Thank you all at OR for the excellent concept and product quality that is the Pyro Surf.
For those of you out there thinking about getting one think no more! I purchased one recently as a change/replacement for my Pyro ‘Classic’. A suit that had seen quite a lot of service over the past 3 years but was still in good condition - many more hours left in it I’m sure and with only a replacement neck seal. Incidentally I placed it on eBay last week and it was snapped up at a good price proving that these suits have a good reputation and an excellent re-sale value!
Being a racing snake I always found that there would be enough air within my ‘classic’ to burp out at the most in-opportune moments resulting in dampness around my neck and upper chest every now and then. Don’t get me wrong I had many a dry session in that original dry suit and in some big surf too (well big enough for me to nearly crap my pants in the early days anyway!)
So the fact that the surf suit had the lycra outer skin to compress the dry core and fit a little closer to the old bones (and also look more like the conventional wet suit) was a concept that I wanted.
The first time I tried the suit on I sounded a bit like a mobile crisp packet. That felt a bit weird to start with but then there was no wind-I mean sound of, in the bedroom at the time
Today I donned the suit for the first time in anger. Not that my kite session was much to speak of as the wind was killed off by a rain shower and then I had to rescue my wife from the shops before she spent all the savings. I did get myself immersed for around half an hour despite.
The suit is amazing! I couldn’t believe the sensation. It felt as though I was wearing nothing more than a 3mm wetsuit but I wasn’t wet and I was as warm as toast. No sign of the crisp packed effect either.
Coldfire boots? They need re-naming. My feet were even warmer
OK it wasn’t a particularly cold day and the water temperature was not icy being in the Gulf stream here on the south coast of the UK but it made getting in the drink an even better pleasant experience nonetheless.
I don’t think I’ll ever wear a wetsuit again during the autumn and winter.
Thanks again folks for an excellent product!