elmarco wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:48 pm
I've gone though a ton of wetsuits and I ride anything from 28C water down to 0C and snowing.
I've tried back zips, front zips and zipless.
I had a 3/2 (long arm shorty) & 4/3 zipless mystic majestic this year and they were amazing.
Very first time putting them on was very difficult for me, but once it stretched to fit my body a little better, I loved them.
I eventually decided zipless is not best for my body shape. I'm 5'8" 175 and the weight is not in my gut, its in my shoulders. I think if you're a skinnier or more typical shaped guy the zipless would be perfect, I just felt like I was stretching it too much getting into it and I was worried I'd rip it.
Now I"ve got front zip Mystic Majestics and they're still harder to get into than back zips, but once you get the technique its fine, I find fronts work better for me. I'd never go back zip again.
For cold water, last year I was on a 5/3 hooded Mystic Legend front zip and it was amazing! Super warm, very flexible, I could wear that thing all day. Older no premium suits I've had in the past limit your mobility a ton.
Now I"m on a 6/4 Mystic hooded Voltt and its another step up above the legend. I've ridden it a few times now and its soooo warm and tons of mobility. It doesn't feel like it has an extra mil, just super comfy and cozy, highly recommend it.
I also highly recommend the integrated hood if you'll be in cold water. They're much easier to take on/off while you're riding. I find the separate hoods are not comfortable to slip back over your neck and they can let some water in when crashing.
All mystic suits come with ankle straps, so no rolling up, and no jelly calfs. If water does get in, there's vents to let the water out.
Highly recommend the Mystic suits if you're kiting.
I also surf with them in ice cold water and love em.