5 Best Spring Suits of 2023

5 Best Spring Suits of 2023

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes warmer days and longer nights — perfect for hitting up your favorite beach break. But if you want to stay in the water without feeling cold, having a good spring wetsuit will make all the difference. We've researched top-of-the-line wetsuits specifically designed to keep surfers warm during those chilly spring sessions, so we can easily show you the 5 best spring wetsuits of 2023. With these amazing suits at your disposal, you'll never have to battle another shivering session ever again.

Wetsuits Reviewed

  • O'Neill - Hyperfreak 2mm Spring Wetsuit - $229.95+
  • O'Neill - Reactor II 2mm Spring Wetsuit - $109.95
  • Rip Curl - E-Bomb Pro 2mm Spring Wetsuit - $199.95+
  • Rip Curl - Dawn Patrol 2mm Spring Wetsuit - $139.95+
  • Patagonia - R1 Lite Yulex 2mm Spring Wetsuit - $168.95+

O'Neill Hyperfreak -$229.95+

"Our Top Seller"

O'Neill Hyperfreak Short Sleeve Long Leg Chest Zip Spring wetsuit

Our top seller for the past few years is a name associated with flexibility and comfort. The Hyperfreak is a suit that has proven itself to be popular and reliable for many reasons, mainly because it has the most flexible neoprene on the market that is extremely comfortable and ergonomic. The Hyperfreak’s core is constructed of TB3 Neoprene for added durability while maintaining a good amount of stretch. The arms and shoulders are constructed out of TB3X neoprene. This lighter neoprene allows for easier paddling, which can reduce shoulder fatigue and increase overall comfort as well.

The Hyperfreak is soft and comfortable, and the least restrictive chest zip option of the spring suits out there. Finding a suit that allows for free unrestricted movement can improve your sessions tremendously by allowing more agility in your movements and increasing paddle speed and endurance. The Hyperfreak sports a chest zip entry to help minimize flushing and keep you warm. Available in both a long sleeve spring and a short sleeve long john option, finding a Hyperfreak for your specific needs has never been easier.

Highlights and Features

  • Extremely flexible TB3 + TB3 X neoprene
  • Flexible and durable TB3X tape on seams
  • Flush-resistant FUZE chest zip entry

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O'Neill HyperFreak 2mm Long Sleeve Chest Zip Spring Wetsuit - $229.95
O'Neill HyperFreak 2mm Short Sleeve Chest Zip Wetsuit - $279.95

O’Neill Reactor II - $109.95

"Our Budget Pick"

O'Neill Reactor II Short Sleeve Short Leg Back Zip Spring wetsuit

The Reactor II is our top choice for surfers shopping on a budget. Made by one of the most trusted brands in the Neoprene world, this “no BS” option packs some solid features for a great price. The suit is made with limestone-based neoprene, keeping it pliable and soft to the touch. The flexibility and soft materials help improve the feel and fit of the suit. The Reactor II has smooth skin panels on the chest and back, making it an excellent choice for windier locations because the smooth skin works as a great barrier that wind cannot pass through.

The Reactor II is constructed from durable neoprene that still feels very flexible and comfortable. Its seams are constructed with a durable and flexible flatlock stitch. The suit sports a super robust back zip entry that can make getting into and out of the suit a breeze compared to the chest zip suits in the category.

Highlights and Features

  • Affordable price point
  • Durable neoprene
  • Wind-blocking smooth skin

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O'Neill Reactor II 2mm Short Sleeve Back Zip Spring Wetsuit - $109.95

Rip Curl E-Bomb - $199.95+

“Zip-Free Performance”

Rip Curl E-Bomb Spring Wetsuit

The Rip Curl E-Bomb is Rip Curl's most flexible and high-performing spring suit. A zip-free suit may be more challenging to get into for those who are new to wetsuits, but the benefit is a range of motion and freedom of movement that is unobtainable for zippered suits. Suits with a zipperless entry are made with larger neoprene panels, creating a more form-fitting and flexible suit.

The E-Bomb is constructed using Rip Curl’s E6 neoprene. E6 Neoprene has 20% more stretch and is 15% lighter than E5. Paired with the soft and comfortable Thermo lining, the suit stays warm and maintains flexibility throughout your sessions. The seams are internally taped to create a better seal. Available in short sleeves, long sleeves with short legs, or long legs with short sleeves, also known as a short john.

Highlights and Features

  • Uninhibited Zip Free flexibility
  • Thermo lining
  • Multiple models and cut options

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Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro 2/2 Short Sleeve Zip Free Spring Wetsuit - $199.95
Rip Curl E-Bomb Pro 2/2 Long Sleeve Zip Free Spring Wetsuit - $229.95
Rip Curl E-Bomb 2/2 Short Sleeve Zip Free Wetsuit - $279.95

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol - $159.95+

Great Mid-Range Option"

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Long Sleeve Short Leg Chest Zip Spring wetsuit

The Dawn Patrol is a great option with its durability, budget price, and variety of styles. Rip Curl’s back zip and chest zip option, the Dawn Patrol, is constructed with soft and flexible E5 neoprene. The Dawn patrol has E-Stitch seams that are 50% stretchier and 30% stronger than flatlock. This helps with increasing the longevity and comfort of the suit over its lifetime of use. This suit is a great option for those who get too warm in their spring suit because it does not have any liners within the suit.

The Dawn Patrol has glued and blind stitched seams that are complemented with spot taping in critical areas that help improve the durability of the suit. This suit comes in a long sleeve and short-sleeved option. Both options are available in chest or back zip as well.

Highlights and Features

  • Durable neoprene
  • Versatile fit
  • Available in multiple cuts and entries

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Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 2mm Short Sleeve Chest Zip Spring Wetsuit - $179.95
Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 2mm Long Sleeve Back Zip Spring Wetsuit - $159.95
Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 2mm Long Sleeve Chest Zip Spring Wetsuit - $189.95

Patagonia R1 Lite Yulex - $168.95+

“Durable and Eco-Friendly”

Patagonia R1 Yulex Long Sleeve Short Leg Spring wetsuit

Patagonia has created its own niche within the wetsuit world, constructing neoprene-free suits out of Yulex. Yulex is a natural rubber that is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council certified plantations to avoid contributing to deforestation. By switching to natural rubber, the emissions per suit constructed can be reduced by nearly 80%. The Yulex construction has proven that a quality suit can be made using more eco-friendly methods and perform like a typical neoprene suit. The R1 Lite Yulex 2mm Chest Zip wetsuit is very durable and will have great longevity. You can rest easy knowing that the excellent craftsmanship of Patagonia’s suits is all backed by their Iron Clad guarantee, meaning if your suit ever breaks down, you can get your suit repaired for free or for a fair price.

The R1 comes in either a short sleeve, long sleeve version, or a sleeveless long-leg cut. The sleeveless option allows for an excellent range of motion, and the zipperless entry adds to the suit's flexibility. The sleeveless can be paired with a jacket if a little more warmth is ever needed.

Highlights and Features

  • Eco Friendly and extra warm Yulex neoprene
  • Durable materials and excellent craftsmanship with Iron Clad guarantee
  • Available in various model options

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Patagonia R1 Lite Yulex 2mm Back Zip Sleeveless Long John Spring Wetsuit - $168.95
Patagonia R1 Lite Yulex 2mm Chest Zip Short Sleeve Spring Wetsuit - $228.95
Patagonia R1 Lite Yulex 2mm Chest Zip Long Sleeve Spring Wetsuit - $248.95
Patagonia R1 Lite Yulex 2mm Short Sleeve Chest Zip Wetsuit - $298.95

Final Thoughts

After considering the details we've shared here, you now know that spring suits designed specifically for surfers are the perfect choice. Not only do they keep you warm enough on chilly days, but they also provide UV protection in sunny climates. When it comes to choosing the right suit, make sure you consider your local conditions and what makes sense for the waves and water temperature where you surf. Who knows, with a great spring suit, you may be enjoying some longer sessions very soon. So why not take a chance and get outfitted with one today? What's the best spring suit for your local surf break? Find out now by checking out our selection of incredible deals.

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