kitesite_capecod wrote:I have been using the Ocean Rodeo Soul Since last Fall and it is a great Suit!
I have been using "Bag Style" dry suits for over 20 years (feeling old writing that) and for me its the way to go as I like the Light weight, freedom to move, ability to layer and being able to put on a warm dry suit as opposed to to wet chilly neoprene the next day.
The soul is very comfortable and easy to put on and take off inside my van. I use the hood occasionally, but will usually just use a neoprene beanie
Very easy to Zip up by yourself which is really nice.
I put my harness over the jacket and not under as it can be with the design. I personally find my harness stays in place better this way and is easy to adjust when needed.
Got a nice session in here on Cape Cod on Saturday Jan 26th, air temp high 30's low 40's. Water temperature really cold, Ice chunks and slush on the ocean and I was very warm with 6mm boots and 1.5 mm gloves. I attribute my hands and feet being warm to the fact that I was able to double layer fleece under the suit which kept my core very warm. (almost too warm).
Took a few pictures of me in the suit floating in the slush.
While I would prefer not to ride in the Cold cold water, the Soul makes these winter sessions very enjoyable and not just getting out to say i got out!
juandesooka wrote:I like the idea of a drysuit, but I've yet to really experience the magic. I am a little paranoid of the "body bag" horror stories of drysuits failing in surf. However, I've yet to hear one of these tales for the Soul. Maybe the 2nd layer has avoided most of these potential disasters (fin cuts, barnacle slices, etc). No news is good news!
I got a 2nd hand SurfDry, to try it out. I like the idea of the wetsuit outer layer, so if the drysuit fails, you will still have some protection. But I don't think it breathes well or at all ... by end of a session, I am slightly damp from sweat...and while not as wet as a wetsuit, being damp defeats the purpose...the superman / clark kent quick change, peeling off outer layer and returning to work.
For wetsuit, I use an xcel infinity, which is incredibly flexible and very well sealed...after an average kite session, I quite often will have no water in it, basically same dampness as the SurfDry. So not really much advantage to the drysuit....hassle factor of 3 layers vs 1; though one benefit is putting that fleece layer in the washer and dryer.
Anyways, the thread is about the Soul ... I have no user review to pass along, but I look forward to trying one out sometime soon. The lack of disaster reports make me more willing to "take the plunge".
juandesooka wrote:I like the idea of a drysuit, but I've yet to really experience the magic. I am a little paranoid of the "body bag" horror stories of drysuits failing in surf. However, I've yet to hear one of these tales for the Soul. Maybe the 2nd layer has avoided most of these potential disasters (fin cuts, barnacle slices, etc). No news is good news!...
flipper231 wrote:Ok, here is the ugly then...
1o/ way too much material so lots of drag
flipper231 wrote:2o/ pee zip is useless and one more thing to check befor you head to sea...and it looksvrediculous
flipper231 wrote:3o/ the soul is harder to put on than the last one I had (pyro pro?)
flipper231 wrote:4o/ the hole for te hook is ALWAYS useless: does not work with seats, is not centered so pulling on material and if you unhook, you lose your hook inside the coat...So put your waist on top.
flipper231 wrote:5o/ this suit is not warmer than anything else, you just need to dress wisely underneath
flipper231 wrote:6o/ the hood does not drain...
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