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.

Note – The E-Bomb Pro, R1, and Dawn Patrol are also available in long armed short legged styles.

Rip Curl Freelite Back Zip Spring Wetsuit

Rip Curl Freelite Spring Wetsuit

Rip Curl Freelite Spring Wetsuit

PRICE: $69.95
MODEL #: WSPXCM
YEAR: 2013
THICKNESS: 2mm
ZIPPER: Back Zip
SEAMS: Flatlock

The Freelite Spring is Rip Curl’s entry level spring wetsuit for 2013. Coming in at only $69.95 it’s a great suit for someone on a budget. What you aren’t getting in this spring suit is the high end neoprene, making it a bit less flexible than the other suits. Also the flatlock stitching as opposed to a glued and blind stitched seam will take away from the warmth of the suit while lack of critically taped seams will take a bit away from the durability. That said, for the price there’s no beating this entry level spring suit.

 

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Spring Wetsuit

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Back Zip Spring Wetsuit

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Spring Wetsuit

PRICE: $89.95
MODEL #: WSPXBM
YEAR: 2013
THICKNESS: 2mm
ZIPPER: Back Zip
SEAMS: Flatlock

The Dawn Patrol Spring Suit is Rip Curl’s bang for the buck wetsuit, and the spring wetsuit version is no exception. Featuring the super stretchy and soft feeling E3 Neoprene this suit is comfortable and flexible. Flatlock stitched seams and a key stash pocket round out the suits features. For $89.95 I would recommend this suit to anyone on a budget looking for a quality spring suit that will keep them warm and comfortable, not fall apart, and is backed by one of the best warranties in the business.

 

Patagonia R1 Back Zip Spring Wetsuit

Patagonia R1 Back Zip Spring Suit

Patagonia R1 Spring Wetsuit

PRICE: $168.95
MODEL #: 87330
YEAR: 2013
THICKNESS: 2mm
ZIPPER: Back Zip
SEAMS: Glued and Blind Stitched + Critically Taped

When it comes to quality, you can’t beat Patagonia. The R1 Spring Wetsuit is the warmest and most durable spring suit we carry. Featuring Patagonia’s wind resistant limestone neoprene, and their Eco-Friendly insulating liner along with critically taped seams on top of their bomb proof glued and blind stitch.  What reasons are there not to get this suit? You may be more interested in a chest zip(see e-bomb pro) or you may be looking for something more flexible(see e-bomb pro). Coming in at $168.95 and backed by Patagonia’s excellent warranty the R1 Spring Wetsuit is worthy every penny.

 

Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro Chest Zip Wetsuit

Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro Spring Wetsuit

Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro Spring Wetsuit

PRICE: $179.95
MODEL # WSPXCE
YEAR: 2013
THICKNESS: 2mm
ZIPPER: Chest Zip
SEAMS: Glued and Blind Stitched + Critically Taped

The E-Bomb Pro Spring by Rip Curl is the only spring suit on this list that comes with a Chest Zip entry. This is a performance driven spring suit that maximizes flexibility while maintaining a high level of warmth and durability. Featuring E3+ Neoprene, the highest stretch Neoprene Rip Curl uses in their wetsuit line along with glued and blind stitched seams that are internally taped throughout the legs where flexibility is less important, and critically taped in the upper body and arms where movement is as free and flexible as possible.

 

O’Neill Reactor Spring Wetsuit

O'Neill Reactor Spring Wetsuit

O’Neill Reactor Spring Wetsuit

PRICE: $84.95
MODEL # 3799
YEAR: 2013
THICKNESS: 2mm
ZIPPER: Back Zip
SEAMS: Flatlock Stitched

The O’Neill Reactor Spring rounds out this list and is priced and featured pretty evenly with the Dawn Patrol Spring. Coming in at $5 under the Dawn Patrol, it’s a hard choice between the two spring wetsuits. The Reactor features flatlock stitched seams and a smooth skin chest panel for wind resistance and warmth.

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6 thoughts on “Top 5 Spring Wetsuits of 2013

  1. What is rated the warmest spring suit as I am surfing in Southern California and wanted something that can keep me warm spring and some other others months

    • Hey Sean,

      The Patagonia R1 is going to be your best bet. Patagonia’s limestone neoprene is very wind resistant which cuts down on wind chill, and their seams are solid also(keeping water out). The green fleece lining also adds extra warmth which none of the other spring suits have.

  2. I’m debating between getting the Rip Curl E-Bomb or the O’Neill Gooru. Can you make a comparison between the 2? Also any comment on long vs. short sleeve besides added warmth on the arms? Thanks in advance!

    • Hey Jimmy,

      The E-Bomb Pro and the Gooru are both great spring suits, and they are pretty neck and neck when it comes to features. I think the E-Bomb Pro being geared 100% towards maximum flexibility is a touch more flexible(E3+ Neoprene), but when it comes to warmth I don’t think there is a clear winner. The thing I would say about the Gooru is that it does come in a back zip option, and the E-Bomb doesn’t, so if you are interested in a back zip entry then that would be the way to go. As far as long sleeve vs short sleeve, there is a noticeable difference in flexibility and easy of paddling with a short sleeve wetsuit, but the trade off is they are less warm.

      Matt

      • Matt,

        Thanks for the response. One last question regarding the zip. What are the advantages to a front vs. a back zip? I’ve read that front zip suits are harder to get into. Is this true? Intuitively it seems front zip would be easier to manage. I’m still a novice. Thanks again.

        • Hey Jimmy,

          Below is an excerpt from an article I did a while back that explains the main differences.

          Back Zips and Chest Zips both have their pros and cons, and when it comes down to it, it’s personal preference. Back Zips are easier to get in and out of because the zipper is much longer and opens up the suit much more. Chest Zips have a small zipper that is more difficult to get in and out of, however because the zipper is accross the chest area, and not on the back, this adds flexibily for paddling. Chest Zips are less prone to flushing when duck diving, but some may argue they are more prone for a complete flush when getting pummeled in big surf or doing cart wheels down the face of a wave.

          Let me know if that doesn’t explain everything.

          Thanks,
          Matt

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