Ludmil wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:45 pm
As far I know, Hyperfreak has been designed with performance in mind. Should you look for ultimate warmth there are other models in O'Neills range... However, I believe all dl wetsuits are more or less the same vs single lined due to the evaporation effect.
Having in mind that OP is looking for 2/3 wetsuit range and taking in to consideration NP's looser cut, maybe O'Neill is the better option.
It's very personal tho...
All wetsuits are (or should be) designed with performance in mind at first place
But some are designed primarily for surfing, others for wind watersports, where the ultimate stretch is less important than material durability and wind chill.
And NO, not all double lined wetsuits are more or less the same - this is where the TechnoButter 3X is a rare exception. To achieve the ultimate light stretch O'Neill have used on the outside the same type super stretchy lining which they, and most decent quality wetsuits, have on the inside. A.k.a. 'eXtension' jersey (where the X comes from), TB3X has on both sides a double jersey that originally has NO stretch in fabric length direction, but after lamination is being 'extended' 4-5 times until its double knit construction is completely destroyed. Imagine ladders in tights/stockings - that's what happens to 100% of this lining. As a result you get a super elastic 'textile material' well glued to the neoprene foam. Positive side effect - longer knit loops, which some brands lately are tuning and marketing as a super stretch thermal lining (RipCurl E Bomb 'E6 Thermoflex', ION Hotstuff, Mystic Fox Fleece). Btw, this works!
Cons, when used outside: 1) trapping more water and evaporating it faster = higher wind chill factor and 2) the TB3X is much less resistant to the normal wear & tear we have in kitesurfing.
As for the fit of Hyperfreak vs Mission, both brands' size charts show XL for 36" waist and XXL for 48"chest. My personal preference here goes more towards the Hyperfreak, but I'm far from the body build of the OP so my opinion on this is irrelevant.
dracop wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:44 am
O'neil Hyperfreak 3/2+ FZ vs an NP Mission FZ 3/2
If you were impressed by a 2015 NP Mission, you will surely be happy with their latest model. It's been completely redesigned and shouldn't be that loose in the waist. Whichever you go for, with you build and CPT conditions, make sure your shop can service a warranty claim without much hassle.