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Springsuit vs. Long Sleeve Wetsuit Jacket

Hi all! It’s finally off-season and for the fall, I am looking into getting either a springsuit or a long sleeve wetsuit jacket. What are everyone’s preferences? What should I get for cold temperatures ranging from 60 to 70°? What are some good brands? Hope everyone is swerving into off season!

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  • blagratablagrata Posts: 85 Baller
    I second the camaro long sleeve shorty. Much better than a short sleeve shorty with no significant compromise in mobility. Camaro is very warm but a little fragile (not a big deal... just be careful). Dries out quickly. I'm sure other brands probably have good stuff too... but I have really liked the design of the long sleeve shorty.
    skigirl00BuoyChaser
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,961 Mega Baller
    In the 65-70* range I generally just wear a long sleeve top. Below that I go with a full suit. I could definitely see a long sleeve shorty or the three quarter knee suit that Stokes makes being a good option. I would look at Camaro and Stokes for suits that are made with skiing in mind.
    Mark Shaffer
    Calisdad57skigirl00aupatkingBuoyChaser
  • skigirl00skigirl00 Posts: 34 Baller
    edited October 2018
    @buski @Chef23 @blagrata Thank you!!! I’ll look into those!
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,615 Crazy Baller
    edited October 2018
    +3 for Camaro. The Blacktec is the one you want. Super flexible and a little more durable than the Titanium. Just be careful not to pull it with your fingernails when putting it on and off.

    Edit: The Stokes is worth a look. Horton said he really likes his Stokes 3/4.
    In gear. Hit It. Thank You!
    skigirl00BuoyChaser
  • Lieutenant DanLieutenant Dan Posts: 200 Baller
    Camaro Blacktec Full Suit is also really nice. Mine is a few years old so my back leg rolls up like to 3/4 length but it is perfect for fall / late spring skiing.
    skigirl00BuoyChaser
  • jpattigrjpattigr Posts: 156 Solid Baller
    Living in the north, I have found that shortie's are not practical, If warm enough for a shortie then just wear a Hot Top. I find that every shortie I ever used, the legs fill with water when getting up. I go to a thin full suit as the water drops, I have a Camaro Blacktec 1.5mm full suit, works and skis great! Full suit and a Hot Top covers off my needs, plus a dry baggy suit for times when maybe we should not be in the water at all!
    skigirl00BuoyChaser
  • skigirl00skigirl00 Posts: 34 Baller
    @jpattigr Great recommendation! Have you tried any other short wetsuit brands? I have been looking into Billabong, Ripcurl, and O'neill.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,880 Mega Baller
    I've been an O'Neill person for decades and really like the O'Neill Epic Long Sleeve Shorty. Comfy and toasty in those temps you mentioned.
    skigirl00
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,961 Mega Baller
    I will add I have a 3/2 long suit made fur surfing by Xcel and it seals better and is warmer than my Camaro. It is slightly less flexible but still skis well. I have an O’Neill hybrid dry suit and don’t really like it I have a big neck and it isn’t that comfortable.
    Mark Shaffer
    skigirl00
  • skigirl00skigirl00 Posts: 34 Baller
    What thickness do you prefer?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,773 Administrator
    Stokes long sleeve w/ 3/4 legs is the only wetsuit I ever need

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  • Keith MenardKeith Menard Posts: 554 Crazy Baller
    I found an oddball thing Camaro made for LL Bean...it was a wetsuit jacket with rubber arms. I like it because it keeps the arms nice and flexible...as opposed to my Camaro wetsuit shirt which feels like trying to stretch out a training band.
  • CentCent Posts: 174 Baller
    Camaro suits really work well. Skied yesterday October 1 here in Alaska in BoackbTec. There suits are thin flexible and warm.
    skigirl00
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,142 Mega Baller
    I should have my Stokes long sleeve top by the end of the week. I wear neoprene shorts and a long sleeve 1.5mm top for awhile then yank the course. No longer a drysuit skier.

    I must say Thomas Asher was super nice to deal with.
    skigirl00BuoyChaser
  • BuoyChaserBuoyChaser Posts: 71 Baller
    @Horton where do you order the stokes from?
  • BuoyChaserBuoyChaser Posts: 71 Baller
    Ordered a 3/4 (just below knee) with sleeves in size large and anxious to feel how Stokes Super Flex PRO Wetsuit - 3/4 Below Knee, L compares and holds up to Camaro https://www.stokesskis.com/product/stokes-super-flexpro-suit/
    skigirl00
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,496 Crazy Baller
    Really like my Camaro 1.5mm heater top. Do not agree with the limited flexibility comment. I hardly know I have it on, except I'm warm.
    Just picked up another 1.5mm top made by Xcel, called the Infinity. Xcel is very popular with surfers, who also want warmth and flexibility.
    Won't be able to try it out for another 6 weeks or so.
    skigirl00
  • bananaronbananaron Posts: 303 Crazy Baller
    I am sure Camaro products are really great however I have not tried them.I have yrs of experience with Oneill products and recently bought a 1mm wetsuit zipper top that really works great.Bought it from swim outlet and it was on sale.Ihave always had good luck with their products..............
    Ron Engblom Brainerd lakes,minnesota
    skigirl00
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,880 Mega Baller
    My O'Neill Epic is a 2017. I sent my 20+ year old O'Neill 2ml drysuit and 3/4 leg spring suit to their repair facility in CA last fall to have the dry suit zipper replaced and both suits retaped. They both came back like new with some panels replaced as well for under $150. Great service imo.
    skigirl00
  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 351 Solid Baller
    Can anyone tell me the real difference between Stokes and Camaro? I have a Camaro Blacktec top which I love. Crazy warm. Yes, they are a bit fragile but if you know that going in they are fine. I've heard that Stokes is more durable but not nearly as warm. My two cents - for those of you still using Oneill (neoprene) there are much better products on the market.
    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
    Andre
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,142 Mega Baller
    edited October 2018
    Just a follow up on the Stokes Super Flex Top 2X.

    The box arrived and when I opened it up and looked at the top, my first impressions were that it was really cool looking, great workmanship, but no freaking way was I going to squeeze into it. Thomas had assured me that it would work, so I figured, okay let's give this a try.

    So I had my wife standing by with oxygen and ready to zip the back zipper, and low and behold, I got my 270 pounds packed in there and fully zipped and I could breath and move around in it. Wow, was I impressed. I have sent back other brand 3X tops that based on size charts should have worked but could barely get past my shoulders, let alone breath in them.

    You can say I am 'stoked' to try it this weekend. Water is closing in on 60 but we should have 80 air temps.

    Job well done @ThomasAsher
    ThomasasherBill22
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