Adrian, did some research on User Testimonials on IONs FUSION; There are many [lunatic] Kiters especially in Northern Europe that go for it in the winter; They are probably some of the best testers, as they crash a lot, get dragged in freezing water and are exposed to the elements more than we are. The point is whether the dry suit will allow you to move on a waveboard, rather than leisurely sailing a Formula <10 knots..
See my collection of Google translated testimonials below, and if you find anything similar on the Ocean Rodeo Predator please share...
USER TESTIMONIALS: ION dry suits Fusion
ION Fusion tested in the Norwegian waters 9 April 2010
We now receive nice feedback from customers who have been in the water with the new ION Fusion dry suit. This is without doubt a product for water lovers who enjoy themselves in Norwegian conditions!Here is some feedback we received from a customer on the west coast [REALLY COLD]
"I've finally got tested Ion dry suit. Have had a freestyle session and a jump session with it. The suit is the new big. Best drysuit I've ever had.
It is easy to take off. A little difficult to operate the zipper alone, but it goes. When the suit is on the exceptionally comfortable and soft. I notice nothing that weighs. On the water it is ingenious. Freedom of movement is as if I was in my pajamas.
The hood is also ingenious. Do you have the form of the well and is warm, provides protection to the neck. The heat is, as expected, so good you just want to.
There have been freezing cold in the water, but falling into the water is like on a summer day. It is brilliant for active push sailing in the winter when people totally do not have to be afraid of falling and can push as much as you want. I have been sailing for several years with HellyHansen Drys. Ion suit is much better. "
German BLOG http://surfforum.oase.com/showthread.php?t=84865
Hi got to me the ION FUSION and was on weekend throughout the first and so far only time off.
Had 2 degrees is air and water now I think at 7. Feels outside temperature was below zero in any case, given windchill and clouds.
I spent 3h in the water, of which 50/50 on board and then in water. Had unfortunately only too small kite (NEN 10) and was fully in the low end, so it was in between times too little wind and I had to "run" much higher. I often had a couple of extended body drags.
Why am I telling you all: there was water in the suit, some droplets given the violent drags and a bit on the legs. But not much and the suit was NOT cold. Could stand up to 3 hrs then my hands were really in the bucket--
I had no long underwear only a T-shirt. Space would also be more, next time I guess maybe with even jogging pants and sweaters.Freedom of movement was ok, have no comparison to other Drysuits, but unlike my 5mm Neo's it enjoyable.
What is stupid is the collar of the suit! When the top and has done time short dive is really cold in the neck and the water stays there ne time standing, although they have front and rear holes drain off cleansed, this can be but too small to quickly dissipate the water. I have not used the hood as it limits my point of view, too.
Oh yes I can pull it yet not be so good, but maybe that comes with time. The latex seals pretty doll-like on the skin when wet. (To compare with on and off at the store).
So I was at the WE at -5 degrees and about 12-17 knots kite. Water just thawed!
I threw almost too warm. The FUSION is probably best only when it is really cold though!
For 10 degree plus you take better ION Strike in five mm
Oh the FUSION has great freedom of movement. The warmest suit I was wearing before.
If you get into something slightly more ambitious Kiting, water may enter the suit. It is no longer dry, but it is not yet cold! Quite the contrary! I totally flew at -5 degrees Celsius, almost fluffy warm
The only thing that bugs me is the hood! Restricts the view to me too! I then went and always without habs done just depends wenns jump to the cold water comes to me not the spoon abfriert
Was out today with the ION. Was about an hour encouraging water at -2 degrees and 22 knots.
Before and after running around with the suit for an hour on the beach.
The temperature was super ..... if there were not only the hands
Ps: when I was on water and I had gloves on
Emerald Shop - Italian BLOG ================================
We start from the beginning ... about six months ago, I met my importer, we started to discuss how to winter kite, in our northern latitudes, become anything but fun and above all cool. Boring, because it is sooo long and cold, because in those rare windy days almost all the winds are northerly and consequently ice.
He looked at me and said, "You know that ION will release a dry revolutionary of its kind and very hot?" And I said, "the usual mute Seeeee waxed waterproof corny ones like the Ocean Rodeo that you have to dress to stay warm with under the suit and that if unfortunately the cuts you risk your life! "and he replied:" No, no, here have completely reversed that concept and replaced with a simple nylon neoprene all masterfully welded so that water does not penetrate inside the suit itself, "Me:"WOW, fantastic !!!".
Here is how did my interest in this new suit.
The prerogative to test this suit is so COOL- I waited for the return on our first North Lake (Lake Maggiore) and I wore the Fusion.
The outside temperature was about 4 degrees and the water temperature is around 6 / 8 degrees. Fresh breeze from the north, gusts from 18 to 35 knots.
The first thing you notice is the size of FUSION - it's much larger than a typical wet suit, also has a large zipper that runs the entire length of the shoulders. The cuffs and ankles are arranged differently than a Classic suit.
I can dress in entered quickly and easily. In the blink of an eye I'm ready! I take off my kite and I approach the lake, the temperature outside is really exciting!
Equipped course of at least 4mm thick socks, I put the first foot in the water and in amazement the first feeling I do not feel completely immersing myself in any way in cold water, contrary to how you feel in a Classic Neopren suit.
Start a tack and after about 10 minutes sail, to my amazement I'm hot and I realize that I'm finally wearing the great miracle that I had been highly praised.
Speaking of mobility, I must say that despite the size of the suit does not feel much clutter, I would have expected more trouble! In some operations where some arching their backs, perhaps a small disturbance may give the zipper but it is something quite bearable. Clearly we are talking about a dry suit and not a shorty ....
I wore the suit completely "natural" and I did not put any type of underwear, but maybe a little lycra there would have been bad, I would have certainly helped to draw to the wet and the sweat inside.
The FUSION is undoubtedly an innovative product, good for the winter season.
It ranks as a high-end product and that is why it is clearly one of those purchases that are made only once, but it's worth doing.
It is worn with ease
E 'extremely hot
It has a superbly crafted
Packed with innovative materials
Price a bit 'too
Weight a bit 'too
Hood a bit 'out of the way