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LKGman
09-24-2012, 04:21 PM
OK everyone, I'm seeking some input on wetsuits. Haven't bought one in over 25 years. Biggest question is in regard to neoprene thickness. What's better, a 3mm suit, 2mm suit, or a 2/1mm suit. Looking for the best in durability as well as mobility. Is a 3mm suit overkill, or is the 1mm neoprene too thin? Thanks in advance for all suggestions.

mikeg205
09-24-2012, 04:45 PM
how cold of water do you plan on getting into and water air temp... I have a 3mm short which I use in sept thru early october and a 7/5 full for late october until my last ride which is sometimes late october...

LKGman
09-24-2012, 05:30 PM
Here in VA, the water is probably still in the low 60's on into November. Not looking for anything past that really. Our water is back up there by mid April. Air temps in the 60's as well in Nov, and into the 70's when we start back up in April.

GoneBoatN
09-25-2012, 12:59 AM
:D: Google answers all - look at http://oceancitykiteboarding.com/wetsuit-water-temperature-chart

I have a 3/2 (where 3mm is in the core and 2mm is in the extremities) and I'm fine in it to the low 70's for water temperature. When it gets colder than that (no one will go boarding with me past that) I stop boating and start Scuba diving with a 7mm in 51 degree water. I'm comfortable with a 7mm wet suit where others need a dry suit else they start getting hypothermic. A lot depends upon your tolerance for cold.

88 PS190
09-25-2012, 01:44 AM
Problem is, if the boat has hot water showers, I'm a water + air = 80 kinda guy in trunks and a vest. Just you get on that throttle and get the boat warmed up first.

Frankly, so long as you can rinse off in warm water and hit a towel it really doesn't matter, the water will be OMG cold, the set will be short, but you recover fast and are ready to go again.

mikeg205
09-25-2012, 07:56 AM
With the 7/5 i never have to recover and muscle strength is better and i can run a longer set.

GoneBoatN
10-04-2012, 05:39 PM
With the 7/5 i never have to recover and muscle strength is better and i can run a longer set.

Not to mention with one of those you hard need a (CGA) vest. :D

GoneBoatN
10-04-2012, 05:40 PM
Not to mention with one of those you hard need a (CGA) vest. :D

Oh, BTW, I have a 7MM but it is for Scuba diving in 51 degree water.

Gert
10-09-2012, 03:33 AM
Wife and me are both having long suits for years. Wife 6/3, me 5/3.
Very comfortable, summer and fall.
Watertemp approx 53 - 71