The BEST of the BEST surfing wetsuit and gear reviewed so far :

  • Review : Wetsuit boots ATAN MISTRAL 3mm and MISTRAL HOT 6,5mm +

    They look the same so only one picture will do for both models. Please check the atan.fr website and use a traduction plugin for all the tech infos on the latex / limestone neoprene surf booties. The 3mm are cozy for me till 13°C water temperature. Lower than that go with the 6,5mm. in a 11°C water temp session for two hours, my feet were HOT like if I was at home in a nice pair of fur lined boots! NO BULLSHIT.They claim the overall feel is barefoot like. That’s verified. It’s incredible and almost like if you don’t feel them.Super Read More
  • Review : Isurus Alpha-Elite 434 Mens Wetsuit - 2016 +

    Don’t make the mistake I did of trying your isurus wetsuit at home, you’ll sweat and it will become a battle. Do it outside when it’s cold, it will be easier and it will glide on your skin to take it’s shape. In fact you realise it when checking the isurus video on youtube showing how to put on a wetsuit, the guy is outside…When I finally put the wetsuit on for my first session on this 0°C morning, it was just perfect, no hassle.That review is not based on the 3 first sessions to allow the suit / material to Read More
  • Review : Isurus Wetsuits I-Elite 232 - 2015 +

    First review after 30+ session for 4 months in water ranging from 18°C to 12°C. Advertised for these temperatures 54°F (12°C) to 61°F (16°C) : It's true. Neoprene thickness advertised 2/3/2 is true: we are talking real rubber thickness here. (not rubber + lining thickness bullshit).Wore it in the morning by a windy 10°C and water at 13°C : no cold at all even after 2 hours surf. I have very little fat, was active and wearing gloves, hood and booties. At 18°C obviously without anything I was a bit too hot...In the morning, with a 3°C outside temperature and a 12°C Water Read More
  • Review : Seventhwave wetsuit MAX COMP 1.5mm Mens Ti FL ZB Steamer +

    Real 1.5mm thick yamamoto rubber #39. Killer rubber. Add to that the ultra thin jersey lining.The lining is not that silky smooth nylon you can be used to with every manufacturer nowadays. It’s more of an heavy duty type of jersey. Probably more resistant but not as nice on the skin. The suit is all you can expect globally from a custom yamamoto wetsuit so I will only comment in the little flaws.This was a custom suit, (you can also order general sizes). The wetsuit had to be sent back to seventhwave for some minor change in the collar. It Read More
  • Review : Matuse Shabo Glove 2.5mm - 2014 +

    They fit snug at first and fit good after 3 sessions.The lengh of the fingers is a tiny bit short, I wear a size L and they are aprox 0.8mm shorter than the o'neill Psycho 1.5mm in size L. My middle finger is aprox 9.4cm. The first session you feel and think you choose the wrong size. I don't know if that's why I got a tiny bit hole in the glue at the end of a fingertip after only 5 sessions of 2 hours.The yamamoto Neoprene do not soak Up Water.They do not inflate with water when paddling, they Read More
  • Review : Isurus SCS/Zicronium Removable Thermo insulated Yamamoto neoprene wetsuit hood +

    Sizing is good, I’m a 54cm and got a M that fits great. Size M should fit aproximatly like a 52 / 58cm range...Wore it on top of the wetsuit. Comfort is top notch, even wih surfears earplugs on. The fluffy lining is super comfy. The neoprene is just unbielievable. Supergooey exterior with a never seen before feel to it. It stretches but the material doesn’t behave like it want’s badly to get back to it’s original state. It can stay smoothly stretched and this is great in the water when you’re looking right or left for extended periods of time. Read More
  • Review : SurfEars® earplugs +

    I'm using those new to the market ear plugs, they look better and are better than the rest. Especially compared to the Doc's proplugs, that are really unbearable for me, unless your ear is so bad you don't have a choice. I've had a 20+ sessions with those, I'm still experimenting with sizes, and i'm currently using the Small size, used the medium and didn't change much apart from the difficulty to put them in, so hey i'm staying with the Small for now. You hear better than anything else out there, but let's be honest what they claim isn't Read More
  • Review : Ripcurl WETTIE SERIES SEARCH SURF DUFFLE BAG +

    This is some badass suf bag. This is the swiss army knife of surf bags. Multiple pockets of all sorts (easy access straped neoprene / ziped net / wax compartment...) Multiple handling straps , 4 on the bag and some removable backpack straps and messenger strap. Small hidden changing mat of 50 x 50 centimeters (half a regular changing mat). Removable wetsuit bag that seems waterproof because of the inner silicone like lining, but I did not use it as I store my wetty in my Northcore C-mat. Heavy duty nylon. The base is made of heavy duty rubber so it does not Read More
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Review : Nineplus Wetsuit 2/1.5mm Retro Jacket Front Zip 2015

Nineplus Wetusit 2 1.5mm Retro Jacket Front Zip

You'll certainly have to order your nine plus equipement online, and if you don't want to waste money or time, sizing is gonna be critical. And that's where the problem is with nine plus. It's almost like their size chart is made from a skinny guy template, like the one on the picture showing the products on their webpage:

retro jacket front zip

The jacket in itself is really made of superb yamamoto limestone rubber that shines (my picture do not do it justice), some glide skin on torso, arms and back, super gooey underarm. it's well thought of. It's also not stated on their website but it looks titanium lined, and I think it's made from #39  yamamoto neoprene (like isurus and seventhwave MAX) but again they do not specify.

Thickness : no error here. it's a 2,5mm / 1.5mm (measured) including a very thin lining so we are talking aproximatly 2.1mm / 1.2 mm real rubber thickness here.
(they say 2mm with 2.5mm body on their website, maybe they updated the design)

Inner arm lining, is not made of silky smooth neoprene, so it's a bit hard to enter your arm and place it correctly (see size comment also), the same goes for all the interior lining of the glide skin neoprene panels. The lining on the underarms panel are super silky smooth though.

Sizing is the real problem for me with this front zip jacket. I'm end of the range L in almost every brand, as I'm right between L and XL at 6'0, 190 lbs, long torso. I should wear a Large given their size chart: L: 176 to 194 lbs, 5'10 to 6'0.

I purchased the XL : 196 to 220 lbs, 5'11 to 6'1. IT FEELS SUPER SNUGG?????? Like a snugg large...

I mean it's a pain to enter the arms and I think I have to overstretch the neoprene, and it's also hard closing it.

One sure thing is that it's water tight!! Still confortable paddling as it's super strechy like a second skin.

If you size up, you are certainly gonna come out with too long arms and that won't be good.

When you combine the inner lining with super snugg sizing, well you get an hard to get in / out jacket you have to stretch too much than necessary. I mean it's a jacket neoprene top, It should be easy!

There is something going on with their sizing, if you're on the skinny range and not particularly muscular then go for it, if not you probably have other options especially if you want a loose top.

Don't get me wrong, I don't regret buying it, and I didn't send it back... Also because it was at 50% off. But, if I were on the market right now for a jacket, I'll probably try another yamamoto one that would size me better, maybe the seventhwave. This one looks good with the red stitching though...

Review : Ripcurl E-BOMB PRO LS JACKET 1MM 2016

Ripcurl E BOMB PRO LS JACKET 1MM

Take a close look at the neoprene / lining thickness.

there is not even a 0.5mm rubber thickness in there!
This neoprene top is super stretch, buttery stretch, but it's almost only made of lining, that's why.

The big downsides:
It soaks water, it's incredible, I wouldn't be surprise if it soaked around 50 + cl. (I hang all my gear with a bucket beneath it, I did not measure it exactly, but it should be pretty close).

It doesn't give you much warmth, or so very little compared to a rashguard you wonder why bother. It's also not as stretchy as a rashguard, so...

This top is like a rashguard you pay 100$ for!! My advice, spend it on something else! Especially when you get some decent yamamoto tops with some real rubber thickness for a couple bucks more.

Does it hold on the long run? Who cares, you should not buy it.

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