February 11th, 2016
Posts Tagged ‘wetsuits’
SeaMade: Women’s Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide A series on surf, cross training and lessons on all things salty by guest blogger, Madison
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Wetsuits- the armor of surfers. Having a good wetsuit can make or break a surf session. Ask any surfer what their favorite wetsuit is and they will probably tell you they have a collection. I think I have about 10 wetsuits right now. Each has a purpose depending on whether it’s for longboarding or shortboarding, or warmth or style.
If a suit does not properly fit one’s body it will likely leak or constrict blood flow. Wetsuits should fit snuggly but you shouldn’t feel like you can’t breathe. I recommend spending the extra dough to get a good fullsuit because staying warm is one of the most important factors of cold-water surfing. Suits often go on sale at the end of the season, so keep your eye out for some deals. I’ve reviewed a few wetsuits from SWELL’s gear shop that are good for a variety of water temps. Read on to see what I thought of them…
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Have an old fullsuit that you don’t mind altering to the point of voiding the warranty? Save some scratch on a new suit, and convert your old wetty into a springer! Even if the seams are shot and holey, a few cuts gives it a new life for warm water sessions.
Warning: Cutting or altering your suit voids it from the manufacturer’s warranty
Scissors. The sharper and longer, the better
Wetsuit Glue, or Rubber Cement
Piss Off Wetsuit Shampoo
24 oz Canned Beverage
-Start by comparing another springsuit to reference your ideal length
-We recommend cutting above the knee and elbow to minimize rashes and resistance (more…)
Shopping for a wetsuit is a lot like shopping for a car. Different cars will be best for different folks. So with that in mind, Like a car finding the “BEST” wetsuit is very subjective and ultimately up to you. Fortunately enough there are a lot of great wetsuits out there so it is hard to go wrong. Wetsuits have progressed a lot from their beaver tail days and finding the right suit is easier than you think.
Most companies come with three or four different levels of suits. You’ll get your high end or Ferrari-Lambo type suits, your midrange or SUV-luxury sedan type suits, and then your entry level or economy type wetsuits. Choosing the right one for you will depend on several factors, which I’ll try to explain below.
Entry level wetsuits: ($150 – $250)
New drivers might drive better (or faster) in a brand new luxury racecar, but it’s often best to start them off in an entry level vehicle. Much like cars, entry level wetsuits are better for those who are either new to the sport or looking for the most economic option. While these suits will not offer the same flexibility, comfort, or performance as the top of the line models, they will get the job done and give the user an idea of the fit and of the other features they’ll want in a future wetsuit.
Here are some examples of the entry level suits:
Billabong Foil Series:
For the price this wetsuit is a steal. Features super stretch throughout, glued and blind-stitched seams and comes in a chest zip option
Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Series:
Good entry level suits at a good price. Reliable and affordable.
Dave from Rip Curl stopped by to tell us about the innovative material used throughout their new Flash Bomb series of wetsuits. Exclusive to Rip Curl, this super soft lining dries much quicker than traditional neoprene so your suit will always be dry for your next session. You can find this special material throughout the Flash Bomb Series available at SWELL in a 3/2 suit, a 4/3 suit and a number of accessories. Check out Dave’s run down of the new suits in the video below. He gives the full on sham-wow style demonstration of this new material in action.
Suits generally dry in +/- 15 minutes…much quicker than that shabby piece of neoprene you’ve got in the back of your truck.
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