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Wetsuit when first purchased was surfed in 4 degree water and was amazing. Over 2 years and 200+ surfs later it is noticeably colder. However it can still handle 2h sessions in 8 degree water provided you have good quality boots and gloves. After two years the elastic bands at the end of the arms and legs have had to be re-glued. The seams around the wind panels on the front and back have had to be re-glued as well, These however have been removed on the latest version so this shouldn't be an issue. This wetsuit has been fairly well cared for so a user should expect 2 years of heavy usage or longer if used less frequently.
I kitesurf, in the UK, all year round, and am lucky enough to get in the water any day there is enough wind. I have owned a lot of wetsuits in the last 40 years, and currently own 3 winter wetsuits and 2 spring/summer wetsuits.
I bought this suit today because i am kiting in the South of France in January and the hooded wetsuit i brought with me would be too warm for even the coldest days here and wanted an inexpensive suit that i could use here and at the start of the UK winter.
This suit looked like a bit of a bargain price wise, but having used it i would say it offers only fair or good value.
The air temperature today was 10deg the water temp was 13deg, and i would say that is the perfect conditions for the suit, I was not cold and kited for 3 hours.
I WOULD take issue with the lower temperatures advertised, I would not want to use this suit in water temperatures below 9 degrees. But at a push if you didn’t have the luxury of being able to afford a 6/5 in addition maybe you could get away with it.
The reason i suggest the suit is only good value rather than a bargain is it is made of a neoprene that is quite stiff in comparison to what is available. I no longer buy the supper stretchy neoprene suits as they do not wear well with the amount of kiting i am lucky enough to enjoy, so it suits me fine. But if you only kite at weekends and want a really flexible suit that lasts a couple of seasons maybe look elsewhere. On the water kitesurfing i honestly cant tell the difference between a stretchy suit and this one, but you might when paddle surfing. I would recommend with the caveats above. Oh and one more thing, like others have mentioned it leaks water at the knees.
I have not used yet, but the quality appears fantastic as I have always had from decathlon wetsuits. I have tried on and bought xl as I have always found the sizing on the slightly smaller side. I'm 6ft 1 13.5 stone for reference. I anticipate the suit to be very warm from the fleece lining and fit. The ankle and wrist seals are aided by a silicone type wrap and even though the suit is xl a very good fit. Thanks Richard noyes
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