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wetsuit for scandinavian winter

Postby mariod2 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:59 pm

I am living in Scandinavia, DK, and am freezing in my NXP already in october. its 5/4/3 wetsuit.

Can anyone suggest a good setup for the october/december mounts?

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Re: wetsuit for scandinavian winter

Postby BudhaNl » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:52 pm

Yes: a drysuit :lol: .

Seriously, I moved from wet- to drysuit last winter and it makes such a difference! You'll stay warmer while kiting, and putting regular clothes on after a session is so much better!

It'll cost you a bit, try to buy one from wetsuitoutlet.co.uk, they have good prices!

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Re: wetsuit for scandinavian winter

Postby Dirk » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:22 pm

I would second that. I ride in North Germany so pretty similar weather, just a tad less cold. I just got this one: http://oceanrodeo.com/products/surfdry as I wanted a less bulky suit than the traditional loose fit dry suits. But I rode one of those before and they also work fine. Popular brands/products at different price points are Ocean Rodeo, ION Fuse (loose, full neopren dry suit), GUL, Dry Fashion (German brand).

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Re: wetsuit for scandinavian winter

Postby Séb » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:44 pm

I know what you mean, i ride in Quebec/Canada till the end of November and we start back in the spring when there is still some ice block on the lake! Dry suit all the way, so much better than a thick wet suit. You can use any thermal isolation you need inside to perfectly fit your water temp and it is very comfortable on the beach when your session is over. But you are much better to immediately buy a good one. Ideally one that breathe, a big plus. I have the new Ocean Rodeo Soul and it is the best I have seen, so well made and top quality component only, check it : http://www.oceanrodeo.com/products/soul

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Re: wetsuit for scandinavian winter

Postby mariod2 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:15 pm

Thanks for feedback!

I guess I need o save some money for a dry-suit then.

Cold winter here I come ;)

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Re: wetsuit for scandinavian winter

Postby Peter_Frank » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:39 pm

A good drysuit and a good wetsuit cost the same...

So absolutely no doubt about it, if you are "more cold" than others - that a drysuit is the way forward :thumb:

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Re: wetsuit for scandinavian winter

Postby TomW » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:47 pm

I kite in southern Sweden for 10 years now. gear you need:
dry suit - UK has deals. mystic makes a good one too.
dry gloves like mystic drygloves- 3mm
dry 5-6 mm booties. mystics are good. add thin 1-2 mm neoprene socks for xtra warmth.
a good 3 mm hood
helmet
synthetic first layer and fleece for under dry suit
small floatation vest in case you take on water. or you will drown.

with this gear you can kite until water freezes or it's too dark to see.

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Re: wetsuit for scandinavian winter

Postby Hasse » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:54 pm

Just come up after 3 hours session in Klitmøller in my 3/2. Still warm up here. Oki i was wavesurfing and not kitesurfing but right know you can buy a 6/5/4 Rip-Curl Flashbomb for 2799:- under the PWA event her ;)

Peter: When do you come next time?

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Re: wetsuit for scandinavian winter

Postby Peter_Frank » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:28 pm

Hasse wrote:Just come up after 3 hours session in Klitmøller in my 3/2. Still warm up here. Oki i was wavesurfing and not kitesurfing but right know you can buy a 6/5/4 Rip-Curl Flashbomb for 2799:- under the PWA event her ;)

Peter: When do you come next time?


Yes - you are right - it is extremely warm here in DK right now...
I use my old 3/2 short sleeved summer suit which is fine.

But some are just more cold than others, and thats a fact, so different needs and one has to respect that 8)

We go up to Slettestrand (Sct Olufs Kilde) tomorrow, but I guess you are out at Hanstholm :thumb:

Would be great to come to the PWA, but not time as it is after work hours :wink:

Looks like another 5-6-7m2 day tomorrow just like "always" :rollgrin:

:D Peter

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Re: wetsuit for scandinavian winter

Postby flyingweasel » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:57 pm

Wet or dry suit it doesnt matter.
I use both and have many of. Either way the wetsuits made by "surfing" companies have a lot to be desired and are often fashion over function.
By far my warmest suit is a made to measure titanium lined Elios Wetsuit two piece 7 mm
thats 14mm over the torso and as flexible as a "surfing" 3mm but needs a bit of care as the neoprene is less dense. They will do them in 9mm as well!! these are for hours in ice water.
Cons... pain in the ass to put on and take off and that is where the drysuit wins.
Just got a new Seac 7mm free like most of my suits :thumb: which should be good for this winter. If you want to keep using a wetsuit though you will have to move away from the traditional surfing suits. Drysuits, take your pick membrane or neoprene. if its neoprene mtm no boots membrane seals is the way to go and you will easily manage 8 hours on the water if its Heiwa/Yamamoto or Sheico. Fairly bulletproof too even flooded. Membrane suits...they are OK and I have a few but have a few too many issues in my view if the water is seriously cold.
I can`t wait to move to the tropics!!!


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