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Which Xcel wetsuit should I get?

Discussion in 'Apparel' started by Doug444, Dec 27, 2019.

  1. Doug444

    Doug444 Angel Fish

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    After much looking I found a good deal on an Xcel. I am going with MT size since I am 6 feet even and 165 to 170.

    Its a bit hard to tell the difference except for higher price = better stuff. I dive the Caribbean only really but I do run cold.

    Options in my size
    Drylock 3\2 $214
    Axis 3\2 $89 (back $94)
    Axis 4\3 $94
    Comp 4\3 $109
    Comp 3\2 $84
    Infiniti sold out of my size

    Not sure why Axis is less just bigger sale it says. I was thinking go for the Drylock at that price since I can afford it but it is double the price.

    Diving 2-3 trips a year, 4-10 dives a trip but hope to bring that up a bit. Next is Isla Mujeres and Roatan.

    Any input would be great.

    Thanks
     
  2. yle

    yle Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California
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    I would go for the Axis 4/3 for several reasons. I have an Xcel 3/2 (I think it's a Thermolite...) that I use in the Caribbean when the water is 81 to 83. And I wear a 5mm when the water is 78 to 80. Some people dive with a thinner suit, or no suit, in these temps but I've found that I'm never too warm with these suits in these temps and when I used to wear less protection (long ago... I've learned) I would feel a lot more fatigued at the end of the day. The subtle effects of hypothermia can really creep up slowly over a few hours, a day or a week.

    I also have a couple 7/6 Xcel suits that I use for local (Southern Calif) diving. I've worn one out because I loved it that much. Xcel makes great suits for the money.

    So back to the reasons: the 4/3 is right between the two ranges I've mentioned above. So if you have to choose just one suit for year-round Caribbean diving, it seems 4/3 would be a good compromise and would keep you warm enough in 78 degree water but not too warm in 83 degree water. Second reason... for the price, you can't go wrong. The worst that happens is you get a nice suit that works well for most of your diving, but you decide to get a second suit (either a little thicker or thinner) for when the water is a little cooler or warmer.

    Hope this helps!
     
  3. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
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    Deep 6 has their 3mm on sale for $150 shipped. Feature heavy and is warm for a 3mm so if you tend to be cooler this may be perfect for you. You also get pockets. Who doesn’t love pockets. I recently got mine and it’s extremely nice for the price they’re onsale for considering they're normally $300.

    3mm Deep 6 Wetsuit
     
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  4. yle

    yle Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California
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    Pockets are nice... sometimes. Better if they are removable. My Waterproof suit has a pocket similar to the one on the Deep 6 suit, but the Waterproof pocket can be removed (it's secured to the suit by velcro) when I don't need it.
     
  5. Doug444

    Doug444 Angel Fish

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    So the Drylock is not worth the extra $? I was thinking the better tech may make a 3/2 like a 4/3. But as a rec diver maybe the high end is not worth it.

    thanks
     
  6. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
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    While this is true. You can only add one pocket to the waterproof 3mm. Which you then have to buy on top of the wetsuit. The deep 6 has 2 pockets and come included. For the $150 price. Better to have and not need then need and have to spend extra money on top to get. Buy once cry once.
     
  7. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: SoFlo
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  8. Doug444

    Doug444 Angel Fish

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    The 4\3 is actually a Axis X (vs regular Axis) so I went ahead and got that at $107 shipped ($250 msrp). I will let you know when I get it soon, and dive in it in 2 weeks.

    thanks a lot
     
  9. Doug444

    Doug444 Angel Fish

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    I got the wetsuit and while the size is correct i think - I hate the neck entry. I can kind of get it on myself but I cannot get the arms down by myself. Very difficult to get one and feels weird.

    So I checked and a new sale has the Axis 4\3 backzip entry now at just $64.99! So I am returning the neck zip and getting the back zip. Even with 2 days shipping to make my dive trip it is still cheaper. They took the return no problem with great service.

    The suit itself is very nice. At 71% off anyone looking for a suit should check it out. They have most sizes right now.
    XCEL Axis X 4/3mm Backzip Wetsuit - Men's | Steep & Cheap

    Will let you know how the backzip goes.
    thanks
     

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