The Great Unbiased Wetsuit Review Thread

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Has anyone seen or tried the Hyperfreak Fire? Just noticed it's a thing.

Also, is anyone liking / loving any high-performance / warm enough / flexible suits in the ~$300 range that isn't a Hyperfreak?
 

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Has anyone seen or tried the Hyperfreak Fire? Just noticed it's a thing.

Also, is anyone liking / loving any high-performance / warm enough / flexible suits in the ~$300 range that isn't a Hyperfreak?
'Bong furnace is pretty flexible mine is 4/3 so kinda hard to compare to my 3mm hyperfreak comp:waving:
 

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Hyperfreak Fire. Interesting. Hadn't seen that either. More warmth with liner and perhaps extended durability with the external liquid seams? Kinda waiting for new Psycotechs to drop, but a hooded 5 Fire could fit the bill. Not a thing, yet. 5 mill Hyperfreak has been hard to beat for the 48-58 range. My current I got last Nov is holding up well, although kinda been babying it. One prior started to leak at about 60 or so sessions. My buddy is a year and a half into a Psycotech and says no leakage, so considering going back to that model for extended durability. Hyperfreaks are so damn flexy thou. Think Im good for this winter anyways.
 
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Does anyone know who is making team wetsuits (e.g. Vans, Monster, Vans)? I know at one point feral was doing Volcom. No idea about Vans and others.
 

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Anyone tried these French booties? Supposed to be like barefoot. I just ordered a pair to test.

 

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I don't really trust booties without velcro cinch straps across the foot not to end up swollen and full of water.

Anyone tried these French booties? Supposed to be like barefoot. I just ordered a pair to test.

 

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Those look trippy. Wax the soles? Interesting concept.

After 30 some years of 5 and 7 mil split toe Hotlines, switched to 7 mil split toe Buells. Reason Hotlines went up to 100 bones. Buells interested me because they made a 7 mill split toe. Yes I like split toes and price was right at around 60 bones with 15% off bro deal. They are toasty and have fuzzy liner, which I have only had once when I tried Patagonias which were terrible and I retuned. Anyways had them for little under a year and holding up pretty well.
 

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Warmest mass-produced 3/2?

My infiniti and drylock were requiring some hole repair after season #3. I just accessorize the 3/2 for mid-winter and December trips to CenCal.

Thinking about just replacing the Xcels. But I got a zipperless Rip Curl springsuit I like and was wondering if their 3/2 with the smoothskin, E7 fireseeker or whatever is warmer. But looked like it did not have vulcanized rubber on the back.
 
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This is a cool thread. I skimmed most of it (just joined the Forum) and thought I'd ask:

Anybody try on a Feral in sizes Medium and/or Medium Tall? How would they compare to O'neill? I want to order one and get the size right. I've already tried on a Large, and it was too loose.

I wear a Medium in O'neill. The only issue is the arms/legs are almost always a little short (except for my last Psycho Tech for some reason; it was a bit longer). I'm 172 lbs and a hair over 5'11".

If anybody has info on how Isurus fits in the sizes above, that would be great too. Thanks
 

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Anyone know of a good 3/2 or even all 2 mil with smoothskin?

Need something for the cold, windy offshore days where the water is still relatively warm. Wind goes through my long sleeve Hyperfreak spring and my 2mil and 3/2 Xcel comp suits which are all great when it's not windy.
 
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I’ve got a 3/2 psycho tech with smoothie on the chest that is insanely warm (to me). It’s two years old and going strong. I wear it when the water is between 68-62 depending on how windy or cold it is out.
 
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