I have been both windsurfing and kiteboarding for couple of years. Kiteboarding is my primary watersports compared to windsurfing, wakeboarding, scuba diving and rafting.
I’m planning to buy 5/4/3 or 4/3 full wetsuit and NPX Zealot, Neil Pryde 5000, NP Elite, NPX Assassin and Neil Pryde 3000 are my main options. As a beginner durability in wetsuits is one of my main concern as well as heat isolation for windchill. I would like to ask advantages of shin guards available in zealot and their robustness for beginners? Do you think whether it's quite beneficial or just commercial hype for a kiteboarder?
The most important criteria in choosing wetsuit is proper sizing and snug fitting for me. As you know, so the better the wetsuit fits, less cold water will get in and the warmer we will be. Every time i fall the pressure of water will try to push it into my warm suit and this is how i get cold.
When considering the size chart, my body measurements as below match with Small Tall size(94) of Neil Pryde that only available in Neil Pryde 3000 series and NPX assassin.
Neil Pryde does not produce Small Tall size in the upper category of wetsuits like Elite, Edge, 5k, Zealot where as it does produce all other transition sizes like MT,LT,XLT, etc.
I had chance to demo Neil Pryde 3000 and 2000 series in Small size, 3000 series feel bigger and more stretchy but not comfortable enough in the crotch part. I think my torso length is some where between M and L.
I would rather buy Elite, Zealot or 5k series than 3k and Assassin due to their more advanced features.
Which size would you go for if you were me?
Do you think those models' neoprene and seam are more stretchier than 3k series I demoed that would make small size tolarable in terms of comfort of crotch part.
If not, do you think that their neo is stretchy enough to shrink that there would be no significant gap in chest, waist and especially at back in kidney area, if i go for Medium size.
Your opinion counts for me, please feel free to share it. Thanks in advance…
Height 180 cm
Weight 63 kgs
Crotch-ankle 73 cm
neckbase-crotch 73 cm
midneck-wrist 76 cm
chest 91 cm
waist 74 cm
hips 90 cm
head 57.5 cm
neck 36.5 cm