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Advice on Excel Suits

Postby JohnyOhio » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:18 pm

Need people's advice on hood v no hood for surfing this winter on Donegal coast. Water Temp down to 8Degs (46 F) Air temp down to 0 Degs (32 F)

Considering an Excel Infiniti 5/4/3 2012 model - no hood

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Excel Infiniti 5/4/3 2013 model - with hood

Would I get away with buying a separate hood and using it with the hoodless suit. Would it still provide similar warmth to the suit with a hood, or will I notice a big difference/ water flushing etc.

The Hoodless 2012 suit is £100 cheaper
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Re: Advice on Excel Suits

Postby wigsy » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:45 pm

Hood, I'd say..

£100 for a hood though, surely not? Have you confused the Infiniti with the Drylock?
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Re: Advice on Excel Suits

Postby Jim Birtwisle » Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:24 am

If you're going to be surfing in water cold enough to require 5ml, then it will be cold enough to require a hood. Shop around for an old model if you can find one.
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Re: Advice on Excel Suits

Postby JohnyOhio » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:39 am

Thanks guys.

The hoodless suit is 2012 model and is on sale at £189. 2013 with hood is £289. Both Infiniti 5/4/3's
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Re: Advice on Excel Suits

Postby Vince Noir » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:55 am

or just buy an xcel hood for £25 and save £75 ?

8 degrees isnt cold enough to require a built in hood
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Re: Advice on Excel Suits

Postby dermo909 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:24 am

I say get the cheaper one and spend the difference on a good hood. If you are prone to getting cold then get a thermal rashie with attached hood for the real cold days.

It'll still work out cheaper than the hooded xcel and you'll be toastie warm. Probably too warm even!
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Re: Advice on Excel Suits

Postby Jim Birtwisle » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:30 am

Just don't make the mistake of getting a hooded vest with long sleeves, they weigh an absolute ton when they get wet and your arms will be wanting to drop off before you've even reached the line up. I got so hacked off with mine that I had to cut them off!
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Re: Advice on Excel Suits

Postby Vince Noir » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:06 pm

Jim Birtwisle wrote:Just don't make the mistake of getting a hooded vest with long sleeves, they weigh an absolute ton when they get wet and your arms will be wanting to drop off before you've even reached the line up. I got so hacked off with mine that I had to cut them off!



i cut the hood off, its a 1mm thick piece of crap.totally useless
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Re: Advice on Excel Suits

Postby mountain man » Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:57 pm

Absolutely 100% get the hooded option.
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Re: Advice on Excel Suits

Postby skimmer2 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:29 pm

Absolutely definitely no doubt about it - get a hooded suit. Don't fanny around with a separate hood as they are never anywhere as good.
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Re: Advice on Excel Suits

Postby notanothersmith » Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:55 pm

i got an excell polypro hooded rash vest long sleeve £50, and due to its thinness i don't notice the additional wet weight. really warm and personally worth it.
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Re: Advice on Excel Suits

Postby henryg » Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:41 pm

I'd avoid Xcel altogether they fall apart really quickly and their warranties are worth shit in this country.
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