Winter 2003 Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide

Once again winter is upon us. Soon swells from the Arctic, Northern Pacific, and Northern Atlantic oceans will be exploding on the beaches of California, Puerto Rico, Hawai’i, France, Africa, and beyond. For much of the surfing world, November through February is best part of the year. Gone are crowds, the black-ball flags, and fair-weather surfers who litter local beaches like so much carelessly discarded trash. Winter is the season of the hardcore surfer.

But that doesn’t mean you have to struggle to squeeze another season out of that bright-green and red Victory fullsuit you got back when Clinton was first elected. With new designs, materials, and technologies, wetsuits have evolved from monkey to man in the last half decade, so why are you still in the old gear? In the spirit of pushing you to make the jump into the present, we thought we’d give you a little sample of what’s available this winter from wetty world. To make sure you get the right suit, go down to your local shop, ask a bunch of questions, and talk surf turkey with the bros behind the counter—they’ll make sure you end up in in a steamer that fits your needs.

Oh yeah—if you want our advice, spend the extra money to get the top-of-the-line banger. On some 48-degree morning in early January, you’ll thank us.

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Firefly

MSRP: $309—329

Water Temp: 42—72

The Facts:

*Spawned from the FlyZip series

*Full stretch material throughout the body

*Waterways made from double nylon for a durable seal

*Advanced entry system

Also available: Hooded 5/4, 4/3, 3/2

Sizes: XXSXXL

 

SuperFly Hooded 4/3

MSRP: $309—349

Water Temp: 32—77

The Facts:

*Waterways secured by double nylon durability

*No Velcro hook to eat up your suit

*A secure four-way seal

*Super-stretch throughout the body

Also available: Hooded 5/4, 4/3, 3/2, and springsuits

Sizes: XXS—XXL

 

SuperFly Women’s 3/2

MSRP: $309—349

Water Temp: 32—77

The Facts:

*Waterways secured by double nylon durability

*No Velcro hook to eat up your suit

*Super-stretch throughout the body

*A secure four-way seal

Also available: Hooded 5/4, 4/3, 3/2, and springsuits

Sizes: Women’s 2—16, Juniors’ 4—16

 

XCEL

Infiniti 3/2

MSRP: $200

Water Temp: 55—62

The Facts:

*New Thermospan Ultrastretch textured skin

*Ultrastretch Composite S-seal and smooth-skin collar

*Super-soft Xtend inside

*Superlite neoprene 300-percent-plus stretch

Also available: 4/3 ($230)

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Infiniti Women’s 3/2

MSRP: $230

Water Temp: 55—62

The Facts:

*New Thermospan Ultrastretch textured skin

*Ultrastretch Composite S-seal and smooth-skin collar

*Super-soft Xtend inside

*Superlite neoprene 300-percent-plus stretch

Also available: 4/3 ($245)

Sizes: 4—14

 

The Infiniti System 3/2

MSRP: $275

Water Temp: 55—62

The Facts:

*Reinforced Ultrastretch X-Zip step-in entry

*Durable Ultrastretch super-light neoprene

*Ultrastretch S-Seal stitchless seams in upper body

*Ultrastretch Titanium Pressure Bonded taped seams in lower legs

Also available: 4/3 ($290)

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Body Glove

Matrix 3/2

MSRP: $300

Water Temp: 50—65

The Facts:

*100-percent liquid taped

*Interior neoprene Floodgate prevents water penetration

*Heat-reflective Thermofiber interior panels

*Future Flex performance stretch material

Also available: 4/3 ($315)

Sizes: XXS—XXXL

 

Hooded Stormtrooper 5/4/3

MSRP: $325

Water Temp: 38—62

The Facts:

*Concealed zip entry plus Floodgate

*Thermofiber heat-reflective hollowfiber panels

*Vapor-lock triple-glued blindstitched seams

*Future Flex stretch material

Also available: 6/5/4 Men’s ($340), 5/4/3 Women’s ($340)

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Axis 3/2

MSRP: $200

Water Temp: 56—64

The Facts:

*100-percent liquid taped

*Vapor-lock triple-glued blindstitched seams

*Future Flex stretch material

*Fluidseal liquid tape for zero water penetration and flex

Also available: 4/3 ($215)

Sizes: XXS—XXXL

 

Quiksilver

Cell Hooded GBS 5/4

MSRP: $291

Water Temp: 42—48

The Facts:

*Patent-pending Cell Technology

*Four-mm Vapor Stretch chest, back, and arms

*Five-mm two-panel Hyperstrech body, underarms, and gusset

*Vapor Stretch adjustable hood

Also available: 4/3, 6/4 Men’s; Hollowfiber styles available in 4/3, 5/4, 6/5

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Cell GBS 3/2

MSRP: $250

Water Temp: 56—64

The Facts:

*Two-mm one-panel Vapor Stretch chest, back, and shoulders

*Three-mm two-panel Hyperstretch body, underarms, and gusset

*Liquid Flex Seal Seam Sealing

*Hydroshield Zip water barrier

Also available: 4/3

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Cell GBS Hollowfiber 4/3

MSRP: $315

Water Temp: 49—55

The Facts:

*Three-mm one-panel Vapor Stretch chest, back, and shoulders

*Four-mm two-panel Hyperstretch Hollowfiber body, underarms, and gusset

*LFS Liquid Flex Seal Seam Sealing

*Hydroshield Zip water barrier

Also available: 3/2

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Rip Curl

Core Stinger 3/2

MSRP: $200

Water Temp: 58—64

The Facts:

*Patented Slickskin technology

*Seamless shoulder panel for flexibility

*Elastomax super-stretch neoprene in arms, underarms, shoulders, and lower back

*3/4 Grid Lock Zip plus Batwing with the detachable collar (or hood)

Also Available: 7/5 ($300), 5/3 ($240), 4/3 ($220)

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Ultimate Elasto Aqua Ban 3/2

MSRP: $280

Water Temp: 58—64

The Facts:

*100-percent Elastomax neoprene

*Aqua Ban Waterproof Seam Sealing

*Batwing with collar

*Unisex fit

Also Available: 4/3 ($300)

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Core Siren 3/2 Women’s

MSRP: $120

Water Temp: 58—64

The Facts:

*Glued and blindstitched for seam stretch and strength

*Elastomax super-stretch neoprene in arms, underarms, shoulders, and lower back

*Batwing with the detachable collar (or hood)

*Patented Slickskin technology

Also Available: 5/3 ($250), 4/3 ($220)

Sizes: 4—14

 

O’Neill

Psycho 4/3

MSRP: $300

Water Temp: 50—58

The Facts:

*New super-flexible waterproof Fluid Seat

*Vapor Stretch adjustable hood

Also available: 4/3, 6/4 Men’s; Hollowfiber styles available in 4/3, 5/4, 6/5

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Cell GBS 3/2

MSRP: $250

Water Temp: 56—64

The Facts:

*Two-mm one-panel Vapor Stretch chest, back, and shoulders

*Three-mm two-panel Hyperstretch body, underarms, and gusset

*Liquid Flex Seal Seam Sealing

*Hydroshield Zip water barrier

Also available: 4/3

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Cell GBS Hollowfiber 4/3

MSRP: $315

Water Temp: 49—55

The Facts:

*Three-mm one-panel Vapor Stretch chest, back, and shoulders

*Four-mm two-panel Hyperstretch Hollowfiber body, underarms, and gusset

*LFS Liquid Flex Seal Seam Sealing

*Hydroshield Zip water barrier

Also available: 3/2

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Rip Curl

Core Stinger 3/2

MSRP: $200

Water Temp: 58—64

The Facts:

*Patented Slickskin technology

*Seamless shoulder panel for flexibility

*Elastomax super-stretch neoprene in arms, underarms, shoulders, and lower back

*3/4 Grid Lock Zip plus Batwing with the detachable collar (or hood)

Also Available: 7/5 ($300), 5/3 ($240), 4/3 ($220)

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Ultimate Elasto Aqua Ban 3/2

MSRP: $280

Water Temp: 58—64

The Facts:

*100-percent Elastomax neoprene

*Aqua Ban Waterproof Seam Sealing

*Batwing with collar

*Unisex fit

Also Available: 4/3 ($300)

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Core Siren 3/2 Women’s

MSRP: $120

Water Temp: 58—64

The Facts:

*Glued and blindstitched for seam stretch and strength

*Elastomax super-stretch neoprene in arms, underarms, shoulders, and lower back

*Batwing with the detachable collar (or hood)

*Patented Slickskin technology

Also Available: 5/3 ($250), 4/3 ($220)

Sizes: 4—14

 

O’Neill

Psycho 4/3

MSRP: $300

Water Temp: 50—58

The Facts:

*New super-flexible waterproof Fluid Seam Weld technology

*Insulated Firewall fiber jersey interior

*Redesigned relaxed Zen Zip Closure System

*80-percent Ultraflex Superstretch neoprene, 20-percent Fluid Foam

Also Available: 5/3, 4/3, 3/2 Men’s; 4/3, 3/2 Junior’s

Sizes: SXXL

 

Psycho II Zen Zip 3/2

MSRP: $350

Water Temp: 56—64

The Facts:

*Double-sided (2x) Fluid Seam Weld stitchless waterproof seam technology

*Wind-resistant Smooth Skin in the chest and lumbar

*Patented Zen Zip closure system

*100-percent Ultraflex Superstretch neoprene

Also Available: 6/4 Hooded, 5/3, 4/3, 3/2 Men’s; 4/3, 3/2 Women’s

Sizes: S—XXL

 

Heat 4/3

MSRP: $210

Water Temp: 5058

The Facts:

*100-percent Fluid Seam Weld

*Toasty Firewall chest panel

*3/4 Blackout Zipper

*60-percent Ultraflex DS super-stretch neoprene, 40-percent Fluid Foam

Also Available: 5/3 Hooded, 5/3, 4/3, 3/2, Men’s and Women’s; 2/2 short-sleeve full, 2/2 short-sleeve springsuit Men’s only

Sizes: SXXXL

 

Jet Pilot

Capsule 3/2

MSRP: $200

Water Temp: 53—63

The Facts:

*100-percent Flex-Lite Velcro-friendly rubber

*Magic-Stitch self-locking thread construction

*Fire-Fur fuzzy hollowfiber stretch lining

*Integrated Hydro-Dam zipper barrier

Also Available: 4/3 ($220)

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

Alpha G&B 3/2

MSRP: $130

Water Temp: 56—66

The Facts:

*70-percent Flex-Lite Velcro-friendly rubber

*Hydro-Bloc double-glued seam construction

*Self-locking blindstitch design

*Integrated Hydro-Dam zipper barrier

Also Available: 4/3 full ($150), Short sleeve 3/2 full ($120)

Sizes: XS—XXL

 

S1 3/2

MSRP: $100

Water Temp: 56—66

The Facts:

*Flush-Loc super-strong flat-seam construction

*Seal skin closed-cell neoprene panels conserve heat and reduce windchill

*YKK short-zip easy entry

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