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Xcel Men's Polar Thermoflex 9/7/6mm Hooded Full Wetsuit

Xcel Men's Polar Thermoflex 9/7/6mm Hooded Full Wetsuit Reviews

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  • 12/15/2019 Best Purchase I could have made for comfortable winter diving!!! DO IT!

    5 Review stars By Zach's Scuba Shack

    Soooo. I am a PADI Instructor; have my own scuba company and do a lot of tour guiding in San Diego California. The winter temps get in the low to mid 50's. I am not too big of a guy; and I always get cold no matter what so I always fear the upcoming winter seasons.


    I was honestly skeptical of this suit for a few reasons, mostly I was worried about getting the suit on and off easily, as I have seen guests struggle with these types of "over the head" type wetsuits before.

    I was secondly worried about flexibility. I didn't want to have limited mobility and with a 9mm thickness I was concerned. I had only dove with a 7mm up to this point, and I had had some issues with previous suits with flexibility; especially when new.

    Third, I was worried about the added bouyancy of bringing all that extra neoprene with me.

    So I actually measured my chest and waist and I was a medium on the size chart. So I got the medium. And it fits great. In the past I have worn a Large suit, so don't be discouraged if you end up in a different size than you are accustomed to. Seems true to size.

    Getting this thing on. Way easier than I thought it was going to be. I would say the hardest part is making sure your arms are finding their way down the sleeves correctly. I am curious to see how those stitches/patches in that area hold up, but so far so good.

    The thing I was worried about most was getting the suit over my head. I got a big head. I had seen guests in the past with these style suits (dont know what brand) and they seemed to be breaking their necks to get the hood over. But I have no problem with mine. Goes over without a problem or much of a stretch at all.

    I must also add how awesome it is to not have to bring a hood with you anymore. Integrated hoods are great for that reason.

    Also my second worry was that I would lose mobility in the arms and I must say I thought this was way more flexible than my 7mm was when I first started wearing it. Comfortable and cradled.

    I was also worried about bouyancy. I started by added 6 more pounds, and that was way too much; I was overweighted. I now just add 2 lbs more than my other 7mm just for safe measure. Not as much of a worry as I had thought.

    So now the biggie. Is it that warm? YES. This thermal celluloid infrared or whatever magical material they got on the inside of this beast is some awesome stuff. First time I think I ever felt my body be hot under the water this time of year. Sold.

    I suggest not getting fully suited up until you are really ready to get into the water because you will sweat. Getting in winter water never felt this welcomed. Seriously.

    Totally worth the money. should have done it sooner.

    Two things that absolutely amazed me with wearing this suit that I didn't even realize until I had a few dives with it.

    1. Your breath control is so much more relaxed when you are warmer. This led to way longer bottom time.

    2. When you're not constantly reminding yourself of how freezing you are, you can really begin to let your mind wander and actually enjoy what you are looking at.

    So that's my review of the Xcel Polar thermoflex.

    If you dive in cold water conditions and don't want to get a dry suit, this is your best option to my knowledge. It is expensive but worth the money when you are warm you will be thanking yourself.

    If you are on the fence about this suit, I hope you took the time to read this and it brings you as much joy as it did me when I started diving with it.

    I was so warm I had to keep it to myself because all my friends were diving 7mm and were freezing. They were so jealous when we got out of our night dive and their jaws were shaking and my face was hot. thanks Xcel for making this awesome wetsuit for us to enjoy!! I will be back for more!

    Zach's Scuba Shack
    San Diego CA

    Fit: Feels true to size

  • 12/18/2020 excellent

    5 Review stars By mark nicks

    Arrived the 18th, in perfect condition. Needed more tape, one corner had popped loose on the package. thanks...

    mark nicks
    wetumka okla

    Fit: Feels true to size

  • 10/1/2020 Excellent for cold water!

    5 Review stars By Ryan

    Never felt cold - in fact, felt warm - in about 60 degree water. Easy to get on and off with the front zipper design. Despite it being a 9mm ... it doesn’t restrict movement at all! Great design and product.

    Round Lake, IL


  • 12/15/2019 Very warm

    5 Review stars By Capt Bill

    I use the suit for scuba diving in San Diego. So far I’ve been to 55 degree water and no problems with getting cold.

    Capt Bill
    San Diego


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