Posted by Nick M. - Cleanline Employee – 20th Apr 2012
Over the years I've worn wetsuits from all the major wetsuit brands, and in the end the deciding factor for me is fit, and warmth. As with most of us that surf cold water, you get a wetsuit to stay warm, and fit can make a huge difference in how warm you stay throughout a long session. Over the past year I've worn a Quiksilver Cypher 6/5/4 DS. It has been one of the warmest suits I've ever had, along with some serious flexibility. I put my suits through the ringer when it comes to being hard on them. I change in and out of them on rocks, and pavement. Standing to close to the fire, hanging it on trees, rolling it in sand and then stuffing it in the trunk of my car, not washing it for days, or leaving it out to let the rain do the washing. I demand a lot out of my suits, and this one has been able to keep up every step of the way. It's super warm, light, and durable. When it comes to fit I'm a hard one to peg. I'm right around 6ft and fluctuate in weight between 150lbs and 160lbs, which can effect fit a fair bit. I like to use the term wiry instead of skinny. I can fit in a medium in most brands, but they will be short in the legs and arms, and sometimes a little to much room in the torso, which will then pocket water and flush a bit. That being said, just about every wetsuit brand fits differently, and that is where a very knowledgable staff comes in handy, like our staff! The size that I've found to work the best for me is a Medium Tall(MT). It's length is just right and it fits in the torso and shoulders perfectly, which means no matter how long the session, or how cold the wind and waves, I am warm and confident in my wetsuit.
Nick M - Cleanline Employee