January 28th, 2016
Wetsuit Buyers Guide
Picking a new wetty doesn’t just affect your wallet, it can change the course of your surfing style… and even your health. Here’s our picks to suit your style, and our favorite InstaSurfers showing off their rubber.
BEST OF: Quiksilver Pro France Pick
QUIKSILVER CYPHER 3/2 CZ
Water Temp: 58°-64°
Team SWELL Says: “When Slater approves, you’d be wise listen. Throw on a pair of booties and you can wear it year-round”
For surf spots like: Hossegor, France.
Whatever You Do, DON’T: Leave wet in a wadded pile, Hang it up and it will dry up for another sesh in minutes.
BEST OF: Pure Warmth
Water Temp: 51°-58°
Team SWELL Says: “The furnace lining is comfy like a Christmas sweater”
For surf spots like: Montauk, NY.
Whatever You Do, DON’T: Store your suit with salt and sand caked in the lining. Rinse and hang folded from the belly.
BEST OF: SUPER STRETCH
XCEL 3/2MM DRYLOCK
Water Temp: 56°-62°
Team SWELL Says: “It’s a paddle-battle machine with zero resistance in the arms, and a smoothy-skin chest plate that is more buttery than Bagel Friday at SWELL”
For surf spots like: Boosting at Lower Trestles.
Whatever You Do, DON’T: Let any sharp objects poke the smooth-skin.
BEST OF: BUDGET STYLE
BILLABONG TYLER WARREN 3/2
Water Temp: 59°-65°
Team SWELL Says: “5 years ago, the technology of this suit would have been the best suit money could buy”
For surf spots like: Malibu, Ca.
Whatever You Do, DON’T: Stretch it out like a kook, roll up the legs like a pair of pants when suiting-up.
BEST OF: HER STYLE
Retro Roxy & Billabong Surf Capsule
Water Temp: 60 & Up°
Team SWELL Says: “Surfing is’nt a funeral, why should I wear all black?”
For surf spots like: Cross-stepping at boneyards, or SUPing the nearest body of water.
Whatever You Do, DON’T: Let the velcro from the closure fray the lining while you store it.