Reviewed:Three Ladies Wetsuits For Winter
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Three of the best wetsuits for women
If you’re feeling the cold as we settle into the guts of winter, here are the top three wetsuits currently on offer, tried and tested by the CW team.
Billabong Furnace Carbon Chest Zip 3/2 Comp Steamer $449.99
Billabong names this “The pinnacle of Technical Innovation in a Wetsuit” after the Japanese thermal jersey on its interior. In terms of flexibility the wetsuit is advanced – a snug, unrestricted fit allowing for maximum movement. The warmth factor however, seems to lag slightly – despite the Japanese fleece, the seams in the extremities of the suit don’t really seem to hold that well. They have positioned the seams well and kept the gaps to a minimum though, so the discrepancy is kept to a minimum. In terms of stretch they nail it, with unlimited movement around the shoulders and minimal seams that almost make you forget that you’re wearing a wettie once you have it on. It’s also a snug, slim fit, with no points of excess, the shape is compact and certainly designed with the human body in mind. This kind of fit though does make it pretty difficult to slide in and out of, the Japanese thermals grippy across your skin when you’re doing the wettie dance in the carpark. It’s a minor sacrifice though for maximum flexibility. Overall, it’s a solid purchase if you’re not looking to spend winter in Tasmania. – Lucy Small
O’Neill Superfreak Fuze 3/2 Steamer (multi) $329.99
If you feel the cold, there’s no question that this is the suit for you. It’s warm – very warm – and has minimal water leakage to make your bits chilly, due to its excellent cuffs and seams. This suit has very stretchy neoprene material which is comfortable and flexible to wear – it’s also pretty forgiving of sizing if you are someone who fluctuates a bit in winter. If we’re being really picky, it’s a bit of a mission to get into the suit the first few times but after that, you will feel confident pulling it on in public without looking like a demented contortionist. It is actually quite a light wetsuit and dries quickly. Wearing this suit, you can certainly stay in the water longer and that’s really the entire mission of O’Neil. Probably one of the best wetties we’ve ever pulled on and well worth the investment. – Lulu Wilkinson
Ocean and Earth 3/2 Back Zip Steamer $349.00
For a company I thought limited its wares to coffin bags and tail pads the O&E back zip steamer is a very pleasant surprise. The back zip instantly makes you think it’ll be chilly but the thermo mesh interior and blind stitching, gluing and internal taping actually make it super warm. It’s also very flexy, with limited restriction around the shoulders, kind of makes you forget you’ve even got the wettie on. The back zip also makes it super easy to slide in and out of, making this a nice affordable option for this coming winter. – Lucy Small
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