Top Picks: 4 Quality & Affordable Wetsuits Under $200

Today, wetsuit manufacturers have been endlessly experimenting with new materials in order to make their suits the warmest, most flexible, and/or fastest drying on the market. Whether it is Patagonia lining their wetsuits with merino wool, Rip Curl adding a quick-drying “flash” lining, or the exceptional elasticity of O’Neill’s new Technobutter neoprene; it seems every brand has developed some unique trait to distinguish themselves from their competitors. However, with these technical advancements comes a steady increase in price. It is to the point that if you’re looking at purchasing a company’s high end 5/4mm wetsuit you should be prepared to shell out $450-$600.

We realize that not everyone is looking for these top tier wetsuits. In fact, more times than not, we are on a budget and looking for an inexpensive suit that will get the job done without breaking the bank. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a flat-water SUP user, a novice surfer who is tired of renting/borrowing, or you’re just trying to save a little money; these are our picks for the best wetsuits you can buy for under $200.

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2013 Flash Bomb Wetsuit Review – The Best Really Did Get Better

Flash Bomb Wetsuit Review

For Fall 2013 Rip Curl has brought the new and improved E4 Neoprene into their entire wetsuit line, including the two time SIMA Award winning Flash Bomb Wetsuit. This suit is available in four thickness covering water temperatures in the low 40’s up to the mid 60’s. Here is a rough break down of the temperatures for each thickness. Keep in mind everyone has their own preferences on how warm they need to be, and other factors like air temperature and wind play a role in how warm you stay in your wetsuit.
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Fall 2013 Rip Curl Wetsuits Overview

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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!

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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New Rip Curl Spring and Short Sleeve Wetsuits

E-Bomb Pro 3/2 Short Sleeve - Aggrolite Blue/RedJust In: New spring and short sleeve suits from Rip Curl including the E-Bomb Pro S/S Chest Zip in the new Aggrolite Blue/Red Color. Other suits include the E-Bomb Long Sleeve Spring Suit, and the Dawn Patrol Spring Suit.  Expect more spring wetsuits to be trickling in throughout March and April.  If you’re looking for a solid suit for the money don’t forget we have our wetsuit sale going on now for a limited time so head over to the online shop and check out our wetsuit deals!