Chest zip, back zip, sealed, 3/2, 4/3, super flexible, E4, quick-dry… The list of features goes on. It can be hard to know what to buy and how much to spend with the amount of options out there at the moment. Is it safe to buy online? Should you only buy after you try? How long do you expect your suit to last?

What are your recommendations on winter wetsuits and why? What is it about your favourite wetsuit that keeps you happy in the winter water?

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  1. Diana May 14, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Patagonia for the win! I was on the fence buying it for over two years – a friend recommended them to me because they have wool lining but they’re not cheap – $700 is ridiculous in my opinion and the Australian winter season is not that long to justify the purchases. However I happened to stop by the shop on my birthday weekend when they were having a pre-season sale, and out of the 4 wetsuits marked down, one was my exact size… in tall! I knew it was meant to be and treated myself and I’m so happy I did (as is my boyfriend because now I complain less that I’m cold ;) ).

    The only thing I had to get used to was that there’s no zip – you enter and exit through the neck hole. This does make it warmer but I found it safer to have a friend around when I was trying to take it off so that I didn’t get stuck. Otherwise I’m always the last one out on winter days because I’m not cold! I bought the R2, which is based on how cold the water will get. I think they go up to R4 or R5 if you live in a colder area, but R2 is enough for over here.

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