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Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surfers

Postby sequoiaboard » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:31 pm

429 quid for a wettie :shock: I do love Excels though.

http://store.magicseaweed.com/Xcel-Mens ... tem/19704/
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby sequoiaboard » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:34 pm

Total 510quid if you include matching boots and gloves.
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby skimmer2 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:31 pm

Bleedin hell - crazy dosh....
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby lostboy » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:58 am

Yes, but it's got Powerseams, look.... :wink:
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby tehraab » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:48 am

but no go-faster stripes :lol:
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby manbearpig » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:21 am

lostboy wrote:Yes, but it's got Powerseams, look....


the price is crazy but could still be a good buy. If the seams live up to the hype, then you have a sick wetsuit for a few years. if they dont last and fall apart then you in a good position to get a replacement.. two wetsuits for the price of one?
the best wetsuit purchase i ever made was a ripcurl with crappy seams but a good warranty.
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby browncurtains » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:35 am

not just Powerseams! but

ThermoCarbon: ThermoCarbon inner chest and lower body.


To me the innovative use of a 'carbon off setting panel' in the chest and lower body to keep you warm is genius.
Not only will you be able to surf longer but you can do your bit for the environment at the same time .






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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby philo » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:51 pm

Who surfs in a Drylock?
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby roberdy » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:55 pm

Come up here in the middle of February when there is snow on the ground and -8 degree wind chill you would be happy for the warmest suit you can get. I got an hooded infinity drylock last year and it is simply the best wettie i have had ever. No sign of any degradation of seams, fair enough I don't get to surf every day but it must have been used 50 times or more now and I do surf for a good few hours at a time if I can.

Only thing I would say is that the cuffs round the wrists are pretty tight when trying to pull them back far enough to get over gloves.

I might hold off dropping 450 quid on one of these until there's some feedback on them but then if I move away next year I might just have to get some new boardies instead ;-)
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby philo » Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:59 pm

Aye I surf the east coast all year and even in -10 a couple of years ago it was still fine for a few hours in a 5/4 you soft shites.


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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby skimmer2 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:05 pm

Agree that Xcels are the toastiest and for me I look no further.....I have four but never paid the full whack on them. Try to wait for some sort of deal on them. I also have an O'Neill Psycho 2 which I rate highly but not for winter up in Scotland. It has the welded liquid sealed seams which are holding up superb - actually no damage on the suit anywhere. I'm wondering if the seals on the Xcel are more or less the same as the O'Neill Psycho....if so then they get my vote.
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby Jim Birtwisle » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:10 pm

Yup, East coast for me. Bought an infiniti dry-lock last year as I found one pretty cheap(ish). Went for a surf a few of months ago in my old back zip 5ml excel without a hood as it was a small day and I was freezing. I instantly took about 6 pints of water on board. I honestly don't know how I survived 2 full winters in that old thing. I really like the dry lock in 5/4, I'd say even in the depths of winter 6ml is too thick. As above, the cuffs can be a pain in the butt when trying to get gloves on properly, in fact one of them has started to tear the neoprene inside the cuff bt it's not going anywhere. If you can get them at the right price I think they're a great suit, However I wouldn't consider paying £300, let alone £400+.
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby ATTMFKH » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:13 pm

Xcel Infiniti Drylock for me from Dec to May................ wait 12 months for last years suit, they drop £100 +
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby Jim Birtwisle » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:17 pm

ATTMFKH wrote:Xcel Infiniti Drylock for me from Dec to May................ wait 12 months for last years suit, they drop £100 +


Aye, basically what he said
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby ATTMFKH » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:23 pm

keep finding and losing that book I said I send you Jim :roll: :lol:
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby Jim Birtwisle » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:45 pm

It's been so long I think I forgot what it was and the thread is buried deep somewhere I can't find it!
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby browncurtains » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:35 pm

:? in relation to:

Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surfers


a xcel 6/4/ or 5/4 hooded infiniti will keep your buns toasty in the fickle sea of the north.

if you then 'drylock' your meal you appear to pay and extra £80 - £100 ish
and.... get air bubbles in your chest, thin neoprene bits on your sleeves that iMAO tear and its hard to get your mitts under . Some sort of water repellant coating (although a bottle of nikwax tx10 could maybe do that for £10) . A chest zip that is water proof, although there is a big gap to the side of it?

the new and what appears updated from 2010 'powerseam' costs you a further £30 to 'max' your meal ... for some more stretch

so to me = most expensive

..... just sayin......
or maybe just a.n. other 'what wetsuit' thread :shock: :oops: :lol:
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby Jim Birtwisle » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:12 pm

Not sure if it was due to the air bubbles in the chest or the fact that the suit was just a lot more water tight than my old one but I did notice a big difference in how boyant I seemed to be and how much faster I felt I was able to paddle due to being higher out of the water. In fact the first half dozen surfs I had it was bone dry, not a drop of water on the inside. Mine definitely made a difference to my surfing due to the boyancy. This may or may not be due to the air waffle thingy bits in the chest and might just be because my old suit used to let in so much water with it being a back zip. I think I paid about £220 for my 5'4 infiniti drylock, money definitely well spent.
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby henryg » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:14 am

roberdy wrote:I might hold off dropping 450 quid on one of these until there's some feedback on them but then if I move away next year I might just have to get some new boardies instead ;-)


http://store.magicseaweed.com/Quiksilve ... tem/19376/

Some of these?
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby Jim Birtwisle » Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:09 am

^^^so you basically wear the shorts, throw in a turn and then they act as a sort of autopilot. Can't say I'm convinced :lol:
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby roberdy » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:07 am

henryg wrote:
roberdy wrote:I might hold off dropping 450 quid on one of these until there's some feedback on them but then if I move away next year I might just have to get some new boardies instead ;-)


http://store.magicseaweed.com/Quiksilve ... tem/19376/

Some of these?


Hmm, look like compression shorts really don't they! Not sure I am high up on my skills enough to want or need them or even notice a difference if I did wear them but there'll be someone(s) out there who'll buy them, probably the London Big Wave Crew.....
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby Ferral » Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:08 am

THats unreal!! £150 for a pair of cycling shorts inside your boardshorts.
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby ATTMFKH » Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:56 am

Ferral wrote:THats unreal!! £150 for a pair of cycling shorts inside your boardshorts.


yeah but they have a wee secret pocket where you can put your Power Balance band :wink: gotta be worth it
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby Chris F » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:20 am

I wonder if you wore one of these tops as a rash vest with them you would be able to surf all day every day?

http://www.accapi.co.uk/products/active ... Shirt.html

Designed and tested by elite athletes world-wide. Nexus Energy Source create low-level infrared emissions, optimising blood circulation and enhancing the oxygenation of muscles, reducing recovery rates in excess of 50%. So however hard you train, the next day you’ll be ready to do it all again.


Here's comes the science bit, concentrate!

http://www.accapi.co.uk/how-it-works/

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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby lostboy » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:21 am

£150 for a pair of exploding shorts?
:shock: :roll: :shock: :lol:

What a load of cobblers.
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby Jim Birtwisle » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:47 am

"•Imporeved Proprioception. The awareness of our body in a spatial sense"

Come on now, is this a joke?
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Re: Is the best, or just the most expensive wetsuit for surf

Postby Ferral » Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:54 pm

'improves blood flow back to the heart' - surely yuor excersizing and the blood is hammering round??

'core support' - only if your harry-high-pants surely no-one cool enough to buy £150 shorts would wear them anything other than with a bit of bum crack showing??
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