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TOPIC: Suiting up for the occasion

Suiting up for the occasion 11 months 3 weeks ago #1

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Continuing my slow but steady process of "IONisation" with a purchase from Ocean Air Sports /my go to ION retailer/ of a hooded neo vest 3/2 and a pair of open palm mittens. The vest will replace the set of 3! items I currently use to protect my pumpkin and seal the nasty water intake around the neck and back zip of my NP wetsuit.
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Suiting up for the occasion 11 months 3 weeks ago #2

please keep us updated on your experience with these items.
I have been eyeing both the vest and the mittens, as the replacements for the separate hood that does nothing about water intake of MY NP suit and the gloves I have loose the grip and do not allow for a good boom feel.
I would be very interested to know how the vest and mittens work for you.

Suiting up for the occasion 11 months 3 weeks ago #3

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Im sure they will work excellent, because I've been using both concepts for years now and nothing beats them for me. My only mistake so far-trying to get away cheap. For example: I had to cut out the palms of the DaKine mitts that I use now; they are too long and difficult to put in or out and the M size is too small and they are in a process of breaking apart. My substitute for the hooded vest consist of: 1.5 mm neo shirt; fleece vest with hood and ill fitting hood on top of all of it. The whole system works but is badly fitting, too bulky and difficult to put on and off. So finally I'm resolving to make my life easier and buy myself a proper fitting, quality products designed to do exactly what I want them to do.

Suiting up for the occasion 11 months 2 weeks ago #4

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I've missed to mention an integral part of the underwear set /because I have it already and it's not included in the purchase/ namely the 2 mm neo shorts like the ones in the picture below /I'm using currently Oneill/ . Keeping your bum warm is important part of the complete core protection as you can imagine.
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The best thing about using neoprene underwear besides insulating you from the water flushes is that it allows you to use a 4/3 wetsuit instead of a 5/3 effectively adding a 6/3 wetsuit to your armory at half of the price /or less/ and you can also use the shorts in conjunction with a neo shirt in the summer instead of a shorty wetsuit.

Suiting up for the occasion 11 months 3 days ago #5

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Hey Ady, since you are well versed in everything-Ion, do you know where to find their "MAST/BOARD PROTECTOR"?
http://www.ion-products.com/water/men/accessories/tec-accessories/mastboard-protector/
I bought one last year out of a shady company out in Slovakia. Took 6 weeks to arrive. Been searching online for a US distributor but unsuccessfuly. Reason: I need a RDM version (mine is SDM and I don't have any SDM mast. The SDM protection on RDM mast works but is a little loose and the protection moves up the mast opening when the rig fall in the water, thus defeating the purpose)
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Suiting up for the occasion 11 months 3 days ago #6

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My ION supplier is Brian from Ocean Air sports : www.oceanairsports.com . He's been always helpful in delivering the product I'm interested in regardless if he has it in stock or ordering it from the distributor. Send him an email about what you are looking for at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suiting up for the occasion 11 months 2 days ago #7

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Brian has the ION mast/board protector! Just ordered one. Ady, Thanks for the info.

Suiting up for the occasion 11 months 2 days ago #8

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Just to warn you in advance Greg, the RDM protector also has some up and down play, but I hope it fits better then the SDM and for me personally those protectors are the best compromise between aesthetics and protection. I had few of those that you glue on the nose and my ex-rental Kode 86 came with a perfectly fitting factory protector but I hated it regardless and spent few hours removing it and the heavy glue residue as well.

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Suiting up for the occasion 11 months 1 day ago #9

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Agree! The ION protector saved my AtomIQ a few times already. In Bonaire all the boards at The Windsurf Place had the exact same nose foam protection as yours. I understand for rentals but definitely not the best aesthetic. Our grear is meant to be used anyway... just not too prematurely!
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