Wetsuit reviews by the staff at Cleanline Surf. Honest opinions from the different employees who have experience wearing and surfing in the wetsuits they are reviewing. Please note that the Surfing Wetsuit reviews listed here are strictly opinion and may even be biased based on the author’s personal preference. In these cases, we try to mention any bias within the review so that you can form your own opinion. Also, for a basic introduction to wetsuits check out our Wetsuit Guide.
The newest Psycho Tech wetsuit from O’Neill is the pinnacle of wetsuit technology and performance.Gone are the days of sacrificing one desirable trait in light of another. The new Psycho Tech is lightweight andwarm. Durable andFlexible. Easy to get on and itdries fast. Oh, and to top that off, O’Neill is now offering the 5.5mm Hooded Psycho Tech in a Women’s Version as well. Overall, O’Neill hit an absolute home run with this wetsuit and I cannot wait to tell you why it should replace your current hooded full suit.
There comes a point when wearing only board shorts won’t keep you warm enough in the water, but you don’t quite need all the rubber of a full wetsuit. This where the middle child of the wetsuit family comes in, the Spring Suit. For those fortunate enough to be surfing waters around the low 70’s, we rounded up all of our spring suits and came up with a list of what we think are the top 6 best spring wetsuits. Continue reading →
The new Reflex is the top of the line, performance hooded 5mm wetsuit from the guys and gals down at Hotline Wetsuits. Two of our employees recently picked one up, put it through the ringer for a couple months and came back with two different reviews on the suit. The Reflex ended up surpassing everyone’s expectations as it just might be the biggest sleeper in the hooded wetsuit category. Continue reading →
For the surfer looking to get the most bang for their buck, we’ve reviewed a wide range of suits and put together a list of the 6 best mid-range wetsuits available today. If you’re wondering what exactly constitutes a mid-range suit, we’re defining them as any suit between $225-400. These suits borrow features from many top-tier suits out there like liquid fluid seam welds, ultra-flexible neoprene and internal taping without the big price tag. If you’re on a budget, need a backup suit or just want the best value in wetsuits, look no further than these six. Continue reading →
Today, wetsuit manufacturers have been endlessly experimenting with new materials in order to make their suits the warmest, most flexible, and/or fastest drying on the market. Whether it’s Patagonia switching over to Yulex, a more sustainable alternative to neoprene, Rip Curl adding a quick-drying “flash” lining or the exceptional elasticity of O’Neill’s Technobutter neoprene; it seems every brand has developed some unique trait to distinguish themselves from their competitors. However, with these technical advancements comes a steady increase in price. It’s to the point that if you’re looking at purchasing a company’s high-end 5/4mm wetsuit you should be prepared to shell out $450-$600.
We realize that not everyone is looking for these top tier wetsuits. In fact, more times than not, we are on a budget and looking for an inexpensive suit that will get the job done without breaking the bank. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a flat-water SUP user, a novice surfer who is tired of renting/borrowing, or you’re just trying to save a little money; these are our picks for the best wetsuits you can buy for under $200.