A good wetsuit can change your surfing experience, and you really do get what you pay for. If you use your wetsuit regularly or hate being cold, it’s worth investing a little for something high-quality. When you can stay out for longer sessions, your surfing improves, and you can catch more sunsets and not worry about the temperature dropping. No suit is perfect, and most of them (like most of us) are outstanding in some categories and average in others. With that said, here’s our roundup of the Best Women’s Hooded Wetsuits for 2019.
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.