A very interesting topic.
I've been diving with Freedivers wetsuits for the past 10 years and have had nothing but pleasure out of them. I mean this in all aspects; the price on the suits has always been affordable, the quality of the material has always impressed me with its durability and strength, the service I have received when it has come to the minor repairs from kneeling on the bricks or getting tossed in the shore break, the wide range of suits and patterns that I have had to choose from and not to mention how comfortable they feel.
It might be nice to buy a suit from Elios or Cressi but once you have waited weeks for the suit to arrive and it doesn't fit correctly, then what do you do... send it back and wait again...
What about if you get a split or tear in your imported suit, who will fix it? You’ll probably send it to your local wetsuit manufacturer for repairs, which could be quite costly or DIY it and that could be a disaster.
Then there is the fact that when you buy a local wetsuit, say, from Freedivers you are supporting the local companies and local products.
Just look at how popular the local gear is abroad... guys from all over the world are willing to buy South African gear because it is right up there with the their home made suits.
I have now handed my old Freedivers suits on to my brother and his friend who have started free diving recently, yes they might be old but they still work after all this time.
To sum it up: at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference, and I am 100% happy to stick to my Freedivers wetsuit.