Drysuit recommendation?

Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,986 Mega Baller
edited October 2012 in News & Other Stuff
I think my Sahara is finally starting to leak a bit.

I'm really bummed they don't make those anymore, because that style is perfect for me. I literally don't lose a single buoy going into my Sahara (although it does sometimes take a little more out of me).

I've never liked baggy -- I found the excess noise and vibration quite distracting.

Anybody have any thoughts?
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan


  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,533 Mega Baller
    Whats a dry suit?
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,874 Mega Baller
    If baggy, I like Oneill boost, but totally understand the desire for more streamlined suit. I've had a couple of oneill hybrids, but they seem to last about a season for me w/out leaking.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,514 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Neil Pryde 3000 5/4/3 Drysuit. Its the only non bags suit out there.
    Shut up and ski
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    I have the O'Niell hybred love it. I try to stay out of the dry suit as long as I can and have found the Camaro wetsuits extremely warm. Or look for a good iiron man suit then switch to the dry suit when absolutely necessary.
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 292 Solid Baller
    I love my Oneill Assault Hybrid. Its one of the favorite things I own, helps extend the season and make the beginning and end fun. Allot more skiable than the BFI baggy suit I had before it.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,986 Mega Baller
    @MS Ooh that NeilPryde does look good. Anybody sell that who is more waterski affiliated than kiteboard/windsurf affiliated? (Google search dug up the latter.)
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,066 Mega Baller
    @Than_Bogan Ray just got the Neil Pryde suit from Coble's when we were down there. I think he has worn it once.

    I have an O'Neil Assault Hybrid and it is good and I don't find it flappy in the wind. I do put a vest on over it and it works well for me.
    Mark Shaffer
  • FrankSFrankS Posts: 169 Baller
    barefoot international all the way. Seals thicker and far more durable than other companies. http://www.overtons.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?r=view&i=15750
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  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,460 Crazy Baller
    I have a barefoot international with a big chunk missing on one of the ankle seals and it is still watertight. I love it - hardly know I'm wearing it.
  • tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
    Second the barefoot international suit. @franks can get you a deal. He is Mike siepel's nephew.
    Can I just ski 24/7?
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,874 Mega Baller
    BI is overbuilt and dry as a bone even in a nasty fall, but I find cumbersome on/off and high drag so I don't wear mine for skiing. I do use it to swim our course off the bottom right after ice out because it's bone dry and I can put on lots of clothing underneath.
    The boost is easy on/easy off, fits well w/integrated suspenders, and dry other than a big fall will come through the neoprene neck. The neo neck, however is IMO more comfy than latex and thus worth it.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,514 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    @Than I still have my O'Neil Throttle that I will get another 3-4 years out of. O'Neil will replace seals and make repairs for life. People that have used the 3000 say you have to take a pretty bad crash to get water in it.
    Shut up and ski
  • colo_skiercolo_skier Posts: 784 Solid Baller
    While O'Niel does replace the seals and make repairs it seems the quality has gone down and the response time has gone up. While we love the Throttle a few members at our lake refuse to buy any more O'Niel drysuits because of the quality and the customer service issues. I have a Throttle that has a ripped sleeve seal that I am using electrical tape to make work till the end of the season. I think one on the members sent his in at the end of last season and did not get a working version returned (2 or 3 returns later) until it was way past drysuit time in the Summer. It should be good for the fall season though. Most of us have 2 drysuits so we are covered should one break. I do like the comments on the 3000 though.
    Not sure I know what I am doing. The boat goes I follow. Trying to perfect the deep water start. Squirrel!
  • londonskierlondonskier Posts: 190 Baller
    I have an Oniel Assault, wetsuit pants ans a baggy top. They stopped making them, but still available on line in random places. I bought an Oniel physco 5/3 wetsuit. Fantastic. You stay dry and don't need a dry suit.
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    I have an eagle front zip baggy suit and love it. I wear cold gear under it and it works great. The neck is a little snug but I have managed to stretch it out a bit.
    Mapple T2
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,874 Mega Baller
    @johncox other than the convenience of front zip, do you find it superior in other ways to other suits?
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • JohnCoxJohnCox Posts: 357 Crazy Baller
    The front zip is very convenient, but the suit is awesome. I had an old rear zip tight suit that really limited mobility and didn't allow anything warm under. With this suit, I feel like Incan still actually ski, and not just ride to stay in ski shape.
    Mapple T2
  • davemacdavemac Posts: 458 Baller
    @6balls I also have an Eagle, and have also used a Boost. Both good suits if you like baggy style. I've been very pleased w/ my Eagle. I think the convenience of the front zip is an equal trade off w/the more comfortable "neoprene neck seal" of the later versions of the Boost. The Eagle is very lightweight. Almost seems to "breathe" a little better than others. I just dress accordingly underneath based on the temps.
    I will be putting it to use tomorrow for the first time this fall (as will my daughter ...who also has one).
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,881 Mega Baller
    I went to the O'neill website, but couldn't find instructions / costs for drysuit repair. Anyone have the been there done that experience? How much should 1 expect for a neck seam re-glue & tape? I have the old 90's suit. Still works. Considering a repair, then resell.
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • LakeOneSkierLakeOneSkier Posts: 303 Solid Baller
    edited October 2012
    I paid $150 2 years ago for O'Neill to replace the leg and wrist seals on my drysuit. Last week both a leg seal and a wrist seal ripped, season over. I expected more than 2 years of limited use out of it when the original seals lasted over 12 years with fairly regular use.

    Now thinking about an Eagle front zip suit for the spring.
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  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,881 Mega Baller
    What about self repair. Anyone with recommendations on products for re-gluing seams and tapes?
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller

    Call them and they'll give you a return number and the shipping address.

  • jwroblewjwroblew Posts: 143 Baller
    @ToddL, if its a baggy tons of places to get latex seals, I use rubber cement to bond the new seals to the suit and an iron with a rag to heat up the old seal and pull it right off the suit.
  • GarnGarn Posts: 586 Crazy Baller
    For the money ($299) and quality (3 year warrantee), I don't think you can beat Adrenaline Drysuits.

  • BlueSkiBlueSki Posts: 938 Mega Baller
    The Neilpryde 3000 looks like a semi-dry, but MS referenced that it took a good fall to get water in it. Anyone have experience on how well it would do in traditional drysuit weather?
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