When we received the first shipment of Hurley wetsuits I was pretty eager to give one a go. As a surf fan, I have countless memories of pros like as John John Florence, Felipe Toledo, and Julian Wilson doing unimaginable maneuvers with the distinguishable “H” engraved on their wetsuits. I think that definitely has some merit, and in the end, it led me to testing out and reviewing the new Hurley Phantom.
Wetsuit technology has a come a long way since surfers first started exploring colder waters. Today wetsuits are warmer, more flexible, and more comfortable than ever before. Each year brings new advancements to make surfing more enjoyable, and 2016 is no exception. We’ve reviewed our hooded suits and after talking to customers, employees, and team riders, these are the 6 best wetsuits for cold water surfing. Continue reading
Released in August, 2015
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.
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.
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.