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mcgp80449wrote a review of on April 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I will focus on two things about this wetsuit, things that I feel anyone who is looking for a wetsuit of this caliber will be interested in. Side note: I'm an ok swimmer, have a good body position in the water.
1. Quality vs a more expensive wetsuit. My review is limited here, but I've had a Blue70 Reaction suit that I returned due to sizing. As far a quality goes, I will say that the Blue70 Reaction is noticeably better quality. Minor things like the seams, inside lining, zipper and overall construction. Flip side is that you will pay a lot more, duh! The question is, it is worth the extra and will you notice while swimming. In my opinion, I didn't notice it that much. Buoyancy is about the same between the two. I actually find it easier to remove the 2XU in T1 than I did with the Reaction.
2. Sizing: This is always a question and I wish more people posted this. After reading someone's else's comment I went with a Medium. I am 180.3cm tall, 96.5cm chest, 85cm inseam, 78cm waist and I weigh 63.5kg. The medium fits me perfect. I have enough room to wear my Tri Kit under and a HR strap too without it constricting my breathing.
3. Summary: I got this suit for just under $200 here after BC 20% promo, credits and ebates. For the price, you can't go wrong. And if you are looking at an entry level wetsuit, I think this a great option. Would I buy again, yes!
Side note....I forgot my Body Glide during one training session and was able to swim 2500meters without any neck irritation.

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mcgp80449wrote a review of on December 20, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've always been happy with all my Dakine clothing and this jacket doesn't disappoint. The fit and quality of the jacket it really good. It breathes really well, even with a pack on. The arms get sweaty, but I think most jacks of this type are like that. I just loosen the velcro at the wrists to let air in and that helps ventilate the arms. The vents on the side of the jacket do a good job at regulating temp too.
The length of the jacket and the cut are good. I am 5'11", 155lbs. I got a medium and the jacket fits perfect. It's not too baggy, but loose enough to stay dynamic and the length is good so you don't show crack. During high speed runs, the jacket doesn't flap in the wind. The tail of the jacket has a rubberish liner to help from riding up.
I used this in light rain the other day. It did an alright job at keeping me dry, but some moisture still got through. Mostly in the arms, but that could have been from sweat too. If you are looking for a jacket that is waterproof for riding in rain, then look elsewhere. But for a jacket to use on the those cold mornings, dewy/light rain, to cut the wind and packable...then this jacket is perfect.

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