C Skins wetsuits

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BillyGoat
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Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:05 pm

What are C skins wetsuits like ? they seem to be a bit cheaper than all the major brands. any feedback appreciated ? Looking at the 5mm Legend.
creed
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Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:40 pm

They're good. I have last seasons legend and I was really happy with it. Easy to get on once it was worn a few times. Warm too. Only fault I had is that it's tight around the arm pits.

I've just brought a 5/4 Mystic Majestic. It's more flexible than my C Skins but I've already felt a bit of a chill in it, which worries me as the water is still 13 degrees! Nice looking suit but not as warm as my C Skins. I have no doubt I'll be back in the C Skins when it gets proper cold.
defever
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Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:56 pm

From another proud ex-owner of C-Skins, I can vouch for it. They are good. They are based in Bodmin and they really know what they are doing. My assumption as to why C-Skins are £20-30 cheaper than an equivalent model from other usual suspect brands is probably because they are based in the UK. I doubt they manufacture it in UK but hey ho they are saving some money somewhere and I can confidently say that they aren't saving it on the product quality.

Their 5mm neoprene is literally 5mm neoprene. Not 3mm neoprene + 2mm some crap chemical/print/other unknown layer to make up the thickness.

If you can spare little bit more money, then go for wired or hot wired. I understand it's probably beyond your budget for now but will be worth your every penny of investment.

And make sure THE WETSUIT FITS YOU. THE FIT IS THE KEY to warmth, flexibility, durability, and everything else you look for when buying a wetsuit. You could have £400 Patagucci wettie in the wrong size and it'll be as useless as £20 Osprey wettie or some crap that you can get from a petrol station down somewhere in Cornwall.

Yup, sorry I babbled on again. Bottom line: C-Skins, as great as other leading wetsuit brands.
JamesVegas
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Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:56 pm

C-Skins Wired. Best wetsuit I've ever owned. Still going strong after 5 seasons.
BillyGoat
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Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:29 am

thanks for the replies guys. All seems positive feedback and I will definitely check them out. Like the idea of buying from a UK company as they know how it is in winter here...
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