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.
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
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.