Vissla Seven Seas Wetsuit Review
Since 2013, Vissla has represented creators and innovators within the surf industry. It’s for surfers who resonate with the craftsmanship, progression, performance, and expression of surfing at its core. With that said, we're going to review the Vissla Seven Seas Wetsuit line: created to offer effective performance and features at a price that is accessible to everyone.
Highlights and Features
- Quality thermal liner
- Japanese-based limestone neoprene
- Internally taped seams
- Pre-attached chest zipper
- Smooth skin panel on the back
- Vissla Seven Seas 3/2 Back Zip Wetsuit - $219.95
- Vissla Seven Seas 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit - $249.95
- Vissla Seven Seas Comp 3/2 Chest Zip Wetsuit - $209.95
- Vissla Seven Seas 4/3 Back Zip Wetsuit - $239.95
- Vissla Seven Seas 4/3 Chest Zip Wetsuit - $269.95
- Vissla Seven Seas 4/3 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - $309.95
- Vissla Seven Seas 5/4/3 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - $349.95
- Vissla Seven Seas 6/5 Hooded Chest Zip Wetsuit - $349.95
Vissla Seven Seas Wetsuit
Neoprene and Liners
The suit is constructed entirely of Super Stretch limestone-based neoprene and feels extremely soft and flexible. Limestone-based neoprene uses fewer petrochemicals, and the Eco Carbon Black, created from recycled rubber tires, reduces the CO2 emissions by 200g per wetsuit produced.
The Seven Seas has two different liners: Fever Fiber in the body of the suit and Eco Fiber in the legs. The Fever Fiber has more stretch and insulation than the Thermal Brain fuzz used in the previous model. The Fever Fiber is strategically placed in the suit's core for ultimate insulation, whereas the Eco Fiber is used throughout the legs, allowing for greater movement. After rinsing and hanging the suit to dry, I found Fever Fiber dried out quicker than the Eco Fiber.
Seams and Stitching
The first thing that stood out about the Seven Seas was the complete interior seam taping throughout the body of the suit. Starting in 2022, Vissla used their improved NEO 3.0 tape, promising greater flexibility and seal. I look for taping in my suits because I find them far more comfortable without the exposed internal seams. Vissla’s new taping did a great job keeping water out of the suit while remaining flexible.
On top of that, all the seams are triple glued and blind stitched (GBS). With the combo of GBS and the NEO 3.0 tape, the Seven Seas is toasty warm with minimal water seeping in. The seam construction has held up nicely over the life of the suit.
Fit and Cut
At 6’3” and 190lbs, the Large Tall fit was snug but remained very comfortable. I found there to be some bunching behind the knees if the suit wasn’t adjusted properly. Over the past two months of using the suit, I’ve only had it flush once or twice.
Entry and Zipper
The entry of the Seven Seas was very effective at preventing flushing due to the two-piece entry that fits snuggly close to the neck. One downside is that I found it to be a tad difficult to get in and out. I appreciated that the hood wasn’t too difficult to get on and off. It was comfortable and never felt too tight.
Typically, I tend to run a bit cold, so finding a suit that helps prolong my time in the water is always a priority. During my first surf session with the suit, I noticed how quickly the suit warmed up and continued to stay toasty throughout my time in the 52-degree water.
The liquid tape cuff seals on the ankle and wrists did a great job at staying put during my sessions and remained watertight.
Value and Durability
I was impressed by the quality of the suit upon holding it for the first time. Compared to similarly priced wetsuits, the eco-friendly neoprene doesn’t stretch out over time like other rubbers.
Vissla pushes to improve its environmental friendliness by using Dope Dyed Yarn as a way to reduce its water usage and contamination within the dying process.
"This suit is crazy warm. It's been around the mid 50s in SoCal this winter and with this suit it feels like 80. I can be in the water for hours without feeling cold. Like any other 4/3 it feels very heavy, but I guess that is one of the drawbacks of a thicker suit. Would absolutely recommend it!"- WasterTalent
"Bought this suit as a suit to leave in southern California for family visits. Temperatures in the winter are usually in the 50s, with occasional mornings of cool air and warmer ocean. The suit has worked great in these conditions, keeping me warm while remaining flexible. I'm 6'5 180 and have had issues with feeling cramped in thicker suits, but this one is perfect in a LT."- Mattias
"Love this suit. I'm typically a Patagucci guy, but decided to try out Vissla and save some bucks - and I'm pleasantly surprised! The suit is super comfortable, easy to get on and off, and of course is nice and warm. I've worn it 4x a week over the last month and so far it's wearing well - time will tell on long term durability. Only niggle is sometimes when putting it on, my hand will get stuck in the little drain pocket."- Surfmaster
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Overall, the Seven Seas has impressed me with its flexibility, warmth, and durability. I find paddling in the suit very effortless and unrestricted in comparison to similarly priced wetsuits. After months of use, the suit is still holding up very nicely. It has continued to fit well and keep me warm. For those looking for a good quality suit under $350, the Seven Seas is sure to stoke you out.
In the market for something similar with more flexibility? Take a look at the high-performance High Seas II suit.
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