Wetsuit reviews by the staff at Cleanline Surf. Honest opinions from the different employees who have experience wearing and surfing in the wetsuits they are reviewing. Please note that the Surfing Wetsuit reviews listed here are strictly opinion and may even be biased based on the authors personal preference. In these cases we try to mention any bias within the review so that you can form your own opinion.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading →
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.
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 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!