Womens Wetsuits 2023 Update
This year a wider range of colours and patterns gives you more choice in the look and expression of your surfing. Full colour prints are mainly applied in the summer and mid season wetsuits. Classic black is still available also.
Along with the new looks there’s a constant improvement in the materials used. For example recycled foam neoprene is lighter and eco friendly. This makes your whole surfing experience feel less constricting. Single piece panels also see more use in the front and back body. These panels reduce the seams so you get a more integral seal with less water entry. They also give more flexibility, the foam stretching more than stitching, aiding power moves in your surfing. You also get greater comfort as there’s less chance of seam chaffing.
For summer and mid season surfing the Billabong Womens Spring Fever LS Springsuit and Billabong Salty Jane Sleeveless Wetsuit on the left offer a jungle style print with a mix of eye catching colours along with finer detail. The palletes used aren’t garish and give you a distinctive look. On the far right the ION Neo Zip Top Women LS 2 1 CSK is the classic black zippered wetsuit top vest. It’s black finish looking like the traditional neoprene smoothie. It is in fact a more durable smooth finish that is less likely to wear and hole
Black with highlights is still the main theme of full length steamers. The Adelio Brinkley Ladies 3-2mm Long Sleeve Steamer gives you a classic streamlined all black look. Use of single panels on the front and back give you great flexibility and comfort. The Reeflex Flora Zipperless Ladies Steamer 3-2mm adds colour bands and highlight panels. Their application on the periphery such as the wrists and under the forearms keeps the hugging and flattering all black finish for your body. The Ocean Earth Ladies Chest Zip Steamer Wetsuit 3-2mm uses a similar application of higlight on the writs. On the far right the MadDog Womens Steamer Wetsuit adds highlights to the underarm panels. These panels are typically a different density neoprene, thinner and more flexi aiding your paddling and performance
Womens Wetsuits Overview
For winter we offer you the latest Womens Steamer tech to give great paddling and extra warmth for maximum performance. For your mid-season and summer you’ve got UV sun protection, and comfort in the early morning and late chill, covered by our great Womens Spring Suit range. Even your Womens Swimming Wetsuit, all are perfectly optimised Womens Wetsuits.
Above, your surfing may be single fin cruising on your mid-length, mini-mal or longboard. Below, it may be high performance carving and barrel riding. If you want to maximise your surfing enjoyment and performance you need your body to be warm and comfortable, not cold. To get that you need a great Womens Steamer or Womens Spring Suit wetsuit that works for you. The two featured surfers are C-Skins Team Riders Corinne Evans and Sophie Fletcher
If you can, come in store and check out the wide range of wetsuit options. As new technology is implemented into the wetsuits all the time so fitting and performance options constantly improve and change. So you need to try the latest season’s suits on.
In store we’ve a wide range of brands, styles and technologies so you get the wetsuit that works for you. Above are Womens Steamer wetsuits for surfing from ION, Adrenalin, C-Skins, Reeflex and Ocean & Earth. Below are Womens Swimming Wetsuits. These have advanced neoprene that is around 1-1.5mm thick and feature high tech buoyancy and super flex panels. Note the bright orange of the first Womens Swimming Wetsuit isn’t a fashion statement. It’s to give you high-visibility in open ocean swimming. These suits are from our Womens Swimming Wetsuit range including Orca and Zone3
What you previously may have discounted may now offer you higher performance and easier surfing with great comfort.
New Tech For Better Fit
The images above give you an indication of some of the key factors that you can assess about your wetsuit in store. From left to right: Having a plush fleecy interior can give warmth, it can also add bulk and weight; Zip placement and zipless options have to be experienced for comfort and ease of suit entry and exit; Are features must haves or reducing durability; Does the suit come together to give you great fit?
Have you tried a zipless womens wetsuit? Did it live up to the hype? Zipless suits are considered the easiest to paddle in, to surf in, and give you the best fit. This is because the stiff plastic zip is removed. It’s neither at your back where it restricts your crouching and body torsion; lets cold water enter between the zipper teeth; and doesn’t fit against your lower back risking potential back pain. It’s also not adding bulk across your chest where each paddle stroke pulls against it and your arm movements are hindered.
Above, for mid season a Womens Spring Suit is a must have. You will in fact do most of your surfing in them as there’s only one Winter for your steamer yet there’s two mid seasons as well as cooler summer and warmer winter sessions where they’ll be perfect. Suits are left to right from Ocean & Earth, C-Skins and Roxy. Below, Adrenalin is an Aussie brand that makes great wetsuits. Note on their Wahine mid season suit the smooth flow of the neoprene in the upper body. This equates to great paddling performance, comfort and fit
Even though they overcome these problems zipless suits have not been overly popular as they’re considered the hardest to enter and exit. If you’re in a hurry to get into the surf before work or because conditions are great, a zipless suit will take extra time and care to get each part of the wetsuit into position so you can wrangle your upper body in. Or if you’re wetsuit is still wet from your last session, you’ll find it almost impossible to get a zipless suit on – even with a slide-on aid.
Womens Wetsuits Tech Transfer
European brand C-Skins develop their own incredible materials to give you incredible results in the water. Above, Halo RD8 incorporates metal layers so you get next level insulation
Things are changing though and new suits incorporate features like GlideSkin, internal to the suit. This is a feature brought over from triathlon wetsuits where making a fast change is vital. It makes the suit glide on, preventing it sticking to your skin. Also neoprene continues to get flexier and finer. So the zipless panels you need to stretch to enter the suit are now even easier to work with, even compared to last season’s Womens Wetsuits.
The paddle out is one of the big things you need your Womens Steamer to aid you with
So if you want to get right the most feature of your wetsuit, the fit come in store and see which suit works best for you.
Local & European Feature Sets
Another European brand is ION. Along with plain black you get a wide range of colour options and cuts. Each cut from boy leg to bikini cut giving your various degrees of freedom and protection
Another benefit of coming in store is that you get to check our full range of Womens Wetsuits. This includes leading brands like Roxy and Ocean & Earth as well as European brands. These international brands give you several benefits. The bulk of European surfing is in colder water. So their suits handle the cold exceptionally well while giving you great performance. They also bring in new technologies like Dark Matter smoothies and have great style.
These European brands know all about the highest level performance needed on the WSL World Tour and Aussie Charger Wade Carmicheal is sponsored by C-Skins. C-Skins also sponsors a number of Female Surfers whose pics are featured in this article.