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Top 5 Wetsuits For 2012 – 2013 Insider’s Picks

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Whether you are looking for a wetsuit for surfing frigid polar waters, or looking to make a purchase with less of a ding on your credit card bill; Surf Ride will help fulfill your needs. Check below for our 5 favorites, ranging from the ultimate in warmth to the most bang for your buck (in no particular order).

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Flash Bomb Plus – From Rip Curl

Flash Bomb Plus

The World’s Fastest Drying Wetsuit

Dry In A Flash. The all new Flash Bomb Plus redefines the ultimate in wetsuits. The warmth, flexibility, comfort, and overall performance are unmatched by any suit on the market today.

Features:

  • Titanium Air-LocThe middle layer of neoprene is a unique air chamber construction which is lined with titanium that locks in your body heat. The new construction is warmer, lighter, and more flexible than conventional neoprene.
  • Flash Bomb Flash Lining Internal lining makes the FLASH BOMB wetsuit the worlds fastest drying wetsuit. Dry Fast – Surf More.
  • 100% E3 Neoprene The lightest, warmest and most flexible neoprene ever. The 3rd generation of Elastomax Superstretch Neoprene.
  • Stitchless Technology No stitching provides 2 major benefits: It allows the seam to stretch further and it eliminates pin hole leaking
  • E3 Tape Plus Aquaban Combo Double taped to create the ultimate waterproof seal. New E3+ super stretch tape on internal seams Aquaban Liquid tape on external seams for maximum sealing and durability.
  • 4 Way Stretch Panels Engineered for minimal seam restriction and allows for the maximum performance benefits of E3+
  • Seamless Underarms & Shoulders For unrestricted flexibility and maximum movement.
  • Drainage System A 3 hole drainage system allows excess water to drain freely.
  • S-Flex Knees Highly flexible and durable knee pads allowing maximum movement and unsurpassed life span.
  • Chest Zip A front closure system that provides the freedom of a zip free suit with the easy access of a back zip.
  • Mesh Skin Smooth mesh panels that assort solar heat and reduce wind chill.
  • Hydro-loc Collar Adjustable Collar to seal the neck and prevent water flushes.
  • Stash Pocket External zip pocket with key loop.

Shop Flash Bomb Plus

PSYCHO III – FROM O’NEILL

Psycho 3

The latest evolution from Area 52

The Psycho 2 was known for warmth, flexibility, and superior fit. For 2012 it has evolved into the totally mental Psycho 3. Upgraded TechnoButter Neoprene, combined with XDS-Air Firewall in the chest and back, and a Double Super Seam Weld will keep you warm and loose.

Features:

  • TECHNOBUTTER NEOPRENE – the most advanced super stretch neoprene available on the market. 20% lighter, 30% less water absorption with quick dry properties.
  • DOUBLE SUPERSEAM WELD – All New narrower silicone-based urethane seal applied to both sides of a triple glued seam (Stitchless) 60% Thinner and Lighter.
  • SUPER SEAL CUFFS – O’Neill’s new Super Seal Cuff is fused to create a very low profile at the cuff ending creating the best seal ever.
  • PATENTED Z.E.N. ZIP ENTRY WITH DRAIN HOLE – Featuring a pullover internal neck seal that blocks out water for maximum performance. Any water that penetrates the Z.E.N. Collar or Super Short Zip is blocked by the Barrier and forced out the Drain Hole.
  • FIREWALL INSULATION – Lightweight thermal insulation jersey wicks away moisture and increases warmth
  • DOUBLE SUPERSEAL NECK – A toasty warm two-layer design featuring a 360 smooth skin interior lining, wide adjustability, and a secure lock down.
  • DRAIN HOLE – Any water that penetrates the Z.E.N. Collar or Super Short Zip is blocked by that Barrier and forced out the Drain Hole.
  • ULTRAFLEX XDS – Top-Shelf Neoprene. Ultraflex XDS is the most gumballistic and insulate super-stretch neoprene available. Stretch Factor 125%.
  • BARRIER 2 – Featuring a pullover internal neck seal that blocks out water for maximum performance in cold to frigid conditions.
  • LUMBAR SEAMLESS DESIGN – We know that even the best surfers spend significant amounts of time sitting on their boards. By using a single large panel in the rear area of the wetsuit, water entry is minimized and stretch is maximized.
  • EXTERNAL KEY POCKET – Located along the lower leg inseam and constructed of Ultraflex DS neoprene, this new key pocket is easy to access and completely secure.
  • Z.E.N. ZIP CLOSURE – Patented Z.E.N. Zip closure, featuring a pullover internal neck seal that blocks out water for maximum performance. Any water that penetrates the Z.E.N. Collar or Super Short Zip is blocked by the Barrier and forced out the Drain Hole.
  • KRYPTO KNEE PADZ – Abrasion resistant, high stretch neoprene panel with ergonomic shaping designed to extend the life of the wetsuit and protect the knee while punching through waves.

Shop Psycho III

DRYLOCK – From XCEL

Drylock

Look no further than the Drylock for our highest quality performance and most advanced seams and materials. Exclusive Drylock-only features include a waterproof Drylock zipper, Quick Dry Fiber exterior, air-chambered insulating Airprene, and our exclusive Drylock wrist seal construction.

Features:

  • DRYLOCK ZIP SYSTEM – Waterpoof, flexible Drylock zipper, attached at one shoulder for a more watertight fit.
  • GEOTEX ANGLE SEALS – found inside the wetsuit above the ankles. A thin geometric pattern of Taitex (durable, flexible composite) forms a good grip against the skin and prevents flushing.
  • AIR-CHAMBERED INSULATING AIRPRENE – Inner neoprene layer with small air chambers that trap body heat for greater insulation.
  • PRESSURE BONDED SEAM TAPING – Highly durable glued and blindstitched seam using pressure to bond neoprene panels together and then finished with taping on the inside.
  • SEAMLESS DRYLOCK WRIST SEALS – Exclusive “donut seal” construction. Minimizing flushing and forms a comfortable snug seal against the skin.
  • THERMOCARBON – Inner lining made from a blend of bamboo charcoal-infused fibers and recycled poly fibers. Excellent heat retention; helps improve warmth.
  • FUSION SEAM TAPING – Maximum all-way stretch seam construction. Waterproof composite stretch taping is fused to the inside of the seam. Provides the ideal balance of flexible durability.
  • QDF QUICK-DRY FIBER EXTERIOR – Dries faster than standard neoprene to promote warmth.

Shop DRYLOCK

PsychoFreak- From O’Neill

PsychoFreak

PsychoFreak takes you beyond warm, beyond flexible and beyond your imagination.

Features:

  • Z.E.N. ZIP CLOSURE – Patented Z.E.N. Zip closure, featuring a pullover internal neck seal that blocks out water for maximum performance. Any water that penetrates the Z.E.N. Collar or Super Short Zip is blocked by the Barrier and forced out the Drain Hole.
  • BARRIER 2 – Featuring a pullover internal neck seal that blocks out water for maximum performance in cold to frigid conditions.
  • EXTERNAL KEY POCKET – Located along the lower leg inseam and constructed of Ultraflex DS neoprene, this new key pocket is easy to access and completely secure.
  • TECHNOBUTTER AIR NEOPRENE – the most advanced super stretch neoprene available on the market. 20% lighter, 30% less water absorption with quick dry properties.
  • KRYPTO KNEE PADZ – Abrasion resistant high stretch neoprene panel with ergonomic shaping designed to extend the life of the wetsuit and protect the knee while punching through waves.
  • LUMBAR SEAMLESS DESIGN – We know that even the best surfers spend significant amounts of time sitting on their boards. By using a single large panel in the rear area of the wetsuit, water entry is minimized and stretch is maximized.
  • SEAMLESS PADDLE ZONES – An ergonomic, seamless undersleeve panel that allows for unrestricted motion and eliminates rash.
  • SUPER SEAL CUFFS – New water tight cuff system. The most advanced streamline cuff available. Fused to create a very low profile at the cuff ending. Prevents water entry and improves durability in your wrist and ankles.
  • MINIMAL SEAM DESIGN – Minimal seams for maximum flexibility.
  • SUPERSEAM – O’Neills exclusive SuperSeam is the latest evolution of Fluid Seam technology. Sixty percent lighter and smaller (8mm vs. 20mm). this silicone-base urethane seal provides the strongest, lightest, and most flexible Fluid Seam construction available.

Shop PsychoFreak

Dawn Patrol – From Rip Curl

Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol boasts a complete redesign with additional features giving it the fit and feel of a high end suit at a great price. The suit in now 100% Superstretch utilizing a E3 and Freeflex combination.

Features:

  • Flash Lining As well as being incredibly warm, this exclusive new weave technology allows the Flash Lining to be touch dry in around 15 minutes from hanging it up. No more pulling on a wet wetsuit.
  • 100% E3 Neoprene The lightest, warmest and most flexible neoprene ever. The 3rd generation of Elastomax Superstretch Neoprene.
  • Blue Steel Sealed Zip A new and improved, water resistant, steel head zipper with engineered overlapping teeth and a urethane coating.
  • Mesh Skin Smooth mesh panels that assort solar heat and reduce wind chill.
  • Stash Pocket External zip pocket with key loop.
  • Batwing System The Batwing provides a barrier from water entry and cold water flushes.
  • Seamless Underarms & Shoulders For unrestricted flexibility and maximum movement.
  • Glued and Blind-stitched Tripled glued, double stitched seam only penetrates one side of the neoprene allowing high stretch, strength, and minimal water entry.
  • S-Flex Knees Highly flexible and durable knee pads allowing maximum movement and unsurpassed life span.
  • Stress Point Taped Tape is added to the key stress points and junctions to increase strength and durability.

Shop Dawn Patrol

Want to know more? Check out our Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide featuring information about Materials, Technology, Design, Temperature Ratings, Sizing, Fit, and the History of the Wetsuit.

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