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

Wetsuit boot atan mistral 3mm

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 easy to put them on and off. If you let water in, they will fill with water. They does not slip or slide. No complaint on sizing and fit whatsoever.
The material is ULTRA sticky, so they recommend to put some chalk on it from time to time.
they are the real thing, best surf booties ever.

BUT

with that material, when you come out water, sand stick to it (obviously) and it makes the boot very slippery sensitive, walking on rocks when they are full of sand is alsmost like walking on ice. Without sticky sand on them you can walk on rocks just fine. And No it doesn't help rubbing the foot on the rock until the sand is wiped out, it doesn't work.

Dry time: for the 6,5mm = 2 to 3X faster (easy) than any other surf booties and wetsuit boots I’ve tried. Rinced at 3PM and hanged to dry at room temperature, the next morning at 9 they’re almost COMPLETLY dry. I mean there is just a tiny bit of residual humidity in them.

Let’s see how they hold on now on the long run.

That’s a French product that’s been around for years, and there’s a reason. Certainly one of the best surf boots there is. If they hold on well, there is not one serious reason to search for something else.

You can expect a review of the summer version in a couple months.

Review : Isurus SCS/Zicronium Removable Thermo insulated Yamamoto neoprene wetsuit hood

Isurus SCSZicronium 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.
Best neoprene used on a hood PERIOD.
I have no way of telling you how thick it is exactly, with or without the fluffy lining.
First session 14°C Water, windy 2°C air temp:
It fits my head perfectly and the visor just is in the right place. It’s so flexible that it behaves like a baseball cap visor, I would have loved a flatter visor, but hey, you can’t have it flat and flexible, you have to choose I guess.
Impossible to wear it over the chin for me (for now, maybe it will break in like the suit) as it’s like the hood is trying to pull back my chin, really uncomfortable for now. Will update later on that.
Do not tight the draw cord and you’ll get some real flushes when duck diving.

This hood is warm. One morning, I was very active during the session but sometimes I had waiting period of more than 20 minutes in the lineup. I did not feel much difference in warmth, I wasn’t warmer while active and colder when not. It’s almost like if this thing was regulating the temperature.

On another session by 14°C without wind, sunny and water temp at 11°C, active session, the sun was just cooking my brain! Had to flush it in the water 2 times in 1hour to fresh it up. (I must add that my body has a slight tendency to run hot quickly)

It has a tendency to roll up your adam’s apple but not on the neck though… It’s annoying but doesn’t have any effect really.

Can also be worn inside the wetsuit. I don’t need to. Obviously should remove some neck flexibility.

How fast does it dry? I played with it and let it dry outside starting at 5pm by a 5°C day and by the early white morning at -2°C that thing was dry!

You just can't go wrong with this one. Nothing on the market right now can test this product. NOTHING.

Review : Isurus Alpha-Elite 434 Mens Wetsuit - 2016

Isurus Wetsuits Alpha Elite 434 Mens Wetsuit Winter 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 break in.

Thickness : no surprises, real rubber thickness, it's thick as it should be with the addition of some ultra thin nylon finish lining. You also get a different lining inside with the SCS Nano Skin Smoothy back panel, ultra thin also but kind of a tiny tiny bit fluffy.

In / Off the wetsuit: after the break in period it is easyer than last year model thanks to the newly design entry system. For those of you in need of a tip: Putting it on, I put left arm first. Putting it off, right arm first. No Hassle. No battle.


The Fit: well this depends on body type, it certainly fits great (for me), it’s almost like if it was the best overall sizing, better than a custom for me (go figure, and I own custom wetsuits). Like if all brands choosed to specilaise in a body type, short, large, tall, and if Isurus managed to size the perfect average in everything. Is it due to panel construction? material? how it just enclose your muscles?

I’m really amazed how this wetsuit fits me, I mean it fits me better than a fully custom yamamoto wetsuit. UNREAL. I have not ONE complain to make about the fit. not too tight, not too loose in any part. No flushes or entry points (do not forget to adjust the cord on the left shoulder!). Best, painless and easiest chest entry system ever. I always find something, ALWAYS. but nothing here.

SERIOUSLY: If there was a competition solely on chest zip wetsuit entry system, The champion would be the new isurus range (2016 and assuming all the range has the same entry system).
Almost no stress on the seams while putting it on or off. Amazing. And i've tested a bunch this year, including the big names. I must add that the neoprene holes due to the sitching  in some strategic areas have increase in size a little bit, nothing you don't see elsewhere but still.

Well, it's a good entry panel if you know what you’re doing. If you don’t want to take care of the suit and just pull it off (or on) like a crazy monkey, you will put some stress on the seams and eventually damage the suit, don’t worry, it’s doable.

I’m stoked with the suit, this is exactly that kind of product that is so well made, so high end, so perfect in any way, with the highest grade material that can be used (almost : Yamamoto just launched their #40 neoprene), that you’re just addicted. So beyond what there is out there. Well if you are the kind of guy peculiar enough to apreciate it. Humm, is there any guy out there who can't apreciate a ferrari? sadly, there is...

Hello, my name is Phil, I’m addicted to Isurus wetsuits and wetsuit accessories. Please make booties, please make gloves, please make an 1.5MM summer fullsuit.

While I’m at it: please specifiy hood sizes for your hooded wetsuits.

Warmth: I won’t comment because it’s subjective to conditions, body fat and surfer preference. But yeah it’s hot and you’ll be hotter than the competition with the same thickness that do not use limestone. Benefits : you can use thinner specs and have more flexibility and same warmth. In cold water, that’s a real bonus.

In this wonderfull world of pleasure and luxury, the tiny little things can alter your satisfaction though. Like some disgracefull collar, shoulder and leg creases in the neoprene, that can’t be undone and that are due to folding the wetsuit in the warehouse after manufacture. Even if the suit comes in a plastic bag with a lot of different kinds of protection, that it’s wraped around air tubes to avoid that kind of creases, you have no way to avoid it 100%.

I have also on my suit a problem with the panel glued behind the chest zipper that starts to come off like if there was not enough glue or something. I have like 3 unglued centimeters. I have noticed that if I specifically pull on it, it spreads a bit. After 8 sessions this did not expand with real use. Doesn’t have any consequence for now. I have plenty of time to take care of that and will report when the times come.

In the water: by a chilly 0°C morning, 11°C water temp with 13 knots wind, I couldn’t help myself and peed in the suit, a large amount actually. In the 3/2 as I don’t use booties and gloves it goes away and it never bothered me. In this one obviously with boots and gloves with a tight set up, all the pee stayed in, I got cold and stayed cold. It was the first session after 2 months of continuous various viruses that got me sticked to the couch, I had no arms to enter those mushy and mellow waves, so no chance to flush anything by gravity. I managed to stay an hour and half more in the water anyway but it was not comfy at all. Does standing up might have flushed it, dunno but I don’t really want to try just to update you guys.

By 11°C water temp with 10°C outside temp and little to no wind, small waves with long periods so not extreme activity at all (with hood / gloves / booties): i was HOT, had to ftake out the hood to flush it a bit, was cooking.

Will report on different session temps, in case that's of any use for you.

Bottom line: I don’t know about Feral and Carapace but I’ve check almost everything else that could compare and in my opinion in 2016 this is the BEST surfing wetsuit money can buy, no doubt. Did not check the new matuse scipio and I don’t know what their blackzero tech is really about, if it changes anything in their stretch and longevity, this brand is more soul than clarity so you just have to trust them. I’m not really inclined to, given the reputation of their product of beeing stiff among other things, so yeah Isurus is the way to go if you're in search for the higher end.

I’ll be updating this review from time to time given what’s hapenning.

Review : Rip Curl Waterproof Wetsuit Bag "wetsack" 2016

2016 Rip Curl Waterproof Wetsuit wetsack Bag

This wet wetsuit bag is part of the WETTIE SERIES SEARCH SURF DUFFLE BAG. It can also be bought seperatly for a couple bucks.

The material used is tough, looks well constructed.

Fold inteligently your wetsuit (as you're supposed to when traveling) and it will fit nice and easy inside.

I came back from the beach, just a 15 minutes ride, and noticed that absolutly no water cam out.

While I was rincing it, I thought I'll fill it with 3 liters of water, because that's what you can get out of some rip curl wetties with thick linings :)

This bag does it's job and is waterproof, but of course it has to stay up in the car, if it goes upside down all the water will come out of course...
They could have used a waterproof zipper or some other technique, to make sure all that water does not come out...

Anyway, can be particularly usefull if you forgot your changemat or your plastic box for some reason.