Neo tops - what is your favourite?

pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 213 Solid Baller
My neo top is starting to show some wear. A few tears here and there means it's soon time for a new one.

Living in Alberta (and being skinny!), I wear my neo top all summer long. I'm not too proud to be warm!

What are your favourite neo tops?

Has anyone tried the Camaro tops? I know there has been great feedback on the wetsuits. Pro Top (0.5mm) vs Black Tec Shirt (1.5mm)

I will definitely lean towards something warm as compared to something cold.
Patrick Moore


  • igkyaigkya Posts: 784 Crazy Baller
    What @wish said.
  • Onside135Onside135 Posts: 447 Crazy Baller
    edited June 2016
    I have 3 heater tops, one for each round! I have an O'Neill Hammer 2/1, an Xcel, and an Eagle top. Here are my thoughts on each...

    O'Neill - I think the 2/1 refers to 2mm of torso thickness and 1mm of sleeve thickness. This is probably the warmest of my tops and is a rear half zip with a long zipper string.

    Xcel - I really like this top because it has a full front zipper. I think it is designed as a SCUBA dive top. Probably not as warm as my O'Neill, but I think partially because I should have got one size smaller.

    Eagle - This is my oldest top and I rarely wear it anymore because I like the other two better. This is still a decent top, but I like the other two better.
  • pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 213 Solid Baller
    That's a strong vote in favour of Camaro from @Wish and @igkya!!! Sounds good to me.

    What about the Pro Top (silver one) vs Black Tec? Any feedback on that?

    @Than_Bogan, I think you are a big Camaro guy too?
    Patrick Moore
  • schaferschafer Posts: 323 Solid Baller
    I love my camaro blacktec(s) I like the one that had green on the inside better than last years.
    Quest for the Purple Loop
  • igkyaigkya Posts: 784 Crazy Baller
    I have a blacktec long sleeve top that I'll wear down to mid 50's water temp before changing into a drysuit.
  • JordanOzJordanOz Posts: 65 Baller
    +1 for Rip Curl. Look at Their Dawn Patrol tops.
  • MarkTimmMarkTimm Posts: 147 Baller
    What Than said about the Camaro, I am warmer with my heater top in April then I am wearing my Oneil full wetsuit.
    Mark Timm
  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,696 Mega Baller
    Been skiing with my 2 new Camaro blacktek for the last 2 weeks.
    Best stuff ever!!!
    (I m in Canada too)
    My ski finish in 16.95 ...but my ass is out of tolerance!
  • pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 213 Solid Baller
    @Andre - did you find a shop in Canada selling Camaro? I've only been able to find it on US websites. That isn't a really a problem, it's just nice to pay in Canadian dollars and avoid customs, etc.
    Patrick Moore
  • dvskierdvskier Posts: 771 Crazy Baller
    I bought the Camaro Blacktec on sale last year for $60. It keeps me incredibly warm. Will likely never wear a dry suit or wet suit again. Just go with a heater top Camaro and board shorts down to 60 degrees. Colder than that and I'll be alpine skiing. Aside from being easy to tear there is no downside.
  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 387 Solid Baller
    Camaro Blacktec tops are great. Robbys Ski Shop is a great source.
    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,696 Mega Baller
    edited June 2016
    No. A friend who has spend 6 weeks working at Coble this spring brought back my order (6 pairs of MSN gloves and 2 Camaro tops)from the US.
    No CDN taxes or duty and free shipping to Coble was good enough to compensate for the exchange rate...
    My ski finish in 16.95 ...but my ass is out of tolerance!
  • igkyaigkya Posts: 784 Crazy Baller
    The blacktec top fits so good that when i'm done skiing a set and take it off, there are dry spots on the inside layer. No wonder we can wear these in such cold waters and still be comfortable.
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,322 Mega Baller
    edited June 2016
    @pgmoore I have a .5mm Modetec top and a 2mm Titanium LS shorty. The 2mm shorty I would wear into sub 50 degree water, keep on in the boat after skiing and still stay warm.

    The .5mm top is more of a mid to upper -60 degree air and water top in my opinion (or for those Florida skiers who think 80 degree water is cold). Whereas with the 2mm I don't really feel a wind chill effect, with the .5mm I can if the air is cool. Being further north and probably more tolerant to the cold, maybe it would suit you for colder temperatures.
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • sunnydaysmnsunnydaysmn Posts: 56 Baller
    Most of my skiing is in Minnesota.
    For a short sleeve top I like the O Neill hammer 1mm.
    For Long sleeve KSO, not sure if it is made anymore, or ten 80 because it is thick 3 or 4 mm..
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,469 Mega Baller
    edited June 2016
    What ever is on sale at Performance Ski and Surf!!
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • chris55chris55 Posts: 411 Crazy Baller
    I have a gooru O'Neil top and I am nice and warm. I have it since 4 years and still like new
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,978 Mega Baller
    @DaveLemons Whaaaaaat!? :smile: Every person I've ever seen try one has been totally shocked by the warmth vs. whatever they were previously using.

    In all seriousness, is it possible you have either the wrong size or just plain the wrong thing? Camaro's branding is very confusing (and that may be kind), so you can get some weird stuff that may even have the word Blacktec on it.

    If you bought yours from Robby's Ski Shop with guidance from Robby herself, and you still don't like it, then I guess I have to fall back on my massage therapist's favorite phrase: "If we were all the same, life would be VERY boring."
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,110 Mega Baller
    I have an Oneil Hammer 2:1 that is fantastic to wear. Love it. I also have a Rip-Curl full wetsuit that is really warm. Only used it once but it took a while before any water got in. Tight construction. Ski on!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,402 Administrator
    edited June 2016
    I am all Camaro all the time. The Modtec is worth every penny although I would really like a long sleeve spring blacktec for next spring.

    I have been rocking a prototype 2017 Camaro vest for the last few months. By far the best vest from Camaro to date. I am looking forward to seeing the production version. (I have no idea if the real vest will be like the one I have)

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  • vicvic Posts: 73 Baller
    thanks people I will be getting a Camaro long sleeve Blacktec top as soon as possible. My O'Neill Original top will do for now as water is warming up 67 degrees and 70 degree air today.
  • skialexskialex Posts: 1,267 Mega Baller
    I mostly use an Oneil tank top, best for me so far. I also have a 0.5mm Camaro top and a sleeveless 0.5mm shortie, I like the shortie not the top so much.
    I have tried the new Rip Curl eBomb top, super elastic and comfortable and now it is on the top of my purchase list.
  • bbruzzesebbruzzese Posts: 136 Baller
    i loved my Camaro's as well...had 2 Black Tec tops and the longsleeve shorty...unfortunately durability was so bad had to look elsewhere...I'm liking the Xcel Drylock TDC now...comfy and very warm.
  • nleuthnleuth Posts: 49 Baller
    @pgmoore I have the same problem in Northern New York! I just picked up a O'Neill techno butter wetsuit from h2oproshop that I have had great success with!
  • SivotaSivota Posts: 140 Baller
    Billabong Revolution Wetsuit Jacket great - zip means you don't overheat on the deck. Glideskin keeps the wind out.
  • pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 213 Solid Baller
    Skied with my new Camaro top for the first time tonight. The stream of texts with @schafer in the picture pretty much sums it up.

    @Than_Bogan is right... this thing is straight up alien tech. It shouldn't be as warm as it is. The combination of thinness, comfort, flexibility, and warmth doesn't make any sense.

    Needless to say, so far I am very impressed.

    Patrick Moore
  • ShaneShane Posts: 27 Baller
    @pgmoore I am also a fellow Canuck water skier and looking at the Blacktec top. I am interested in the Camero. Is it difficult to take on and off? Does it ride up on you from the bottom? Any advise on fit or longevity would be greaty appreciated. Thanks!
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