Let’s get straight to business here. What are the best new spring wetsuits for 2013? Here’s the rundown in no particular order. The main three factors we will be looking for in these wetsuits are warmth, flexibility, and durability. If you have questions about any of these spring suits feel free to call us and speak to one of our wetsuit experts. Click on any of the images below for more details on these spring wetsuits.
THE BATTLE OF TWO ULTRA HIGH END WETSUITS
We get a lot of questions about the differences between these two wetsuits. Being the top of the line suits from Rip Curl and O’Neill you might want to know what you’re getting when you’re dropping $500 or more. In this review I’ll be comparing the 4/3 Flash Bomb Plus, and the 4.5/3.5 PsychoFreak. I haven’t tried these out in the water, so some of this review is speculation, or based on customer feedback I have recieved, and all of this review is solely my opinion. Everyone has their personal preferences when it comes to wetsuits, so if you want to hear more opinions feel free to give us a call and talk to one of the wetsuit experts here at Cleanline Surf.
Another year has passed and the numbers are in. Curious what wetsuits were most popular in 2012? We’ve ran the numbers, and broke them down by wetsuit thickness. Don’t be upset if your favorite wetsuit didn’t make it. Some wetsuits that came in late 2012 may not be on the list simply because they didn’t get enough time to sell.
We did run the list for all wetsuits combined and of course the 3/2 wetsuits where there are more surfers and therefore higher demand outsold the 4/3 wetsuits, and the 5mm and 6mm wetsuits came in last, simply because there are less surfers braving the cold waters of the north that need such a thick suit.
Top Selling 3/2 Wetsuits of 2012
- Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
- Rip Curl Flash Bomb 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
- Rip Curl E-Bomb 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
- O’Neill Epic II 3/2 CT Wetsuit
- Quiksilver Cypher 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
- Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 3/2 Back Zip Flatlock Wetsuit
- O’Neill Psycho III 3/2 Wetsuit
- O’neill Psycho RG8 3/2 Wetsuit
- Rip Curl E-Bomb 3/2 Back Zip Wetsuit
- Billabong SG5 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
Top Selling 4/3 Wetsuits or 2012
- Rip Curl E-Bomb 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit
- Patagonia Wetsuit – R3 Chest-Zip Full Suit
- Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit
- Rip Curl Flash Bomb 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit
- O’neill Mutant 4/3 Hooded Wetsuit
- O’Neill Epic II 4/3 CT Wetsuit
- Rip Curl E-Bomb 4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit
- O’Neill SuperFreak 4/3 Wetsuit
- O’neill Heat 3Q Zip FSW 4/3 Wetsuit
- O’neill Psycho RG8 4/3 Wetsuit
- Billabong Foil 4/3 GBS Back Zip Wetsuit
Top Selling 5mm and up Wetsuits of 2012
- Patagonia R4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit
- O’neill Mutant 5/4 w Hood Wetsuit
- Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit
- Billabong Foil Back Zip 5/4/3 Wetsuit w/Hood
- Billabong Women’s Synergy 5/4/3 with Hood
- Rip Curl E-Bomb 5.5/4.5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit
- O’neill Psycho RG8 5.5/4 Hooded Wetsuit
- Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit
- O’neill Women’s D-Lux Mod 5/4 W/Hood Wetsuit
- Rip Curl Flash Bomb 6/5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit
- O’neill Heat Hooded 6/5/4 Wetsuit
Honorable Mentions: Wetsuits that had a late start in 2012 and didn’t get a chance to make the list, and suits that just didn’t get the attention we think they deserved.
- O’Neill Psycho III 3/2 Wetsuit
- O’Neill Psycho III 4/3 Wetsuit
- Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 5/3 Back Zip Wetsuit
- Patagonia R1 Wetsuit
- Patagonia R2 Wetsuit
What do you think? Did a wetsuit not make the list that you think should have?
Tell us your thoughts using the comments section below.
Rip Curl has just released their Hooded E-Bomb Wetsuit in a 4.5/3.5 thickness and we’ve got it! This new wetsuit fills a gap for those people who like to brave colder waters in a more flexible 4/3 suit, but still want the hood to stave off the ice cream headaches, and flushing that can happen sometimes when not wearing a hooded wetsuit.
Basically this wetsuit is the exact same as its 5.5/4.5mm counterpart, so here’s what Caleb (A Cleanline Employee who wears the Hooded E-Bomb) has to say about it.
I have been surfing in the Northwest since I was 8 years old, all the while struggling to find the right cold water wetsuit with a hood that fits. I have finally found it with the E-Bomb 5.5/4.5. It is the most flexible and warm suit, and the hood is the most comfortable on the market. I highly recommend this wetsuit for anyone surfing cold water anywhere!
Caleb H. – Cleanline Employee
The Patagonia R4 Wetsuit has been tested and proven in the coldest weather a surfer would dare to venture out in. Check out this video where Keith Malloy talks about his recent time surfing in Norway. Imagine being able to stay warm and comfortable in this weather. No one is out. That is what the R4 is all about.