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Winter's Warmest Wetsuits

The surf’s great this time of year, but the water temperature is still dropping so getting the right wetsuit is essential. We’ve hand-picked our top 6 winter wetsuits, that will keep you warm and don’t compromise on flexibility.

 

Rip Curl Men’s Flashbomb Heatseeker 5/3mm Zip Free Wetsuit - £499.95

Rip Curl’s most technically advanced cold water wetsuit. The combination of the new E7 flash lining and the flex energy lining is what makes this one of the warmest wetsuits out there. As you move through the water, the flex energy lining activates and heats your wetsuit, while the E7 flash lining has improved drying properties for ultimate warmth and comfort.

Other features:

  • E7 neoprene - the benchmark in stretch performance neoprene. An additional 20% more stretch, it’s also lighter and warmer than E6.
  • Mesh skin chest panel - smooth mesh panels that absorb solar heat and reduce wind chill.
  • E7 hand taped flash lining - high stretch for ultimate comfort and performance.
  • Single seam crotch - no seam to sit on and increased stretch
  • Unbroken panel - back and shoulders to maximise efficiency and ease of movement.

 

Rip Curl Men’s Flashbomb 5/3mm Chest Zip Wetsuit - £399.95

At a slightly lower price point than the Heatseaker, the Rip Curl Flashbomb has some top quality features that will keep you warm on the water. The Flashbomb features a smooth mesh skin panel that absorbs solar heat and reduces wind chill for ultimate warmth. The E6 flash lining provides 20% more stretch than the E5 flash lining and provides excellent warmth and comfort.

Other features:

  • Premium high stretch, lightweight E6 neoprene that has 30% more stretch and 20% lighter than E4.
  • E6 lining stretch tape.
  • Easy top-entry system with lightweight zipper for chest closure.

 

O'Neill Women’s Psycho Tech+ 5/4mm Chest Zip Wetsuit - £349.95

O’Neill have been pioneering the most advanced wetsuit technology since they invented them back in the 1950s.

The Psycho Tech is the ultimate package, bringing together all of O’Neill’s best features and offering superior warmth and stretch through the layers of TechnoButter 3 Air Firewall, which is so stretchy, they’ve added an extra 0.5mm of neoprene to the suit, just because they can.

This wetsuit also features the technobutter envy smooth skin exterior which is a super stretchy outer layer of neoprene that sheds water and protects the body from windchill therefore keeping you dry and warm. The seams use stitchless technology combined with TB3-X tape on the inside and a fluid seam weld on the outer for zero leaks and extra durability.

Other features:

  • F.U.Z.E zip chest closure
  • Redzone water resistant zipper
  • 360° barrier with drainholes which prevents flushing
  • Double super seal neck

 

Billabong Mens Furnace 6/5mm Chest Zip Hooded Wetsuit - £434.95

Packed full of high tech features, the Billabong Furnace hooded wetsuit will keep you warm on the water for hours. 

This wetsuit features graphene, a noble prize winning technology that is 200 times stronger than steel. Billabong have used graphene wrapped yarns which trap and retain heat more efficiently than traditional hollow fibres (and more efficiently than their previous Furnace Carbon lining), whilst being 50% lighter.

Other features:

  • The airlite stretch jersey is made from 100% recycled fibres. Combined with smart foam, it is lightweight and provides excellent thermal retention.
  • 100% externally welded seams combined with superflex neo-taped internal seams = no leaks.
  • Dislocating chest zip entry that prevents zip failure
  • Dry-max entry system that keeps water out
  • Seamless back panel for unparalleled flexibility and comfort
  • Machine-applied superflex tape

 

Billabong Womens Furnace Comp 5/4mm Hooded Chest Zip GBS Wetsuit - £349.95

This wetsuit is made using a combination of smart foam and Airlite jersey, which barely absorbs any water, meaning it stays super lightweight and flexible, even when wet. The front and back panels are lined with Furnace Graphene+ for unparalleled warmth, and the minimal seam design ensures maximum flexibility and comfort. To eliminate leaks, as well as being glued and blindstitched with internal Superflex neo taping, 70% of the seams have been welded on the outside.

Other features:

  • Dislocating chest zip entry prevents zip failure
  • Seamless back panel for unparalleled flexibility and comfort
  • Minimal seam design for ultimate flexibility

Mystic Mens Voltt 5/4/3mm Chest Zip Wetsuit - £369.95

Made from Yamamoto 39 neoprene which is a more environmentally friendly neoprene made from limestone instead of petroleum, with the waste energy in the process being used to heat local eel farms! The lining is made up of very warm Flaremesh+ and Fox Fleece.

Other features:

  • Waterproof stretch taping (100%) on GBS seams
  • Wind Mesh chest and back panel
  • Back knee emboss - the pre-curved shape makes a huge difference to your flexibility
  • Hex-tech kneepads
  • Velcro ankle closure straps (included)

 

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Published on 21st January 2022 in Wetsuit Guides

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