 02:04 AM
i have a sleeveless eagle suit ......a stealth...great suit...very comfortable.....i use a heater shirt underneath when its a bit chilly...

areamike
02-21-2007, 08:26 AM
Just got the New Vortex Helix V2. It fits great. Actually, it fits better than my Eagle. Feels more like a custom fitting suit. It also has a nice Crotch protection pad built in...no real need for a cup for learning deep backs. It's very flexible compared to my Eagle. Although I will continue to use my Eagle during Winter skiing, the Vortex will be my primary Summer footin' suit.