Best Affordable 3/2 Wetsuits of 2023

Best Affordable 3/2 Wetsuits of 2023

In the world of surfing, having the right gear is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Finding the perfect balance between quality and affordability can be a challenge when it comes to wetsuits. However, for 2023, some reputable options are available for those seeking a 3/2 wetsuit within the $145-$280 price range. Generally, a 3/2 thick suit is recommended for water temperatures ranging from 60-65 degrees F. The featured suits offer a combination of durability, flexibility, and insulation to keep you warm and protected in the water while still being budget-friendly.

Whether you're a seasoned surfer or enjoy swimming in cooler temperatures, we've compiled a list of the best affordable 3/2 wetsuits of 2023 to help you make an informed decision and maximize your surf sessions without emptying your wallet.

Wetsuits Reviewed

  • O’Neill - Reactor II 3/2 Back Zip Wetsuit - $144.95
  • Rip Curl - Dawn Patrol 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit - $249.95
  • Vissla - Seven Seas 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit - $249.95
  • Quiksilver - Everyday Sessions 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit - $269.95
  • O’Neill - Ninja 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit - $289.95
  • O’Neill - Epic 3/2 Back Zip Wetsuit - $219.95

O’Neill Reactor II - $144.95

O’Neill - Reactor II 3/2 Back Zip Wetsuit

Among the wide range of suits available, the O'Neill Reactor II 3/2 stands out in the entry-level wetsuit market. Known for its simplicity and durability, it caters to both beginners and seasoned water enthusiasts in its vast array of sizes.

The Reactor II features an ergonomic design that prioritizes both comfort and maneuverability. The UltraFlex neoprene is built for durability, while the flatlock seams keep the price tag affordable. The suit's smooth skin chest and back panels minimize wind chill, further enhancing its thermal properties. Smooth skin makes a substantial difference in keeping you warm from the wind. It also gives you extra padding and grip on your chest when paddling out to the lineup.

Highlights and Features

  • UltraFlex Neoprene
  • Wind-resistant smooth skin
  • Aqua Alpha Eco-friendly Glue
  • Flat Lock SeamsWide range of sizes

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol - $249.95

Rip Curl - Dawn Patrol 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit

The Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 3/2 wetsuit is designed for the surfer wanting high-quality features at a reasonable price. It offers a balance of flexibility, warmth, and durability. The Dawn Patrol is often the go-to choice for new surfers because of the attractive price point. The fit runs on the smaller side, but it works for most body types due to the wide range of sizes offered.

The Dawn Patrol is considered an entry-level suit; however, you can surf just as well in the Dawn Patrol as someone else wearing a premium suit. Constructed with E5 neoprene and a partial Flash Lining interior that’s also found in Rir Curl’s high-end offerings, the suit boasts warmth and allows an unrestricted feeling while paddling. Check out the Dawn Patrol if you’re looking for top-notch features at an affordable price tag. We also stock the Back Zip model as well.

Highlights and Features

Vissla Seven Seas - $249.95

Vissla 3/2 Seven Seas Chest Zip Wetsuit

Although comparatively new to the surf industry, Vissla strives to create quality products that satisfy surfers of every ability level. The Vissla Seven Seas 3/2 is a great option for anyone looking for an affordable and flexible wetsuit produced with eco-friendly materials. The Seven Seas is well worth the price with quality Super Stretch neoprene, fast-drying Fever Fiber lining, and internally taped seams.

Vissla’s wetsuit factories received the Bluesign system partner certification. This certification means Vissla complies with the global textile industry's most demanding energy, water resource, and waste disposal standards. This sustainable process includes upcycled materials, AquaA water-based glue, Limestone-based neoprene, and dope-dyed yarn. If you’re interested in this wetsuit, make sure to check out Derrick Disney in Vissla’s surf film Pedros Bay!

Highlights and Features

Quiksilver Everyday Sessions - $269.95

Quiksilver 3/2 Everyday Sessions Chest Zip Wetsuit

Get the most out of your surf adventures with the Quiksilver 3/2 Everyday Session. If you’re looking for a wetsuit built with thoughtful features at an affordable price, this top-seller is worth a look. Its flexibility, thermal insulation, and durability offer a balance of performance and comfort. Whether you’re surfing or bodyboarding, the Everyday Sessions will help you enjoy your favorite activities to the fullest.

The eco-friendly StretchFlight neoprene offers flexibility where you need it most: in the shoulders for ease of paddling. The red WarmFlight thermo fleece liner offers comfort and adds warmth to the suit. Using sustainable materials such as scrap rubber and AquaA water-based glues, you can go home knowing that you did your part in keeping our oceans clean. The Everyday Sessions is also available in a Back Zip model as well!

Highlights and Features

O’Neill Ninja - $289.95

O'Neill 3/2 Ninja Chest Zip Wetsuit

Surf with ease and style in the O’Neill Ninja 3/2. Out of the three O’Neil wetsuits featured in this blog, the Ninja includes the most advanced materials and is built for surfers needing a quality wetsuit at an affordable cost.

With durable Ultraflex neoprene throughout, internally taped seams, and a F.U.Z.E chest zip system, the Ninja does not disappoint. The suit includes Firewall internal lining for added warmth in key locations throughout the suit. We highly recommend the budget-friendly O’Neill Ninja 3/2 suit if you want to be a surfing wizard.

Highlights and Features

O’Neill Epic - $219.95

O'Neill 3/2 Epic Back Zip Wetsuit

O’Neill was spot on when naming the Epic wetsuit. It tops our list as one of the best budget surfing wetsuits. Over the years, it has become a best-seller, and our customer satisfaction ratings reflect that. Unsurprisingly, it continues to have great success with quality features and the reputation that comes with the O’Neill brand.

The O’Neill Epic 3/2 suit is the epitome of the saying “best bang for your buck.” With durable UltraFlex neoprene and an internal Firewall lining, the Epic has everything you need for a comfortable and long-lasting suit. You’ll also notice smooth skin panels on the chest and back. As mentioned previously, these panels act as a wind barrier and make the suit warmer by absorbing the sun’s rays. All in all, the Epic is the recommended option for first-time wetsuit buyers. It’s the perfect segway into the wetsuit world at an unbeatable price.

Highlights and Features

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, affordable 3/2 wetsuits are a great option for those seeking a balance between performance and budget. While they may not offer the same high-end features as their more expensive counterparts, they still provide adequate protection, flexibility, and thermal insulation. The 3/2 wetsuits features in this blog are constructed with quality materials and employ innovative design elements to enhance durability and comfort. From the popular Dawn Patrol and Epic to the eco-friendly Seven Seas, I hope you’ve got a better idea for picking the best 3/2 wetsuit for your needs.

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