Reviews for the 2015 REO on the internet and in kite mags provide accurate information highlighting this wave kite’s attributes; fast, direct handling generating consistent power with a sweet low aspect shape that will drift with you down the line. All true. This year I chose the REO after a four year stint on wave-specific delta kite which I selected purely for the purpose of wave riding. I liked the deltas, they go upwind like crazy and stay connected to the wave. If you’re into boosting, they do that well too. What was missing was turning performance so rather than re-hash available reviews, I wanted to write one that highlighted my reasons for switching.
Matt “Mayhem” Biolos, shaper for Lost Surfboards, and our friends at Lib Tech have teamed up and we couldn’t be more excited. Announced at this year’s Sima Surf Expo, Lib Tech will release one of Matt’s newer shapes, the Puddle Jumper, in their revolutionary waterboard construction for Spring. Also part of the collab are two retro fish snowboards.
Shown here is Marshall Alberga on the new Lost Collab.
It was a good year for surfing wetsuits. Manufactures trimmed some suits down and made major improvements in flexibility, especially in cold water suits. In the hunt for your next wetsuit, this information should be a great starting point and reference to what the masses have chosen. Below is a list of the best selling Men’s and Women’s wetsuits for Cleanline in 2014.
It was not long ago that wetsuits weren’t tailored to be gender specific. Women had to choose the best wetsuit from companies that didn’t even consider the female anatomy when designing their suits. While this is still an issue today, we here at Cleanline Surf support women’s cold water surfing, especially considering a wetsuit at least 5/4mm thick is vital for winters here on Oregon’s northern coast. This is why we have partnered up with Patagonia to exclusively offer the new 2014 Women’s R4 Hooded Chest Zip wetsuit.
For Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 Patagonia has taken their already rock-solid wetsuits to new levels of warmth and flexibility by introducing new materials, and superior construction. The result? Patagonia simply offers the highest quality wetsuits on the market. Would we really expect any less from Patagonia? Here is a break down on their newest line of wetsuits, including which suit will be ideal for your local lineup.
Before we dive into the different wetsuits Patagonia is offering, let’s review what improvements they have made across the board in regards to their new line of wetsuits:
- More Internal Tape – For Fall 2014, Patagonia has fully taped all internal seems as opposed to just the critical points in years past.
- Updated Thickness – The thickness in their suits has changed, most notably in the R3 and R4 where they added an extra millimeter.
- New Poly Lining – Introduction of hydrophobic micro-grid recycled polyester thermal lining, increasing flexibility, while decreasing weight and drying time.
- Better Fit – Completely reworked cut using an anatomical patterning along with high-quality neoprene ensuring their new line of suits fit better and truer than ever before.
- Lower Price – Pricing has dropped significantly due to new construction processes and use of less merino wool. Despite the price drop we think the suits are greatly improved!
Wondering which Patagonia wetsuit to choose? Let’s break ‘em down, starting with the warmest.