For Fall 2015, O’Neill brings us the new Psycho Tech wetsuit which has replaced the Pyrotech as our favorite cold water wetsuit in the game. It wasn’t just our favorite suit, but also our best selling wetsuit of all time!! For the Fall 2015 season, O’Neill took what was already the lightest, most flexible suit in the water and made it lighter and more flexible, which didn’t seem possible. Having surfed the Pyrotech for two seasons now, I honestly didn’t think that it could be improved on. After getting my hands on the new Psycho Tech and feeling it for myself, it’s apparent that the advanced materials in the TB2 (Technobutter 2) do make the wetsuit more supple and lighter than the Pyrotech or any wetsuit that I have ever felt for that matter.
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Today, wetsuit manufacturers have been endlessly experimenting with new materials in order to make their suits the warmest, most flexible, and/or fastest drying on the market. Whether it is Patagonia lining their wetsuits with merino wool, Rip Curl adding a quick-drying “flash” lining, or the exceptional elasticity of O’Neill’s new Technobutter neoprene; it seems every brand has developed some unique trait to distinguish themselves from their competitors. However, with these technical advancements comes a steady increase in price. It is to the point that if you’re looking at purchasing a company’s high end 5/4mm wetsuit you should be prepared to shell out $450-$600.
We realize that not everyone is looking for these top tier wetsuits. In fact, more times than not, we are on a budget and looking for an inexpensive suit that will get the job done without breaking the bank. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a flat-water SUP user, a novice surfer who is tired of renting/borrowing, or you’re just trying to save a little money; these are our picks for the best wetsuits you can buy for under $200.
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.