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Used to kite the east coast and the UK in the winter with a 6/5 so 4/3 wetsuit with hood/booties/gloves take me through the winter in norcal. You guys have it mild over here so invest in a thicker wetsuit if needed but I think a drysuit is a little too much for here especially given the inconvenience.
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Scuba diving is my other hobby and I have two drysuits in the garage. One of the suits is a Whites Fusion and its very light weight and quite comfortable to wear... Pictures of people doing the splits in them. Its a waterproof baggy suit with a second form fitting lycra (or equivalent) suit on the outside... The lycra keeps the suit tight against your body. Plenty of room to layer up as needed.
http://whitesdiving.com/sport-diving/fu ... t-drysuit/
The heavy boots are not permanent and light weight neoprene socks or boots can be used instead. The valves can be removed and replaced with blanks so I'm thinking it might be worth trying.
fwiw - the White's Fusion suit is exactly our Surf Dry suit that we have sold for the last 7 years (minus the valves and slightly different skin). White's and Ocean Rodeo were once the same company but we split off from them in 2009 as they were sold to Aqua Lung. Currently we only have limited sizes of S and M left however (on sale! lol). There will be a new version of the Surf Dry released shortly, we had hoped for this fall but the re-design process is taking longer than anticipated.
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I got my Ocean Rodeo Soul Dry Suit a few weeks ago, last year they sold out in early winter for medium, and all black suits seem to go quick. My first impression is that it is very well build, I would highly recommend company. I also bought a harness from them 5+ years ago, it held up fine, their product seems to be over-built for the northern climates. Nice Canadians, great customer service.
I have a OR SurfDry suit. This is the suit that looks like a standard wetsuit that is tight fitting, keeping you hydro dynamic in the water. I like to be able to swim fairly streamline and I surf, so this one sounded good to me. After the chilly last few days, I decided to wear it today, for the first time in about a year. It was a pleasant warm up from the 5/4, 6/4 I wear normally. Wetsuits are more convenient, as they easier and quicker to put on... and there are fewer pieces to keep track of. Wearing the Surf Dry today reminded me of the extra warmth I was missing from wetsuits. Evaporative cooling plays a huge role with these windsports and a drysuit makes sense if you're the body type that gets colds easily.
There's pros and cons to both sides, but a drysuit definitely deserves consideration for us wind people living in norcal.
Very good to know!
For whats it worth, I have a latex allergy and need silicone seals. Hoping you can do replaceable silicone seals in your products?
By the by - What is the actual fabric/material you use for the waterproof layer?
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