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Wetsuit Questions

Chrisz - 4-7-2015 at 05:34 PM

I am looking for a wetsuit for this summer, for the average summer temps of our lakes around here 60 to 70 degrees it looks like I will need a 5mm wetsuit.

If I want to get in the water before June I will need to buy a wet suit for 45 to 60 degree water that puts me in a 7mm wet suit.

Can you effectively move in a 7mm wet suit?

Here is the wet suit I am looking at: http://www.scuba.com/scuba-gear-42/153669/Pinnacle-5mm-Siren-Merino-Elastiprene-Super-Stretch-Wetsuit.html

PHREERIDER - 4-7-2015 at 06:35 PM

7mm thats heavy , take 20 min to get it on! talk about fatigue wow.

the 5mm in the summer ! if the sun is out your gonna roast

those are heavy suits , if your are gonna be "in the water" alot you may need it

for me in 45-60 water a 5/3 semidry with wind skin, air temp 40-60, 2-3hours no trouble if its sunny longer

water 60-65 maybe a 3/2... if sunny with air temp >65 no suit

you definitely should get with a local on this. any chart is gonna add huge margin for total exposure , like "in the water" time.

i would say go with 3/5 semidry , to go early before june and see how you feel , definitely will give less wear fatigue than a 7mm!

for summer a 3/2 i would think be ample. get with a local rider.

Chrisz - 4-7-2015 at 07:12 PM

Yeah I thougth 7mm would be too much.

My old wetsuit is a 3mm but the last time I had it on was 15 years ago. I actually got it on but I could not breath just a little on the tight side, its kind of funney what happens when you get old!

I maybe underestimateing my abilities but I plan to spend a lot of time in the water doing face plants. So maybe a 4/3 would do the trick. 3MM and thinner wetsuits are pretty cheep, I can pick up one of these for mid summer.

B-Roc - 4-7-2015 at 07:16 PM

I don't kite on the water but I boogie board a lot in the summer in water temps between 58-66 degrees. I have a 3/2 shortie (short sleeves, short pants) and with that I can stay immersed in the water for 30-60 minutes. Definitely try them on. Suits of the same size fit differently from diff manufacturers. Pay attention to the fit at of the neck, armpits and crotch and make sure it its not loose where it terminates at your arms and legs.

The zipper must be in the back. Its way more difficult to take a wet suit off that zippers in the front than you think it should be.

Kober - 4-7-2015 at 09:37 PM

March 13th ..... Water 42F Air 52F
Wetsuit 4/5mm
Gloves and booties 5mm
Hoodie 3mm
+1.5mm jacket

I was riding for about 6 hours .... and I was cooking inside . I did many stops and dip my self in water to get cooler .

I ddi another session last Saturday in same gear with air temp about 45F and still very nice and toasty .... as long sky is not covered with clouds and sun is shining you will stay warm for a long time ..... When learning you get cold faster , after you learn to stay above water surface you will need way less mm ......

7mm I would ride in 30F air ..... and yes ... this is very thick and uncomfortable wetsuit ... If you really need that much protection get dry suit ... like NPX Lucifer that is and shell and then you put as many layers under as you need . I use Lucifer in 30F temps with 3 layers and it was nice ..... hands and feet give up first ....

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Kamikuza - 4-8-2015 at 07:31 AM

Fleece lined 4/3, with a hood. Decent 3mm gloves and boots...

I have a Hyperflex 5/4/3 AmpIII and 5mm Xcel boots and gloves and its way too hot, even when it's actually snowing.

Oh wait, summer? LOL

Cheddarhead - 4-8-2015 at 10:21 AM

Sometimes we forget about the body heat factor from the activity that we are doing. I don't ride soft water, but when I started riding frozen lakes I dressed like I would normally dress for winter. I quickly found out that I was always too hot and had to completely rethink the way I dressed. I would think the same goes for cold water, your doing an activity so your bound to stay slightly warmer than if you were just standing there.