Paddled out this weekend for the first time in forever to try and get a piece of the long period south that was supposed to be pushing in. Came to the quick realization that California has got me straight pussified and I’m going to need something besides a 4/3 with holes in it for up here! A couple nice sessions, especially Saturday afternoon. SORE today though, whoa!
Sooo…the decision making process begins. I’ve been rocking the O’neill Psychos the past who knows how many years because 1) the large tall fits my monkey ass (Billabong seems to think that 6′ is tall) and 2) they are on sale every year on Memorial and Labor Day weekends for about $200 at the O’neill shops in Santa Cruz. Good suits, relatively durable, decent fitting, a good $200 suit, but anymore than that and meh.
So now, the shopping begins. Anybody out there built more like an orangutan than a fireplug have recommendations for suits? The Quiksilver Cells feel nice and stretchy on the rack, but they look too small based on their size chart. C’mon, fits up to 6’3 but the inseam maxes at 32″? Who do these companies use for their fit models?
Always thought the Xcels look nice, but they are waaaay outside my budget and again same story on the fit. Sooo…dunno. Looking for recommendations. Anybody try the Matuse suits in tall? At first I was sketch on them as I thought it was just another crap company with the Socal brobrah grassroots marketing revved up to 11, but now I’ve heard a few accounts from friends using that they are a warm, flexible suit, though the long-term durability remains to be seen. Anything else? HELP!