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Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Goat » Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:43 am

My Xcel drylock powerseam 5/4 wetsuit (hooded) is 4 years old, with use over the winter, and then I’ve tended to use it all through the year with the hood down, gloves off etc. As I don’t live local, it hasn’t been used intensively and has been more like once every 2 weeks on average over that time. But regardless, it’s getting pretty cardboard-like and leaky.

There was a Finisterre sale on recently, so I decided to splash out on a new winter wetsuit, after hearing good things about them. With no chance to try one in the sea, I opted for the 6.5/4.5mm hooded one…for use in South Wales and the South West. I had considered the 4.5mm / 3.5mm one (not hooded), but figured a) I feel the cold a fair bit. b) it would probably only be borderline warm in February/March, and c) it would mean buying a hood in addition. And I love the way hooded suits don’t flush.

So the question is, am I going to boil in the hooded one? It’ll be used for December – March really. Has anyone had experience of this year’s Finisterre wetsuits in the South West who could advise? There’s a 14-day returns policy if it’s clear it’ll be too hot.
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Leven » Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:02 pm

The hooded suit is aimed at the NE and Scotland etc, so quite possibly....I've got the 4.5mm one, and it's fine all Winter. 3 hour session in NE winds and you're toasty. If you feel the cold a bit though, you might want the extra rubber. If it was cheap enough, try it and see how you get on? If we keep this run of E/NE winds, it'll be a cold Winter....
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Goat » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:32 pm

Cool, cheers Leven, that's what I suspected.

Ordered it online in the sale (4.5mm was out of stock). Prices now back to full RRP...so I'm not sure if maybe they'll let me exchange it at the Bristol store where I live (for previous sale price). Unlikely I think.
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Leven » Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:00 pm

Have a chat to them. They might do. Generally, Finisterre are pretty good. I had an issue with the lining of a coat once, and they just swapped it for a brand new one there and then, no questions. I'd only asked them to repair it!
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Goat » Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:36 pm

Indeed. Went in today and they said it would be fine.

TBH, not sure what I'm gonna do yet. I'm tempted to keep the hooded one for December-March (and be nice and warm, even if that means on occasion I may be slightly TOO warm); then get a separate 4/3 for Spring to Autumn. Guys in the shop who work there said they all had the same quandary!
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Jory » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:17 pm

I've got one of the original 5/4 and three winters in it's still warm - too warm to wear yet! That said, you will love it in January!

I'd be tempted to keep it and bag one of these in the spring

http://needessentials.uk/shop/mens-wets ... p-steamer/

They get decent reviews in the US
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Goat » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:34 pm

Cheers Jory, looks like great value!
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Philchapman » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:24 am

Nice one Jory. Fair prices and not a single mention of any psychobabbleoprene being used in the suits. Like.
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Philshoz » Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:12 pm

Thread hack I'm afraid Goat sorry...

Jory wrote:
I'd be tempted to keep it and bag one of these in the spring

http://needessentials.uk/shop/mens-wets ... p-steamer/

They get decent reviews in the US


Have you seen or tried these Jory, how stretchy etc...

The website is very slick and VERY competitive, I may try one out... :idea:
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Leven » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:20 pm

Yeah, I've seen these....there's a second hand one in Medium on one of the Facebook sales pages. I don't know anyone who's used one though, and they look a little odd fitting to me....Anyone on here got one?
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Jory » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:53 pm

http://forum.surfermag.com/forum/ubbthr ... er=2474525

Plenty of positive feedback here.

Finshack has one, waiting for his take!
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Tomdiddlybomb » Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:36 pm

Philshoz wrote:Thread hack I'm afraid Goat sorry...

Jory wrote:
I'd be tempted to keep it and bag one of these in the spring

http://needessentials.uk/shop/mens-wets ... p-steamer/

They get decent reviews in the US


Have you seen or tried these Jory, how stretchy etc...

The website is very slick and VERY competitive, I may try one out... :idea:

just got the 5/4 hooded need essential a couple of days ago, fit is great for me but that's completely subjective, hood's a little tight but I've got a massive bonce :-D
seems nice and stretchy, cuffs are nice and tight with rubber grips/seals, no decent lining but it's a budget suit so I wasn't expecting it
I'll update once I've had it in the water a few times but first impression is pretty damn good
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Re: Finisterre Wetsuit - will I be too warm?

Postby Philchapman » Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:13 pm

I fondled one of these today. Looks very good for the money to me. Next suit I buy will be one of these.
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