Review : The Nineplus Wetsuit Boots

The Nineplus Wetsuit Boots

This is an "on paper" quick review, simply because I returned the product without using it, read the review and you'll understand why.

- Very uncomfortable split toe for me and poor design. No joint either, so your big toe can be decapitated by your leash.
- First time I tried them on, a bunch of their lotus plastic logos they covered the boots with, peeled off (you can see it in the pic).
- The sizing was the biggest issue for me and the main reason behind their return as the L was too tight for a 9-10. their sizing is S / M / L / XL / XXL ->  USA S:7-8 / M:8-9 / L:9-10 / XL:10-11 / XXL:11-12

Forget about the fit, the look, the comfort, the design because the ONLY good thing about these boots is the use of 4mm yamamoto neoprene that won't suck up water. This is my main issue when it comes to winter surf boots, their ability to inflate and suck up water.

BUT, they used a fleece lining, and when there is lining, there is water. But again, did not actually tried them surfing.

I won't comment on their customer service because that's not what this site is all about, I dealt with the UK team and was very very disapointed, rudness and tone wasn't what I would expect from such a brand and that I am used to even in France.
You understand why I did not try the XL instead of the L.

Review : Rhino International 'Black Rhino' Surf 10MM Boardbag

Rhino Surboard Bag Black Rhino 10mm

This is the best bang for your bucks PERIOD.

Cost of a 5mm surfboard bag.

I have been using it aproximatively every week for 3 years now. Zippers, stitching, ripstop, handle, shoulder strap, the bag looks new.

I can't say that for some other brands. Just find a distributor near you because their shipping prices are over the top.

Review : O'neill Psychofreak f.u.z.e 4/3mm - 2015

Oneill psychofreak 4 3 2015

For those who know the technobutter 1, The technobutter 2 is REALLY better.

The wetsuit helps you float, you really feel like you're surrounded by air bubbles. It Dries Faster than the technobutter 1 generation almost as fast as a yamamoto neoprene suit without lining.

It's definitly warmer than first Gen (I have the Psycho 1 first gen technobutter, and yes a quick review will follow soon). But again not as warm as a yamamoto neoprene wetsuit. As it depends water temps and personnal body fat and preference lets say as a comparison that it is as warm or maybe a tiny bit warmer than a perfectly fitted high end Yam 3/2mm titanium lining wetsuit...

It's VERY Light, and it stays relatively light when wet, but not as light as a know.

The Flex is great, but in my opinion, nowaydays, with how good high end wetsuits are, the flex parameter ain't that crucial anymore, I mean they are all super flexible, so maybe you should choose your wetsuit on another parameter like fit or weight.

This neoprene has a very very specific touch feel I doesn't look and feel like anything else on the market, and I can't say it feel great on the skin when putting the wetsuit on, it's not at all a silky smooth feeling. When it's on it doesn't bother you anymore.

No neck flush for me and no entry at arms or legs.

Aging: I've had some problems at the entry point were seams are sollicitated and also some of the outside welding seams falling apart and crakeling (and not for drying in direct sunlight). Customer service was top notch and wetuit was replaced within 2 weeks.

If you don't have the extra bucks for some japanese neoprene wetsuit and the fit works for you then this is a no brainer.


Review : SurfEars® earplugs

Surf ears ear bugs

I'm using those new to the market ear plugs, they look better and are better than the rest. Especially compared to the Doc's proplugs, that are really unbearable for me, unless your ear is so bad you don't have a choice.

I've had a 20+ sessions with those, I'm still experimenting with sizes, and i'm currently using the Small size, used the medium and didn't change much apart from the difficulty to put them in, so hey i'm staying with the Small for now.

You hear better than anything else out there, but let's be honest what they claim isn't fully true, in my humble opinion, you do know that your hearing is blocked and I'll say it's around the 20/40% range (i'm not a computer, I can't be more precise). After a wipeout or duckdive, it takes like 30 seconds to hear 60 to 80% back again. So I guess you say in that department it's 60% better than the Doc's...

Yes you can discuss with your friends at the line up.

My ears did stay warm even in 14°C water and that's the important thing here to avoid surfer's ear evolution.

But otitis prevention is something else, because in my experience, water do come in, yes in very small amounts but still, it's wet inside and for me, when water temps are below 14°C when your ear is warm, when you feel cold water coming in it's not pleasant at all. No sand though, at least not for now. And no Otitis to report either!

Sometimes you really get used to it, sound and feel, and just think "damn it's gone", but no, it's still there... The worst is when you think it has moved a bit and you need to check to make sure, of course, with the gloves you have to take off first. (Maybe with the medium plugs this could be avoided?)

Under a hood, with the one that has some holes made for the ear it's really amazing and with the regular ones then it's less amazing but no problem to report.

It does get dirty quickly, even with a good hygiene. I personnally let them for an hour in very hot water so the salt comes off of the mesh, then wash the silicon plugs with some gentle soap and rinse them. I do that at least every 3 sessions especially because my left hear has a subscription plan with external otitis.

I've seen they launched a 2.0 version with a leash that I would love to try and review, but first I need to make the most out of my 40 euros...

I will definitly post an update in a couple of months.

How you guys like to say it: when it comes to ear plugs, it doesn't get any better than this. There is nothing better out there that I know of.

FOLLOW UP: I changed to medium size and I don't have the feeling that they are missing anymore, but I still do have to put them just right from time to time during a 2 hours surf. Small amount of water sill comes in. It's been a year and a couple months now and no otitis to report, that is GREAT and unusual for me! Still loving it, can't wait to try the 2.0 model... They also hold up pretty well, as I clean them regularly by letting them sit like a bag of tea in boiling water for a couple of minutes.