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LKGman
09-24-2012, 05:31 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.
Not looking for a footin' suit.

TxsRiverRat
09-24-2012, 05:52 PM
I ski in an all over 2 mil. i have a henderson shorty thats lasted 22 years so far

on a 3/2, the 3 is in the torso.

i tried one of those long sleeve wetsuit tops (top only) and there was alot of water transfer up the lower back, so I will stick to a shorty.

76S&S
09-24-2012, 06:25 PM
What type of temps will you be boarding/skiing in? Dry suit is where it's at, for anything COLD.

LKGman
09-24-2012, 06:29 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.

TxsRiverRat
09-24-2012, 06:31 PM
Once its gets cold cold is it even worth it? the air temps make your ski and bindings more rigid, your body less flexible, and its just pure pain... And the drysuit hinders your range of motion bad bad ...

Not worth it IMO.

76S&S
09-24-2012, 06:35 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.

For those temps a shorty would do the trick.

LKGman
09-24-2012, 06:39 PM
Absolutely, my question was, does the thickness of the neoprene have that much effect in regards to mobility and durability?

ttu
09-24-2012, 06:46 PM
both of my wetsuits are 2/3 and they are good down to 60 degree water.

mikeg205
09-24-2012, 08:11 PM
I ski in 3mm shorty sept to mid oct...then I use my 7/5mm for october thru last ride of season. never felt inhibit bt 7/5 henderson suit...wore the 7/5 on march 16 when air was 80 and water was 49...

CruisinGA
09-24-2012, 10:14 PM
I have a $100 Billbong 3/2. It is very stretchy and flexible. My friend's 3/2 Oneill's seem a little warmer and heavier built, but not nearly as flexible.

I wear it under my barefoot suit, or by itself wakeboarding and stand up jetskiing in water down to sub 50 degrees. When wakeboarding or jetskiing, some booties and sometimes gloves go a long way.

madcityskier
09-25-2012, 09:28 AM
I wear a 3/2 when it gets too cold for a swim suit. Last December we got out on the 20th. Some ice was on parts of the lake. I layered the 2m pants from a farmer john suit under and was very comfortable. Neighbor loves his drysuit, but I feel like someone is choking me with that on.

mikeg205
09-25-2012, 09:29 AM
Dec 20th - in Madison, WI - you're a rock star!

madcityskier
09-25-2012, 10:38 AM
Turns out the Santa suits that would fit me over a wetsuit and life vest are hard to find and expensive. Had to settle for Santa hat and my red/white UW sweatshirt. The sheriff did watch from shore. Guess he wondered how long til he would have to call in a rescue. Then curds and beer for lunch made for a great afternoon.

TxsRiverRat
09-25-2012, 12:36 PM
and you northerners call us stupid down here! Hahaha

madcityskier
09-26-2012, 09:59 PM
Never called you stupid, but never claimed to be smart.

mikeg205
09-26-2012, 10:19 PM
only one thing wrong - W on the shirt... :).... fat connely to get up on plane quick? :D

mikeg205
09-26-2012, 10:26 PM
Never called you stupid, but never claimed to be smart.

Hey mad...dry suits? I am geared up for some November runs...may have to come up to Madison if your game.

madcityskier
09-27-2012, 12:15 AM
We get a bit hit and miss as our crew has busy kids. Mine is currently involved in soccer/volleyball/basketball/choir and has music lessons once a week as well. We usually have at least 2 practices each night and 2 games each weekend day. Getting out this Sunday morning, after that it's a catch as catch can type of thing. Let me know when you'll be around and we'll try to get together.
I'm a true wetsuit guy. The neighbor loves his drysuit, and his feet are small enough that even with his booties on he can get his feet in the bindings. My 14's just have to take the cold, the price I pay for such a great understanding ;-)

Traxx822
09-27-2012, 12:17 AM
I have a $100 Billbong 3/2. It is very stretchy and flexible. My friend's 3/2 Oneill's seem a little warmer and heavier built, but not nearly as flexible.

I wear it under my barefoot suit, or by itself wakeboarding and stand up jetskiing in water down to sub 50 degrees. When wakeboarding or jetskiing, some booties and sometimes gloves go a long way.

Have the same suit. Happy with it so far.

madcityskier
09-27-2012, 12:19 AM
Oh, and the BigDaddy was purchased when we were still running a 4cyl i/o with usually 4-6 people in it. Made the boat easier to get up with, but more importantly kept the neccessary speed to a level my wife is comfortable driving. Got used to it and never looked back. I can ski on a 67" regular ski with a toe plate, but I really like this once I got the setup dialed in.

DJnGA
09-27-2012, 12:19 AM
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/camaro-mundaka-c1-11-full-wetsuit-4and3mm-for-men~p~1858n/?filterString=Camaro-Wetsuits-and-Drysuits~bs~3054~137%2F&colorFamily=27

maxpower220
09-27-2012, 09:51 AM
I have a 3/2 full suit, a 3/2 shorty, and have had a dry suit. I felt the warmest in the dry suit (dah). I had the type that was wetsuit like in the legs and baggy in the torso. If I buy another, it will be the full baggy. All of these were easy to ski board and surf in.

Look at a baggy type drysuit and you can get into any temps that you want.