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NPX Assassin 5/4/3 Wetsuit Review 

 
Ooooo that hotcell insulation is so warm.  NPX got it right with this one.  A wetsuit which is thin and warm works great for kiting.  I'm the type of person that goes from full wetsuit to boardies so I needed something that would get me from icemelt to 60 degree water.  Lake Erie warms up so fast once the seasons change might as well skip out on owning a steamer, a thin full suit and a shorty before going balls out.  In previous seasons the extra cold season was missed because the old 4/3's just were not up for the icy waters.  After a year of use, these are the things that really stand out about the NPX 5/4/3 Assassin:
 

Warmth:

Amongst the icebergs and in 35 degree temperature water, it has stayed toasty.  I opt to wear a previously bought hood so the wetsuit I got was of the hoodless variety.  Only when really getting trashed does a slight cold flush occur down the back.  During the ultra-cold sessions, I wear Under Armor top and bottoms to mitigate those bone chillers.  There is no leaking at the seams because they are glued.  That keeps what water gets in warm.  If not moving around, the suit would probably be more considered a drysuit.

Durability:

Its been well ridden and at one point got a huge gash in the back panel (riding on beach gone bad landing on glass) and still performs like new.  The suit saved my back from that giant gash during the beach ride.  Repaired it with some wetsuit glue.  The knee and elbow pads are enough to protect from wearing through but not so beefy you can't bend the joints.



Empty BeachFlexibility:

Does the job.  When surfing my arms get fatigued due to the water filled gloves way before the wetsuit.  When kiting it does not restrict arm movement and can throw down as if wearing boardies.

 

Leg Straps:

These are key for kiting.  Don't buy a wetsuit without them unless you want to have a 50 pound leg full of water.  Without the leg strap cold water will shoot up from the bottom regardless if the boots or footstraps are mounted on the board.

Key Loop:

No more worring where on the car to stash keys while sessioning (and hoping no one saw the secret stash location).  It is a bit awkward to get it attached and detached from the back of the suit, but reaching around is better than stripping the suit to find the key, mainly because it is freezing cold out!

Over the past 5 years I've wen through at least three different wesuits.  The Assassin has by far been the best performer for my wetsuit needs.  NPX hit a home run with this one.

And now to show you warm performance when it matters, ice kiting (not the most thrilling riding but proves the point).

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Use Update:

 

The suit has held up pretty well.  I was actually just out surfing last weekend in Lake Erie, 34 degree water, 35 degree air temps.

My guess is it has one more season left in it.  I'm not the best at taking care of my suits (leave them wet in the car for too long and what not), if I was I'd imagine it would have 2 years left.

Riding your superjet, look for something that is windsurf / kiteboard specific.  You'll be spending most of your time out of the water and those types have improved wind permeation qualities quite a bit in the last few years.

Here is a list of some options:

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