Roxy Swell Wetsuit Review

Roxy Swell Wetsuit Review

New for 2022, Roxy redesigned the Syncro and released the all-new Roxy Swell Wetsuit Series. This revamped suit is highlighted with eco-friendly materials and will surely be a continued top seller. The new Swell Series is an excellent choice for first-time buyers or ladies who are looking for a backup option to complement their other wetsuits. Let’s take a look at what makes the Swell Series stand out from other mid-level options.

Highlights and Features

  • Durable Eco StretchFlight Neoprene
  • Available in a wide range of thicknesses and entry systems
  • Comfortable Eco WarmFlight thermal lining
  • Made from Sustainably sourced materials
  • Feminine floral patterns available

Models Available

Swell Wetsuit

Roxy Swell Back Zip wetsuit


Neoprene and Liners

Roxy released the new Swell using a limestone-based Eco StretchFlight neoprene. You’ll find that the StretchFlight is warm, lightweight, and an overall durable neoprene for the price point. The updated Swell does away with the “smoothie skin” paneling featured on the Syncro, which helps shed weight and increase overall flexibility. In my experience, the smoothie skin tends to break down quickly since it’s susceptible to fingernail tears or fin cuts. This new design makes the Swell a more durable option than the former Syncro.

The liner on any cool or cold water suit is essential because it helps maintain heat in the core. 50% of the Eco sleek Warmflight thermal liner is made up of recycled polyester and nylon. The liner covers the front, side, and back panels and uses mineral-enriched fibers to help insulate the wetsuit and hold in heat longer. The pink liner provides more warmth and was also designed to shed water, which helps dry out the suit faster once you are on land and done with your session.

Roxy Swell Back Zip wetsuit


Seams and Stitching

The Swell’s seams are glued and blindstitched (sometimes referred to as GBS), with three layers of glue used between the neoprene panels for improved durability. GBS seams are warmer and more durable than a Flat Lock seam that you typically find on entry-level wetsuits because the stitching doesn’t go through both sides of the neoprene. On the inside of the Swell, seams in high-stress areas such as the knees, upper leg, and torso, are all internally taped. This feature helps keep the Swell warmer and adds to the suit's overall durability and lifespan.

Fit and Cut

The Roxy Swell stands out amongst other women’s wetsuit brands because of its fit. Roxy has one of the most feminine cuts to the legs and hip areas: think slim waist with an hourglass figure in the chest and hips. In our experience, we’ve found that Roxy runs on the longer side, which is a great option for taller ladies since it’s made in 8T and 10T (T refers to “Tall”). The Swell series fits a variety of body types with sizes ranging from 2-14 for women weighing between 90-160 lbs.

Close up of entry on the chest zip  hooded Roxy Swell wetsuit
Close up of the back zip entry on the Roxy Swell wetsuit

Entry and Zipper

A PK#8 plastic zipper is found on the chest zip model, whereas a PK#10 plastic zipper is used on the back zip suit. The benefit of a plastic zipper vs. a metal zipper is that it’s more lightweight and doesn’t break down as quickly from the corrosive salt water.

The back zip model utilizes a free-floating zipper. This type of design stops water from seeping through the zipper teeth for a more watertight suit. Many first-time wetsuit shoppers are attracted to the back zip model because of how simple it is to get on and off.

On the flip side, the Swell uses a unique chest zip entry. When unzipped, the panel of neoprene that covers the chest can be pulled back over the head. This style entry has a slightly larger area to pass through when entering and exiting the wetsuit. It is also more forgiving when pulling the hood over your head than suits that use a slant zip entry. Once you’re ready to jump in the surf, simply thread the zipper teeth together, zip shut, and snap close the button for extra reinforcement.


Although the Swell doesn’t boost a high-end neoprene found on much more expensive options, the Eco Stretchflight used on the Swell holds its own concerning flexibility and comfort while paddling out to the lineup. The Swell packs in everything you need to stay warm, whether you surf in bone-chilling 45-degree F water or sunny Southern Cali breaks.

The 5/4/3 hooded Swell is recommended for water temps ranging from 46-54 F: perfect for surfers here in the PNW. The 4/3 is recommended for water temps ranging from 52-57 F, which is either an ideal PNW summer suit or an Outerbanks winter suit. Lastly, the 3/2 is for surfers paddling out in 55-64 F water temps.

Roxy Swell back zip wetsuit


Value and Durability

With the plastic zipper that can ward off the salty water, internal taping on high-stress areas and no smoothie skin paneling, this suit is worth the investment. It’ll keep you warm and protected from nature’s elements session after session with proper care and use. One feature that's easy to miss is the key pocket on the left leg below the knee for easy access.


  • Recycled rubber from scrap tires saves 200g of Co2 emission per suit
  • Roxy repurposes neoprene scraps to limit waste
  • Limestone-based neoprene cuts down on the use of harmful toxins
  • Aqua glue saves 600g of organic solvents per suit

Roxy Swell 5/4/3 Hooded Chest Zip wetsuit

Customer Feedback

I really like this suit! Have used it for both surfing in Washington as well as Santa Cruz. The only thing I have to say about it is that it seems to run a bit big. I fit right into the measurements for a 12 but probably should have gone with a 10T as there’s a little extra room in the armpits and arm length.”

- C

“Bought this for my daughter. I can't believe how light and flexible it is. Way nicer than my suits! Thumbs up rating from a guy with 30+ years surfing experience.”

- Bruce

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, the Roxy Swell checks all the boxes for a quality wetsuit. Its warmth, durability, and eco-friendly neoprene make for a well-rounded option for ladies looking at an affordable first suit or something to use as a reliable backup suit. There is a Swell for everyone, with a wide range of thicknesses and entry systems available. If you have any questions about Roxy suits or need sizing help, feel free to leave a comment, call us at 1-888-546-6176, or email us at Enjoy the water!