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Maristar210
03-23-2007, 12:27 PM
I hoped to get some advice on this from you guys. I have a shorty that I wear but would like something more for spring and fall. I tried on a drysuit and it was like wearing a chocke collar.:mad:

Any recommendations?

TIA - Steve

erkoehler
03-23-2007, 12:32 PM
I have a BFI dry suit and so far, it is pretty good. No leaks, and once the seals stretch a bit they are very comfortable.

Oh, we carry BFI too, so let me know and I can hook you up :)

X2M
03-23-2007, 12:34 PM
Have you looked at full wetsuits? They dont choke as bad as a drysuit but still keep you warm.

east tx skier
03-23-2007, 12:37 PM
I bought an TI wetsuit from Ski Limited several years ago and it has been fine for those early chilly months. Inexpensive, too.

Sodar
03-23-2007, 12:42 PM
If you are looking for a westuit, I LOVE my 3/2 Xcel Infinity suit... I use it for surfing and skiing, all the time.
http://xcelwetsuits.com/05surf/home.html

I also have an O'niell (not sure what the name is) that is very nice. It is a 4/3 for the COLD water. I like it, but it is just not as comfy as my exel 3/2.
You can also build a suit to your specs though O'niell... http://www.oneill.com/mens-surf-wetsuit-builder.php

If you would like any O'neill products, I can check on getting a discount for you, my buddy gets most stuff at wholesale through the lifeguard department...

DO NOT go with a cheap suit, if you use your suit often and spend long lengths of time in the water... this is one product where you REALLY get what you pay for... the Ski Limited, Gladiator, etc. suits that you see in overtons and the like are great for short times in the water and used infrequently, but for long in water time and lasting quality, a name brand is the way to go!

east tx skier
03-23-2007, 01:08 PM
Just to revisit, I'll just say that the cheapo Ski Ltd stuff work fine for what cold water we get in Texas. They (all 3 of them that various members of our family own) have also held up well for many seasons (short wetsuit seasons). No rips, torn seams, or anything but fine work. They've kept me warm enough.

My hot top (that sees a bit more use) is an O'Neil and it's definitely better from a quality standpoint. But the el cheapos have done just fine for the four or so outings they get per year.

That said, if I lived in a colder climate or had need to use them more, I'd splurge on/recommend an O'Neil.

Sodar
03-23-2007, 01:18 PM
I am coming from a surfer's standpoint, where my suit is worn at least 3 times a weak and I sit in the water for hours on end. All the Ski Limited suits do not hold up very well in these conditions and from what I have seen are just stitched at the seams. I always go with a suit that has been glued, stitched and taped at the seams. Most of my suits could virtually be dry suits if they had a waterproof zipper and wrist and ankle seals because of this...


My truest apologies Doug!

jraben8
03-23-2007, 01:18 PM
I have a ski limited wetsuit that is about 15 years old. It gets worn about 2 times a year but it has done everything that I have asked it to. It is definitely thinner than any other suit that I have owned but has withstood the test of time. Not bad for the money.

I have a BFI shorty barefoot suit that I will wear the majority of the time when I need one.

I also have a Polaris (yes, that's right) dry suit that I picked up for next to nothing. I haven't worn a Bare or O'Neill dry suit but it is definitely warmer than the Galdiator suit that I have tried. The Polaris also came lined in a thin layer of fleece. Just something else for you to think about...

Archimedes
03-23-2007, 01:21 PM
Unless money is really an issue, I would go O'Neill all the way. All our suits (wet and drysuits) are O'Neill and they're awesome. Not only do they perform great, but they last and last. I wouldn't buy anything but O'Neill myself.

suedv
03-23-2007, 01:23 PM
My son has various wet suits of his own. However, I know one that he's borrowed from his roomate and has worn a lot was actually made for surf boarding.

One of his roomates is from California and did a lot of surfing before coming here to Michigan... he got Ben hooked on the wet suits made for surfing. I'll try to remember to ask Ben next time he comes home if he knows what brand it its. He's said that it's warm and more flexible than his so movement is easier.

east tx skier
03-23-2007, 01:26 PM
My truest apologies Doug!

Absolutely no apologies necessary. Like I said, they are "el cheapos." And if a wetsuit was something that was more of a necessity around here (or if I was a surfer), I'd have gone with O'Neil as I did when I bought my 1.5 mil neo shirt. The fullsuit I have gets used four times per year tops. So I just went with something that was quick and easy and for that it has served its purpose and continues to do so.

TX.X-30 fan
03-23-2007, 01:59 PM
I hoped to get some advice on this from you guys. I have a shorty that I wear but would like something more for spring and fall. I tried on a drysuit and it was like wearing a chocke collar.:mad:

Any recommendations?

TIA - Steve


This would probably fit huh????




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Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-23-2007, 02:24 PM
Staristar, get out your phone book. Look for Omar the tent maker. Call him up. Tell him to get a semi truck load of neoprene delivered to him, sew it up in the shape of that Staypuft marshmellow man from Ghostbusters, and pick it up at the fair grounds. 8p 8p

For real, It depends on how much cold weather skiing your going for. I have a dry suit I wear for cold weather with fleece under it. then I wear a full body wetsuit 3/2 MM for the rest of the summer until fall. I am a freeze cat, so I stay in a wet suit. I can go with out, but they tend to break falls a bit easier, and I fall often. :o

I recommend a BFI dry suit. Excellent quality!

As far as wet suit, just pick one that fits you well and fits your needs.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-23-2007, 02:26 PM
This would probably fit huh????




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Thats the idea!!! Staristar! he found your wetsuit!:uglyhamme :uglyhamme :uglyhamme

Maristar210
03-23-2007, 02:30 PM
This would probably fit huh????




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Hey Texas X-30

What you make your girlfriend dress up as on the weekends is your business not mine 8p 8p

Maristar210
03-23-2007, 02:31 PM
Staristar, get out your phone book. Look for Omar the tent maker. Call him up. Tell him to get a semi truck load of neoprene delivered to him, sew it up in the shape of that Staypuft marshmellow man from Ghostbusters, and pick it up at the fair grounds. 8p 8p

For real, It depends on how much cold weather skiing your going for. I have a dry suit I wear for cold weather with fleece under it. then I wear a full body wetsuit 3/2 MM for the rest of the summer until fall. I am a freeze cat, so I stay in a wet suit. I can go with out, but they tend to break falls a bit easier, and I fall often. :o

I recommend a BFI dry suit. Excellent quality!

As far as wet suit, just pick one that fits you well and fits your needs.



Does BFI stand for Big Fat Idiot? If so it might be perfect for me....

LOL :D

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-23-2007, 02:35 PM
Does BFI stand for Big Fat Idiot? If so it might be perfect for me....

LOL
Sure it does Staristar! I think you size is EG, which is Extra Big Goon8p

actually, NO, It dont. I can tell you what it stands for, but I will probably get kicked off the site. the mods are watching, dontchano!:D

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-23-2007, 02:36 PM
Hey Texas X-30

What you make your girlfriend dress up as on the weekends is your business not mine 8p 8p
Yea thats right X-30 this is a family site! Dont put that weird eccentric home made psuedo porn on here. ;) ;)

Sodar
03-23-2007, 02:37 PM
Sure it does Staristar! I think you size is EG, which is Extra Big Goon8p :D

Wouldn't that be EBG??!!??

Maristar210
03-23-2007, 02:39 PM
yeah, what he said.

Don't M A K E me go put on the yellow speedo and take a photo8p :D

bigmac
03-23-2007, 02:41 PM
Speaking of that choking feeling, I have the BFI wet suit. It is most definitely a robust garment, well-suited to abuse. Along those lines, however, that robust-ness translates into thicker and tighter seals and the neck, and especially at the wrist and ankles. Prior to that, I had an Overtons dry suit and the lighter seals were definitely more comfortable - they were completely waterproof too, although I don't know how they would have stood up to repeated falls from a hydrofoil because I didn't have the suit long enough. I sent two of them back to Overtons because of leaking seams in the crotch/waist. My point is that a standard dry suit doesn't have to be uncomfortable, and as Erk said, the seals do definitely stretch to the point of comfort after awhile.

Between foiling and almost 40 years of scuba diving, I have many different wet suits of varying configurations and thicknesses. I can tell you that I have come to the conclusion that if the water is cold enough to need a full wet suit, a dry suit is most definitely the way to go. I like the baggy style - it's great to be dressed up in your nice warm polar fleece, slide into your suit and ski without even having to take your cell phone off your belt. The biggest benefit is not having to deal with that time interval between when you're clothes are off and you're putting on the wet suit as well as the time between where you take the wet wet suit off and put your warm clothes back on. Also, and maybe it's an age thing, I really appreciate not having to deal with that 60 seconds of shock when you first get in the water with your wet suit on.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-23-2007, 02:45 PM
yeah, what he said.

Don't M A K E me go put on the yellow speedo and take a photo8p :D
I love it when you talk dirty.....:uglyhamme

Maristar210
03-23-2007, 02:50 PM
Speaking of that choking feeling, I have the BFI wet suit. It is most definitely a robust garment, well-suited to abuse. Along those lines, however, that robust-ness translates into thicker and tighter seals and the neck, and especially at the wrist and ankles. Prior to that, I had an Overtons dry suit and the lighter seals were definitely more comfortable - they were completely waterproof too, although I don't know how they would have stood up to repeated falls from a hydrofoil because I didn't have the suit long enough. I sent two of them back to Overtons because of leaking seams in the crotch/waist. My point is that a standard dry suit doesn't have to be uncomfortable, and as Erk said, the seals do definitely stretch to the point of comfort after awhile.

Between foiling and almost 40 years of scuba diving, I have many different wet suits of varying configurations and thicknesses. I can tell you that I have come to the conclusion that if the water is cold enough to need a full wet suit, a dry suit is most definitely the way to go. I like the baggy style - it's great to be dressed up in your nice warm polar fleece, slide into your suit and ski without even having to take your cell phone off your belt. The biggest benefit is not having to deal with that time interval between when you're clothes are off and you're putting on the wet suit as well as the time between where you take the wet wet suit off and put your warm clothes back on. Also, and maybe it's an age thing, I really appreciate not having to deal with that 60 seconds of shock when you first get in the water with your wet suit on.


Hmmm. Thanks for the advice Bigmac. I don't mind spending the extra on a drysuit but as you mention the choking was an issue, at least for me. I'll check out the BFI and thanks for all the replies, even you Texas X-30 you sick and twisted devil:D

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-23-2007, 02:55 PM
Hmmm. Thanks for the advice Bigmac. I don't mind spending the extra on a drysuit but as you mention the choking was an issue, at least for me. I'll check out the BFI and thanks for all the replies, even you Texas X-30 you sick and twisted devil:D
Maybe if you quit ordering those double sausage pizzas you love so much, your neck will lose some weight and it wont be a problem.8p ;)

TX.X-30 fan
03-23-2007, 02:56 PM
yeah, what he said.

Don't M A K E me go put on the yellow speedo and take a photo8p :D


I dont have a yellow, but here is me in a little black one I picked up. :D



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Maristar210
03-23-2007, 03:07 PM
Maybe if you quit ordering those double sausage pizzas you love so much, your neck will lose some weight and it wont be a problem.8p ;)


I have not actually had a double sausage or any other pizza in quite some time. I have been eating chicken breasts, spinach salads and veggies all week. Hell I even ran 4 times this week:o

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-23-2007, 03:15 PM
Hell I even ran 4 times this week:o
yea, to the bar!;) 8p

TX.X-30 fan
03-23-2007, 03:17 PM
I have not actually had a double sausage or any other pizza in quite some time. I have been eating chicken breasts, spinach salads and veggies all week. Hell I ran 4 times this week:o



That what happens when you eat all that salad. 8p 8p

Maristar210
03-23-2007, 03:21 PM
yea, to the bar!;) 8p


My buddy did call me yesterday trying to get me to meet him for a beer and I said no.

No bars, no beer, no pizza all week. Tonight on the other hand........:D

bigmac
03-23-2007, 04:25 PM
I dont have a yellow, but here is me in a little black one I picked up. :D


Oh, to be so huge....


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Monte
03-23-2007, 04:33 PM
Oh, to be so huge....


.


and I figured that was Toober Tom;)

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-26-2007, 11:15 AM
Did you decide on a dry suit yet Staristar?

Ric
03-26-2007, 11:36 AM
This thread turned out really gay

Maristar210
03-26-2007, 01:09 PM
This thread turned out really gay

Don't hide your Speedo jealousy Ric....

There's more to life than Dungeons and Dragons you know8p

barefoot
03-26-2007, 05:28 PM
Staristar...Have you thought about just getting a heater shirt? they're about a quarter of the cost of a dry suit and may be an option if you aren't using your suit 5 days a week. That may also solve your choker problem...

Doug G
03-26-2007, 05:54 PM
I bought a 4/3mm JetPilot CHAMBER Full Wetsuit last year from www.wetsuitwearhouse.com (http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com) and love it. These guys were great to work with. Called em up cuz I didn't fit the size chart exactly got the right size the first time but they were ready to swap it if it wasn't right. Best prices I could find online as well.

The suit is flexible enough to ride in but built well. Definately keep warm and damn near dry for a wetsuit. First time I used it I did 2 sets with it without a vest because I forgot (new routine and feeling) and had some bouyancy, gives you an idea of how well it is sealed.

... 100% super stretch Zeeno Water Resistant Neoprene ... 100% sealed and taped ... seams with no exposed threads ...poly fleece lining ... The Hydro-Dam integrated interior Flex-Lite neoprene barrier adds leak prevention and warmth with an integrated neck gasket to insure a water tight seal.

RobertT
03-26-2007, 05:57 PM
I skipped the middle three pages of this, so hopefully this is not repetitive.

Get the drysuit, but for god sake done let it be uncomfortable. Cut the sucker.

go here and read this, and give your poor neck a break...

http://www.boatertalk.com/faq.php?id=5

I just bought a new drysuit, and even with the largest gaskets available still trimmed 3/4" off the wrists, 1/2" off the neck, and 1" off the ankles. It should be reasonably tight, yet comfortable. Personally, i would rather have a quarter teaspoon of water leak in than have my head blow off.

RobertT
03-26-2007, 05:57 PM
I skipped the middle three pages of this, so hopefully this is not repetitive.

Get the drysuit, but for god sake done let it be uncomfortable. Cut the sucker.

go here and read this, and give your poor neck a break...

http://www.boatertalk.com/faq.php?id=5

I just bought a new drysuit, and even with the largest gaskets available still trimmed 3/4" off the wrists, 1/2" off the neck, and 1" off the ankles. It should be reasonably tight, yet comfortable. Personally, i would rather have a quarter teaspoon of water leak in than have my head blow off.

tex
03-26-2007, 11:39 PM
I am coming from a surfer's standpoint, where my suit is worn at least 3 times a weak and I sit in the water for hours on end. All the Ski Limited suits do not hold up very well in these conditions and from what I have seen are just stitched at the seams. I always go with a suit that has been glued, stitched and taped at the seams. Most of my suits could virtually be dry suits if they had a waterproof zipper and wrist and ankle seals because of this...


My truest apologies Doug!
Right on Soda-I have the old Oneill Assault. It was great. Over 12 years old and has been worn everyday some years.