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Topic Title: Wetsuits
Topic Summary: In a season where cool-to-cold travel is likely to be abandoned.
Created On: 01/01/2022 07:50 PM
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    I'm old, plump, and have pretty broad shoulders, which meant problems with chest-entry wetsuits. Shoulder problems made things worse, but now that both rotator cuffs have been repaired, the problem has been easing a lot more than I would have guessed. Still, there's cases where something like a wooden hanger or long shoe horn is needed to pry the rubber off a shoulder. I'm following advice from Feral (which showed its goods at the Florida Surf Film Festival a while back) to use back zips.
    Looking around for back zips or other shoulder-friendly features led to Cleanline in Seaside, Oregon. They sell the popular brands, but also feature items by smaller brands. The first time I heard of Buell was at Cleanline, when they were selling one suit. Now they're selling 11. Currently, they're featuring an expensive Isurus, an obvious endorsement. They have just one suit from Hotline, a hooded 5/4, a fairly expensive but essential item for the PNW. So I checked Hotline and spotted an almost-affordable 4/3, also available in chest zip. Hotline is 40 years old, in Santa Cruz, and manufactures a few of its products in the US.
    Hotline is on the "no fuzzy lining" side of a design divide. Their "thermal lining" on the back (not chest) is smooth and slick, not carpet-like. Feral discusses the issue. "No fuzz" includes Buell, Matuse and Patagonia.
    Cleanline has also taken up Dakine, which is selling expensive zipperless entry suits and slightly less expensive chest-zip. Their zipperless 2mm surprised me by being pretty easy to get in and out of. They do fuzz.

Edited: 01/01/2022 at 08:02 PM by ww
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