As you might expect, hoods are the norm out here on the Oregon Coast. With water temperatures rarely making their way over the low 50’s, a hooded suit is a must. We spend a lot of time sweating it out in dressing rooms so that we can find the best fitting, most comfortable hooded wetsuit for our needs. While hooded suits had been somewhat bulky in the past, wetsuit technology has really come a long way in the last few years. Manufactures have found ways to make a hooded suit lighter, warmer, more flexible, and faster drying.
The new Fall 2014 collection has made its’ way into our hands and we’re ready to talk about it. Again this year, we are not going to into little details like logos and colors. We are getting down to the major reasons why these suits are the best cold water, hooded wetsuits ever made. So in no particular order, here are The 6 Best Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuits for frigid temperatures as the year turns from 2014 to 2015.
Looking for a solid women’s wetsuit that will keep you warm on the coldest winter days? We’ve rounded up the 7 Best Women’s Wetsuits for 2014, giving you the run down on the ins and outs of these cold water suits. Over the years women’s wetsuits have come a long way, and now nearly every brand out there offers a wide variety of hooded, and non-hooded options. If you are looking for a new wetsuit to take your mind off the cold and elevate your surfing to the next level this short list will no doubt point you in the right direction.
Roxy Cypher 5/4/3 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit
Women’s Cypher Wetsuit
Style, Flexibility, and Warmth
The Roxy Cypher 5/4/3 Wetsuit features a chest zip entry to reduce water entering the suit as well as an external Hydrolock Seam Seal which fully seals and strengthens the seams. Too add to the warmth factor the Cypher is lined with a Bio Fleece Thermal layer that adds extra insulation. Top this off with the Fiberlite Neoprene and you’ve got a really great women’s wetsuit. For the fashion sensible this is also one of the most aesthetically pleasing suits we carry. You can tell Roxy went the extra mile with the design on this one. Coming in a tad bit under the $350 range, this suit has both value and style.
This year we’ve seen some great wetsuits, and some innovative changes from the major manufactures that have taken wetsuit technology to the next level. The top wetsuits compared to last years report have shifted a bit, but many of the same suits are still holding strong. When it comes to picking a new suit, there are plenty of ways to go about deciding which wetsuit is the best, but most come with some sort of bias. Here are the numbers, no bias included, ordered from best selling to 10th best selling.
Yep. I have to say that Technobutter Neoprene is the by far the best thing I have seen from the wetsuit industry this year. I’m waiting for this suit(or the Psycho 3) to win wetsuit of the year. It’s funny because I haven’t heard a lot of hype behind it, but it’s awesome. For the past few weeks I have been wearing the Pyrotech 5.5/4 Hooded Wetsuit, and it honestly is so lightweight and flexible it feels like a 4/3. Being a tall and lean guy(5’11” 157lbs) I fit the O’Neill suits perfect. I’m wearing a size small because this thing is that flexible. It pretty much feels like a second skin, and is extremely comfortable.
Well, I finally broke down and got myself a new Patagonia R3 Hooded Wetsuit(the new Fall 2013 model), even though my old R3 was still in perfect condition. My old suit has been with me for 2 years and has seen at least 150 (or more) sessions, and I just couldn’t wait any longer for it to wear out before I snagged myself one of the new models. I found a few differences that I thought worthy of talking, telling, and reviewing.