I have been pretty psyched on the upcoming Fall 2013 Patagonia Wetsuits for a while now, and I recently got my hands on a new 2013 Patagonia R4 Wetsuit. This is my first wetsuit from Patagonia and so far I am extremely impressed with the quality. It’s hard to explain, but it just feels better than any other wetsuit I have worn. I am talking about the first impression when I had the suit in my hand and felt the neoprene, and new external seam seal. The new neoprene is soft, and the liquid seams appear sleek and sealed to perfection. Anyways, that’s what I think about the suit out of the water. Read on to hear my initial thoughts after a few sessions in new Patagonia R4.
The Billabong Foil Wetsuit for Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 is in, and this year there are a couple of added features that make the suit an even better value than ever. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this suit, it is the entry level wetsuit from Billabong and comes in under $200 in all thickness, making it one of the best entry level wetsuits on the market to date. In the past Billabong included a detachable hood with this suit in the 5/4/3 thickness. This year they have added a new 5/4mm wetsuit to the line and upgraded it with a fully integrated hood and chest zip, adding warmth by reducing the likelihood of the suit flushing. If you are in a cold water region like the Pacific Northwest where the water temperature is generally in the mid 50’s, then there really isn’t a suit that will beat this new 5/4mm Foil Wetsuit with an attached hood. At least not at such a low price. The Foil is also made in a 3/2, 4/3, both in back zip and chest zip. All Foil wetsuits are the same except their thickness, and zipper type with the exception of the Foil 3/2 Flatlock which is a steal for only $120 due to the lack of GBS seams.
It’s Fall again, and here at Cleanline Surf have just received our big shipment of Fall 2013 Rip Curl Wetsuits, and we are really excited about this years new line! For Fall 2013 Rip Curl has added the latest upgraded neoprene, E4 Neoprene, to their entire wetsuit line, including the entry level Dawn Patrol Wetsuit. The new super stretchy E4 Neoprene is 20% Lighter than E3, warmer, and more flexible than ever. In the 2013/2014 Flash Bomb Wetsuit and other suits that use the exclusive Flash Dry Lining, Rip Curl has upgraded to E4 Flash Lining, boasting 30% more stretch and 20% reduced weight. For those who don’t know Flash Dry Lining is already super insulative and comfortable, not to mention it dry’s in 15 minutes when you turn your wetsuit inside out. The best just got better. As with every new year, there are new colors, and they are bright! Check them out in the gallery below.
E-Bomb Pro Zip Free Wetsuit
What really has us excited though, is the new E-Bomb Pro Zip Free 3/2 and 4/3 wetsuit. Taking the most flexible wetsuit in the industry, upgrading it to 100% E4 Neoprene and removing the Chest Zip. What more can you ask for? Some people have been asking us if it is hard to get in and out of without the zipper, and we have to say, it really isn’t any different that last years E-Bomb Pro when it comes to getting in and out of it, and it is a lot easier than the zip free wetsuit attempts made in past years.
E-Bomb Chest Zip Wetsuit
If you’re looking for something more sturdy, but still flexible then checkout the new E-Bomb 3/2 or 4/3. This suit finds the middle ground of flexibility warmth and durability. Upgraded this year with 100% E4 Neoprene, Fully Taped with E4 Tape, and also feature E4 Action Panels, this is the next level up for Rip Curl’s E-Bomb series.
Dawn Patrol Wetsuit
The 2013 Dawn Patrol is still one of the best bang for the buck wetsuits out there. Available in 3/2, 4/3, and 5/3 thickness in both back and chest zip styles. Upgraded with E4 Neoprene in Key Performance Panels and Flash Lining in the back panel for extra warmth, this series is lighter, warmer, and more flexible than ever.
In with the new, out with the old!
We need to make room for all these 2013 wetsuits and we still have some 2011, and 2012 wetsuit that are on sale at insane prices! Check out our wetsuit sale over at the online shop!
Surf Booties are one of the most important pieces of gear a surfer wears. To and from the beach your feet need to be protected against rocks, barnacles, and anything nature can throw at you. When you’re out in the water, your feet being the part of your body that is in the water the most, need to be protected from the cold. In the end you need something that will hold up to a beating, keep you warm in the coldest conditions, and feel comfortable when you wear it. Here is a list of our top selling best surf booties along with a brief run down on the features each boot has. If you are looking for sizing information check out our custom made wetsuit boot size chart. In the end if would like to talk to us about the best surf bootie for you, please don’t hesitate to call us and one of our expert staff can help you find what will work best for you.
When it comes to hooded wetsuits, the staff here at Cleanline Surf are experts. Most of the year a wetsuit with a hood is a necessity here in Oregon. Here we are, a few months into 2013 and we’ve had a lot of time to think about the Fall 2012 wetsuits. We’ve heard your praise, as well as criticism for the different wetsuits we carry and taken that into mind. Also, we’ve had personal experience with many of these suits while surfing in the cold waters here in the Northwest where it takes a top notch wetsuit to stand up to the coldest elements in mid winter. These are all high end wetsuits. I’m not covering the entry level wetsuits that come with detachable hoods. I’m not going to cover features like key pockets, and drain holes. This is strictly a brief rundown on the major features and benefits of these suits. With that said, here are the top six cold water hooded wetsuits for 2012/2013, in no particular order.
For the updates for 2014 Hooded Wetsuits, check out the post for the Top 6 Hooded Wetsuits of 2014.