IanNJ wrote:...I picked up A OR soul for myself and to demo out and two heats and one soul to stock in the shop.
Our water in NJ never gets much colder then 35F so I know ill be content in a 5/4 if I don't like it....it seems that most of the guys using the dry suit are older, guys looking for more comfort...
As an older guy looking for more comfort, I take offense to that comment!
Actually, I love my promotion 5/3 Storm
and will wear that as long as I can. It's awesome...but 35F is pretty friggin' cold. By the time you are dropping into conditions where the combinded water/air temp is below 100, it ends up being a lot of wetsuit layers that are time consuming to put on and a mess to take off wet after your session...specially if you are only taking a couple hour break and want to go back out.
It's not so much comfort (I think a wetsuit is more comfortable), as convenience. The dry suits are just a lot nicer to put on and then get back to home/work or whatever. You will have some dampness around your ankles and wrists, but can otherwise just throw your pants back on and get on the road.
I would second the ProMotion tip, though, if you are looking for a winter wet suit. Their website is a bit cumbersome to navigate, but the suits are built solid and last a long time. Great customer service. Suits have less bells and whistles then the foreign made production suits with fancy graphics and custom materials, but those suits don't last more than a season or two. Give ProMotion a try.