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wet or dry?

When I got into windsurfing just over a year ago, I purchased a few wet-suits (shortie, 3/2/, 4/3, etc.) and they worked more or less ok thorough last winter. Recently I noticed some veterans using dry suits and wondering about pros and cons.
If you like dry suits, I would be interested in suggestions on any you might know for sale (new or lightly used), models/brands to look for, features to look for, places to look for, etc. -thus listing this under "buy/sell"; and didn't know where else it would be appropriate to solicit this kind of feedback/suggestions.

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Re: wet or dry?

I love the Bare drysuit. Comfortable, easy on the arms and especially the forearms and can be worn on a 65 degree day or a 40 degree day.

Only downside is it takes a little more care and I need help with the zipper or I have to tie a string to zipper and tie the other end off on a stationary object.

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Re: wet or dry?

Thanks Langdon. I will check that. The zipper across the back is something I haven't tried and have tried to avoid but that's based on thinking it would be difficult if you are alone. Does the string and stationary object work pretty well? I suppose it depends how tight the zipper runs?
Also, can you reliably wear regular (ski, biking,etc) clothes under them? That would be a huge plus over wetsuit, especially when changing in cold parking lots.

Btw, for anyone that might suggest a specific used or new item, I am a Large in most clothes including wet suits; don't know how dry suits run?

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Re: wet or dry?

I agree with Langdon

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Re: wet or dry?

I thought Bare quit making windsurfing dry suits a long time ago (baggy top, neoprene bottom)???

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Re: wet or dry?

Emailed Bare.
Waiting for a reply.

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HamdiD

I have used the string many times without much trouble just tie it off to something at shoulder height. (Webguys trailer hitch does not work for thos purpose at all.

I do this so I can guide the zipper with my free hand to avoid yanking a zipper out.. ( which I have done to two other wetsuits.)

Maybe Zhik has a good drysuit.

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Re: wet or dry?

Also the O neil Assault Hybrid Drysuit may be worth looking at.

Nevermind...they are saying the Assault is discontinued now.

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+1 for the bare polar dry if you can find a used one.
Other than the neck and wrist seals being replaced mine is 19 yrs old.

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Is there a significant difference between dry suits for sailing vs windsurfing? What are the key features to look for in a good drysuit for windsurfing? I see dry suits a where from $300 to $1500+.I am sure those extremes aren't built the same but I wonder what differences do/don't matter to my use?

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Re: wet or dry?

I have this one for sale. I used it very little maybe less than 5 times. I don't sail much in cold weather months now. It is big on me, so it might fit you. If you care to try it send me a PM. I will make you a really good deal. It is quite warm and will keep you dry.

There is no off season.

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Re: wet or dry?

ProMotion has a drysuit similar to Bare.

http://m.wetsuit.com/?url=http://www%2Ewetsuit%2Ecom%2F#3092

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Re: wet or dry?
HamdiD wrote:

Is there a significant difference between dry suits for sailing vs windsurfing? What are the key features to look for in a good drysuit for windsurfing? I see dry suits a where from $300 to $1500+.I am sure those extremes aren't built the same but I wonder what differences do/don't matter to my use?

Ocean Rodeo has some nice looking drysuits: https://oceanrodeo.com/drywear/

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Re: wet or dry?
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ProMotion has a drysuit similar to Bare.

http://stores.wetsuit.com/mens-4mm-dimension-drysuit-blue-j86/

Gene

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Re: wet or dry?

What do you wear underneath the dry suits like mine? I can remember what I used to wear, and I didn't use mine much.

There is no off season.

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A lot of interesting information:

https://youtu.be/xDG3whJ2e0k

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Re: wet or dry?

If you really want the ultimate in comfort - heated vests. I had a couple different versions of these. (I still have one, but the battery cable broke and I can't fix it.) They do work, even if they get wet - you won't get electrocuted or ruin it. There are probably lots more out there - I just found this one doing a quick search.

https://www.heatedwetsuits.com/product/thermalution-surf-series-15m/

There is no off season.

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Re: wet or dry?
ediksail wrote:
HamdiD wrote:

Is there a significant difference between dry suits for sailing vs windsurfing? What are the key features to look for in a good drysuit for windsurfing? I see dry suits a where from $300 to $1500+.I am sure those extremes aren't built the same but I wonder what differences do/don't matter to my use?

Ocean Rodeo has some nice looking drysuits: https://oceanrodeo.com/drywear/

I had one of these and did not like it. Sure, it was very comfortable and non-restrictive, but once in cold water, it was dangerously cold, even with high-end fleece under it. I never found the magic undergarments to make it feel safe in really cold weather (not without being really overheated when not in the water)

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Re: wet or dry?

Not sure if the pro motion is built like the Bare but my Bare polar dry has a full 5mm farmer John
Suit welded to the loose top. So even if the top tears
Your core is still protected. I wear the bare fleece top over the neoprene and under the loose top and it’s quite comfy.
Plus I usually don’t have too much of an issue with overheating since I spend a lot of time in the water anyway Shok

I have 5/4 wetsuit that works good too. I usually don’t get real cold in it until I come back to land and stand around for a bit.

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Re: wet or dry?

That's an interesting option Randy, thanks for bringing up. They're expensive and sounds like battery only good 1.5-2hrs but apparently they work well in that duration based on reviews.

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Hey Peelskid
How old is the Bare I got from you?
I know the seals have been replaced at least once. Right?

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