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jandrew7



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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 10:58 am    Post subject: Is this a good wetsuit? Reply with quote

Hello,

I'm fairly new to windsurfing and am looking to buy a wetsuit. I found this one on ebay and am wondering if its a good deal. It doesnt show its thickness. Any one recognize it?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mens-Xcel-Wetsuit-size-M-Black-Thermo-Barrier-Long-Sleeve-Full-Body-Wet-Suit-/380896787866?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item58af37bd9a



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Ugly_Bird



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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 12:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Is this a good wetsuit? Reply with quote

jandrew7 wrote:
Any one recognize it?



This is pre-owned wetsuit, could be smelly. The seller could give you more info. Looks like it is a trustworthy seller, 99.5% positive feedback.
In general XCels are great products.
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Ugly_Bird



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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 12:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Is this a good wetsuit? Reply with quote

Ugly_Bird wrote:
jandrew7 wrote:
Any one recognize it?



This is pre-owned wetsuit, could be smelly. The seller could give you more info. Looks like it is a trustworthy seller, 99.5% positive feedback.
In general XCels are great products.


I got ONeill Epic 3/4 mm in 2007. It still runs.

http://www.amazon.com/ONeill-Epic-II-CT-Black/dp/B0032U7RWE

I think they are reasonably priced.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smelly is curable in a front-loading tumbling washing machine with wetsuit shampoo or Woolite, set on Delicate cycle. I toss mine in the washing machine almost every time I wear them.
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nw30



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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most anybody selling a wetsuit, probably didn't use it much.
Dedicated wetsuit wearers, for the lack of a better term, tend to wear them out to where there is little left.
It's probably in pretty good shape, but fit is very important, I've never bought one w/o trying it on first, but that's just me.

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swchandler



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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with NW30. Having always had wetsuits since 1963, I can say that I've never sold one of them. Also, I'm of the opinion of always trying them on for fit before spending my money.

I would think that you can tell a lot about the condition of a wetsuit by how soft and flexible the material is. Also, look for signs of hanger marks and cracking. Sometimes, a little used suit that sits on a hanger for a long time can stress and degrade it.
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