2004/05 Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide

Double blind-stitched, triple-glued, ultra-mega-super-stretch neoprene-buying a wetsuit is getting to be a lot more complicated these days with all the insane new technology the wetsuit companies are coming up with to make you feel (and look) like Superman out in the water. So we enlisted the help of our friends at shorescrew.com-some crazy dudes from Newport Beach who modeled the suits (leaving behind traceable amounts of DNA in them) and will show you just what’s on the market to make sure you stay warmer and look better while you surf.

Aleeda

Aleeda Ace

Sizes: S, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: $300

Special Features: This is a brand-new suit for Fall 2004 that defies all suits in comfort and warmth. It’s equipped with Ultra-stretch and Ultra-strong material throughout its entirety, plus a super-plush lining to enhance warmth and comfort. All seems are bonded, stitched outside and liquid-taped inside. Specialty inner flap with dual-sided neck adjustability and new 3/4 length Uretek (nearly watertight) zipper will ensure super ease of entry and advanced water barrier system unequal to any both in the neck and back.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.aleeda.com

Aleeda Advantage

Sizes: XS, S, ST, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XLT, XXL, XXXL

Thicknesses: 2 mm (short-arm), 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm (with or without hood), 5/3 mm (with or without hood)

Price: $260

Special Features: Constructed with super-stretch in 75 percent of the suit with mesh skin on shoulders and neck to provide added warmth and protection from the elements. Bonded seams with stitch on the outside of the suit creates a seamless feeling on the inside. 3/4 length Uretek zipper plus unique shoulder water barrier and adjustable neck eliminate water flushing into the suit and directs any water back out. Minimal Velcro tabs provide a simple entry with little intrusion of the material.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.aleeda.com

Aleeda AEX

Sizes: XS, S, ST, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XLT, XXL, XXXL

Thicknesses: 2 mm (short-arm), 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm, 5/3 mm

Price: $170-190

Special Features: This suit has been modified and perfected to provide a comfortable suit at a reasonable price, constructed with quality materials and super-stretch in 40-percent of the suit, provides flex to key areas needed for maximum mobility, super ease of entry with adjustable neck, and minimal Velcro tabs make for a durable, comfortable, and reliable suit.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.aleeda.com

Aleeda AEX Short Arm Full

Sizes: XS, S, ST, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XLT, XXL, XXXL

Thicknesses: 2 mm (short-arm), 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm, 5/3 mm

Price: $170-190

Special Features: This suit has been modified and perfected to provide a comfortable suit at a reasonable price, constructed with quality materials and super-stretch in 40-percent of the suit, provides flex to key areas needed for maximum mobility, super ease of entry with adjustable neck, and minimal Velcro tabs make for a durable, comfortable, and reliable suit.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.aleeda.com

Aleeda AEX Long Arm Spring

Sizes: XS, S, ST, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XLT, XXL, XXXL

Thickness: 2 mm (short-arm)

Price: $100

Special Features: This suit model is patterned after the AEX, obviously, with the same design and price ratio making this an affordable suit with style and comfort.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.aleeda.com

Hurley

Hurley Synthesis Shield

Sizes: XXS, XS, S, ST, MS, M, MT, LS, LT, XLS, XL, XXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm, 6/4/3 mm (hooded)

Price: $196

Special Features: Double-glued, blind-stitched, fully taped, new semi-dry zipper entry that incorporates a deadlock watertight YKK coil zipper, asymmetrically placed zipper across spine maximizes the ease of entry and exit while allowing zero water penetration.

Warranty: Six months

Web site: www.hurley.com

rley Synthesis Alliance

Sizes: XXS, XS, S, ST, MS, M, MT, LS, LT, XLS, XL, XXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm, 5/3 mm (hooded)

Price: $162

Special Features: Double-glued, blind-stitched, fully taped, Alliance Entry: asymmetrical layering of a gasket and contoured flap that creates a watertight, less bulky, zipper-free entry.

Warranty: Six months

Web site: www.hurley.com

Hurley Synthesis X-Factor

Sizes: XXS, XS, S, ST, MS, M, MT, LS, LT, XLS, XL, XXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm, 5/3 mm (hooded)

Price: $157

Special Features: Double-glued, blind-stitched, fully taped, X-Factor Entry: a short zip entry with a double layer neoprene gasket system placed between the body and zipper reducing the amount of moisture that penetrates to the skin, which helps to regulate the core body temperature.

Warranty: Six months

Web site: www.hurley.com

Jet Pilot

Jet Pilot Viper Fullsuit

Sizes: XS, S, M, MT, L, LT, XL, XXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: 3/2-$280, 4/3-$300

Special Features: 100-percent Magic Stitched with Slick-Gel seams, new Super-Dam barrier with integrated neck seal, built on a 3-D pattern system for an amazing anatomical fit, newest and most advanced fullsuit.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Jet Pilot Capsule Fullsuit

Sizes: XS, S, M, MT, L, LT, XL, XXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm. 4/3 mm

Price: 3/2-$200, 4/3-$220

Special Features: 90-percent Magic-Stitched, Slick-Gel seal throughout, Hydro-Dam barrier.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Jet Pilot Alpha Fullsuit

Sizes: XS, S, M, MT, L, XL, XXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: 3/2-$160, 4/3-$180

Special Features: 100-percent triple-glued and double blind-stitched, stress tape at seam junctions, Flex-Lite ultra-stretch neoprene, Hydro-Dam barrier.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Jet Pilot Capsule S/S Fullsuit

Sizes: XS, S, M, MT, L, XL

Thickness: 2 mm

Price: $120

Special Features: All 2 mm stretch neoprene, 90-percent Magic-Stitched, Slick-Gel sealed throughout, Flex-Lite ultra-stretch neoprene, Hydro-Dam barrier.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Jet Pilot Women’s GTR Fullsuit

Sizes: XS, S, M, L

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 2 mm Spring

Price: 3/2 mm-$160, 2 mm Spring-$80

Special Features: 100-percent triple-glued and double blind-stitched, stress tape at seam junctions, 70-percent Flex-Lite ultra-stretch neoprene, Hydro-Dam barrier.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Jet Pilot Flight Sealed L/S Spring

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Thickness: 2 mm

Price: $160

Special Features: All 2 mm neoprene throughout, Magic-stitched with Slick-Gel inner seams, flush-resistant arm and leg cuffs, highly flexible for easy on/off, anatomical fit.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Jet Pilot Stance Spring

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Thickness: 2 mm

Price: $100

Special Features: All 2 mm Flex-Lite neoprene throughout, 100-percent super-strong flat-seam construction comfort seams, flush-resistant arm and leg cuffs, highly flexible for easy on/off, anatomical fit.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Jet Pilot F22 Flight Jacket

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Thickness: 2 mm

Price: $70; also available in short sleeve, $65

Special Features: New design for 2005, all 2 mm Flex-Lite ultra-stretch neoprene throughout, unmatched stretch and comfort, anatomical fit with an elastic-waist cinch cord, windchill and UV protection.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Jet Pilot Skuffy Rideshort

Sizes: 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38

Thickness: 1.5 mm neoprene inner short

Price: $65

Special Features: Performance Polyester quick-dry outer trunk, Flex-Lite 1.5 mm inner neoprene, rear pocket with pull tab and key loop, comfort cinch-tie closure, zip fly, lab-dipped to match Jet Pilot Flight Jackets.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Jet Pilot F18 Flight Jacket

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Thickness: 1 mm with Lycra stretch panels

Price: $60

Special Features: New design for 2005, 1 mm Flex-Lite ultra-stretch neoprene, Lycra stretch panels under arms and across back, unbelievable stretch and comfort, anatomical fit with and elastic waist cinch cord, windchill and UV protection, designed for tropical conditions.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Jet Pilot Double Up Rideshort

Sizes: 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38

Thickness: 1.5 mm neoprene inner short

Price: $65

Special Features: 100-percent stretch Nylon outer trunk, Flex-Lite 1.5 mm inner neoprene, inset crotch panel with drainage eyelets, rear pocket with pull tab and key loop, comfort cinch-tie closure, zip fly, lab-dipped to match Jet Pilot Flight Jackets.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Body Glove

Body Glove Vapor Fullsuit

Sizes: XS, S, MS, M, MT, ML, LS, L, LT, XL, XLS, XXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: $350-360

Special Features: Constructed of 100-percent water-repellent Vapor Flex, 100-percent Heat Reflective Thermofiber, and 100-percent Fluidseal, the Vapor is guaranteed to keep you warm and flexible on those chilly morning sessions.

Warranty: Lifetime on construction, one year on materials

Web site: www.bodyglove.com

Body Glove Matrix Fullsuit

Sizes: XXS, XS, S, MS, M, MT, ML, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XXL, XXXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: $300-315

Special Features: 100-percent Future Flex, 100-percent Fluid Seal, and Heat Reflective Thermofiber in the chest panel. The Matrix is designed to offer the maximum in comfort and flexibility. This year’s Matrix has a totally redesigned floodgate, which will make the suit even drier and more comfortable.

Warranty: Lifetime on construction, one year on materials

Web site: www.bodyglove.com

Body Glove Storm Trooper Fullsuit

Sizes: S, M, ML, LS, L, LT, XL, XLS, XXL, XXXL

Thicknesses: 5/4/3 mm, 6/5/4 mm

Price: $325-340

Special Features: Designed for the coldest and most extreme conditions. The 100-percent Future Flex exterior provides maximum stretch, while the 100-percent Heat Reflection Thermofiber interior provides maximum warmth. Equipped with Fluidseal seams and an over the chin hood. The suit has a redesigned entry to improve comfort, flex, and ease of entry.

Warranty: Lifetime on construction, one year on materials

Web site: www.bodyglove.com

Body Glove Axis Fullsuit

Sizes: XXS, XS, S, MS, M, MT, ML, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XXL, XXXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: $200-215

Special Features: The Axis Fullsuit delivers 100-percent Fluidseal liquid tape and Future Flex super stretch material from the waist up. A great blend of comfort and performance at an affordable price. This suit has an all-new fit and look to make it better than ever.

Warranty: Lifetime on construction, one year on materials

Web site: www.bodyglove.com

Body Glove Women’s Matrix

Sizes: 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: $300-315

Special Features: 100-percent Future Flex, 100-percent Fluid Seal, and Heat Reflective Thermofiber in the chest panel. The women’s Matrix is designed especially for women to offer the maximum in comfort and flexibility. The women’s Matrix is all new-new fit, new look, and new materials!

Warranty: Lifetime on construction, one year on materials

Web site: www.bodyglove.com

Billabong

Billabong Solution Gold

Sizes: XS, S, MS, M, MT, L, XL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm, 6/5/4 mm hooded

Price: $270-279

Special Features: This suit pushes the limits of design innovation. The already advanced Super Flex neoprene has been treated with Dry Max-a water-repellant coating exclusive to Billabong. The Solution Gold is the best wetsuit ever built by Billabong.

Warranty: One year on workmanship and materials

Web site: www.billabong.com

Billabong Women’s Solution

Sizes: 0-12Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Thickness: 1 mm with Lycra stretch panels

Price: $60

Special Features: New design for 2005, 1 mm Flex-Lite ultra-stretch neoprene, Lycra stretch panels under arms and across back, unbelievable stretch and comfort, anatomical fit with and elastic waist cinch cord, windchill and UV protection, designed for tropical conditions.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Jet Pilot Double Up Rideshort

Sizes: 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38

Thickness: 1.5 mm neoprene inner short

Price: $65

Special Features: 100-percent stretch Nylon outer trunk, Flex-Lite 1.5 mm inner neoprene, inset crotch panel with drainage eyelets, rear pocket with pull tab and key loop, comfort cinch-tie closure, zip fly, lab-dipped to match Jet Pilot Flight Jackets.

Warranty: One year

Web site: www.jetpilot.com

Body Glove

Body Glove Vapor Fullsuit

Sizes: XS, S, MS, M, MT, ML, LS, L, LT, XL, XLS, XXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: $350-360

Special Features: Constructed of 100-percent water-repellent Vapor Flex, 100-percent Heat Reflective Thermofiber, and 100-percent Fluidseal, the Vapor is guaranteed to keep you warm and flexible on those chilly morning sessions.

Warranty: Lifetime on construction, one year on materials

Web site: www.bodyglove.com

Body Glove Matrix Fullsuit

Sizes: XXS, XS, S, MS, M, MT, ML, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XXL, XXXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: $300-315

Special Features: 100-percent Future Flex, 100-percent Fluid Seal, and Heat Reflective Thermofiber in the chest panel. The Matrix is designed to offer the maximum in comfort and flexibility. This year’s Matrix has a totally redesigned floodgate, which will make the suit even drier and more comfortable.

Warranty: Lifetime on construction, one year on materials

Web site: www.bodyglove.com

Body Glove Storm Trooper Fullsuit

Sizes: S, M, ML, LS, L, LT, XL, XLS, XXL, XXXL

Thicknesses: 5/4/3 mm, 6/5/4 mm

Price: $325-340

Special Features: Designed for the coldest and most extreme conditions. The 100-percent Future Flex exterior provides maximum stretch, while the 100-percent Heat Reflection Thermofiber interior provides maximum warmth. Equipped with Fluidseal seams and an over the chin hood. The suit has a redesigned entry to improve comfort, flex, and ease of entry.

Warranty: Lifetime on construction, one year on materials

Web site: www.bodyglove.com

Body Glove Axis Fullsuit

Sizes: XXS, XS, S, MS, M, MT, ML, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XXL, XXXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: $200-215

Special Features: The Axis Fullsuit delivers 100-percent Fluidseal liquid tape and Future Flex super stretch material from the waist up. A great blend of comfort and performance at an affordable price. This suit has an all-new fit and look to make it better than ever.

Warranty: Lifetime on construction, one year on materials

Web site: www.bodyglove.com

Body Glove Women’s Matrix

Sizes: 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: $300-315

Special Features: 100-percent Future Flex, 100-percent Fluid Seal, and Heat Reflective Thermofiber in the chest panel. The women’s Matrix is designed especially for women to offer the maximum in comfort and flexibility. The women’s Matrix is all new-new fit, new look, and new materials!

Warranty: Lifetime on construction, one year on materials

Web site: www.bodyglove.com

Billabong

Billabong Solution Gold

Sizes: XS, S, MS, M, MT, L, XL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm, 6/5/4 mm hooded

Price: $270-279

Special Features: This suit pushes the limits of design innovation. The already advanced Super Flex neoprene has been treated with Dry Max-a water-repellant coating exclusive to Billabong. The Solution Gold is the best wetsuit ever built by Billabong.

Warranty: One year on workmanship and materials

Web site: www.billabong.com

Billabong Women’s Solution

Sizes: 0-12

Thickness: 3/2 mm

Price: $230

Special Features: To the delight of Billabong girls everywhere, the Solution is now available to the ladies with the exact same high-performance materials and technical construction as the men’s version.

Warranty: One year on workmanship and materials

Web site: www.billabong.com

Billabong Solution

Sizes: S, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: $230

Special Features: A seamless underarm and back leg allows greater freedom while key anatomical seams maintain the Solution’s exceptional fit and comfort.

Warranty: One year on workmanship and materials

Web site: www.billabong.com

Billabong Oscillator

Sizes: XS, S, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XL, XXL; and boys’ 8-16

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm

Price: $150-160

Special Features: The Oscillator has been totally rebuilt from the ground up with less seams and added Super Flex. Decreased weight and added flexibility means faster, more fluid surfing and huge boost-ability.

Warranty: One year on workmanship and materials

Web site: www.billabong.com

Billabong Foil

Sizes: XS, S, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XL, XXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm

Price: $95-140

Special Features: Super Flex neoprene and key technical features create an outstanding value for any surfer, beginner, or advanced.

Warranty: One year on workmanship and materials

Web site: www.billabong.com

O’Neill

O’Neill Epic II

Sizes: S, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XXL; also available in women’s 4-14, 8T, 10T; and juniors’

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm, 5/3 mm

Price: $150-170

Special Features: Featuring Ultraflex DS seamless paddle zones and critically taped seams, the value-priced Epic is designed to break the mold of entry-level cold-water suits.

Warranty: One year on workmanship and materials

Web site: www.oneill.com

O’Neill Gooru Fullsuit

Sizes: S, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XXL

Thicknesses: 2 mm, 2mm s/s

Price: $180

Special Features: 100-percent Ultraflex Superstretch. This suit combines maximum flexibility with lightweight performance for cool to warm conditions. Breathable Flatloc seams and glued and blind-stiched seams.

Warranty: One year on workmanship and materials

Web site: www.oneill.com

O’Neill Heat 3Q Zip

Sizes: S, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XLT, XXL, XXXL; available in women’s 4-14, 8T, 10T

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm, 5/3 mm (hooded)

Price: $210-280

Special Features: Completely redesigned, the Heat Series now breathes fire thanks to Fluid Seam Weld, Ultraflex DS super-stretch neoprene, Firewall chest panel, minimal seam design, and the 3Q Blackout Closure System.

Warranty: One year on workmanship and materials

Web site: www.oneill.com

O’Neill Psycho I Zen Zip

Sizes: XS, S, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XLT, XXL, XXXL; available in juniors’

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm, 4/3 mm (hooded)

Price: $280-320

Special Features: This suit delivers the perfect balance of high-performance features and lightweight-minimalist design. It’s constructed with Fluid Seam Weld, Ultraflex DS super-stretch neoprene, minimal seam design, Firewall chest panel, and a redesigned relaxed Zen Zip closure system.

Warranty: One year on workmanship and materials

Web site: www.oneill.com

O’Neill Psycho II Zen Zip

Sizes: S, MS, M, MT, LS, L, LT, XLS, XL, XLT, XXL, XXXL

Thicknesses: 3/2 mm, 4/3 mm, 5/3 mm, 6/4 mm (hooded)

Price: $350-390

Special Features: The Double Sided Fluid Seam Weld Stitchless Seam Technology sets a new standard in wetsuit performance providing unparalleled seal, stretch, and durability. Constructed of 100-percent Ultraflex DS super-stretch neoprene and Firewall insulation chest and back panels, with Z.E.N. Zip closure system, this suit is designed for the ‘core rider who demands the most technologically advanced features available.

Warranty: One year on workmanship and materials

Web site: www.oneill.com

O’Neill Women’s Psycho II Zen Zi