Wetsuit Buyers Guide 2014/15

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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. Enjoy your cold water sessions…

XCEL


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Xcel Revolt


About: XCEL Revolt is an ultra-premium fullsuit featuring all new TDC Thermo Dry Celliant. In addition, XCEL Revolt has exclusive material and seam innovations that provide advanced performance, warmth, and stretching.

Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5/4mm hooded

Water Temp: 46°F-64°F

Price: $390 – $470

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Infiniti X2



About:XCEL INFINITI X2 is a wetsuit that is equipped with a watertight front system and all new TDC (Thermo Dry Celliant), Xcel’s warmest wetsuit lining ever, in the front and back torso. In addition, the ultra-premium materials and seams in the Infiniti X2 deliver warmth and stretch in all conditions.

Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5/4mm hooded, 6/5mm hooded

Water Temp: 46°F-64°F

Price: $320 – $400

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Drylock



About: XCEL DRYLOCK is the most advanced full suit featuring Smart Fiber Technology that recycles your body heat into infrared energy for greater warmth, faster recovery, increased endurance, and enhanced overall performance.

Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm

Water Temp: 51°F-64°F

Price: $485 – $500

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Drylock Hooded


About: XCEL DRYLOCK HOODED is winter wetsuit that has everything you need to keep warm on cold days. Features 100% lightweight super stretch neoprene for maximum flexibility. Additionally, XCEL DRYLOCK HOODED is the only fullsuit series with a 100% waterproof zipper, and Xcel’s technology, stitch-free, the most durable, maximum all-way stretch seam construction available.

Thickness: 4/3mm hooded, 5/4mm hooded

Water Temp: 46°F-55°F

Price: $525 – $560

 

WEST

 

 

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Nitro Chestzip



About: West Nitro Suit is an wetsuits are constructed from 100% West Gen.3 Ultraspan Neoprene with GBS seams, and a Red Poly Pro chest panel. With Red Poly Pro on the chest, S-Foam a super light neoprene, and a seamless lower back, the Nitro is a great suit at the right price.

Thickness: 2/2mm, 3/2mm, 4/3mm

Water Temp: 59°F-72°F

Price: $99 – $120

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Lotus backzip



About: West Lotus Back Zip Long Sleeve is a wetsuit that is equipped with a few extra/different features to help keep water out which includes the Batwing and a Forte Collar Closure. In addition, utilizing S-Foam super light neoprene and seamless lower back, wearing the Lotus will make you feel as though you’re surfing in boardshorts.

Thickness: 2/2mm

Water Temp: 59°F-72°F

Price: $229 – $259

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Lotus ladies backzip



About: West Lotus Back Zip Long Sleeve for ledies is a wetsuit that is equipped with a few extra/different features to help keep water out which includes the Batwing and a Forte Collar Closure. In addition, utilizing S-Foam super light neoprene and seamless lower back, wearing the Lotus will make you feel as though you’re surfing in boardshorts.

Thickness: 2/2mm

Water Temp: 59°F-72°F

Price: $229 – $259

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Edge backzip full



About: Edge Back Zip is a wetsuit that has a unique design. In addition, Edge is constructed from 100% West Gen-4 neoprene with GBS seams and gives you the freedom of the EDGE range of wetsuits – West’s most flexible suits.

Thickness: 2/2mm, 3/2mm, 4/3mm

Water Temp: 54°F-72°F

Price: $245 – $299

 

ROXY

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Roxy Syncro 4/3 backzip

About:Roxy Women’s Syncro 4/3 GBS Back Zip Wetsuit is a wetsuit that has been upgraded with a thermal smoothie chest panel and bio fleece thermal lining.

Thickness: 4/3mm

Water Temp: 54°F-66°F

Price: $147 – $155

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Roxy Kassia 3/2 backzip

About: Kassia is a special line of Roxy wetsuits designed by Kassia Meador. Colorful and stylish. This 3/2mm wetsuits features Lite neoprene, glued and blind stitched seams, and a short back zip with Hydroshield water barrier.

Thickness: 3/2mm

Water Temp: 59°F-72°F

Price: $170-$250

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Roxy Cypher 3/2 chestzip

About: Roxy Cypher 3/2 chest zip features hydrolock seam seal and bio fleece thermal lining on the front and back panel. It is made out of FN Lite neoprene.

Thickness: 3/2mm

Water Temp: 57°F-70°F

Price: $300

 

RIP CURL

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Rip Curl Flash Bomb

About: RIP CURL FLASH BOMB ZIP FREE is a wetsuit that is the ultimate in performance, warmth and unrestricted flexibility. Easy entry and exit with the elimination of the bulk and weight of a zipper. 100% E4 with E4 Flash lining from the chest down and 3 internal E4 taped seams. The world’s fastest-drying wetsuit, now available in a zip-free model.

Thickness: 2/2mm, 3/2mm, 4/3mm

Water Temp: depends on thickness

Price: $359 – $399

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Rip Curl Flash Bomb Plus Chest Zip

About: RIP CURL FLASH BOMB PLUS CHEST ZIP is a wetsuit that has titanium airlock e4 in the front and back torso, supplying increased reflective heat absorption. The suit also includes e4+ action panels, e4 flash lining, and the all-new e4 aquaban plus seams offering a thinner and lighter seam seal.

Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm

Water Temp: depends on thickness

Price: $499 – $579

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Rip Curl Flash Bomb Chest Zip

About: The 3x sima image award-winning flash bomb holds less water and dries quicker, allowing for more comfort and more surfs. The key features of this suit include e4 flash lining from the chest to ankles, e4 upper body, and thinner and lighter aquaban plus seams.

Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5.5/4mm hooded

Water Temp: depends on thickness

Price: $419 – $459

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Rip Curl E-Bomb Chest Zip

About: The ultimate super stretch performance wetsuit, the e bomb features 100% e4 with e4+ action panels through the back and underarms for unrestricted flexibility.

Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm

Water Temp: depends on thickness

Price: $319 – $339

 

QUIKSILVER

 

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Quiksilver Syncro

About: High-end features at a budget price. Gbs (glued and blindstitched) seams. Available in a back zip and chest zip model.

Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5/4/3mm

Water Temp: 48°F-65°F

Price: $145 – $185

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Quiksilver Pyre

About: The pyre wetsuit is all about warmth at a value. Using the same f’n lite neoprene as the high-end cypher and ignite models, you also get the added features of lfs (liquid flex seam) seal as well as thermal smoothie chest panels, which are lined with previous year’s high-end bio fleece thermal jersey.

Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5/4/3mm

Water Temp: 42°F-65°F

Price: $195 – $215

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Quiksilver Ignite

About: Innovative zipperless entry design is possible through the use of new f’n lite neoprene. The stretch of the neoprene allows for entry into the suit without the use of a zipper.

Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm

Water Temp: 55°F-65°F

Price: $240 – $250

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Quiksilver Cypher

About: QUIKSILVER CYPHER is the ultimate combo of warmth and flexibility. The new F’N Lite neoprene is 16% lighter than competitor neoprenes. New Dryoprene mid-body lining is Quik’s warmest, fastest-drying thermal lining to date. Coupled with a Hydrolock seam seal which is thinner and lighter as well as Water Block Semi Dry zip, the result is increased warmth and decreased weight.

Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 4/3mm hooded, 5/4/3mm hooded, 6/5/4mm hooded

Water Temp: 38°F-65°F

Price: $300 – $350

 

PATAGONIA

 

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Patagonia R3

About: PATAGONIA MEN’S R3 YULEX/NEXKIN FRONT-ZIP is a wetsuit made from a revolutionary Yulex biorubber. It is a more responsible high-performance cold-water wetsuit that maintains Patagonia’s rigorous standards for warmth, durability and stretch. With 100% external seam sealing and a strong and windproof Nexkin coating, renewable guayule rubber is paired with traditional neoprene in a 60 / 40 blend. Torso and thighs have recycled polyester micro-grid lining; high-stretch recycled polyester in the arms and legs offers maximum flex.

Thickness:

Water Temp: 48°F-55°F

Price: $549

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Patagonia R3 Hooded

About: PATAGONIA MEN’S R3 FRONT-ZIP HOODED FULL is a wetsuit that lighter, more flexible and 100% externally seam sealed. It has a high-quality neoprene that offers excellent durability and stretch. Torso and thighs are lined with midweight, chlorine-free merino wool; hydrophobic recycled polyester micro-grid in the arms, legs and hood.

Thickness:

Water Temp: 48°F-55°F

Price: $509

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Patagonia R2 backzip

About: PATAGONIA MEN’S R2 BACK-ZIP FULL is a wetsuit that was redesigned to complement your kit for camping missions down south. The torso and thighs are lined with hydrophobic recycled polyester micro-grid that dries fast, minimizes weight and offers excellent flex. High-stretch recycled polyester in the arms and legs maximizes performance.

Thickness:

Water Temp: 55°F-60°F

Price: $389

 

O’NEILL

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Pyrotech


About: O’NEILL pyrotech is a new series of wetsuit that combines exclusive technobutter neoprene with technobutter air firewall insulation and wind-resistant fine mesh sl, single fluid seam weld and a f.u.z.e. closure system.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5.5/4mm hooded
Water Temp:
Price: $380 – $450

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Psychofreak Technobutter 2


About: O’NEILL PSYCHOFREAK WITH TECHNOBUTTER 2 is a wetsuit featuring snag, fray and Velcro resistance. Technobutter 2-Air Firewall state-of-the-art insulation is integrated into the chest, back and lower core panels in a super minimal seam design. The all-new TechnoButter 2 in the arms, shoulders and lower leg add flex and durability to the right places.
Thickness: 3.5/2.5mm, 4.5/3.5mm
Water Temp:
Price: $550 – $580

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Psycho 3


About: O’NEILL PSYCHO 3 is a wetsuit featuring new exclusive technobutter 2 with snag, fray and velcro resistance. Technobutter 2-air firewall with wind-resistant fine mesh sl in the chest and back and double superseam weld that will keep you warm and loose.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm
Water Temp:
Price: $460 – $480

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Psycho 1


About: O’NEILL PSYCHO 1 is a wetsuit constructed with ultra-sticky technobutter new ultra-gooey technobutter 2 neoprene and ultra-minimal seam styling, this suit offers unrestricted mobility, enhanced durability and incredible fit.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm
Water Temp:
Price: $250 – $340

 

MATUSE

 

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Tumo


About: Matuse Tumo Fullsuit features 100% glued and blind stitched seams with satin seal taping provide durability, flexibility and cushy softness for your skin. Geoprene used.
Thickness: 2/2mm, 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 4/3mm, 5/4mm
Water Temp: 50°F – 60°F
Price: $549

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Scipio


About: Matuse Scipio Front-Zip is a wetsuit that has black channels in the arms that lessen the locomotive process of water and/or air inside the suit. In addition, because to the suit ergonomic fit and Matuse blackZERO technology, the all 3mm Scipio fullsuit is pound for pound the warmest suit in the water.
Thickness: 3/2mm
Water Temp: 52°F – 60°F
Price: $579

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Dojo (triathlon)


About: Matuse DoJo Mens Triathlon Full Suit is a wetsuit with strategic paneling allows you to enjoy the all the benefits with none of drawbacks of wearing a wetsuit. Additionally, Matuse DoJo Mens Triathlon Full Suit is 100% HYDRASILK INTERIOR. This means, it won’t snag; doesn’t suck and is butter soft.
Thickness: 2/2mm, 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 4/3mm, 5/4mm
Water Temp:
Price: $340 – $350

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Artemis


About: Matuse Artemis Ladies GBS CS Stitch Wetsuit has the Robin Egg Blue contrast stitching that add your own style to the water. Additionally, Artemis has a Titanium layer, smooth-skin chest and back panels provide optimum insulation and wind protection.
Thickness: 4/3mm
Water Temp: 50°F – 60°F
Price: $529

 

HYPERFLEX

 

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Voodoo


About: AtomicFoam Super Stretch Neoprene is internally lined with new AQ6 thermal fabric. Voodoo also benefts from Hyperfex’s new Cocoon Entry Point & Closure System design. All seams are glued and blind-stitched, then sealed with Fusion-Weld liquid tape.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 4mm hooded, 5/4/3mm hooded, 6/5/4mm hooded
Water Temp: 32°F-65°F
Price: $305 – $378

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Voodoo backzip


About: Features atomicfoam super stretch neoprene, internally lined with AQ6 thermal fabric. Other features include: chest/back Reactorcore+ insulation panels, cocoon-bz entry point & closure system, Fusion-Weld seams.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm
Water Temp: 48°F-72°F
Price: $305 – $325

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Team Series Voodoo Ltd


About: HYPERFLEX TEAM SERIES VOODOO LTD is a wetsuit that is lightweight and flexible, perfect for photo shoots. It is a limited-edition run of wetsuits and tops specifically designed for maximum exposure. Available only for a limited time in small batches.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5/4mm
Water Temp: 59°F-68°F (for 3/2 version)
Price: $220

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Cyclone backzip


About: HYPERFLEX CYCLONE BACK ZIP is wetsuit that combines top-of-the-line performance and features with an insanely low price-point. Highlighted by Quantumfoam neoprene that is unbelievably stretchy and lightweight. Interior chest/back fullsuit models are equipped with Firefleece+ insulation fabric.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5/4mm
Water Temp: 52°F-73°F
Price: $131 – $186

 

HURLEY

 

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Phantom 303


About: HURLEY PHANTOM 303 MEN’S FULLSUIT is a wetsuit that offers reliable warmth of a 4mm with the flexibility of a 3mm. Combining heat reflective thermo light technology, power seams (blind-stitched, taped and glued), a contoured chest zip design and seamless paddle zones, the phantom 303 full suit allows for a maximum range of motion. 2mm models also available.
Thickness: 3mm, 2mm
Water Temp: 50°F-60°F
Price: $420

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PHANTOM 202 WOMEN ShortSleeve


About: HURLEY PHANTOM 202 WOMEN’S S/S FULLSUIT is a wetsuit that has short sleeves, contoured seams that fit the female form and seamless paddle area offers ultimate comfort. PHANTOM 202 is a perfect transitional suit for when the water temps begin to drop.
Thickness: 2mm
Water Temp: 60°F-65°F
Price: $230

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PHANTOM 202 WOMEN’S


About: HURLEY PHANTOM 202 WOMEN’S FULLSUIT is a wetsuit that features heat-reflecting thermo light technology for the warmth of a 3mm with the comfort and flexibility of a 2mm. Ergonomically placed seams fit the female form for snug comfort that lasts, while seamless paddle areas and contoured chest zip design offers maximum range of motion and watertight fit.
Thickness: 2mm
Water Temp: 55°F-65°F
Price: $400

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Phantom 202 Limited


About: Features Thermo Light revolutionary technology that reflects your body heat while you surf, allowing you to stay warm with less weight. Combined with Power seams, Supratex abrasion resistant knee shields and a contoured chest zip design.
Thickness: 2mm
Water Temp: 55°F-65°F
Price: $400

 

BODY GLOVE

 

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VAPOR X – RED CELL


About: BODYGLOVE VAPOR X – RED CELL is a wetsuit that is engineered from the inside out to combine the most advanced stretch materials and all new infrared technology. Red Cell infrared technology captures the rays of the sun and uses this energy to maintain core temperature. The most advanced stretch materials, including Evofex, Microbead and Liquid Weld, make the Vapor X – Red Cell the most comfortable, watertight wetsuit ever built. This makes the Vapor X – Red Cell push wetsuit technology to the next generation.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5/4/3mm hooded
Water Temp:
Price: $480 – $490

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Topaz


About: BODYGLOVE TOPAZ is a wetsuit that offers all the features of body glove’s top men’s wetsuits in a women’s suit. TOPAZ combined with evoflex and microbead on the outside, along with thermoplush and liquid weld on the inside.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 5/4/3mm hooded
Water Temp:
Price: $320 – $360

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Siroko


About: Bodyglove Siroko is a wetsuit that is made by combining every feature imaginable into a suit that won’t burn a whole in your wallet. Featuring 100% Magnaflex stretch, Pyrostretch isolation, and glued and blind stitched seams, Bodyglove Siroko built on proven technology.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm
Water Temp:
Price: $140 – $180

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Pr1me


About: Ez-entry slanted zip offers wide openings that make entry into the Bodyglove Pr1me a breeze. Microbead outside keeps water out, while pyrostretch thermal fiber on the inside keeps you warm.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm
Water Temp:
Price: $360 – $380

 

BILLABONG

 

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Xero Furnace


About: Starting with warmest neoprene on the market, Billabong Xero Foam core provides unparalleled warmth and flexibility which will keep you in the water for hours. The Xero Dry Entry System creating impermeable barrier while allowing easy entry. Stitchless Welded Seam Construction and DryMax Furnace Lining provides a lightweight internal thermal lining that insulates while maintaining flexibility.
Thickness: 2/2mm, 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 4/3mm hooded, 5/4mm hooded
Water Temp: 42°F-66°F
Price: $440 – $470

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Xero pro zipperless


About: After several years, Billabong brings back its zipperless wetsuit. Created by Xero foam neoprene, the Xero pro zipperless allows for maximum flexibility in all the right places. Durable impact welded internal layer provides a watertight seal.
Thickness: 2/2mm, 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 4/3mm hooded, 5/4mm hooded
Water Temp: 52°F-69°F
Price: $270 – $320

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Xero Enduro


About: Billabong Xero Enduro is a wetsuit made of xero foam, which will keep you warm and flexible in the coldest of waters. With welded external seam construction, the Billabong Xero Enduro is durable and watertight. Back zip and chest zip available.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm, 4/3mm hooded
Water Temp: 43°F-65°F
Price: $340 – $350

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Revolution


About: Billabong Revolution is a classic and dependable wetsuit. The revolution has a 100% recycled polyester inner and outer jersey. In addition, Axr airlite recycled superflex has been combined with inner and outer jersey that makes this wetsuit warm, flexible and environmentally responsible.
Thickness: 3/2mm, 4/3mm
Water Temp: 52°F-66°F
Price: $240 – $250

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