2016 Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide

December 5, 2016 • Geared Up

Whether you wear a wetsuit for one, maybe two months out of the year, or you live and die by the quality of your rubber, we’ve got just the neoprene you need to make this the best winter ever. (Because we all know that winter is the best time to surf on the East Coast.)

Body Glove Vapor Red Cell Chest Zip

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3, 5/4/3 | MSRP: $479.99 – $499.99 | BodyGlove.com

The warmest full suit on the market, the Red Cell utilizes the most advanced stretch materials and the all-new Heat Retention System (HRS), which pushes wetsuit technology so you can spend more hours in the water. Special smart fiber infrared technology magnifies and retains body heat while Evoflex, Microbead, and Liquid Weld make the Red Cell the most comfortable, watertight wetsuit ever built.

Body Glove PR1ME Chest Zip

Thickness: 3/2, 3/2 Juniors, 4/3, 4/3 Juniors | MSRP: $199.99 – $359.99 | BodyGlove.com

The ultimate combination of flexibility and warmth, the PR1ME’S “EZ Entry Slant Zip” is purposely built as a more user-friendly interface for a wider range of body types that would otherwise disregard a chest zip entry wetsuit. Each PR1ME is meticulously constructed with our Evoflex and Microbead seam technology, providing added performance and warmth. Available in Men’s and juniors, Black, Blue, or Grey, XS-XL.

Body Glove Stellar Back Zip

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3 | MSRP: $199.99 – $229.99 | BodyGlove.com

“Fashion and function in one great suit.” Made with 100% Magna Flex neoprene and constructed with triple-glued and blind-stitched seams, the Stellar is a perfect balance between form and function. With spot-taped interior combined with blunt-cut collar, wrists, and ankles, you will be guaranteed a perfect fit every time. Available in Black and Jet Purple.

Hyperflex Voodoo Front Zip Fullsuit

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3, 4 Hooded, 5/4/3 Hooded, 6/5/4 Hooded | MSRP: $347.95 – $434.95 | HyperflexUSA.com

Hyperflex’s Voodoo FZ brings major advancements in cold-water wetsuit technology. Highlighting Voodoo is our AtomicFoam Super Stretch Neoprene, lined with our AQ6 thermal fabric. Simply put, Voodoo increases warmth without increasing thickness, allowing you to surf lighter, longer, and warmer.

Hyperflex Voodoo Back Zip Fullsuit

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3 | MSRP: $337.95 – $359.95 | HyperflexUSA.com

Hyperflex’s Voodoo BZ is highlighted by AtomicFoam Super Stretch Neoprene, lined with our AQ6 thermal fabric. Voodoo BZ also benefits from our Cocoon-BZ Entry Point & Closure System design. All seams are glued, blind-stitched, and sealed with our Fusion Weld liquid tape.

Isurus Ti-Alpha 454

MSRP: $696.95 | SurfIsurus.com

The Isurus Ti-Alpha may be the best cold-water wetsuit ever made. It features Advanced Compression with Muscle Stabilization Taping for increased blood flow for more warmth and endurance. 100% Japanese Yamamoto neoprene. The core is double-lined with heat reflecting Titanium.

Isurus Alpha Evade 434 AND 454

MSRP: $571.95 – $609.95 | SurfIsurus.com

A favorite of surfers among the seven seas. 100% Japanese Neoprene with Advanced Compression that decreases fatigue causing muscle vibration by wrapping your muscles in an exoskeleton like support structure. Just ask anyone who owns one what they think.

Isurus Alpha Elite 232 and 434

MSRP: $479.95 – $539.95 | SurfIsurus.com

The wetsuit that is sending chills through the competition. A full on Compression Wetsuit with 100% Japanese Neoprene. You can’t make a great wetsuit if you don’t start with the best neoprene. Industry insiders have figured out this wetsuit is as good as it gets.

NEEDessentials 4/3 Steamer

Thickness: 4/3 | MSRP: $175 | NEEDessentialsUSA.com

The NEED 4/3 Chest Zip is designed for maximum warmth, flexibility, and durability. We use only the best limestone-based neoprene, V-foam, and ultra stretch jersey while eliminating all non-essentials such as retail markups to give you premium wetsuits at direct prices.

O’neill Psycho Freak

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3, and Women’s 4/3 Z.E.N. Zip; also 3/2 and 4/3 F.U.Z.E. ZIP | MSRP: $489.95 – $519.95 | ONeill.com

The 2016 Psycho Freak has the best features and technology available in one wetsuit. The lightest firewall ever produced with O’Neill’s TechnoButter 2 Air Insulation and rapid drying neoprene make this highly innovative, technical design the best performing wetsuit and the pinnacle of our Psycho Series. Available in the F.U.Z.E. (Front Upper Zip Entry) Closure System.

O’neill Psycho Tech

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3, 4/3 hooded, 5.5/4 | MSRP: $399.95 – $479.95 | ONeill.com

The Psycho Tech combines our exclusive TechnoButter 2 Neoprene with TechnoButter 2 Air Firewall Insulation, Single Fluid Seam Weld, and a F.U.Z.E. Closure System. Lighter, warmer, more insulating and quick drying with improved ease of entry. Psycho Tech is the latest advancement in coldwater wetsuit technology from the leaders in innovation for over 60 years.

O’neill Psycho One Z.E.N.

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3 | MSRP: $339.95 – $359.95 | ONeill.com

The Psycho One minimal seam madness is the ultimate high-performance coldwater wetsuit. Built with TechnoButter 2 and available in both F.U.Z.E. and Z.E.N. (Zipperless Entry Neck) System Closures. The patented Z.E.N. Back Zip Entry with Drain Hole creates the flexibility and feel of a zipperless suit with the ease of entry/exit of a traditional back zip.

O’neill Psycho One F.U.Z.E.

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3, Youth 4/3 | MSRP: $249.95 – $349.95 | ONeill.com

The Psycho One minimal seam madness is the ultimate high-performance coldwater wetsuit. Built with TechnoButter 2 and available in both F.U.Z.E. and Z.E.N. Closure Systems. The F.U.Z.E. keeps you dry without restricting flexibility. The 360° Inner Barrier prevents flushing in all directions. Water entering the suit stays shielded from the body. The Cinch Cord tightens to keep water out. Available in Youth sizes.

Patagonia Men’s R3® Yulex® Front-Zip

Suggested water temps: 48º-55º F | MSRP: $469 | Patagonia.com

Our entire line of full suits is now made with Yulex natural rubber from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council®-certified by the Rainforest Alliance. The Yulex process removes over 99% of impurities and delivers a stronger, non-sensitizing natural material.

Patagonia Men’s R4® Yulex® Front-Zip Hooded

Suggested water temps: 38º-48º F | MSRP: $509 | Patagonia.com

A high-performance, neoprene-free hooded wetsuit made of 85% Yulex® natural rubber/15% synthetic rubber by polymer content. The natural rubber is derived from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council™-certified by the Rainforest Alliance.

Quiksilver 3/2 Highline Zipless GBS W

Thickness: 3/2 | MSRP: $249.95 | Quiksilver.com

Built with ultimate warmth and flexibility in mind, the mid body is lined with Warm Flight Far Infrared thermal lining, while the upper and lower extremities utilize our F’N Lite neoprene for maximum lightweight flexibility.

Quiksilver 3/2 Highline Performance CZ HYD

Thickness: 3/2 | MSRP: $314.95 | Quiksilver.com

Hands down our lightest, most flexible, performance-driven wetsuit available. Geared around flexibility, 100% F’N Lite neoprene in a zipperless entry system offers the lightest wetsuit.

Rinse Hanger

Rinse Hanger Kit | MSRP: $40 | RinseHanger.com

Features a wide body hanger with integrated shower holes and connector port, a set of quick connectors, and a screw-eye for installing in beam or garage trim. No more flip-flopping or inside-outing. Hang, rinse, dry!

Vissla 7 Seas 50/50 Wetsuit

Thickness: 2/2, 3/2, 4/3 | MSRP: $199.95 – $229.95 | Vissla.com

Everything you need in a wetsuit, nothing you don’t.

Vissla Hooded North Seas Wetsuit

Thickness: 5.5/4.5/3 | MSRP: $319.95 | Vissla.com

Advanced materials designed & constructed for colder waters.

Xcel Drylock TDC

Thickness: 3/2, 4/3, 4/3 hooded, 5/4 hooded | MSRP: $499.95 – $579.95 | XcelWetsuits.com

Xcel’s most advanced wetsuit series features Dynamic Stretch Performance and TDC Thermo Dry Celliant, our warmest wetsuit lining ever. A 100% waterproof zipper and stitch-free FusionWeld seams are just some of the many features that make the Drylock our most high performance suit.

Xcel Infiniti Comp TDC

Thickness: 2/2, 3/2, 4/3, 4.5/3.5 hooded | MSRP: $339.95 – $374.95 | XcelWetsuits.com

The Infiniti Comp TDC is Xcel’s most maximum stretch fullsuit series featuring TDC Thermo Dry Celliant. The large front and back panel design with zero seams from the upper chest to the knees provides maximum range of motion.

Xterra Surf Salsipuedes

Thickness: 2/2, 4/3 | MSRP: $295 – $425 | XterraSurf.com

Named after the spectacular Baja Norte surf break, the Salsipuedes will perform during the cold winter months. Microfleece insert, X-Max liquid seam seals, and anatomically correct 6-panel arms make this design incredibly warm, durable, and flexible. Check website for more styles and thicknesses — shop with code: ESM40 and receive 40% OFF any wetsuit purchase.