Havre wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:31 am
Dirk wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:58 am
Havre wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:53 am
I only had a 3/2 for years in Norway.
... that the consensus is 5/4. I didn't expect that.
Vikings have a different attitude towards the cold...
For the record. Not trying to overrule the verdict here. I don't like the feeling when you get cooked in a wetsuit. You get dehydrated without really noticing it as well. At the same time being cold is probably even worse.
I agree 100 %
Being too warm is the worst, and dangerous also - you can get really uncomfortable to some extent sick.
Being a bit too cold is no problem, as you can always "work" to warmth, riding more aggressively or radical.
Whereas if too warm, you cant surf nomore, but have to stop for a long time - putting water inside the suit does not help really
Yes, some of us Vikings got a very different "heating" inside
I cant stand being too warm, the worst
We are very different, and the OP said he got cold very easy.
I know of two girls, using a drysuit even in summer
Thus really difficult to compare anything in such a topic.
My typical wetsuit usage during the year, where I always use a suit that fits the daily conditions here in Denmark, meaning:
Shorts only when summer and sunny, but we dont have warm sunny days all summer, so
Shorty june-juli-august and september, when weather is fine.
Short arms long legs 3/2 if a bit colder weather (water is still fine) in this period.
If really windy and overcast or raining, 3/2 full suit in the summer period.
I change to a 5/3 around start december, and boots mid december.
5/4/3 in january to march, boots, and sometimes even gloves. Sometimes drysuit if snow and below zero.
5/3 again from april, no boots.
3/2 around start of may.
When experienced, we know exactly which suit to wear, when - but we all have different heat/cold sensitivity.
If you KNOW you only want one, go for a 4 mm, even if you are a bit colder than most. As 5 will be crazy warm in the summer.
But by far the best solution, would be to get a 5 mm now.
And when you find out it is too warm when summer hits, buy a 3 mm good suit, or a low cost shorty - both will work.
The 3 mm good suit will extend the usage a lot in both ends, before you "need to" go into the more clumsy thick 5 mm, no matter how soft it is.
A 4 mm the good overall compromise works for everything here in our region - or one could also say the opposite - equally bad for everything