At what tempurature do you ditch the drysuit?

SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
edited June 2012 in Technique & Theory
There is always that guy who has to prove he has the biggest kahuna in the club by skiing in bordies even if there is snow on the shoreline (kind of counter-productive really), but for those of you who prefer to avoid cold-muscle injuries and hypothermia in general, at what temperature do you leave the heavy rubber at home. For the purposes of this survey, let's consider full suits over 3mm thick as the same as drysuits.
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At what tempurature do you ditch the drysuit?

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  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,459 Crazy Baller
    edited June 2012
    Water and air above 60°
    Drysuit to 60f
    1mm open cell Camaro to 70f
    No rubber from there, but always a long sleeve rash guard for sun protection.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,359 Mega Baller
    Why ditch it at 65? Personally I ski about 99% as well in a drysuit as in nothing, and I ski much better in a drysuit than in a full wetsuit or shorty. I've never understood everybody's hurry to get out of them.

    If I get too warm, I just let in some water. (No such fix exists if too cold, btw.) When even THAT is too warm, I put the suit away for the summer. That point is usually with the air around 80, and while I don't use a water thermometer (why do I need to know?) I'd guess it's around 65-70.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    Water and air above 60°
    @Than_Bogan What kind of drysuit are you using?
    www.FinWhispering.com ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,359 Mega Baller
    An older Sahara
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,041 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Still wore it today. Why not? It's comfy, and I stayed toasty warm and dry. Until I get too warm in the suit likely to use it..
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
    Than_Bogan
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,094 Mega Baller
    What's a dry suit?
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,448 Mega Baller
    What's the difference between a wet and a dry suit? One is wet the other sweat
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,418 Crazy Baller
    Water and air above 65°
    Here in Montana it can be 86 degrees one day and snow the next, so you always want to have yer dry suit at the ready.
  • gjohnsongjohnson Posts: 304 Baller
    Water and air above 55°
    Boardies & a vest since May 2 in MN.
    Greg Johnson ~ Team Beer
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,041 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @gjohnson , color coordinated? Just giving you crap, hope to catch you at a tourney this year (though pretty sure I can't hang w/ya all night). Here's to hoping both of us rock some tourney 38's!
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • gjohnsongjohnson Posts: 304 Baller
    Water and air above 55°
    @6balls you know it. I should amend my previous post to boardies @ vests. You should come to regionals this year. Last year it was a blast. Are u heading to @MS tourney in June?
    Greg Johnson ~ Team Beer
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    Wore the drysuit Friday, rash guard Saturday, Sunday and this morning Damn spray leg hurts -- might have to slip the dry suit on again tomorrow morning to give it a break!

    @gjohnson -- are you part polar bear? Or are you just like @MS and can't wait to ditch the suit? Haven't decided on the Pine Island tourney. My skiing has been consistently inconsistent. I hate going to tourney's and missing a 35 (which right now is a decent probability!)
    Jim Ross
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,407 Crazy Baller
    Water and air above 60°
    I can't stand the confines of a drysuit, especially at the neck seal. Once I take it off for one ride, it never goes back on until the end of the season. This spring I wore it one day, then on to a shorty. Skiing commando (so to speak) as of last weekend.
  • gjohnsongjohnson Posts: 304 Baller
    Water and air above 55°
    @Razorskier1 For some reason, I don't ski aggressively in a drysuit. I tend not to wear any neoprene, besides a vest, if I can stand it.

    I hear you on the inconsistent 35's. We've been struggling with an electrical issue with ZBOX, big swings in rpms, that has made skiing really difficult so far. 28's were hard. Fortunately, it was fixed on Sunday and now we can dial it in and worry about skiing. Crazy. I'm not expecting great results, but will have fun @MS tourney.
    Greg Johnson ~ Team Beer
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,059 Mega Baller
    I'm with @than, ski just as well in the spacesuit, plus warm/happy back/neck/shoulder muscles, and no shivering in the 65' water and grey Seattle skies
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,082 Baller
    Water temp 70 degrees is when I switch to warm weather gear. I find I don't get as sore the next day..
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • igkyaigkya Posts: 624 Crazy Baller
    Water and air above 60°
    @scotchipman, where did you get that shorty drysuit? I don't see it listed on the BARE website.
  • tsixamtsixam Posts: 374 Baller
    Water and air above 55°
    I was skiing in drysuit late April, shorts mid May and now back in drysuit. Should have been shorts since mid May. I live on the wrong side of the Atlantic.
    Tsixam
  • robscholl-OFrobscholl-OF Posts: 285 Baller
    May 1st, no matter the temperature.............OF
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,359 Mega Baller
    I never wear mine past my birthday...

    Well until September rolls around again, that is!

    7/6/71
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,900 Mega Baller
    Water and air above 65°
    It was only about 58* today and I admit I wussed out and didn't ski. I did drive for my buddy and son who skied in heater tops. Water was under 65 and it was a little windy. Did I mention it was spitting rain also.
    Mark Shaffer
  • sixballsixball Posts: 248 Baller
    Water and air above 65°
    I had to get my sissy la la suit back out the last few nights. The water is back up to mid 60's but the air has been dropping into the 50's in the evenings. We have had so much wind we have been getting out just before sun set when it is calming down.
    This has been one strange summer so far. Started the season March 21 in a shorty one week later into a dry back to a shorty now back to a dry. I am so confused!!!
  • lfflff Posts: 65 Baller
    I never use a full suit
    what drysuit ?
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,900 Mega Baller
    Water and air above 65°
    I might ski in the dry suit all year. I skied in it again today water 60* and air at 70* and I am skiing as well as I ever have never mind the time of year. I did get very wet when I fell though I think I need a custom designed suit in XL with a XXL neck and L wrist and ankle seals.
    Mark Shaffer
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,041 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Water over 70 and I went without yesterday, was nice except my spray leg is now pretty tender.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • Pat MPat M Posts: 659 Crazy Baller
    Water and air above 55°
    The newer full suits are so much more comfortable. I try to ski as much as possible in the full, ditching the drysuit asap. I skied twice in the drysuit this year and one of times was on St. Patrick's Day (Irishman in Massachusetts).
  • MattP_Evil_TwinMattP_Evil_Twin Posts: 18 Baller
    Water and air above 65°
    It's June people... why are we still talking about this? Save this topic for next winter.....
    Planning to save Horton's life
    MattP
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,900 Mega Baller
    Water and air above 65°
    @MattP_Evil_Twin because the water and air isn't above 65 yet.
    Mark Shaffer
    Than_Bogan
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,225 Administrator
    I never use a full suit
    Are you guys in Antarctica?
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  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,900 Mega Baller
    Water and air above 65°
    @Horton I am in Mass and our water has lost almost 10* in the last week and a half. I was out of even a heater top but we haven't seen the sun in a while and the temp hasn't been over 70 with nights in the 50s. I think we are paying for the warm winter.
    Mark Shaffer

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