A fair few of us are now well entrenched in the winter chill. Some of us are experiencing temps between 3-10°C, also commonly known as the ‘OMG it’s actually freezing’ zone. Even when our desired waves are at their coldest we still battle the elements in search of fun.
We’ve road tested a few wetsuits this winter and here’s one that’s well worth a mention. The O’Neill Womens Psycho 3 wetsuit in 4/3. This one has definitely been put through it’s paces on the NSW South Coast with it’s wearer surfing at least two times a day. It’s not uncommon for the temp to sit around 5°C in those parts and it can get quite windy as well.
The Psycho 3 boasts a lot of technology and fancy features, but so do a lot of other ‘top of the line’ suits. So we thought we’d point out a few things that got us over the line.
Firstly, the neoprene is super tough, durable and flexible. All of the panels have been designed to flow with the female curve and are glued together, not stitched. Instead of fine cotton stitching this suit is glued together using a super flexible formula that sits smooth on the skin and didn’t cause and chaffing. Glued seams also minimise water intake, are durable and flexible. Also good for those chilly days and long sessions.
This is a back zip wetsuit and is pretty easy to get in and out of. We’ve heard some horror stories from girls getting stuck in some pretty questionable positions trying to get in and out of their suits! The patented O’Neill back zip is so advanced that it doesn’t let any water into the suit. It’s also a floating zip that sits over another layer of neoprene so you can’t even feel it’s there.
The other sweet little feature we loved was the wrist and ankles are reinforced with a plasma seal. This stopped water getting in at the extremities and stopped the bunching up of material at the legs and arms. The suit also has a key pocket and loop for security, tough (and flexible) knee pads and it also dries out in good time.
Coming in at $529.99 aud RRP it’s definitely worth the dollars if you’re keen on staying warm and comfy this winter. More deets here: O’Neill Womens Online.