Summer’s here! Surf’s up! Have you bought your new wetsuit yet?
Whether you jump into the sea to go snorkeling or diving; or prefer to ride the waves, a good quality wetsuit will make your experience enjoyable. Finding one that suits you can be time-consuming and confusing.
Apart from the price, there are several things to consider when choosing a wetsuit. You need to think about thickness, flushing, stitches, zippers, stretch, and comfort, sizing. Let’s not forget you want it to fit your style too.
So we’ve done a round-up for all triathlon, diving and surf enthusiasts. Here’s our take on the 9 best wetsuits for 2019 for you.
#1 Xterra Wetsuits Volt
It seems easy to find wetsuits that are suitable for surfing, or scuba diving. It is a little harder to find the best wetsuits for men’s triathlon. Xterra Wetsuits is one of the leading manufacturers of triathlon wetsuits in the world. They deal almost exclusively in triathlon wetsuits.
The brand’s unique X-Flex liner technology allows the wetsuit to stretch and expand in any direction without losing its shape. The sleeveless design and the X-Flex liners give the wearer maximum flexibility in the water.
X-Max technology uses a triple layer of glue and double-blind stitching to render the wetsuit almost impenetrable to water and guarantees that the wearer remains at a consistent temperature.
The sleeveless wetsuit’s 3/2mm neoprene body ensures excellent buoyancy for smooth and fast swimming. The back has 2mm neoprene for ideal flexibility. The double seam shoulder cuff allows for unrestricted shoulder movement.
#2 Seavenger Odyssey Neoprene Wetsuit
Men and women alike will love this Seavenger wetsuit, with its streamlined design and performance features.
Knee and shoulder anti-abrasion paneling enhances performance under severe pressure, while durable, reinforced flatlock seams prevent chafing. Surfers will love the extra-durable sharkskin panel on the chest.
Its robust 10 YKK zipper makes it easy to take on and off. The internal neoprene gusset minimizes unwanted cold water flushing and improves comfort. With neoprene that is just 3mm thick, it’s best suited to warmer water conditions of at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
This stylish, stretchy, and flexible wetsuit is super-versatile and affordable. It’s an excellent choice for surfers, surface snorkelers and scuba divers, and triathletes concerned with quick transition times.
#3 ScubaPro Men’s Wetsuit
ScubaPro specializes in manufacturing scuba equipment. Its wetsuits use an innovative material that the company calls 100% Everflex neoprene for the construction of an entire wetsuit.
Assembled using a solvent-free, water-based glue, the ScubaPro Men’s Wetsuit is an industry first. The adhesive material used to connect the panels is environmentally friendly.
This high-end product features a Body Map System that uses specific material varying in thickness, warmth, and flexibility for different panels. Infrared reflecting heat shield technology is used on the interior torso and plush lining on the non-stretch panels.
It has abrasion-resistant StretchTec side panels for durability. An angled rear-entry zipper gives increased flexibility and comfort.
The wetsuit is double-blind stitched and watertight. It features single-blind stitching on the inner seams to minimize chafing. Please note that this particular wetsuit is not intended for freezing cold temperatures. Other wetsuits in the ScubaPro are suitable for more frigid waters.
The ScubaPro Men’s Wetsuit carries a price tag to match its hi-tech and high quality, which prices it out of the range of most people.
#4 Rip Curl Flashbomb Zip-Free Wetsuit
The Rip Curl Flashbomb Zip Free wetsuit has all the features that you would expect from a high-performance wetsuit made by leaders in the surfing industry.
This Flashbomb easy-entry zip-free system helps create an extremely flexible, lightweight premium performance wetsuit. E5 Flash lining and tape makes this not only super comfy but also the fastest-drying wetsuit in the world.
This is a convincing contender for the best surfing wetsuit.
#5 O’Neill Psychotech Fuze 3/2 FSW Wetsuit
This full wetsuit by O’Neill focuses on keeping the suit sealed.
SuperSeal cuffs keep water from entering near your wrists. Plasma ankle seals protect your legs. The Double Superseal neck is a snug fit, giving you added protection.
The 3/2mm thickness makes this wetsuit ideal for warm water environments. Your back and chest areas get added protection, while lightweight material elsewhere boosts your range of motion.
A single fluid-welded seam is more than capable of protecting you during a warm water dive. This technology promises durability. You’ll get great value for money, dive, after dive.
Other features include an easy-to-use water-resistant chest zipper, neoprene with advanced insulating and quick-dry properties.
#6 Triathlon Women’s Synergy Endorphin Quick John
Despite its pink panel-seam detail, this sleeveless Synergy wetsuit still maximizes buoyancy thanks to the AquaLift smooth skin material wrapping around to the side.
The panels are designed to balance your body in the water for maximum efficiency with each stroke.
The SyPyrene SuperFlex added to the chest panels is one of the most flexible and durable neoprenes on the market. Every seam is chemically bonded and triple stitched, and then every seam junction is heat taped for additional durability and long-lasting performance.
#7 Billabong Men’s Foil 3/2 Back Zip Sealed Seam Full Wetsuit
If you didn’t love the O’Neill wetsuit, we believe that you might find this Billabong wetsuit to be the next best option. This suit isn’t as thick, or as resistant to cold temperatures as the O’Neill suit, it still has its own standout features.
Engineered quality and superior warmth, this wetsuit exceeds expectations.
It is 100% neoprene, glued and blind stitched seams for an extra watertight, durable seam seal. This wetsuit features strategically placed seams, high-end materials, and advanced construction techniques.
Aside from being designed for function, the Foil aims to give you the best fit possible. This wetsuit is very lightweight and gives you a huge degree of flexibility.
Most surfers want to make sure they don’t limit their range of motion in any way. Plus this back zip suit will not prevent you from doing anything that you could do outside of the wetsuit!
#8 ScubaPro Profile Women’s 0.5mm Wetsuit
This wetsuit fits several different female profiles perfectly, thanks to its built-in flexibility, making it easy to on and off too. ScubaPro has designed the suit to wrap around your body comfortably and keep you warm while in the water. This wetsuit is suitable for both surfing and scuba diving.
The 5mm nylon and neoprene rubber material ensures durability featuring molded arms and legs, and Everflex flexible panels to maximize flexibility and range of motion. Additional panels on the knee areas offer protection. Flat-seam stitching prevents chafing. The long zipper leash makes it easier to put the wetsuit on alone.
#9 Best Children’s Wetsuit: NeoSport Wetsuits Youth Premium Neoprene
NeoSport has a 2mm neoprene suit for children which allows them full flexibility and keeps them warm. The flatlock seams are super durable, and the heavy duty #10 YKK front zip allows for easy on and off. The fabric has a 50+ UV shield to help protect the children from the harmful rays of the sun.
Take the Plunge
Watersports gear gets better every year thanks to innovative technology continually pushing the envelope. We hope that these wetsuit reviews have made it easier to choose the best wetsuit for you.
Think of all the fun you’re going to have in your new sportswear once you’ve made your choice from the fantastic 2019 options we’ve picked out for you.
Whichever wetsuit appeals to you, Why don’t you take the plunge, and browse around the many other articles here on our blog.