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Whats your favorite dry suit?

I am finding myself in the market for a dry suit and have very little knowledge. I see the O'Neil Attack Hybrid was a good semi cost friendly option but now its discontinued after some research. I have found sone random places still have them in stock. Is that my best option?

What do you like and why?

Thanks for your input.
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  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,606 Mega Baller
    Bare Ultra Dry baggy suit. I like the freedom of movement and the warmth from the ability to wear sweatpants and other loose layers. Some will say they do not like a full baggy suit, but I think I like it better over a neoprene hybrid. If you burp the air out when you get in the water, the drag from the suit is negligible, as it becomes somewhat form-fitting without being restrictive. Bare has a cool nylon zipper that is easy to zip versus the brass zippers on most.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
    svxwilson
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,142 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Oneill boost. Baggy suit with comfy neoprene neck. Like other baggy suits burping air important.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
    svxwilson
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,606 Mega Baller
    @6balls, must you/can you trim the neck seal or is that not required on the Boost? I am considering a second suit and am curious what else is out there. Is the neoprene neck seal more durable than rubber or about the same?
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
    svxwilson
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,476 Mega Baller
    BRING BACK THE SAHARA!!!

    MAN do I miss that suit.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    Bruce_ButterfieldThe_MS
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,271 Mega Baller
    Baggy suits suck. Bring back the ON Throttle or the SAHARA.
    Shut up and ski
    Than_BoganBruce_ButterfieldsvxwilsonPSM
  • GarnGarn Posts: 495 Crazy Baller
    Adrenaline Drysuits. You can't beat the quality and especially for the price. I've had mine for about 8 years and I've never yet replaced the seals.
    scotchipmansvxwilsonmellig
  • SethroSethro Posts: 273 Solid Baller
    I'll second the baggy suit. I'm more than pleased with that style of suit.

    As a side note, I bought a 7mm full suit for putting in and taking out docks/rails/etc. during cold water times. I skied with it all spring and it reminded me a lot of the Sahara without the seals of course. But what little water came in quickly became comfortable. I might just use that as it's so much easier to put on and take off, and I really didn't notice a hindrance in skiing performance...and I ripped a seal in my drysuit.
    svxwilson
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 242 Baller
    I cherish my O'Neill Assault Hybrid Drysuit since it enables me to enjoyably extend the ski season. I am disappointed to hear that it has been discontinued. I prefer the neoprene lower to a suit with a baggy lower.

    Appear to be some on SIA.
    svxwilsonAndrecragginshred
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,535 Mega Baller
    @ob1

    Drysuit - an unwet swimsuit that one typically puts on after waterskiing to prevent fungi from growing on moist body parts. Has been proven ineffective on jarheads.
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
    svxwilson
  • Mike GileMike Gile Posts: 314 Crazy Baller
    Stay Dry baggy for me. Lots of room to layer underneath.
    svxwilson
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,148 Mega Baller
    My favorite drysuit is the one hanging up in the closet because it is too warm to wear one.

    Aside from that, O'Neill suits have held up fairly well. Wish they made the old Lapoint style, it was lightweight and plenty of flex, and very warm.
    svxwilson
  • svxwilsonsvxwilson Posts: 42 Baller
    Just a update, I am leaning towards the O'Neill Assault Hybrid. I called O'Neill and apparently it is not discontinued they have it hidden on their website in the ski vests.

    I have found a few different fit charts, debating on L or XL. I am 6' 200lbs, 34-36 waist and it looks just like skis i am right in the middle of the 2 sizes. Any suggestions there? I am built like a T-rex (thanks to soccer) very large legs and ankles and in comparison smaller upper body.
  • OldboyIIOldboyII Posts: 586 Solid Baller
    This spring for experiment I put full Camaro Blacktec under regular 5mm wetsuit and felt really overheated in very cold water. Since then do not feel like wear dry one.
    Another thing is that a decent part of heat lost from the head therefore neo cap does a great job for comfort skiing.
    svxwilson
  • wawaskrwawaskr Posts: 224 Baller
    Bare Ultra Dry Drysuit

    I purchased mine in 2006 - seals have been replace a few times, but material of this suit is more of a vinyl type compared to the nylon with polyurethane coating on the inside. The Bare material is more durable by far. And as mentioned the T-Zip zipper is far superior to the brass zippers.
    Matt
    svxwilsonMISkier
  • DanEDanE Posts: 885 Crazy Baller
    @Than_Bogan @MS Do you really remember how restrictive the Sahara was?
    Like skiing in a straitjacket.
    svxwilson
  • DanEDanE Posts: 885 Crazy Baller
    @svxwilson Granted it has been a few years since I bought my hybrid. I wear size large of everything but this suit came very big in size L for me. Very roomy as they claim it's designed for additional layers wich I think is totally unnecessary for the lower body as the suit itself is very warm with the thick neoprene. So maybe it will fit your legs better.
    svxwilson
  • spicolispicoli Posts: 127 Baller
    There's just a few to pick from and me and ski buds ski year round for long time .48 degree water thru the yrs we've used them all ,there all good .but the aderiniline is the best bang for the buck and u can layer . Drysuit the best invention since sliced bread.
    svxwilson
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,142 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @miskier I would say neoprene neck more durable than latex. You blow a latex seal in a baggy and it's a very wet suit.
    @MS I like the low drag of that neo and hybrid stuff but never had one stay dry very long. Boost is the least draggy baggy I've had and the most comfortable neck seal.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
    svxwilson
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    I have the hybrid Oneill. Like the suits from a comfort and warmth standpoint, but the leg and wrist seals are a little delicate. Oneill has been good about replacing/fixing, but it is frustrating to have a leg seal or wrist seal rip when you still have a month of cold water skiing ahead of you. I'll be sending my current suit back for repair next week and using my son's (since he's in TX) until mine comes back. If I didn't have his around, I'd be screwed.
    Jim Ross
    svxwilsontdusin
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,476 Mega Baller
    edited September 2016
    @DanE I tied my PB (1 @ -39) twice in my Sahara. Never done it in any other drysuit. So I don't think performance was compromised. But I will admit I got tired a little faster in that suit.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    svxwilson
  • svxwilsonsvxwilson Posts: 42 Baller
    @DanE how tall are you and what is your weight? I found a Large and a XL on ski it again. The guy who owns the XL called me back and said he is 6'4" and 225lbs which makes me think maybe the XL is on the large side for me.......
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,271 Mega Baller
    @DanE Warm, dry and no problems with flex. The Throttle is awesome and I am looking to get another 2 seasons out of mine. This is my second one.
    Shut up and ski
  • sixballsixball Posts: 257 Baller
    Still using my old Sahara and very concerned what to do when it gives up! Its so easy in and out and I hate the rubber seals of most suits. The Sahara had the neoprene seals just easy to deal with.
  • DanEDanE Posts: 885 Crazy Baller
    @svxwilson I' m 6'1 190
  • DanEDanE Posts: 885 Crazy Baller
    @Than_Bogan You can have mine, a little leaky but hey, use it for pb sets in warm water.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,872 Administrator
    edited September 2016
    If it is too cold for my Camaro it is too cold to ski

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  • @Horton Concerning the Camaro, should tearing, or permanent stretching be a concern to me? I am sick of my baggy throat choker!!
  • rodltg2rodltg2 Posts: 1,051 Crazy Baller
    I was amazed at the warmth of my Camaro. Used it year round last year. Granted im in California. Don't think water temp dipped too much lower than 50. Won't go back to a dry suit while these are still around.
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