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Old 01-13-2012   #11
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i use drytop and dry pants and alternate layers.. way cheaper than drysuit and works great .. no go on a wet suit

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Old 01-13-2012   #12
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Originally Posted by Tindel View Post
As a former surfer.... Never, ever, EVER buy a used wetsuit. The chance that it was peed in it is extreamly high. That's how surfers stay warm on really cold days.
Wetsuits are washable, you know...

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Old 01-13-2012   #13
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Originally Posted by FatmanZ View Post
I'll now add this to the list: 3. Don't buy used wetsuits from surfers.......
At the very least - don't buy MY used wetsuits!
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Old 01-14-2012   #14
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i wear spandex thermals, a wet suit, a hot chilies insulated shirt, a fleece, dry pants and a dry top when i boat in the winter time in co. i stay very warm.
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Old 01-14-2012   #15
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As a former surfer.... Never, ever, EVER buy a used wetsuit. The chance that it was peed in it is extreamly high. That's how surfers stay warm on really cold days.
As a surfer, I'm surprised that this would bother you. It's strange to hear that some people actually don't pee in their wetsuits. Used wetsuits can be had for a song on craigslist, though new ones will last longer and have better neoprene than older ones. If you want to, just rinse with soap and water.

My humble advice: If you're going to wear a wetsuit, get a surf wetsuit (new or used, your preference). The technology is fantastic today, and a good surf suit is extremely comfortable, flexible and warm. I R2 in my surf suit (4/3), it's great. If I swim, I want to be in a full suit...swimming in a farmer john in the winter sounds miserable!
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Old 01-14-2012   #16
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I wear a NRS farmer john drytop combo for winter and early spring boating here in Cali on the SFA. Water temp low to mid 40's, air temp 40's to 60's. Did a SWR class last spring where we were in and out of the water all day, my instructor made me do jumping jacks when I came out of the river so I would stay warm. I was OK in the water, but if you swim and don't want to do P.E. class when you get out, get a drysuit if you can afford it. The one thing that I don't like about wearing a wetsuit is that I feel constricted in the torso, have a harder time with my roll. Could be the added thermal layers and neoprene "squeezing" me. Drysuit is defenitely in my future. If you go the wetsuit route, get a pair of neoprene shorts as well, it will help keep the boys warm.
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Old 01-14-2012   #17
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Agree on the surfer's wet suit. The technology is amazing. Surfing requires a great deal of mobility. The NRS wetsuits don't cut it. (Maybe ok for tourists on a raft.)
Look for sales online. 3/4 and flat seams that are sealed. Avoid folded seams.
Drysuits are best, but more expensive and the gaskets are fragile. With a little bit of care (keep sand out of the seams, rinse and let dry) a wetsuit lasts a long time. Avoid abrasion.
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Old 01-14-2012   #18
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This is the best thread of the new year. And yes, I pee in my wetsuit, in my splash pants, in my raft and in kayaks. When in whitewater and the need to pee arrises, I pee. All of said cloathes and craft wash. Pee is sterile. Clothes / wetsuits can be washed in vinegar and hung n the sun. We use cloth diapers for the kids, at first a service and the got some nice ones with some of them previously used. Nothing wrong with a little pee, but you still couldn't get me to drink my own even if I was on a desert isle.
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Who needs a groover? Just wait for a Kayaker to break for lunch

Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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