The 7 Best Women’s Cold Water Wetsuits for 2014

Looking for a solid women’s wetsuit that will keep you warm on the coldest winter days? We’ve rounded up the 7 Best Women’s Wetsuits for 2014, giving you the run down on the ins and outs of these cold water suits. Over the years women’s wetsuits have come a long way, and now nearly every brand out there offers a wide variety of hooded, and non-hooded options. If you are looking for a new wetsuit to take your mind off the cold and elevate your surfing to the next level this short list will no doubt point you in the right direction.

Roxy Cypher 5/4/3 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit

Roxy Womens Cypher 5/4/3 Wetsuit

Women’s Cypher Wetsuit

Style, Flexibility, and Warmth

The Roxy Cypher 5/4/3 Wetsuit features a chest zip entry to reduce water entering the suit as well as an external Hydrolock Seam Seal which fully seals and strengthens the seams. Too add to the warmth factor the Cypher is lined with a Bio Fleece Thermal layer that adds extra insulation. Top this off with the Fiberlite Neoprene and you’ve got a really great women’s wetsuit. For the fashion sensible this is also one of the most aesthetically pleasing suits we carry. You can tell Roxy went the extra mile with the design on this one. Coming in a tad bit under the $350 range, this suit has both value and style.

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Spotlight: Body Glove Wetsuits

Body Glove WetsuitsWe’re proud to announce we have brought Body Glove Wetsuits into our online surf shop and retail stores.  We’re starting with a limited run for now, but look for more in stock in the near future.  If you are looking for something we don’t show in our online store, we may be able to order it from Body Glove and have them ship it out to you the same or next business day.

“In 1953 we invented the first practical wetsuit, which revolutionized surfing and diving. We came up with the phrase “fits like a glove” and Body Glove was born.”

— Bill & Bob Meistrell

We are excited to put these suits to the test in the near future.  Look for product reviews, and previews coming soon.

Back Zip vs Chest Zip: Poll Results

Last month we asked our Facebook Fans, Newsletter Subscribers, and people visiting our Blog a question:

Which zipper type do you prefer in a wetsuit, Back Zip or Chest Zip?

Back Zip vs Chest Zip Poll/SurveyNot surprisingly the amount of people preferring Chest Zip Wetsuits was more than double the people who preferred Back Zips.

Check out #7 in our Misconceptions About Wetsuits article for more on the Back Zip vs Chest Zip debate.

Why do you like the zipper type you like?  Let us know in the comments section below.

12 Misconceptions About Wetsuits

12 Misconceptions About Wetsuits

Every year we ship thousands of wetsuits to people all over the world.  We sell hundreds of wetsuits to people through our local brick and mortar shops.  Combine those two numbers, and that still doesn’t come close to the number of wetsuits we rent out every year.  We know wetsuits, and in our 30+ years of business we’ve seen and heard it all.  Here is a list of the top 12 misconceptions in our experience when it comes to wetsuits. Continue reading

5 Surfing Wetsuits Under $200

Everyone knows that if you want to be out surfing for an extended period of time, staying warm comes at a price, and for some that price can seem rather high.  With the cost of surf gear going up yearly it doesn’t hurt to shop around.  This list will help with that we hope.

Looking for a cheap wetsuit that isn’t cheaply made?  We have some good news for you.  These days with wetsuit technology being better than ever, you can actually stay warm, comfortable, and flexible in a brand new fullsuit for under $200!  That being said, there are two 4/3mm wetsuits included in this list.  This is because some people(people more tolerant to cold temperatures) prefer a 4mm suit over a 5mm because of the added flexibility.  Others may find that these 4/3’s are adequate suits for summer time when the sun is shinning and the air temperature is warm, but during the cold winter months when it’s windy, rainy, and overcast they may not cut the mustard.

NOTE: This buyers guide is written with the Pacific Northwest in mind, however it translates to anywhere with water temperatures ranging from 50°F to 60°F.

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 5/3 Back Zip Wetsuit

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Wetsuit

Cleanline’s Top Pick

Price: $179.95
Year: 2012/2013
Part #: WSUXFM
Thickness: 5/3mm
Zipper/Entry: Back Zip
Hood: Not Included
Seams: GBS

This year, for the first time Rip Curl has released their entry level Dawn Patrol Wetsuit in a 5/3mm back zip fullsuit.  What makes this suit so exciting is the amount of 5mm neoprene in the suit.  Unlike many suits the 5mm neoprene extends throughout the entire leg section where flexibility is not as important, along with on the chest panel.  In the arms is where the 3mm neoprene comes in, making the suit as flexible as possible with the E3 Neoprene.  Being a Rip Curl wetsuit the neoprene is also cut a bit thicker than other 5mm suits making it that much warmer.  To top it all off the 5/3mm Dawn Patrol comes with Flash Dry Lining in the chest panel, adding warmth, and allowing the suit to dry that much faster.  Being made to the quality standards of Rip Curl, and the fact that this suit is backed by their excellent warranty makes this suit or top pick for cold water wetsuits under $200.

Also Available: Women’s Dawn Patrol 5/3 Wetsuit

Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit

Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit

Quiksilver Syncro 5/4/3

Price: $174.95
Year: 2012/2013
Part #: SA509MG
Thickness: 5/4/3mm
Zipper/Entry: Back Zip
Hood: Not Included
Seams: GBS

The Quiksilver Syncro Wetsuit has been upgraded this year with Hyperstretch 3.0 Neoprene which is extremely light and flexible.  This Glued and Blind Stitched wetsuit also features critically taped seams at the cuff, and ankle of the wetsuit for extra durability.  Not only is this suit visually appealing, but it is a solid choice for a winter or summer wetsuit in colder water climates.

Billabong Foil Back Zip 5/4/3 Wetsuit

Billabong Foil Back Zip 5/4/3 Wetsuit w/Hood

Billabong Foil 5/4/3

Price: $189.50
Year: 2012/2013
Part #: MWFUVFB5
Thickness: 5/4/3mm
Zipper/Entry: Back Zip
Hood: Detachable
Seams: GBS

The Billabong Foil Wetsuit is the only wetsuit in this list that comes with a detachable hood, adding that extra degree of range for cold water, and preventing the dreaded ice cream headache. Glued and Blind Stitched seams make this a durable, warm wetsuit for winter or summer in cold water climates.


Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 4/3 Wetsuit

Dawn Patrol 4/3 Wetsuit

Price: $164.95
Year: 2012/2013
Part #: WSUXEM
Thickness: 4/3mm
Zipper/Entry: Back Zip
Hood: None
Seams: GBS

The Dawn Patrol 4/3 wetsuit is a great summer suit if you are in colder waters, however it can easily work as a year round wetsuit if your water temperatures are in the higher 50’s through the year. This year’s Dawn Patrol Wetsuit is by far the best to date, see the full review of the 5mm suit above, or click the link above the picture for a full list of features.

O’Neill Epic II 4/3 CT Wetsuit

O'Neill Epic 2 4/3 Wetsuit

O’Neill Epic 2 4/3 Wetsuit

Price: $164.95
Year: 2012/2013
Part #: 3361
Thickness: 4/3mm
Zipper/Entry: Back Zip
Hood: Not Included
Seams: GBS

The O’Neill Epic 4/3 Wetsuit sits right up there with the Dawn Patrol 4/3 and is an excellent choice for a summer suit in cold climates or an all year round wetsuit in climates where the water temperature hits lows in the high 50’s.  Glued and Blind Stitched for durability and warmth, and critically taped seams at the ankle and wrists also add longevity to the suits life.

The Epic is Now Available in a 5/4mm thickness for $189.95 – O’Neill 5/4 Epic Wetsuit

Looking for Sale Wetsuits?  Check out our Clearance Wetsuits Page, where last years wetsuits are on sale for up to 50% OFF!