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    Best Canyoneering Wetsuit?

    I am in the market for a new wetsuit. I currently use a full-length 3mil that is wearing out. I'm looking at going a little thicker. Would anyone like to recommend a great wetsuit for cold canyon water?

    Price is somewhat of an issue, but I don't mind paying for quality. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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    Cheaper is better right? I just got a 5 mm Neotech wetsuit for $120, and sure enough after two canyons, it needs patching. I am pretty sure that paying more would not have prevented the hole. To paraphrase Tom Jones, one needs a "remuda" of wetsuits. I am definitely interested to hear what others think about this one.

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    The Hyperflex 4/3 is great! For the really cold stuff I add a hooded vest. Both can be found here:

    http://canyoneeringusa.com/shop/home.php?cat=261

    Just so you know, I wore a 4/3 and the vest in the Black Hole last New Years Day at Freeze Fest. Worked like a charm so long as I kept moving. I have worn the 4/3 in the summer as well. Very stretchy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Card View Post
    The Hyperflex 4/3 is great! For the really cold stuff I add a hooded vest. Both can be found here:

    http://canyoneeringusa.com/shop/home.php?cat=261

    Just so you know, I wore a 4/3 and the vest in the Black Hole last New Years Day at Freeze Fest. Worked like a charm so long as I kept moving. I have worn the 4/3 in the summer as well. Very stretchy!
    +1 I love my Hyperflex 4/3. I haven't done Freeze Fest in it yet, but I will this year. I plan to wear it, and get one of Tom's vests as well - Glad to know that it worked for you, Scott.

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    Bo and I have a wet/dry suit that we love. Its heavy to carry though. To carry I like my drysuit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanya View Post
    Bo and I have a wet/dry suit that we love. Its heavy to carry though. To carry I like my drysuit!

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    Where is this last picture at? It looks awfully familiar...
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    Top one is Keyhole and the other the Subway. Very familiar. ;)
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    Since canyoneering will put a lot of wear on whatever wetsuit you decide to get, I tend to think cheaper is better. Putting some aquaseal on the stiching areas has helped mine last longer than I think it otherwise would have.

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    If you wear knee and elbow pads and shorts and shirt over the top of your wetsuit everytime it really saves it from a lot of abuse. Might not be as sexy, but sure extends the life of the suit.

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    Not sexy! What good is a wetsuit then?
    By Bo Beck and Tanya Milligan:
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    I've been pleased with some of the deals on http://www.sierratradingpost.com/d/3...-Wetsuits.html but then I may not be as hard on wetsuits as some folks out there.
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