Review : SurfEars 2.0 earplugs

I replaced my first version, because I lost one in a very stupid situation, I had them in my boardshort rear pocket and I tried to take them out while in the shorebreak mush. Not smart.

Ok, so the red sealing gel plug (as they name it) in itself looks thicker, I'm not sure but it does not penetrate the canal like the other one did and sometimes by pushing too hard the black core tube of the ear plug will "exceed" inside (the core tube canal should not exceed the sealing gel plug!.
With this evolution the L is kinda difficult to put in correctly, I mean at first it is but then you readjust, messes with it then it does what I just described. It's the only size that works for me though, and I tried them all, I was wearing a medium in the previous version and the fit was spot on. I read some reviewer say that the fit was perfected. I don't know about that and do not agree because I have to go one size up to fit my small letf ear canal...

A shoulder high wave just broke on my ear and the plug went off, hopefully I had the leash.

For that kind of situation, the leash (that you can take off) is great, but the leash without a hood is a misery for me. with the hood it all stays where it should and does not bother you. Without the hood however, you feel it's tension on the ear plug almost everytime you turn your head, the leash is super stretchy but the material also sticks to your wetsuit somehow, that gives you the impression right or wrong that the plug is not perfectly fitted anymore. Something you will know for certain on your next wipeout or duckdive.

The external plug shape and core tube design does improve audition, but once wet it's almost not a noticeable improvement anymore AND I think given my analysis this is where the problem is.

I mean if when wet audition isn't better and at what point does it matter ( +30%, +50%), why increase that core tube diameter? I Maybe wrong (I did not made a comparison and I will) but it does seems larger. That supposed increase in diameter makes it really hard for people with tiny canals to have a good fit because what makes the fit is the silicone plug. That plug needs to have some space to work correctly. If it's all compressed, given the design it doesn't work. So I guess the small is too compressed but not enough for a good seal and therefore I have to get the L, ultra compressed in the canal to get a better seal.

You have now guessed that comfort is not better, after 2 hours, I can't wait to take them off.

So let's recap:

- Problem 1 : The material used on the leash, stretch over length situation, I would love to try a fishing line instead to see how it goes.

- Problem 2 : and most important one is the sealing gel plug, shape, thickness, hardness of the silicone makes it hard for it to make a good seal in my opinion.

- Problem 3 : The core problem is probably in the core diameter, making it hard if you have a tiny ear canal.

I'd love to give a raving review given how great was the first version but there is just nothing to really rave about exept maybe the shape and colorway.


If I had to grab one today knowing that, I would try to grab the old version for sure. In fact I'm gonna contact them to ask if they have some replacement parts for the one I lost.

I hope the 3.0 fixes that core + silicone plug diameter and thickness and make both the core tube and the silicone earplug hold better together so you can push it inside without second thought and without it exceeding inside.

Review : Doc's proplugs earplugs

This pic was taken, right after taking those off after a session, without cleaning, so you can get an idea of the amount of sand & stuff that comes in after battling in a serious beach break.

What you see is the inside of the plug, not the outside of course.

I specifically went to the pharmacy to get those, so a specialist could help me choose the right size.

They block your audition at around 85%. You can hear a bit but you really have to be close to talk with a buddy. 2 feet close.
They are not 100% water tight, they let water comes in at times with a tiny bit of sand too as you can see.

They did not get really loose during the sessions, even if I was afraid I will loose one, I did not.

They’re cheap, so that’s a good point. Much better alternatives are costly in comparison.

I did not get otitis, but again I did not use those for a couple of months so I could get some real statistics on that. Too much water and sand coming in pushed me to search for something else : Surfears review available on this site.

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.