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My last two wetsuit purchases have been fro Decathlon, a couple of leg 'skiff suits' and a short sleeved summer dinghy suit. The former have been used for 9 summers, one drying, t'other in use and are still pretty good (TBF 9 year old neoprene is not going to be as soft and flexible as when new). The dinghy suit has had less use over the 6 or 7 years I've had it and is still soft and very nice to wear. they all have knees and bums reinforced with what looks like a coarse knitted nylon outer skin which has proved very hard wearing indeed. Skiff suits were about 30, dinghy suit 60ish IIRC.

They don't seem to do either of those anymore but this is similar to the skiff suit and only 30 http://www.decathlon.co.uk/500-mens-kayaking-wetsuit-id_8387608.html



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I would personally avoid ION for main wetsuits, they are all super heavy compared to O'Neill's technobutter ranges - although their accessories are fantastic, so I'm not knocking the brand across the board.

Pryde do some good dinghy long johns, but other than that, I'd check out Mike Lennon's stuff:


I've got mixed opinions on dinghy wetsuits- Graeme is right in that they are overpriced and often crap material with poor stretch and poor seaming.  But at the end of the day, whilst a surf suit might be technically superior, there's a lot more snagging on dinghies, so a reinforced butt and knees does make sense ... hence why I like the Pryde stuff as it's a cross over between disciplines.   
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I like the longjohn option with no arms because I tend to use layers. In autumn and spring I wear the LJ with a rashvest only but in winter I add a wetsuit "shirt" and spray top. This means I can take lots of options to an event and mix and match to get the perfect temperature and even take an extra item out with me which is easy to slip on between races to keep warm which is hard to do with a full suit....


I remember doing that. In the seventies
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Post Options Post Options   Quote H2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Aug 18 at 12:37pm
Originally posted by Jack Sparrow

I really like Magic Marine. https://www.magicmarine.com/products/wetsuits-longjohns

Started using their boots recently and have been very impressed
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Originally posted by iGRF

Unfortunately my go to brand has closed, Spartan. But there are lots of good brands Ion, Oneil, are two that immediately spring to mind. I notice those skiff suits you were looking at have no arms, what's the reason for that other than to build less suit for more money? All the sports outside of dinghy sailing have far greater reliance on arm movement, wind, kite and surfing why is it dinghy suppliers think it's a great idea to call a suit a skiff suit charge more money yet not provide arms? I'd love to hear the BS they come up with for that.

For the sort of money they are asking you could go to Snug in Cornwall and have a made to measure custom suit to your own spec. Double line the butt and knee but single line everywhere else I would.

Or pay 150 or thereabouts for a perfectly reasonable full suit from any number of suppliers in the surf. kitesurf, wind surf etc. 255 for a skiff suit is unreasonable imv.

I like the longjohn option with no arms because I tend to use layers. In autumn and spring I wear the LJ with a rashvest only but in winter I add a wetsuit "shirt" and spray top. This means I can take lots of options to an event and mix and match to get the perfect temperature and even take an extra item out with me which is easy to slip on between races to keep warm which is hard to do with a full suit.....but I do agree that its a rip off that they charge more for less!!!


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I really like Magic Marine. https://www.magicmarine.com/products/wetsuits-longjohns
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Oneil I really like, their superfreak stuff is amazing. 

Only thing is for long john's Oneils offering has a zip. 

I tend to think if there is one wetsuit item the dinghy makes compete with surfing then it the long john. I have Gill Skiff-suit which is versatile with various levels of tops.


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Unfortunately my go to brand has closed, Spartan. But there are lots of good brands Ion, Oneil, are two that immediately spring to mind. I notice those skiff suits you were looking at have no arms, what's the reason for that other than to build less suit for more money? All the sports outside of dinghy sailing have far greater reliance on arm movement, wind, kite and surfing why is it dinghy suppliers think it's a great idea to call a suit a skiff suit charge more money yet not provide arms? I'd love to hear the BS they come up with for that.

For the sort of money they are asking you could go to Snug in Cornwall and have a made to measure custom suit to your own spec. Double line the butt and knee but single line everywhere else I would.

Or pay 150 or thereabouts for a perfectly reasonable full suit from any number of suppliers in the surf. kitesurf, wind surf etc. 255 for a skiff suit is unreasonable imv.

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Originally posted by iGRF

Personally I would look outside of the dinghy business for wetsuits, that Zhik brand is ludicrously overpriced which would be fine if it were offering a superior product, but...

Any brands you would recommend Graeme? Not really that familiar outside of dinghy sailing etc

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