Give your upper body the protection it deserves with the Polypro. Featuring Texture Skin to shield you from warmth-robbing wind with Flatlock seams for a comfortable fit.
The warmth of a wetsuit largely depends on the thickness of its neoprene. Measured in millimeters (mm), a thicker suit will generally keep you warmer. However, a thicker suit will also weigh more and be less flexible, resulting in greater paddling fatigue and reduced performance. The goal is to choose a suit that is not unnecessarily thick for your local conditions.
To achieve a balance between warmth and performance, most wetsuits use a combination of neoprene thicknesses. Thicker panels are generally used in the chest, back, and lower body, while thinner panels are used through the arms and shoulders for greater flexibility and easier paddling. A suit’s particular combination of neoprene thickness is reflected in the name of the suit itself. For example, a “4/3mm” wetsuit uses both 4mm and 3mm neoprene. A “2mm” wetsuit is made entirely of 2mm neoprene. The thickness we list here refers only to the thickest neoprene used in the suit. More detailed information on the thicknesses used and their placement is listed below.
Keep in mind that additional features such as advanced seam construction, insulated lining, and hoods greatly impact the warmth of a wetsuit. The presence of these features can compensate for the reduced warmth of thinner neoprene, offering greater performance while retaining overall warmth. For example, a higher-end 4/3mm wetsuit with sealed seams and interior thermal lining will likely stay as warm as an economical 5/4mm wetsuit that does not have those features.
In a perfect world, wetsuits would be seamless. Until then, the goal is to make seams as light, flexible, durable, and impermeable to water as possible. While each brand has its own lingo, there are four basic seam constructions on the market: flatlock; glued and blind stitched (GBS); glued and blind stitched with taping; and liquid rubber seam seal.
Flatlock - A durable, breathable, and economical seam construction where two panels of neoprene are overlapped and stitched together using a flatlock stitch. Flatlock seams are often found on warmer water suits and neoprene tops where absolute waterproofing is not critical or necessarily desired.
Texture Skin - Texture Skin is a wind-resistant outer chest area to keep you warm on gusty days.
Temperature Guide - For use as a guide only. Many factors beside water temperature can influence how warm or cold you are in the water - air temperature, session length, wind speed, etc. Your individual preferences come first when choosing your wetsuit, gear and accessories.
Double Flap Neck Dam - A two-layered neck with outer UltraStretch neoprene and an inner SmoothSkin lined dam for the best fit when layering with a wetsuit or other top.
Loop it or Lose it! - Centered elastic waist loop for keeping your top in place. Can help prevent the top riding up (and unexpected boardshort loss).
Polypro Stretch Fabric - Unrestricted 4-way stretch movement with the protection you'd expect from a wetsuit.