The 6 Best Hooded Wetsuits for 2013

Top 6 Hooded Wetsuits 2013When 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.

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Top 5 Spring Wetsuits of 2013

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.

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O’Neill PsychoFreak vs Rip Curl Flash Bomb Plus

Flash Bomb Plus vs PsychoFreak

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.
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Best Selling Wetsuits of 2012

Best Selling Wetsuits of 2012

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

  1. Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  2. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  3. Rip Curl E-Bomb 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  4. O’Neill Epic II 3/2 CT Wetsuit
  5. Quiksilver Cypher 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  6. Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 3/2 Back Zip Flatlock Wetsuit
  7. O’Neill Psycho III 3/2 Wetsuit
  8. O’neill Psycho RG8 3/2 Wetsuit
  9. Rip Curl E-Bomb 3/2 Back Zip Wetsuit
  10. Billabong SG5 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit

Top Selling 4/3 Wetsuits or 2012

  1. Rip Curl E-Bomb 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  2. Patagonia Wetsuit – R3 Chest-Zip Full Suit
  3. Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit
  4. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit 
  5. O’neill Mutant 4/3 Hooded Wetsuit
  6. O’Neill Epic II 4/3 CT Wetsuit
  7. Rip Curl E-Bomb 4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit
  8. O’Neill SuperFreak 4/3 Wetsuit
  9. O’neill Heat 3Q Zip FSW 4/3 Wetsuit
  10. O’neill Psycho RG8 4/3 Wetsuit
  11. Billabong Foil 4/3 GBS Back Zip Wetsuit

Top Selling 5mm and up Wetsuits of 2012

  1. Patagonia R4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit
  2. O’neill Mutant 5/4 w Hood Wetsuit
  3. Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit
  4. Billabong Foil Back Zip 5/4/3 Wetsuit w/Hood
  5. Billabong Women’s Synergy 5/4/3 with Hood
  6. Rip Curl E-Bomb 5.5/4.5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit
  7. O’neill Psycho RG8 5.5/4 Hooded Wetsuit
  8. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit 
  9. O’neill Women’s D-Lux Mod 5/4 W/Hood Wetsuit
  10. Rip Curl Flash Bomb 6/5/4 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit 
  11. 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.

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.

 

New Rip Curl E-Bomb Hooded 4.5mm/3.5mm Wetsuit In Stock Now

Rip Curl E-Bomb Wetsuits

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.

Rip Curl E-Bomb 4.4/3.5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit

Rip Curl E-Bomb 4.4/3.5 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