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Old 04-07-2018, 01:19 PM
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Educate me on Wetsuits

I have been around water sports all my life but I have never owned a wetsuit. Since we live in Canada our season is very short and our water is cold. The lake we frequent the most rarely gets above 70 degrees. Last year I saw 71~72 a couple times. This means we frequently ski in low 60's and sometimes get started with water temps in the 50's.

I am into wake surfing primarily but do wakeboard leisurely as well as slalom. I am 6'1" and 190lbs. I am 40ish if that matters.

What should I be looking for?

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Old 04-07-2018, 01:57 PM
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You don't have to reinvent the wheel. I use a shorty "spring" suit if the water is 60-65 degrees, a suit with long sleeves and legs if it's any colder. You shouldn't have to spend more than $100 for a long-sleeve suit. There's lots of choices.
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Old 04-07-2018, 02:28 PM
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Thanks, So all wetsuits are created equal?

I know there are lots of choices. Was hoping for some brand recommendations?
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Old 04-07-2018, 03:54 PM
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Higher priced wetsuits use a more flexible neoprene, have more waterproof seams, and are lined. Features that make it warmer and more comfortable and less restrictive. If you're out paddling around for 4 hours it's worth the money. For 5 minutes runs behind a boat you can get any basic surf brand. I like Rip Curl but most are similar for lower end suits. Check out Rip Curl or O'Neil websites and they show temp ranges for dif models or go to Evo and chat with them.
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Old 04-07-2018, 04:35 PM
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I have an O'Neill suit that I bought from Overton's, works great. Since you're using it for short periods of time, and not spending hours under water scuba diving, it will be hard to go wrong
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Old 04-07-2018, 04:48 PM
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Thicker is warmer, but stiffer and harder to move in.
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Old 04-07-2018, 05:33 PM
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Even tho we live in the south, we start early when the water is mid 50s and in the 60s. We bought 3/2 suits and they work just fine - we actually found that our head/hair and hands got colder before our body. So a few years back we bough a neoprene skull cap - helped a ton for us to ride longer.
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Old 04-07-2018, 05:58 PM
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Old 04-07-2018, 10:22 PM
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Not much to add about the suits. we take some coolers with water bottles of hot water. Before getting in dump some water down the front and back of the wetsuit. It makes getting in 50 degree water not too bad.
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Old 04-07-2018, 10:37 PM
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Even tho we live in the south, we start early when the water is mid 50s and in the 60s. We bought 3/2 suits and they work just fine - we actually found that our head/hair and hands got colder before our body. So a few years back we bough a neoprene skull cap - helped a ton for us to ride longer.
We use swim caps. Have done footin runs in drysuit at 37 deg air and 37 deg water. Swim cap, gloves. Knit hat and sorell boot liners when back in the boat.

Oh yeah...heater on too

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