Have you ridden the Patterson yet? I only keep asking because I wanted to YOLO that one :) it disappeared from my cart and (not surprisingly) ended up on this thread.
Ended up getting the 6'1" IF15 that they posted shortly after. Same dims. Don't know whether i'd prefer a 6'0" or 6'1" but the...
Two fin sets for sale. I’m in LB NY, if you want them shipped, add $5
F6 never used (these:https://futuresfins.com/products/thermotech-f6) $25
FCS II DHD Glass Fins Size L
Ridden less than 5 times. These are big fins… construction is really nice. Look like new. Wish I had more use for them. $80
For cheap suits, I'm still pretty happy with Vissla. They're stretchy and comfortable and don't leak like other similar suits I've had (xcel, needs, billabong). Was happy with my 7mm boots from last year so I also got some mittens and a pair of the slightly higher end 5mm boots.
I still think...
Just get a 5mil. Unless you like 5-6 month breaks each year. If you're using a hooded 4/3 its going to be cold out anyway. No reason to limit yourself. With the right equipment it really doesn't feel that much colder.
I think the ear growth still happens with plugs. I am not a Dr. and don't have any real research. But I think the plugs stop infections and water issues - the hood helps with the cold water/bony growth.
Bought a pair of Vissla 7mm boots midway through the winter. Love them. Feet were getting cold in my Xcel drylocks (new ones too - pretty disappointing after using them for 15 years).
The Visslas are really comfortable, no velcro bs. Good amount of support from the rubber pieces (no flopping...