There is a sale on Xterra Vortex 3 suits. Not sure whether they are good or not. Advice?
I bought an Xterra Vortex John style last year and like it. However, the 2009 models have a problem with the necks being too tight/small. After a friend ordered one, I read about the tightness on several different forums. When my friend's arrived, the neck was way too tight, suffocating and chocking her. (And me, I tried it too.) She returned her suit and bought an Orca at Conte's.
So my advice, pass on the 2009 model. If you can get a 2008 model, go for it. Or maybe wait and see if Xterra corrects the problem in their 2010 models.
I bought a Vortex 3 john suit last year and really like it. I noticed the neck was snug as well, but I've gotten used to it now after wearing a few times.
this proves the point of "try on everything"
since some people may think something fits bad, but others it fits fine.
BTW, Conte's has a sale on neoprene Orca Equip wetsuits for $100.
I really like my 09 vortex john. I swam with my old suit and the vortex and really noticed the difference. I did not have the neck problem. I always make sure I really "hike up" the suit when I put it on.