Need A New Suit?

posted by / News, Photos / October 25, 2013

Shane Dorian, blitzkrieg in Billabong. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane

Shane Dorian, blitzkrieg in Billabong. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane

Nimble. Quick. Kolohe Andino jacks his tail around in a Hurley suit. Photo: Jimmicane

Nimble. Quick. Kolohe Andino jacks his tail in a Hurley suit. Photo: Jimmicane

Taylor Knox flexes in a Rip Curl suit. Photo: Corey Wilson

Taylor Knox flexes in a Rip Curl suit. Photo: Corey Wilson

It's like having cold insurance. Cheyne Magnusson, full coverage from Body Glove. Photo: Brent Bielmann

It's like having cold insurance. Cheyne Magnusson, full coverage from Body Glove. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Dane Reynolds, a Californian love tap in Quik. Photo: Morgan Maassen

Dane Reynolds, a Californian love tap in Quik. Photo: Morgan Maassen


 

In the wintertime, your wetsuit is your best friend and you should treat it as such. Care for it. Invite it on trips with you. Respect its boundaries but if you’re feeling intimate, then shout YOLO and take it in the shower with you. Likewise, you should feel that deep sense of kinship radiating back from your wetsuit to you. You should feel like you can rely on your wetsuit. Like it’ll change its plans to be as flexible as possible in order to meet your demands. You should know it’s undying warmth on even the coldest, loneliest days. Yes, the bond between a surfer and a wetsuit is indeed special — even if you do piss all over it.

We built a tool to help you to choose your next best friend. In our 2013 wetsuit buyer’s guide, you’ll find all the info you need to pick your winter suit. We’ve got the specs, prices, temperature ranges and more on some of the finest rubber on the market. We’ve even got a feature that allows you to compare one model to the next and see what suits you best. So go on now and ramble through the 2013 wetsuit buyer’s guide. Your new pal awaits. —Brendan Buckley

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  • Barry Price

    This is a joke. It’s like you took screen grabs from the wetsuit manufacturers websites and threw them together and called it a “Buyer’s Guide”. Why not just call it what it is — one big wetsuit advertisement.
    There is no analysis. No testing. I’m betting you just sent an email out to all your bro’s at the wetsuit companies and said, “We’re running a wetsuit buyer’s guide online. The cost is X-amount of dollars for each suit you choose to include. Don’t worry, we won’t actually do any analysis on them or proclaim one a better deal than another — it will be a strait advertisement in which you provide the copy.”
    Shame on you for passing this off as a feature, rather than what it is.

  • Pecos Bill

    Amen Barry, I’ve been saying that for years. Bogus wetsuit buyers guides suck!!!!

  • Merkus

    Barry your a legend!! hah

  • Mark from near Shark Park

    Thanks Barry, for saving me the disappointment for the umpteenth Fall in a row. Years ago (25?!), my friend and I did a bodyboard guide, where we actually talked to manufacturers at the ASR trade show, got boards and tested them. It was for Bodyboarding mag, owned by… Surfing. I know no one cares about spongers blah blah, but it’s the principle. Recently, we were in the market for a new suit so we started calling manufacturers. After “bro’in” out on the phone they all admitted the super flexi materials were requested by pros who get suits for free, but only last 2 seasons. Even the fancy ones. Enjoy!

  • Joe

    You guys are whiners, seriously. it is what it is…

  • Aaron

    No Joe. It could be much better. Let’s see some actual product reviews.

  • Matt

    Barry, there can be no analysis – the cat would be let out of the bag – if any suit were deemed better than any other – puff – there goes a bunch of advertising/marketing dollars walking out the door from Surfermag. It’s all pissing in the pockets and protecting asses nowadays – result of a VERY fragile surf economy – they’re al just getting by and there’ll be no rocking of boats. All information is now homogenized from the mags (and let’s face it there’s only two owned by the same corporate now). It’s sucks, but that’s how it is.