Stokes Vest and Wetsuit unboxing

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  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 543 Crazy Baller
    Anyone using their gloves? How well do they hold up?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,672 Administrator
    edited February 5
    I broke down and had to ski today. The vest was comfortable as expected. The suit is also comfortable.

    It was 60 air and 60 water so not super cold but I was not cold at all. The suit is really thin but I suspect it is pretty durable. I like it.

    I was unsure how I would like gloves that were so thin but they were fine. I may be a convert to the thin gloves. The grip is for sure really good.

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  • igkyaigkya Posts: 367 Baller
    edited February 5
    Can anyone tell us how the gloves compare to the MSN gloves? And how the vest compares to the Eagle Platinum?
  • CamCam Posts: 273 Baller
    I bought two pairs of Stokes gloves at the beginning of last season one to wear with liners and one without, both are still going strong and don't doubt they will last at least for this coming season, pretty good going as I normally wear out two pairs of gloves a season. B)
    DaveD
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,672 Administrator
    edited February 10
    I skied in Stokes gloves, suit and vest again today. The more time I spend with the suit the more I like it. The one I have is long arms and 3/4 legs. The best thing I can say is I was warm and I didn't think about the rubber I was wearing.

    I think @Colebrah was looking at my suit and wondering if his old suit would last the rest of the spring. I know he thinks the 3/4 legs are cool

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  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,325 Crazy Baller
    The Stokes products look nice. Glad to see 3/4 legs. Love my O'Neill Assault BLP 3/4, and after 23 seasons (including 2 in the Berkeley salt) I may need to replace it soon.
  • ColeGiacopuzziColeGiacopuzzi Posts: 346 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    edited February 10
    @Horton the Capri pants are pretty spectacular, they're wearing on me.
    Cole Giacopuzzi • Radar Skis
  • NandoNando Posts: 347 Solid Baller
    I'm a little off-topic here, but are the Stokes jump skis again independently-made or are they re-branded XXs? Or are they an independent design made by whoever?
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  • ThomasasherThomasasher Posts: 24 Baller
    Hi All.

    we thought long and hard about designing and bringing out a 3/4 leg suit. It seemed to make perfect sense to us for Slalom and Tricks. I think we went through about 15-20 samples to make sure we got the right fit around the leg cuff and the lengths right. Along with the 4 way flex throughout, the suit feels great to slalom in. The super flex material in the arms ensures that no fatigue will happen throughout the slalom set.

    @Nando The Jump skis are made by us in our Stokes Factory in California. Ray Stokes, who is the inspiration behind all of our gear was building jump skis for years. June Fladborg broke the Womens World Jump Record a few years ago on his skis. We took Rays mold and created a permanent all alloy mold so we could build the skis exactly how Ray would have wanted. These are no Brand XXs or skis designed by whoever. These are skis designed, manufactured, and hand built here in the USA to the high standards we expect in all our gear. We have been really happy with how the skis jump and proud that we can carry on Rays legacy. If you need any more info on the skis message us at info@stokesskis.com or call 3523480791 or 3523480800.
    slow
  • 34mph34mph Posts: 162 Baller
    So how about the sizes ? I'm between a med and large for vest and tops. I have to go to a large in a eagle , the size chart for stokes med seems a little bigger.
  • ThomasasherThomasasher Posts: 24 Baller
    Hi @34mph

    So my size is a Large. I'm 5'10" a 41" chest, 34" waist and shoulder to hip is 23".

    Robert Hazelwood is 5'10" 40" chest and a 32" waist is in a medium.

    Large fits me perfect in both the vest and the jacket.

    I'm not sure on the sizing for Eagle Jackets.

    Hope that helps a bit. If you need any more info drop us an e-mail at info@stokesskis.com or call 3523480791 or 3523480800 m-f 9-6pm EST and we'll be more than happy to help.



    MattP
  • 34mph34mph Posts: 162 Baller
    great thanks for the help , I like it ? now the tops on line look diff then this pic? do not look like they have stokes on them ?
  • ThomasasherThomasasher Posts: 24 Baller
    @34mph ahh, well pointed out. I am wearing our Superflex short leg wetsuit in that pic. I have attached a pic with the top below.


  • 34mph34mph Posts: 162 Baller
    Ok ya thanks ..... Like the arms of the wetsuit better .
  • ThomasasherThomasasher Posts: 24 Baller
    Hi.

    The arms do have a pattern on the wet suit but is the same material on both. We put flex panels along the sides on the Top as a lot of people like to wear their jackets underneath. The material used on the top side panels will stretch but also go back to its original shape. It won't get loose over time. The tops are popular as they are warm but also very flexible.
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,158 Crazy Baller
    Does the vest have more flotation than the competition? A comfortable vest with a little more flotation would be awesome.
  • ThomasasherThomasasher Posts: 24 Baller
    edited February 15
    We designed our vest specifically for comfort and free range of movement in the course. We used jackets in the past that when you dropped in at the end of the lake you had to paddle to stay afloat. We have also seen jackets that when people have a bad slalom crash the jacket would struggle to keep them buoyant. Our jacket will keep you afloat, their is nothing worse than dropping in at the end of the lake and not being able to relax and catch your breath. If you scroll up on this thread you can see how it looks. We also have more pics on stokesskis.com. You can check out our dealers. Performance Ski and Surf, Orlando and Miami Ski Nautique. Thankyou
    Bill22
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,158 Crazy Baller
    Thanks
  • 34mph34mph Posts: 162 Baller
    looks great .... everything it is on my list this month ,, thanks
    Horton
  • ThomasasherThomasasher Posts: 24 Baller
    Hey guys a number of people have been asking about out EVO 2 vest. Here's a little video explaining the vest

  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,672 Administrator
    @Thomasasher I have taken a few sets in my Stokes vest and I love it!

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  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 1,574
    My question is how the 3/4 Suit compares in warmth to the Camaro. I Love the Camaro but durability is a real issue. Two seasons and they are done.
    Loving the Reflex Supershell with R Style Rear !!!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,672 Administrator
    edited February 24
    @Ed_Johnson My guess is for the same thickness it is pretty close. Part of the magic of the Camaro is how super ultra stretchy it is. That is also part of the reason why they do not last as long as you would wish. I am warm in my Stokes and it is just a little stiffer (I only notice when getting in the suit). I expect the the Stokes to last longer but I only have 3 or 4 sets in mine so far.

    One of the things I do not like about the Camaro is that because it is so stretchy I tend to get a little pool of cold water in my crotch when I am in the water between passes. I never notice it much until I enter the course. As I switch edges into one ball all that cold water sloshes up my back. More than anything it is distracting and funny. The Stokes is yet to do this to me. I assume that is because the water that is in the suit can not pool down there - because the stokes is not as ultra stretchy.

    Camaro makes a great suit and I own a bunch of them. Stokes is a very good alternative and I am really happy to promote the product.

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