With offshore winds, pulsing groundswells and empty lineups, winter delivers cold-water perfection. So, each year we pack a bunch of fresh rubber from our favourite brands and unleash them on the grinding points and punchy beach breaks of the South Pacific to see what they’re made of. Welcome to this year’s Wintermission: Land of The Long White Cloud
With the swell lines delivering a little more chill to the lineup lately, it’s safe to say that wetsuit season is fast approaching. And what better way to prepare for the task of selecting the best seal suit for your flippers than speaking with the talented designers behind our favourite cuts of rubber.
Rubber and winter go together. Plain and simple. With a heavily populated industry of both long running and pop up brands, we as surfers are constantly asking ourselves ‘what’s the difference between brands, fits, materials and the rest?’ Well, go no further and ask no longer, we’ve got the answers from the who’s who of the industry, lead designers and marketplace specialists giving us the know how on their latest ranges.
Where you surf dictates the thickness you require, simple right? Though what exactly does 2mm, 3mm and 4mm mean? Essentially, these numbers reflect the millimeter thickness of the suit itself, in particular, the torso, arms and legs. Generally, wetsuits will provide slightly thicker materials on the torso, while the limbs are a touch thinner for the ultimate feel of flexibility while paddling. Warmer waters? Go 2mm. Cool but not subzero? A 3mm is the one for you. Freezing climates? Go thick. Not sure? Check out the chart below and pinpoint your location.
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