Hi Scott, I am sorry we have not met your expectations here. First off, we never sell this wetsuit as a sealed wetsuit, it's GBS seams with taping in the critical points. It sounds like you have experienced several great O'Neill wetsuits over the years, but you feel let down by this one, and we are sorry to hear that. The focus is a lower-end O'Neill wetsuit, it's more affordable because it's not as tightly sealed or warm and flexible as our higher end suits. I have spoken with our warranty team who said they inspected the photos you sent them and the threads were not loose threads as such, but threads that hadn't had their tails cut off in the factory. That's embarrassing for us, as they should have been trimmed in the factory and not a good look on a new wetsuit, however, they are not a fault in the product or going to affect performance. This is the first negative review on the Focus series wetsuits which saddens us, however given all the other positive reviews and the feedback from team and stores, we still firmly believe this wetsuit is excellent value for money for someone who wants a very good wetsuit but doesn't necessarily need the best. We hope you will buy another O'Neill wetsuit again in the future, if you want a fully sealed wetsuit I would suggest options such as the Psycho Tech.