We are always testing gear, and wetsuits are one of the essential pieces we test on a daily basis. If you’re looking for suggestions take a look at the options below. These are our favorite suits based not only on the personal experience of our staff and team riders, but also on feedback from our customers who demand gear that performs at the highest level in all conditions.
Rip Curl Dawn Patrol
This is our favorite entry-level wetsuit but it’s also just a great suit in general. Using the same materials found on Rip Curl’s top of the line Flash Bomb suit from last year, the Dawn Patrol outclasses the competition at its price point for value. We’ve found this wetsuit to be surprisingly flexible, toasty warm and one of the more durable suits we sell.
I think anyone looking for a first wetsuit, or any surfer that needs a backup suit or just wants to save some cash should seriously check out the Dawn Patrol.
- Rip Curl’s E5 Neoprene previously found last year on their $450+ Flash Bomb suits
- Flash Lining throughout ¾ of the suit, to keep your arms flexible and the rest of your body, warm and comfortable
- Internal tape throughout most of the suit
- By far the best value in its price range
The Hyperfreak has been one of our best selling suits here at Cleanline the past few years and O’Neill has now upgraded the entire series to make it the best mid-range suit out there. This wetsuit is incredibly flexible and light, so if you’re looking for the most high-performance suit you can get in the $300-400 range, the Hyperfreak is a smart pick.
The Hyperfreak uses O’Neill best, top-of-the-line neoprene, TechnoButter 3, for maximum flexibility. Aside from it’s noted stretch, this material is also light and very comfortable to wear.
You’ll notice the Hyperfreak doesn’t have smooth skin panels or fluid seam welds over the stitching but those extra features were deliberately excluded to keep this suit as light and stretchy as possible (while also keeping the price low). The Hyperfreak’s popularity in the past couple years has really caught on and O’Neill now makes a women’s version as well as hooded men’s version and a youth 5/4mm.
- Made of O’Neill’s best neoprene, TechnoButter 3
- Simple, Streamlined Design that sheds unnecessary weight
- High Performance at a Good Value
For women surfers looking for a great suit at an affordable price, the Swell is a smart pick. Roxy takes a women’s-friendly cut and uses some choice materials like their StretchFlight 2 Neoprene and WarmFlight internal linear to make an awesome all-around suit.
Roxy has made moves this year to make all of their wetsuits more environmentally friendly, and the Swell is no exception. By using more eco-friendly glue on the seams and a new rubber formula made of upcycled car tires, the Swell carries a much smaller carbon footprint than most comparable wetsuits.
The Swell is the shop pick for a great women’s suit that doesn’t break the bank.
- Solid Flexibility and Warmth
- Eco-Friendly Materials
- Cut and design tailored specifically for Women
Billabong Furnace Comp
Over the past few years, Billabong has surpassed everyone’s expectations and have been making huge bounds forward with their designs. The Furnace Comp is their mid-level suit and it has received so much praise from customers and employees alike that we’ve decided to include it in this list.
The Furnace Comp is lightweight, and super flexible with soft, comfortable neoprene. This rubber is extremely high-performance and environmentally friendly as it’s actually made partially from recycled car tires. However, the coolest feature is on the inside of the suit.
The Furnace Comp uses a revolutionary Graphene Linear. Graphene is a material that’s been around since the 60’s but Billabong was the first to realize its strong aptitude in wetsuit design. Graphene is an excellent conductor of heat and is much stronger than the materials used in traditional liners. For this reason, this suit has been covered entirely on the inside with a graphene liner to keep surfers as toasty as possible.
- Innovative Graphene Linear
- Lighter and more flexible than you’d expect for the price
- Environmentally Friendly Production Methods