The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

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The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Straighthander » Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:08 pm

I don't know if this thread will catch on but here goes:

Surf mags are too scared of the manufacturers to give meaningful reviews of products, and there are numerous threads on here about good and bad gear but they're spread all over the place. So, the purpose of this thread is to give a brief review of the gear you've used and think is good or bad.

This isn't supposed to turn into a 'what wetsuit should I buy thread' - this has been done to death and if you still need to ask you are a moron.

As an example:

Frostfire Moonbag (wetsuit bag).

Bad because: the name is gay and it's a bit gimmicky, but it was bought as a present so I gave it a go.

Good because: it keeps your feet off frozen ground and your wet gear wrapped up inside afterwards. Doesn't split after a couple of weeks like a bin liner.

Overall: good product, especially if your wet gear spends a while in the car on the way home.
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Henry86 » Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:18 pm

like your thinking on this idea. Unfortunately have nothing new to review but could be useful if it catches on.
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby mal-nourished » Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:14 pm

ollypop towel...crap buy a cheap towel from poundstretcher and draw your own feet on..... :roll: indo boards ...roll up a thomson tele book with masking tape and a piece of timber ... :roll:
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Chris F » Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:42 pm

Make your own indo board;

http://www.xshelton.com/balance_board/

I have a 2ft x 2ft sheet of tough yellow PVC i get changed on. Free from a tip. Can roll suit in it and stand on to squeeze out water.
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby carvemagazine » Wed Feb 20, 2008 4:04 pm

Is this a review products thread or DIY versions? I like the thought of both really. Another DIY one for ya, instead of a wax comb make your own by cutting up your old credit cards!
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Powl2 » Wed Feb 20, 2008 4:24 pm

^^ Or nick 'em off the (over)pricetags on the boardies at your least fav surf shop...!
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby J L » Wed Feb 20, 2008 4:52 pm

On the subject of wax, all the little bits you end up with, melt em down poor in to cake cup's hey presto loads of new wax that is a really good base coat.

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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby swiggy » Wed Feb 20, 2008 4:55 pm

if youre gonna buy a snooker cue from jjb sports or somewhere, the price tags are on the fat end. so take the fat end of a 10 quid cue and screw the rest of a 100 quid cue onto it. you've basically got yourself a 100 quid cue for a tenner, the nib etc is the expensiv bit not the handle. 8)

and that change towel thing thats like 30, its just a dressing gown, 2 quid from matalan :roll:
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Black » Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:54 pm

SURFBOARDS - Don't buy them, they're rubbish if you want to get anything else done in your life.
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Underdog » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:08 pm

Rackpads from overpriced surf shop :pottytrain2:
Pipe Lagging and Gaffer Tape from B & Q :hello1:
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby jwright » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:34 pm

The blue bags from Ikea stores work as well as moonbags and are free or cheap (can't remember) they take all your wet stuff and don't tear.
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby thatissognarly » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:11 am

Powl2 wrote:^^ Or nick 'em off the (over)pricetags on the boardies at your least fav surf shop...!


Tk Maxx is the easiest to do this from. Got several 'cool' ones from there. This Wolfpak one with fin key in it. Well good. Also on quiksilver boardies they sometime have these well good ding stickers. Quality.
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Jimmy Slade » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:16 am

cant get much gear at the mo bit of a drought going on but i like the stronger smellier almost halucinogenic stuff meeself, or giggly moroccan stuff is good as well :lol: as for mushies cant go far wrong with Mexican ones :lol:
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Matt Rose » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:35 am

thatissognarly wrote:
Powl2 wrote:^^ Or nick 'em off the (over)pricetags on the boardies at your least fav surf shop...!


Tk Maxx is the easiest to do this from. Got several 'cool' ones from there. This Wolfpak one with fin key in it. Well good. Also on quiksilver boardies they sometime have these well good ding stickers. Quality.


:roll: And you get five at a time :)

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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby swiggy » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:38 am

those ding stickers are quality. one of my boards is held together with them at the moment, cant be arsed to fix it properly.
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby The Decorator » Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:23 pm

Frostfire Moonbag all good apart from the eyelets that the rope goes through which are made of cheap metal and have rusted, broken and the rope is now splitting the nylon :-( only a year old.
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby seanf594 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:34 pm

1.5mm gloves....great...keep the wind off and your hands feel like they're in summer time water so no problems there.......bad points....they stretch like a mother fucker...buy em in a size too small
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Chris F » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:18 pm

jwright wrote:The blue bags from Ikea stores work as well as moonbags and are free or cheap (can't remember) they take all your wet stuff and don't tear.


We've got half a dozen of those that get used for all sorts of stuff. So handy.

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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Hoo » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:35 pm

Jimmy Slade wrote:cant get much gear at the mo bit of a drought going on but i like the stronger smellier almost halucinogenic stuff meeself, or giggly moroccan stuff is good as well :lol: as for mushies cant go far wrong with Mexican ones :lol:


I prefer pick your own :) another reason to look forward to Autumn.
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Leedsol » Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:18 pm

"don't buy beer - just put your hands down your throat for an instant hangover effect"

ha ha like Viz this thread
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby ryan3 » Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:59 pm

seanf594 wrote:1.5mm gloves....great...keep the wind off and your hands feel like they're in summer time water so no problems there.......bad points....they stretch like a mother fucker...buy em in a size too small


Got the Xcel ones and yeah they strech and leak. Dont rate em.
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby ripper101 » Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:52 pm

never buy a ripcurl suit because the seams r fookin shite! dont really rate the moonbag.
Definatly subscribe to surf europe, not only isit a quality mag but they give you a gravis holdall with a wetty pocket which keeps everything dry and they give you a stylin dakine pad and an fcs boardsling for free!
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Vince Noir » Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:01 pm

cheapest tiki hood - £15 one...small tear in it after a few weeks use...prolly cos my head is too big tho..damn tight and very warm

Xcel infinity 5mm split toe boots - can feel them wearing and stretching after a few months use ( i only surf weekends)..also the velcro strap has fallen apart

Xcel infinty 1.5mm glove - fine...nice and warm but stretch and leak..also had a massive chuck go missing out of one after 3 months use
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Black » Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:02 pm

£30 O'Neil 7mm boots stink like a dead animal after 3 weeks!
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby seanf594 » Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:07 pm

Black wrote:£30 O'Neil 7mm boots stink like a dead animal after 3 weeks!




stop pissing in your suit then
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Black » Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:08 pm

Aha - caught out :lol:
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby goof » Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:08 pm

Vince Noir wrote:
Xcel infinity 5mm split toe boots - can feel them wearing and stretching after a few months use ( i only surf weekends)..also the velcro strap has fallen apart

Xcel infinty 1.5mm glove - fine...nice and warm but stretch and leak..also had a massive chuck go missing out of one after 3 months use


sounds like your pretty rough on your gear man?
1.5mm of neoprene is pretty bloody thin and hence not very strong.
xcel 5mm crab mits on the other hand are completely brilliant, onto my 2nd pair, hands never get cold and im probably in the coldest water in the UK :mrgreen:

Alder Plasma split toe boots were 23 quid and were warm to begin with but are now,after 1.5 winters, fooked, no holes, just dont keep the tootsies warm anymore..you get wot you pay for..
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby surferjak » Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:44 pm

seanf594 wrote:
Black wrote:£30 O'Neil 7mm boots stink like a dead animal after 3 weeks!




stop pissing in your suit then


iv pissed in my wetsuit more times than you have had hot dinners
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby godrevygrommet » Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:53 pm

Vince Noir wrote:Xcel infinity 5mm split toe boots - can feel them wearing and stretching after a few months use ( i only surf weekends)..also the velcro strap has fallen apart


Yeah i have got the same boots, had them a few months too and got the same sort of problems. :roll:
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Re: The GEAR REVIEW Thread...

Postby Squelchy » Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:19 pm

i really like the loopy tabs to pull on, on the heal of my alder boots
all boots should have them!

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