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What is the best drysuit for Kitesurfing
Posted: 11 September 2009 09:00 AM   [ Ignore ]
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The Pyro Pro or the Predator? (why are they so different anyway?)
And I heard there is a new Pyro Pro comming out, totally made out of breathable material and other new features?


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Posted: 13 September 2009 08:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Thank you for the heads up on this juro!

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Posted: 03 October 2009 01:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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The Breathable Pro will be better… Less sweat especially when the air is warmer and the water is cold… setting up and so on… and the Predator inner lining will be breathable to… Tighter fit looks more like a Steamer and easier to body drag in, less bulky… But good to have both for choices…

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Posted: 08 October 2009 09:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I think the Pro will be much better in terms of setting up and so on. I like much better the pro.

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Posted: 25 October 2009 12:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I am using the Pyro Pro for the 4 winter in Holland with kitesurfing and i am verry happy with it. grin

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Posted: 18 December 2009 02:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I worry about flooding a drysuit after getting wrapped in lines or colliding with my own board. I am sure that the pyro and pyro pro are very rugged, but it seems to me that the predator has an advantage here.

If the predator is compromized, I would think it becomes a wetsuit, allowing you to get out of the water safely. If a dry suit with more volume inside is compromised, it could become nearly worthless for warmth, and a dangerously cumbersome.

OR, I am surprised that you are not advertizing this advantage, if in fact it is and advantage.

NOOB alert - I don’t own a dry suit, so take my comments with a grain of salt. OR, correct me if I am wrong.

Also, I think another differentiator is ease of donning, it would seem that you will need help to get the outer layer velcroed (sp?) around the zipper.

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Posted: 29 December 2009 02:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Waller - 18 December 2009 02:38 PM

I worry about flooding a drysuit after getting wrapped in lines or colliding with my own board. I am sure that the pyro and pyro pro are very rugged, but it seems to me that the predator has an advantage here.

If the predator is compromized, I would think it becomes a wetsuit, allowing you to get out of the water safely. If a dry suit with more volume inside is compromised, it could become nearly worthless for warmth, and a dangerously cumbersome.

OR, I am surprised that you are not advertizing this advantage, if in fact it is and advantage.

NOOB alert - I don’t own a dry suit, so take my comments with a grain of salt. OR, correct me if I am wrong.

Also, I think another differentiator is ease of donning, it would seem that you will need help to get the outer layer velcroed (sp?) around the zipper.

I have had a Pyro Pro for three seasons now. I think your worries are unfounded. First of all the material the Pro is made from is very tough so, aside from bizzare accidents like dragging yourself over some rotating knives, the Pyro Pro will not shread or tear. The most you could expect from say a hard crash into some rocks, will be a small hole in your suit. The suit presses against your body and will not fill up immediatly with water. Just surf or body drag in to safety and repair the suit with the provided patch kit.

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Posted: 14 September 2011 05:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Posted: 18 September 2011 09:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I have used a pyro pro from 2005 but replaced it last year(2010) against a predator and I like the predator much more because of the slimmer format. The only drawback I can see is that it’s harder to get on. I like the built in hood and that you can drive home in the inner part if it’s very cold weather.

One thing that is not so good with predator is the zipper on the outher part which is placed on the back and under the harness and it can give some pain in your back in some situations.

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Posted: 21 September 2011 01:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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If the predator is compromized, I would think it becomes a wetsuit, allowing you to get out of the water safely. If a dry suit with more volume inside is compromised, it could become nearly worthless for warmth, and a dangerously cumbersome.

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Posted: 21 September 2011 05:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I wear a loose cut dry suit (pyro pro) for flat water, chop and small surf (under waist high).  If your not riding in breaking surf, I would recommend this style of suit.
As soon as you ride in hard breaking surf,..things change.
You need a streamlined suit (like the Predator) that allows diving under breaking surf with excellent swimming performance, required if you ditch a kite in the impact zone or if SUP’ing/surfing break a leash.
The outer skin on Predator also protects the core from reef contact.

I hope this helps.

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Posted: 16 December 2011 01:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Hello guys! I am a beginner to kitesurfing so this information was very helpful to get to know! I’ll take all this informtion into account!

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Posted: 25 December 2011 11:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Don’t forget the After-sales service when you by a drysuit… the choice of the “best drysuit for kitesurfing” is : a good drysuit with a good After-sales service !

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Posted: 25 December 2011 03:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Having owned both the pyro pro and now the surf dry, my opinion is pretty firmly in favor of the surf dry.

Worries of it should there be a breach can be put to bed.  Accidentally forgot to do up the entire zipper after stopping for a pee, and rode more than an hour before I even noticed there was an issue!  Seriously.  Multiple dunkings and at one point a cool trickle down the chest.  I was a tiny bit disappointed as I thought it must have been water getting past the neck seal when it burped air on a wipeout, but lo and behold once I de rigged and started taking the suit off, I realized the entire zipper was gaping open!  Firstly the hood is so good that no water flushed into the suit except that tiny trickle, and secondly the compression of the outer layer will allow the suit to function just like a wetsuit should you breach it somewhere else.  No death bag potential.


Next, the mobility and swimability of the suit is vastly superior to the pyro pro.  I once had a 40 min swim dragging my gear in from a total wind drop out in spring conditions.  The bulk and front zipper set up on the pyro pro are pretty detrimental to quick swimming, and I am much happier with the streamlined nature of my new suit.  It paddles and swims like a wetsuit.  Think that alone would have cut my 40 min swim in half!

Lastly the fit.  In the pyro pro I could feel that I hit the end range of its length when getting stretched out in railies.  The arm cuffs would end up half way up my forearms.  Granted, I have ape arms but the suit had no elasticity.  The new suit can handle even my freakish range of motion without issue.  See pic for example!  This is a super bonus, as its a pervasive hassle that I deal with regarding all my shirts.  I hate that most sleeves are 3/4 on me!! The surf dry inner bag is big enough to give me absolute total range of motion! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Oh, it also accommodates the life jacket better than the bulk and front zipper of the pyro pro.  As seen above it can be done in a pyro pro…. I have the same life jacket.. but its just an easier fit in the surf dry.  I also prefer the streamlined nature of the legs when my feet are close the rail of my board.  You just feel less impact from whitewash and spray in the form fitting suit.

I plainly feel the surf dry is one of the best products OR has ever brought to market, and will recommend it to any and all likeminded individuals looking to bring as much warmth, safety and comfort as possible to winter conditions.

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Posted: 22 April 2012 02:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Breathable suits are designed mainly for fresh water, the salt gets them all in the end. The pyro is the best money i’ve spent on kitesurfing,if only it came with a piss zip it would be perfect.

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Posted: 22 April 2012 03:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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the new Ocean Rodeo Soul dry-suit comes with a pee zip,..I agree,. very “handy”.
OR breathable materials are laminated specifically for use in dry-suits and salt water.  We use PU based gelanots. It breathes via a molecular transfer of moisture through a non microporous hydrophilic membrane….this reduces salt crystal build up in the fabric vs the traditional Teflon based breathable materials.
http://oceanrodeo.com/drysuits/soul

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