O'Neill Psycho 3

bhsbhs Posts: 273 Baller
edited September 2012 in Mostly Slalom
Anyone have any experience with this wetsuit? Need to replace my 15 year old baggy dry suit. Surf buddy of mine in CA says its great but not sure how it will do for Water skiing.


  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 908 Mega Baller
    edited September 2012
    No experience with that particular one but as I recall the Psycho suits are big dollars. I switched from a baggy suit to a standard O'Neill 3/4mm full wetsuit and it easily does the job well into water temps in the upper/mid 40's. Baggy suit has not been used since and I think this particular wetsuit was only about 160 bucks. I believe it's this one http://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/page/WW/2738
  • dave_ndave_n Posts: 66 Baller
    @bhs Spend the extra money. They're worth every penny. With the Psycho 2 and the Freak we can ski all winter in the UK, comfortably, and the Psycho 3 looks even better. Water temp down to 2 degrees celcius, that's mid 30s to most of you. They're so flexible they don't restrict your movements. We only stop skiing if the lake ices over.
  • bhsbhs Posts: 273 Baller
    @jhuges thanks!
    @dave_n thanks for the info, do you have the 3/2 or the 4/3?
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,418 Crazy Baller
    I have a 4/3 and a fun bag, and I much prefer the fun bag. The 4/3 will keep me warm when skiing, but can be chilly when I'm out of the water. When I'm done skiing I just zip out of the dry suit and I'm fully clothed - unlike the 4/3. Last spring I skied on a public lake and changing in and out of the 4/3 in the boat was a real bummer. I also enjoy leaving the dry suit "inflated" to assist in deep water starts.

  • bhsbhs Posts: 273 Baller
    @jipster43 do you have the 4/3 psycho or a regular 4/3. The psycho is supposed to be that real stretchy, pliable "technobutter" material. I guess it's a lot different then a "wetsuit" at least that's what I'm trying to find out.
  • scottac29scottac29 Posts: 5 Baller
    @bhs not sure on how cold of water youre going to be in, but I use and recommend you the Oneill Heat 4/3....Wileys sells them for 259. Its got a one sided seam weld that doesnt let water in and makes a huge difference. The psycho is sealed on both sides I think and also has a more flexible neoprene. But for slalom skiing Id say the Heat is plenty stretchy enough and its a lot cheaper than the Psycho. It may even be a little more durable. Ive had it a couple years and its holding up great. Ive used it in water down to the upper 40s so far and been fine. A rash guard under it can give you extra warmth if you need it as well.
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 908 Mega Baller
    In the suit I mentioned, my shorts don't even get wet. If you guys want to spend the extra money, feel free I suppose.
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,418 Crazy Baller
    @bhs my 4/3 is a Rip Curl and is very stretchy. If I remember correctly it cost about $299 about 13 years ago. I never felt I needed more until I crawled back into a dry suit and now I can't see a reason for my 4/3.
  • dave_ndave_n Posts: 66 Baller
    @bhs Actually the Psycho I wear the most is a 2mm all over. That's good down to mid 40s, but I believe it's not made any more. It's so flexible I really don't know I'm wearing a wetsuit. The Psycho 2 that I was talking about is a 4/3 I've had for 4 years. Most sets very little water gets in, even after a decent crash. I can do a triple set, 18 passes dropping in each end, in any water temp. I do agree with @jipster43 about getting cold standing around between sets. That's why I have several suits. This sport cost us thousands a year, a few hundred dollars to stay comfortable doesn't seem too much. Whilst on the subject of staying warm, my sets were limited to how long I could put up with the pain of cold hands wearing slalom gloves. I started wearing O'neill 1.5mm neoprene gloves. At first it felt like I couldn't get a decent grip on the handle, the gloves were bunching up and almost pulling off my hands. Many people feel this way about these gloves I believe. After about the third set I began to realise that if I couldn't grip well enough in these gloves it was because I was loading the line too much. After a few more sets I found I was consistently skiing on a much lighter line. When the water warmed up again I was reluctant to go back to slalom gloves. In April I was back skiing in shorts, and rubber gloves. Not a cool look. The best I've ever skied is [email protected] -35. With the neoprene gloves on I got [email protected] -35 on several occasions so they can't be so bad to ski in when you get used to them.
    I'd recommend trying the gloves, maybe you can extend your ski season a month each way.
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