ICE MAN: 5 BEST WINTER WETSUITS FOR SURFING

If you are a snowboarder, you are most likely a fan of anything you can station your feet on and ride (snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing). Often enough and annoying enough, you seem to be pretty good at all of them too.

We are fortunate enough to live on this incredible plant that has some incredible destinations around the world that offer snowboarding and surfing in the one holiday. Check out our list here.

If you are deciding to go on a holiday where you want to get some surfing in, you want to make sure you invest in a decent winter wetsuit to avoid the ice-cream-headache or worse… hyperthermic core or frostbite.

We found the best 5 winter wetsuits that you should consider buying if looking to surf the colder climate waves;

1. NEED ESSENTIALS FAST DRY 4/3 HOODED FULLSUIT

At the top of our list is Need Essentials. Each piece comes equipped with a Hooded Chest Zip Steamer for maximum warmth and flexibility, a 4-way mega stretch 4mm limestone-based neoprene construction, glued and blind-stitched/taped seams for added strength, as well as 4-way stretch knee pads for added durability and function. It’s the entire package, but for only a fraction of the price.

Thickness: 4mm/3mm
Closure: Chest Zip
Recommended Temperature: 50-61° F

PURCHASE: $210

 

2. FERAL HOODED 6/5/4

Outfitted for the coldest of the cold, the once-dreaded 6/5/4 wetsuits used to add upward of 10 pounds of wet weight to your person while simultaneously limiting movement — not a good combo while paddling out in overhead icy surf at remote winter breaks. Luckily, Feral wised up to this blight and released their 100% Yamamoto Japanese neoprene suit for the world to enjoy.

Thickness: 6mm/5mm/4mm
Closure: Chest Zip
Recommended Temperature: 36-50° F

PURCHASE: $405

 

3. ISURUS TI SHIELD 4/4

Per the request of Mavericks big-wave-hellman Grant Twiggy Baker, Isurus sought to build a zip-free competition wetsuit with the flexibility of a 3/2 but with the warmth of a 5/4. What they came up with was the Ti Shield 4/4, a #40 Yamamoto neoprene suit complete with a heat reflecting Titanium Z-Fleece along with a seamless single back panel — meaning, fewer restrictions on range of motion— and an “Arms Up” design for the desired flex you need on a board. Hey, if the boys in the heavy NorCal waters enjoy it, we’re sure the rest of us mere mortals will fair just fine.

Thickness: 4mm
Closure: Zipperless Entry
Recommended Temperature: 48-58° F

PURCHASE: $500

4. PATAGONIA R5 YULEX FRONTZIP HOODED FULLSUIT

Neoprene-free and built, quite literally, to handle icy water, the R5 Yulex gets its name from its 85% Yulex natural rubber composition in conjunction with a 15% synthetic rubber makeup. It’s all natural and sustainable as well — since Patagonia worked diligently to pull the natural rubber materials from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Other notable features include the Yulex’s 100% external seam sealing, an adjustable hood opening with cord lock, an inverted microgrid thermal lining, and triple-glued seams.

Thickness: 6.5mm/4.5mm
Closure: Chest Zip
Recommended Temperature: 32-38° F

PURCHASE: $579

 

5. MATUSE TUMO HOODED 5/4

Borrowing its namesake from the Buddhist meditation technique where Monks utilize their own body heat to dry out a wet blanket on top of fresh snowfall, the Tumo’s intended purpose should be quite apparent. That’s because with upward of 5mm of Japanese geoprene at the helm, icy waters no longer become a factor for winter sessions.

Thickness: 5mm/4mm
Closure: Chest Zip
Recommended Temperature: 45-53° F

PURCHASE: $600