Bring the heat.
Don't be that dude shivering in the lineup--equip yourself with the O'Neill Men's Heat 3Q-Zip FSW 4/3 Full Wetsuit. Ideal for late fall or early spring east- and west-coast surfing, the Heat comes packed with 4/3mm UltraFlex DS neoprene fabric for warmth, stretch, and flexibility, with UltraFlex Firewall chest and back panels for an extra boost of insulation. O'Neill engineers also gave the Heat fluid seam weld construction which uses a silicone-based urethane seal to block out water without feeling uncomfortable or restricting movement.
- UltraFlex DS neoprene with UltraFlex Firewall chest and back panels
- Sidewinder S-Curve seams with a single Fluid weld
- 3/4-length back zipper
- Double Super Seal neck
- Krypto kneepads
- Handcuff wrist seals
- LSD lumbar seamless design
- Covert Code Red zipper
- External key pocket
- Q & A
The Honda Accord Of Winter Suits
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I surf in San Diego, and our 4/3 season can be pretty short sometimes, so I will typically go with a mid level suit for that reason.
The wetsuit market is obviously pretty competitive, so I don't think anyone is going to blow your mind for a comparable wetsuit among the major manufacturer's. Most of the folks I know buy based on fit (me included), and O'Neill seems to have my body type down- non-supermodel.
At any rate, the heat is incredibly durable, has glued and taped seams, firewall in the chest and back, and is just overall a great suit in my opinion. I remember the heat series being a little on the stiff side a few versions ago, but they have steadily improved this suit over the years and I think it is a great value. Obviously, something like a Psycho 3 is going to paddle better and have a few more bells and whistles (and Z.E.N zip is worthy of the extra cash), but if you have a shorter winter season, I would check out the heat before you go dropping $600 on a flashier suit.
Just one idiot's opinion.