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.

Review : Seventhwave wetsuit Viper 3/3 Ti G&S ZB Steamer

Seventhwave Wetsuit Viper 33 Ti G&S ZB Steamer

If there is Only one thing to UNDERSTAND about this suit, it is this:
« 70% #38 Neoprene: Super durable neoprene from the chest down makes the Viper extremely durable and long lasting. »

You only have #39 super stretch yamamoto neoprene in the arms.

So what does that mean exactly.

Well it means that given the material used, the primary objective of this suit is to be DURABLE and to outlast anything in the market.

It certainly can but at the expense of something we are all used to these days: Flexibility.

This suit definitly lacks of flexibility from chest / under arm area to the ankles.

At this price point, you’re buying longevity.

Personally, I rather spend more and get also the stretch, like I could have with a MAX 3/3 ti in their range for example.

It had to be resent to seventhwave for some minor change in the collar and leg length. Collar was too long by 2cm and legs by 3cm.
The entry system is Not Great. It’s the same concept in all their models.

It’s far from perfect because it extends so much the material that there is a statement in their FAQ that it will tear down:
« I have only worn my neck entry wetsuit a couple of times and there is a small tear in the front of the neck. Is that common?

This is common with all our Neck Entry wetsuits.

The neck entry panel on all ZB (neck entry) models is the most vulnerable panel on the whole wetsuit. This is because of the high stretch required for the entry and exit process to get your body through this opening.
Over time and with use it will fray and tear a little around the neck.

We recommend leaving the tears as they are covered up with the collar. Even if they get quite big they do not compromise the performance of your wetsuit.
… »

Yeah this is a major panel and neck entry design flaw right here…

The suit fits everywhere like next to skin compression garment. It’s tighter in some areas than others though. For some reason the upper body felt generally tighter than the lower body (like with my MAX 1.5mm).

Maybe it’s the measurements, maybe it’s the tight fit option I choosed.

The other thing is their panel construction in the lower legs and knee, as you can see in the picture. It’s just weird. It fits correctly though.

Given lack of flexibility, I would recommend this model for every watersports exept surfing.
If your focus is on durability. Look no further.

Review : Seventhwave wetsuit MAX COMP 1.5mm Mens Ti FL ZB Steamer

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 was too long by 2cm. They say their customer like super long collars...

The entry system is NOT Great. It's the shoulder panel with a round hole in the middle. Not the champion of chest zip wetsuit entry system, that's for sure.

It’s far from perfect because it extends so much the material that there is a statement in their FAQ that it will tear down: (check pic)
« I have only worn my neck entry wetsuit a couple of times and there is a small tear in the front of the neck. Is that common?

This is common with all our Neck Entry wetsuits.

The neck entry panel on all ZB (neck entry) models is the most vulnerable panel on the whole wetsuit. This is because of the high stretch required for the entry and exit process to get your body through this opening.
Over time and with use it will fray and tear a little around the neck.

We recommend leaving the tears as they are covered up with the collar. Even if they get quite big they do not compromise the performance of your wetsuit.
… »

Yeah this is a major panel and neck entry design flaw right here…

You could think that with such a design it will be hard to put on and off. Not particularly if you're used to neck entry wetsuits.

I have to say it has a positive aspect though: it doesn't put any stress on the stitchings near the shoulders. One of the usual problems with neck entry suits from other brands.

And yes even with care, it starts to fall apart after a couple sessions. Ok it’s not a big issue but they should get to work on their panels, given the price tag.
I made peace with it but not everybody will.

The suit fits everywhere like next to skin compression garment, I asked for a tight fit (they recommend going only "firm" fit). It’s tighter in some areas than others though. For some reason the upper body felt generally tighter than the lower body.

In fact there maybe another small design flaw right here. the underarm and torso panels are made in such a way that you have the impression that the stitching circles around your chest (in reality it does not). Because of the center panel in the torso and in the back, and the stitching around it, the suit FEELS like a bit restrictive.
I mean, when I bump my chest to the maximum, I feel some restriction.
I do not recall feeling this in the water though.
Maybe it’s the measurements, maybe it’s the tight fit option I choosed. Maybe it's both.
What I think is that if the panels were designed differently and if they simply removed that front and back center panels, it would make sense and certainly allow more stretch in that area.

Anyway, don’t get me wrong, I pointed out some things to improve, but that MAX COMP 1.5mm Mens Ti FL ZB Steamer is a BOMB with no competition for now.
If I were on the market for a new summer wetsuit, i’ll buy one again for sure but ask for a firm fit (not tight).

Review : Ocean & Earth Aircon Longboard Board Cover

Ocean&earth Aircon Longboard Board Cover

This is the best longboard boardbag i've had so far.

Design, materials, engineering, everything is spot on. Really this is a steal at that price compared to FCS offering. It's in line with the creatures of leasure and Pro-Lite offering. S U P E R B.

It oppens almost all the way to the nose.

Balance isn't perfect though, but maybe because I use a 9'6 bag for a 9'4 Aviso longboard that is lighter than your usual longboard of that size.

So, I will not complain on this. I don't have any other board to test the balance.

The only flaw for me is the fin slot. The expandable tail with the air nest system works well if you have a big center fin, that extends the cover, the down side is the tip of your fin directly rips on the fin slot zipper. I don't like that.

The other downside is that if you let the fin through the zipper opening of the fin slot, then it's not that extended anymore, loosing much air flow by the look of it...

Last thing on the fin slot, if you choose to let your long Fin through the zipper, if the boards move inside the cover during handling, this could damage your fins.
My 10'0 is inside and FCS cover that has a scratch fin slot. much better in that aspect. A review will follow.

This fin slot is a bit of a bummer, but this is such a perfect longboard bag in every other aspect that I can live with it and would certainly buy another one if I had to.