JohnCox Posted November 9, 2013 Share Posted November 9, 2013 A few weeks back, I decided I wanted to try out a full suit, because, even though I have a great drysuit, and I seem to be able to wear it in February and March, I just can't make myself put it on at the end of the season. So, I stopped by Trophy Lakes to try a couple on while down there on business. A medium titanium was too tight, I thought, and a large 1mm black was definitely too big. So, Austin got his hands on a medium 1mm for me to try just for fit, and it was great. I wanted a 2mm, and Trophy was not able to get their hands on one to fit me, so I found and ordered one from Robby's Ski Shop. It arrived last Friday, and I was like a kid on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, when I tried it on alone, I managed to put a small tear in it (there's a "pull" strap below the zipper...requires care when using, and I think I will remove it...). I sent Robby a note with a couple of pictures of the tear, and the fit, and talked to her on Monday. We talked about the tear, and the size, because apparently, I'm built a little differently than an Austrian water skier... Robby told me that she thought the size I had was the right one, and to go ahead and ski in the suit just to be sure, and she would replace it with whatever size I wanted, or give me a full credit. I will add that Robby certainly knows her stuff on these suits! So, yesterday was my first opportunity to go test it out. Our lake has dropped, so when we got there, the entire course was laying loose on top of the water. Normally, that means someone dives, and is too cold to ski, but everyone else gets to. My main purpose for being there was to try my suit, so I offered to swim. I put my suit on, and then put a shorty on over it to both protect it, and maybe give my core a little more insulation. The temperature at the surface was 60, and I'd guess at the bottom of the lake was closer to 50. I swam for over a half hour, and dove and adjusted every buoy in the course. No problem. I took the shorty off, and put on some socks and sweats over the suit while my partner took a set. Normally, I can't stand to keep a suit on but this one was not an issue. He skied, and I hopped in for my first set in the suit. Wow. Warm. Flexible. Not binding or cumbersome at all. It was almost like I didn't have anything on, and felt free enough to ski like it was June (it is more comfortable than my normal top...). I got out, kept the suit on to drive, and then skied another set. I'll be trying it out again today and tomorrow.... This suit has certainly extended my season on both ends, and I'd say has a chance of eliminating the use of a drysuit for me. When I talk to Robby Monday to make arrangements for a swap, I may have to add a Camaro top to the order... Thanks, Robby!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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