What Budget Winter Wetsuit Should I Buy
So you are looking for the most cost effective wetsuit to buy and want the warmest and most durable options.
We do get asked a lot about which wetsuit to buy if your only going to using it a few times or are on a budget. The good news is nowadays there are some really good options that you can buy. Wetsuit development has come on so much that you need not be cold in the water even if you are looking at entry-level wetsuits. For starters all entry-level wetsuits now have super stretch material and generally have thermal linings to keep you warm.
So let’s have a look at some of the best buys on the market today. If we are looking at price then the first wetsuit for men & women that springs to mind would be:
1. Rip Curl Omega winter wetsuit 5/3mm which, is priced at a very reasonable £104.95. This wetsuit has a smooth skin front panel to reduce wind penetration on the cold windy days. It also features super stretch material in the arms to give you freedom of movement whilst in the water. Being 5mm of neoprene in the body and 3mm in the arms this is thick enough to keep you warm in the months December through to April. The Omega range is in men’s and women’s versions s is available in a full size range.
2. Billabong Intruder range of wetsuits are the cheapest in the winter range with a price of £99. The wetsuit does feature some stretch material in the arms but I wouldn’t say it was more flexible than the Omega from Rip Curl. It is 5mm on the body and 3mm on the arms but does not benefit from and thermal lining. If your after the cheapest winter wetsuit then this is the wetsuit for you. You can buy this wetsuit in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes.
3. Slightly more expensive at £129.94 the O’Neill Epic 5/4 has been the best seller for many years and for good reason. It has slightly more features than the Omega in terms of it is now a 100% super stretch material so the wetsuit will give you a better fit to the body and movement will be far easier meaning you will get less tired and be able to stay out for longer. The O’Neill also benefits from firewall lining on the chest, which acts in the same way that thermal underwear works. It retains body heat and wicks water away from the neoprene. The other bonus is the material is 5mm of neoprene on the body and 4mm on the arms so an extra bit of warmth with some slightly thicker neoprene.
If you are intending to use your winter wetsuit in the coldest of months make sure you also buy wetsuit gloves and boots. The best buys in this would be the O’Neill Epic 5mm boots which are priced at £19.99 and the O’Neill SLX gloves which I would suggest you buy in the 3mm version as that will be warm enough and these cost £19.99.
Hope this article has helped you understand the differences between some of the wetsuits and what we consider to be the best value.