this has been my method for the last 5yrs. Resulted in new suits every year it seems. Still, some don’t even last the full year.FWIW, I think whether the quality justifies the cost is a personal choice. If you can get last year's model Oneil/Xcel/etc on a discount it's surely a better "deal." If you're going to pay full price for a suit and/or you just like having quality gear I think the the price premium is justified.
if I spend $200-$250 for last years mid-tier suit, I wonder if I could get 2 yrs from a $500 suit. In the end it’s the same amount down the drain.