Been out 4 times in it now and pretty stoked. Once over the mental hurdle of dealing with two suits, its leagues better than my experiences with winter wetsuits and a Pyro Pro. Wetsuits just aren’t as warm, especially factoring in windchill and the getting in/out of em wet in cold conditions. The Pyro Pro is plenty warm, but the general bulk of it was always a downer, though I gladly put up with it for the comfy transitions from dressed to riding and back! My Pyro took water up the legs when not in booties and I sweat a lot in it, forgivable when your a toasty inferno, but not desirable. The Pyro is also nice and robust. Thats were I thought I would lose out the most when buying the Surf Dry. Nice surprise to be wrong!
Big time plusses of the Surf Dry:
- First and foremost its the mobility. Pretty much complete range of motion.
- Warmth, inferno and tailored to the day.. Thin, thick or layered insulating layer that you already own plenty off! Definitely better breathability than my Pyro. Haven’t sweat myself wet yet, but have really just begun to use the thing.
- Seamless fit with booties and gloves. Who doesn’t hate those things? But eventually there isn’t much choice. They fit this suit like an airlock, and its quick and simple to get it all seated… I hate them less with this suit! All geared up, your pretty much a climate proof ninja.
The other plusses are all the familiar plusses of both warm wetsuits and the Pyro; The comfort of a warm dry clothed entry/exit in cold windy conditions. That one just can’t be overstated. Kills the wetsuit concept right there, but now you don’t give up the swimabality and range of motion. This suit has easier mobility than even my 4/3! The robustness was a nice surprise. The Pyro is bomber and who doesn’t like bomber? A good wetsuit is pretty bomber too and that is exactly what you get with the Surf Dry. The wetsuit doesn’t need tapped and blind stitched seams for skin comfort, or thick wooly linings for warmth. They go full on with the seams and double sided nylon so what you get is a bomber little suit thats designed to be quick and easy to pull on and off. The drycore layer is plenty robust too. Lastly the Comfort of fleece. I know I mentioned that we all have plenty of base layer clothing, but you’re cheating yourself if you don’t get the purpose designed fleece onzie OR have. I never did for my pyro and I clearly see what I’ve been missing! Hell, those are a standalone product well worth owning. One just doesn’t seem enough!
As far as minuses, I’m having a hard time really finding much. You can’t pee in it! The two suit bit is strange, but the drycore is easier to get on than my Pryo was. It’s not tailored for shape and is lighter material so its probably as easy as a drysuit can get. I like the zipper and its position better than the Pyro, and you don’t fight with cuffs to get at the seals. The wetsuit is not what I’d call simple. Unique maybe! Has those weird suspenders. Works well though, and easy on/off once you figure it out! The hood is great, warm with easy neck motion.
Overall I’m really happy with it. Gonna log a ton of sessions in it.