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Anonymous
For those who surf in cold water like I do...I have an O'Neill epic 5/3, 7 mil booties, and gloves. (Though I really think I'm going to get the "claw" gloves because my hands have been getting cold lately). The past 2 times I've been out, I've gotten pretty cold. My wetsuit has stretched a tad at the top, I think...a bit around the arms and shoulders. I've thought of getting one of those insulating layer things. I just can't figure why I've been so cold. I thought maybe it was because I've gone out late in the afternoon, 1-2 hours before sunset. And I've gone to south-facing breaks instead of east and the wind is different...but that shouldn't make that much of a difference, should it? I just hate being cold out there. If anyone has any advice/suggestions, let me know. Thanks.  

28 Dec 2002 14:38
Anonymous
i heard something like you lose 20% of your body heat through your head. get one of those hooded diving vests.. i've gone out with just that on.. i take the hood off when i get past the breakers may look a little goofy but are you out there to be a model or to surf :D  

28 Dec 2002 14:38
Anonymous
My suit does have a hood... I live in RI and the water is very cold here! Mostly it's my back and the tops of my legs that get cold. And my hands but I just need different gloves. Thanks for the reply, though...  

28 Dec 2002 14:39
Anonymous
you definately need to get a 6/5, as the water will only get colder as the winter goes on. if you dont have the cash to get a new suit buy a thermal rashguard. If you do have the cash for a new suit get an xcel 6/5, couple guys i know have them and complain about how hot they are.  

28 Dec 2002 14:40
Anonymous
I always thought they were 6/4's...but I wouldn't know. I have a 5/4/3 for winter. I can stay in about 8 hours in 40 degree water without getting cold. BUT my hands ALWAYS get frostbite. The rest of my body is fine, it's just my hands...I have 5mm gloves...and they are those ones that are a cross between mittens and actual gloves...I'm not sure what tehy're called. Does anyone have any solution to my freezing cold fingers?  

28 Dec 2002 14:41
Anonymous
I've never had any problems with the 5/3 before but I'm really thinking about getting one of those insulating rashguards. I honestly think that my problems start out w/my gloves...I have the regular ones, not the lobster claws. And my fingers get cold then it kind of moves up my arms...then my back gets cold. Ugh. Johnny...do they make gloves thicker than 5mm? I don't even know. My booties are 7 mm. That would be the only thing I can think of...get thicker gloves.  

28 Dec 2002 14:41
Anonymous
I'm surfing with snow on the beach in a 5/4. Yeah, my hands get a bit cold (okay, really cold) but the 5mm gloves do the trick.

3 hours out is max for me. Then it's time to hop in my friends van and get warmed up. We're supposed to get hit by a blizzard tomorrow and we are going surfing. If I get some, will post some pics.

And for the dude who stays in for 8 hours.....no comment. dude? BS.

I'm really just kidding. I'm fucked up right now. Tough day. :wink:  

28 Dec 2002 14:43
Anonymous
[quote=surfgansett]I've never had any problems with the 5/3 before but I'm really thinking about getting one of those insulating rashguards. I honestly think that my problems start out w/my gloves...I have the regular ones, not the lobster claws. And my fingers get cold then it kind of moves up my arms...then my back gets cold. Ugh. Johnny...do they make gloves thicker than 5mm? I don't even know. My booties are 7 mm. That would be the only thing I can think of...get thicker gloves.[/quote]

The reason they get cold is because water gets in them...Maybe they're too big for me...I think I might need to get a smaller size.  

28 Dec 2002 14:44
Anonymous
i surf 46 degree water with a 4/3 elasto, 3 mill. boots and gloves and a 5 mill. hood and i am fine except my hands then i got new gloves by Oneil and they are fine...  

28 Dec 2002 14:46
Anonymous
[quote=surfgansett]For those who surf in cold water like I do...I have an O'Neill epic 5/3, 7 mil booties, and gloves. (Though I really think I'm going to get the "claw" gloves because my hands have been getting cold lately). The past 2 times I've been out, I've gotten pretty cold. My wetsuit has stretched a tad at the top, I think...a bit around the arms and shoulders. I've thought of getting one of those insulating layer things. I just can't figure why I've been so cold. I thought maybe it was because I've gone out late in the afternoon, 1-2 hours before sunset. And I've gone to south-facing breaks instead of east and the wind is different...but that shouldn't make that much of a difference, should it? I just hate being cold out there. If anyone has any advice/suggestions, let me know. Thanks.[/quote]

I think it's time that you get a Elasto. They are unisex and super stretchy. My 6/4 hardly gets any water in it, and I'm super toasty throughout every sesh, whether it's 2 hours or 8 hours.

so........Bust out da cash. :P Or try that thermal layer, I think it will really make a difference.  

28 Dec 2002 14:48

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