It has been almost sixty years since Jack O’Neill invented the first wetsuit, and the spirit of design and innovation continues to be alive and well at O’Neill’s R&D facility, Area 52. Following in the footsteps of the patented Z.E.N. Zip Closure, Double Fluid Seam Weld, and XDS-Air neoprene, O’Neill’s most recent industry first is the SuperSeam.
O’Neill’s exclusive SuperSeam is the latest evolution of Fluid Seam technology. Sixty percent lighter and smaller (8mm vs. 20mm), the stitchless, triple-glued seam with an internal and external silicone-base urethane seal provides the strongest, lightest, and most flexible Fluid Seam construction available.
As the birthplace of cold water surfing and headquarters for O’Neill Wetsuits, Santa Cruz and Northern California continue to be the ideal proving ground for the latest materials and technologies. “I love being in Santa Cruz and seeing the latest technology they are working on,” explained World Number Two Jordy Smith. “Having insane suits is one of the best things about being with O’Neill. The other brands are always following O’Neill, so it is great to know I have the best available wetsuits before anyone else.” The SuperSeam construction is available now on a limited release of the Pyrofreak (4/3mm) and the Superfreakâ„˘ (3mm). Along with O’Neill’s exclusive SuperSeam, the Pyrofreak boasts O’Neill’s premium stretch UltraFlex XDS neoprene with the latest XDS-Air Firewall, lined with water-wicking insulating jersey in the chest and back, and the new F.U.Z.E Closure System with Free-floating Z.E.N. Zip Closure technology. Less is more when it comes to the Superfreak (available in the U.S. only) with SuperSeam. Minimal Seam design partnered with the lighter and smaller SuperSeam construction, 100% UltraFlex XDS, O’Neill’s Patented Z.E.N. Zip Closure, the Superfreak is the latest evolution of the high-performance cold water wetsuit.