Wet Suite Advice?

ncskierncskier Posts: 25 Baller
Hey ballers, I am about to enter my first full season of skiing and I need to get a full wet suit. Does anybody have any advice as to which suits seem to work well and which do not? Right now I am leaning towards the Body Glove Siroko 4/3mm. Can a wet suit keep me warm all year long? I will be skiing in South Carolina. I am trying to stay away from dry suits since they cost so much.
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  • TallSkinnyGuyTallSkinnyGuy Posts: 524 Crazy Baller
    The most important things about a wetsuit is that it fits well and is flexible enough to not be restricting. It needs to fit well so that there are no large air pockets inside that can be filled with cold water. It needs to be flexible for obvious reasons.

    You can buy a full suit for $100 or for $400 and the full range in between. Buy a cheap one and you will likely get cold because it will let water in through the seams or into those pockets where it is not fitting tightly. The higher end wetsuits usually have watertight seams and use very stretchy material so you can get a snug fit. You can go with thinner (and therefore more flexible) neoprene with a high end wetsuit and be warmer than in a thicker low end wetsuit.
  • supergadgetsupergadget Posts: 54 Baller
    Camaro are just simply warmer .
    They are sensitive to handling(putting on/off) but warmer. and that's the point, right?
    perkinsperkins
  • WishWish Posts: 7,099 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Camaro.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,833 Administrator
    @supergadget yes. Camaro are not what I would call rugged but they are so darn warm. You will get more years out of other brands but you will freeze your ass off.

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  • ncskierncskier Posts: 25 Baller
    where do you buy one of these camaro wet suits? I am having a hard time finding them.
  • Youd270Youd270 Posts: 29 Baller
    edited October 2015
    I bought an Oneill Pyrotech 4/3mm for winter and love it. I have skied in 42F water which pushed the friendship, mainly because of my feet and hands, however anything above 50F it is awesome (warmth and flexibility). My brother has a Quiksilver Fuseflex 4/3mm and my mate has a Ripcurl Flashbomb 4/3mm and they both have the same opinion in regard to the temperature and both are very happy with the flexibility. All 3 wetsuits are chest entry. On a side note my brother does have to perform some sort of houdini act to get out of his. All the top surf brands put a lot of $$ and time into R&D and you would struggle to go wrong with any of their higher end products.
  • colo_skiercolo_skier Posts: 765 Solid Baller
    @ncskier @waterskigirl at Robbis is where to get them. Once in a Camaro no desire to try anything else. You will be hard pressed to find anybody on BOS who has tried a camaro from Robbies and has changed to another brand of wet suit afterwards.
    Not sure I know what I am doing. The boat goes I follow. Trying to perfect the deep water start. Squirrel!
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  • TallSkinnyGuyTallSkinnyGuy Posts: 524 Crazy Baller
    @ncskier If you don't find the specific model you want at Robbie's or other ski shop of your choice, SierraTradingPost.com has a pretty big selection of closeout Camaro items right now. I know lots of people on this forum love Camaro (and with good reason -- I have one, too, and love it), but I spent many years surfing and working in the surf industry and know that you can get very good wetsuits from brands like Rip Curl, O'Neill and Xcel. However, those companies make entry level wetsuits as well as high end wetsuits. I recommend getting a high end wetsuit with an entry style you like. Back Zip is usually the easiest entry and exit but there are pros and cons to each type of entry style.
  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 469 Solid Baller
    The original and the best - Rip Curl. Skiers stay in the water for 2mins, surfers might stay in for 2 hours.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,833 Administrator

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  • colo_skiercolo_skier Posts: 765 Solid Baller
    @rockdog Exactly the point. :)
    :)
    Not sure I know what I am doing. The boat goes I follow. Trying to perfect the deep water start. Squirrel!
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 611 Crazy Baller
    I've had numerous wetsuits from nearly every brand. My latest suit is a Camaro.... that's all I'll ever buy from now on. And Performance Ski can count on my business.
    Horton
  • JayG80JayG80 Posts: 79 Baller
    Camaro XXL is 42" chest. Eagle XXL is 47" chest. So Camaro isn't an option for me.

    Eagle quality is very good and they are made in USA. My wife's Eagle Shorty is several years old and is very durable. Mine arrived today.

  • OldboyIIOldboyII Posts: 478 Baller
    What do you think about neoprene suits for triatlon?
    Looks like second skin and very hi-tech.
    Unfortunately here cannot see and touch it "in the flesh"
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,200 Mega Baller
    @smalor how flexible is the Blacktec 5? @Oldboyll I had a tri suit for a little while and it was pretty good. Very flexible and pretty warm for what it was. I don't have a Camaro but one of my friends who wore my tri suit and has a Camaro says it is much better.
    Mark Shaffer
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,928 Mega Baller
    Question for the OP - what is winter like where you live and what do you consider cold weather/water? All I've ever had is a shortie Overtons wetsuit, which is good enough for late oct in MN (Air 55-60, water 55-60)
    Chuck P
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  • WishWish Posts: 7,099 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited October 2015
    purchased a never used but used full length tri suit for my daughter. All sealed glued seams and very very stretchy much like Camaro and equally in need of much care putting on and taking off. It does act like a dry suit. 5mm in the torso and front of legs and 2-3mm everywhere else in order for the tri swimmer to maintain a flat attitude to the water. That extra mm's up front keeps the chill down.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • smalorsmalor Posts: 63 Baller
    @chef23 Camaro is extremely soft material.....doesn't hinder movement whatsoever....even at 5mm
    Horton
  • rq0013rq0013 Posts: 540 Baller
    How does everyone using Camaro compare it to Oneill wetsuits and heater tops? Ive only used Oneill in WI.
    Rob Quetschke
  • Fast351Fast351 Posts: 203 Baller
    I have an older O'Neill 4/3 full length wetsuit. It allows me to ski in Minnesota whenever the lakes are not frozen.

    I usually ski without a wetsuit down to about 62 degree water temp, then pull out the wetsuit, and usually catch a day or two that the water is 40. Never a problem with being warm enough inside the suit, just hands and feet. As a skier you spend so little time in the water it doesn't really matter. Fully enclosed boots make a big difference though!

    I got this from a friend of mine, not sure how widespread the rule is. Rule of 100. Air + Water > 100 degrees to ski. I added my own addendum that the air temp has to be at least 60.
    Mike van Meeteren
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,928 Mega Baller
    130 wouldn't get you much of a ski season here.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • TallSkinnyGuyTallSkinnyGuy Posts: 524 Crazy Baller
    I am in Northern California (Sacramento area foothills). I skied this morning and air started at around 60 and was about 70 when we left. Water was also probably around 70. Our skiing is pretty comfortable from April to October, so the 130 rule provides a decently long season.
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,337 Historical Baller
    What happens when your company's office gets flooded?
    You get a wet suite.
    thager
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