Wetsuits Buyers Guide 2016/17

Winter is here in the northern hemisphere and it’s time for the die hard surfers and other water enthusiasts to pull on their thickest wetsuits. If you are in a market for a new wettie the choices are many. Here is our 2016/17 wetsuit buyers guide to help you decide what to get. This year […]

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Custom Wetsuits: Why You Need Them, And How To Get One

Wetsuits are an essential for anyone that is going to spend hours in the ocean such as SCUBA divers or surfers. Since water has lower temperature than your body, the longer you spend in the water the colder you are going to start to feel as the water conducts body heat away from your body (check […]

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Indo Month Is Over: Billabong Xero Pro Jacket Review

  My Indo surf trip from Bali to Sumbawa is over. Before the trip I bought myself a Billabong Xero Pro 1mm Jacket. More as a bit of protection for my over the reef tumbling accidents as for warmth but the thin neoprene top really came in handy. Water temps in Indo were unusually low, […]

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Review: Xcel Drylock 3/2 Wetsuit Straight From Fuerteventura

Other people holiday photos are not the most reliable source of weather conditions in a country. This is what I’ve learned while visiting Fuerteventura, Canary islands. Eternal sunshine, clear skies and warm weather were replaced with plenty of passing clouds and of course lots of wind. And when you combine this with around 63F (17C) […]

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First Hand Rip Curl 5/3 Flash Bomb Wetsuit Review (2 Year Owner)

I has been a little bit less than 2 years since I’ve swapped my Matuse Tumo for a brand new Rip Curl Flash Bomb. My beef with the Tumo was frequent flushing through the collar, what use is there for a top winter wetsuit if it lets cold water in every third duckdive flushing all […]

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Review: Xcel Drylock Wetsuit Booties

I have recently bought a new pair of booties and after some browsing and deal searching I went with Xcel Drylock 5mm. Even though I got them on sale they were quite expensive. But after having cold feet all the time in my old booties I wanted something warm. Are they warm? After a 6 […]

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Wetsuit Buyers Guide 2014/15

This year we feature wetsuits from 12 different wetsuit brands: Xcel, West, Roxy, Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Patagonia, O’Neill, Matuse, Hyperflex, Hurley, Body Glove, and Billabong. Each wetsuit features a description, available thicknesses, estimated price, and most of the time also intended water temperature, but for this we recommend you rather check out our temperature guide. […]

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Rip Curl Heated Vest Review

As far as I know there are two heated vests on the market at the moment. One comes from Quiksilver and one from Rip Curl. I think the Cypher Quiksilver heated vest was first which is kind of funny because Rip Curls H-Bomb wetsuit was worlds first heated wetsuit. But since it was (is) very pricey […]

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Matuse Tumo 5/3 Front Zip Geoprene Wetsuit Review

I am a two year owner of a Matuse Tumo 5/3 wetsuit with a front zip entry. Even though Matuse is a fresh wetsuit brand it quickly situated itself at the top of the quality wetsuits ladder. Unfortunately – this also comes with a price. Matuse wetsuits are in average more expensive than other wetsuits. […]

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Geoprene – Neoprene Made Out Of Limestone

A few years back some of the companies have started to use another kind of “neoprene” in their wetsuits. It was discovered and developed by a Japan neoprene manufacturer Yamamoto and it is basically not made out of oil as normal neoprene but out of limestone. So they have called it GEOprene. There has been […]

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Rip Curl Elasto 3/2 Review

This wetsuit review was submitted by one of our readers. To submit your own go here. Name: Ben Location: San Diego Wetsuit model: Rip Curl Elasto 3/2 zipperless Time of use: 2 years Sport: Surfing and bodyboarding Rip Curl Elasto 3/2 zipperless Review I used this wetsuit for two years, it was one of the […]

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5/3 Wetsuit (Fullsuit) and Integrated Hood

A 5/3 fullsuit wetsuit is a full on winter cold water bring it on wetsuit. It can come in two variations – 5/3 and a 5/4/3 (some new models also have a 0.5mm thickness like 5.5/3.5). The numbers 5/3 and 5/4/3 represent the thickness of neoprene used in this wetsuit. 5 stands for 5 millimeters, […]

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4/3 Wetsuit (Fullsuit)

A 4/3 fullsuit is in my opinion the most versatile wetsuit – its thickness covers all the commonly surfed temperatures. If water is to cold for a 4/3 wetsuit then we are talking some really cold water that is no longer for just anyone. A 4/3 full wetsuit – fullsuit covers your whole body except […]

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3/2 Wetsuit (Fullsuit)

A 3/2 fullsuit is the thinnest fullsuit available for surfing. Actually there are 2mm fullsuits but these fall more under that spring wetsuits since they are still used in warmer waters. Like the name tells you a 3/2 full wetsuit – fullsuit covers your whole body except your head, hands and feet. The numbers 3/2 […]

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Wetsuit Jacket

Wetsuit jacket is similar to wetsuit top. The main difference is that wetsuit jacket usually has a front zipper that lets you completely open the jacket while you are putting it on or off or if you are feeling hot. Some wetsuit tops are also called wetsuit jackets even thoguh they have no zipper but […]

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Wetsuit Top

Wetsuit top is similar to rashguard. The difference is that is is made out of neoprene usually 1 millimeter or 1.5 millimeters thick and it will keep you warm in the summer if the water is not quite tropical or if there is wind, clouds or any other kind of bad weather. You can also […]

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Wetsuit Vest

Wetsuit vest is a version of wetsuit top. It is made out of neoprene usually 1 millimeter or 1.5 millimeters thick and it will keep you warm in the summer winds, clouds or bad weather. The only difference is that wetsuit vest does not have any sleeves. Why is that good? For paddling! Your arms […]

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Rashguard

Rashguard can not be really considered a wetsuit but it is the lightest piece of clothing used for protection in water sports. Rashguard serves as protection against wax and neoprene rash. You get this rash because wax and neoprene are sticky and a bit abrasive. So constant rubbing of your skin against them can give […]

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Shorty Wetsuit

Shorty wetsuit is a summer wetsuit and it is the lightest wetsuit model there is. It is meant for summer surfing and surfing in warm waters. You can start using it when the water temperature drops to around 72F/22C or when you simply feel cold because of the wind, cloudy weather, rain, lower air temperature […]

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Short John Wetsuit

Short john wetsuit is a summer wetsuit. It is a cross between a shorty and a long john. It has no sleeves for your arms and short ones for your legs. No neoprene on your arms means easier paddling because every millimeter of neoprene on your arms and shoulder means resistance that meets your every […]

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