O'Neill Epic Wetsuit Review
O'Neill is a favoured wetsuit manufacturer recognised for its focus on providing high-quality wetsuits. The O’Neill Epic is no different, and despite being thought of as an entry-level wetsuit range, it includes top-end features making it shine amongst other entry-level wetsuits.
We discuss the highlights of the wetsuit and compare it to other O’Neill wetsuits that are more or less expensive in comparison.
- The O'Neill Epic in a Nutshell
- Who Is the O'Neill Epic For?
- Available Thicknesses
- Available Sizing of the O'Neill Epic Wetsuit
- Alternatives to the O'Neill Epic Range
The O'Neill Epic in a Nutshell
One of the most dependable wetsuits out there, the O'Neill Epic covers everything you need to keep you warm and comfortable in the ocean - and then some!
When it was initially produced, the O'Neill Epic was regarded as an incredible entry-level wetsuit. As the wetsuit range has progressed, it has earned its reputation as an entry-level wetsuit with advanced features making it rise above other wetsuits of a similar level and transforming its recognition as only being an entry-level wetsuit.
We explain the benefits of the advanced technology that features in some of the newest editions of the O'Neill Epic.
An internal lining for added warmth isn’t a common feature in many entry-level wetsuits, and this is where the O'Neill Epic comes into its own.
The FluidFlex Firewall is a thermal layer found in the body of the wetsuit; it provides an additional layer of insulation for your most important organs. It will thereby keep you warmer than just neoprene alone, meaning you can be in the sea for longer.
Ultra Flex Neoprene
The UltraFlex neoprene really sells this wetsuit. O’Neill has a fantastic reputation for creating wetsuits with flexibility, and they don't cop out in their more affordable ranges!
Ultra Flex neoprene is the key component throughout this wetsuit. Having good quality neoprene is a fundamental difference between being warm or not. Flexible neoprene not only means that the wetsuit will fit tightly to your body with more accuracy, so you remain warmer, but it also affects your overall comfort.
Glued and Blind Stitched Seams
Another feature to look for on any quality wetsuit is glued and blind stitched seams.
Glued and blind stitched seams provide better sealing than flat-locked seams that you find in cheaper wetsuits. Seams are partly stitched and then sealed with glue to reduce water intake into the wetsuit. Again, this makes the wetsuit warmer as excess water is prevented from leaking into the suit.
A Focus On Eco-Conscious Production
Not exactly a wetsuit feature, but it is an essential highlight of the O'Neill Epic range and one that more people are searching for in the manufacturing of their wetsuits.
The newer editions of the O'Neill Epic wetsuit series are created with more environmentally-conscious processes and materials. These include:
- Eco Carbon Black in neoprene.
- Limestone neoprene - this is regarded as a lightly more eco-friendly method of constructing wetsuit neoprene.
- Dope-dyed Yam Jersey.
Who Is the O'Neill Epic For?
If you are looking for a durable all-around wetsuit, the O’Neill Epic is reliable and provides everything needed to keep you warm.
The O’Neill Epic is an ideal choice for those who require a little something more from an entry-level wetsuit. It is the perfect first wetsuit as well as providing a slight upgrade. It is an excellent choice for those who regularly go in the water thanks to the superb quality neoprene and finishes such as the glued and blind stitched seams and Double Super Seal Collar.
O’Neill Epic Price
The O’Neill Epic is priced at the top end of entry-level wetsuits because of its high-quality features, but it is still relatively affordable.
Overall, it is a great wetsuit for those who want to spend extra money to gain some slightly more advanced features than those you find in many entry-level wetsuits.
Where and When to Use the O’Neill Epic
Our O’Neill Epic range is available in a range of wetsuit thicknesses meaning there is a wetsuit perfect for any time of year in UK waters. We explain more about neoprene thickness in the next section of this blog.
Whether you want to enter the sea in the depths of winter or prefer fair weather surfing, the O’Neill Epic has you covered.
Here at Wetsuit Centre, we provide the following thicknesses:
We recommend the following:
- 5:4 - The ideal thickness for surfing in the UK throughout the coldest months from the end of November to around April at water temperatures of near 9C.
- 4:3 - If you need an all-round thickness, this is your best option. It provides warmth from the end of April to around November in waters of 12C-19C.
- 3:2 - The ultimate option for the summer season. You will want a 3:2 wetsuit in water temperatures of 15C or warmer. We also provide the 3:2 in a women’s chest zip and a men’s short sleeved version.
If you are unsure of what thickness is right for you, check out our blog below that offers further guidance:
Available Sizing of the O'Neill Epic Wetsuit
Whether you need a wetsuit for men, women, or children, the O’Neill Epic series is available in various sizes to fit the whole family. The range is also available in short and tall versions in adult sizes, ensuring you get the best fit possible.
Alternatives to the O'Neill Epic Range
As a relatively entry-level wetsuit that still possesses high-quality features, the O’Neill Epic is pretty unique in its pricing.
The price is nowhere near what you would expect to pay for a more advanced wetsuit, but it is slightly more than other entry-level wetsuits. This means there is plenty of scope if you have less money to play with, and you are on a tighter budget.
On the other hand, it also means that you know that by buying the O’Neill Epic, you will have a wetsuit that offers that little bit more and is worth the expense.
If You Are on a Tighter Budget
If you are more likely to use your wetsuit in the summer months and are looking for a slightly lower price, we recommend the O’Neill Reactor. It doesn't have the same quality features, such as glued and blind stitched seams, but it is produced with Ultraflex neoprene, so the fit is precise.
We would recommend this range for days at the beach and warmer weather in the peak of UK summers if you aren’t prepared to wear a shorty wetsuit.
If you want a wetsuit thickness of 4:3 or above, we would recommend the C-Skin Legend range. These wetsuits come in slightly cheaper and still offer all you need to maintain warmth in the sea. They are nicely finished with additional features such as the Superseal Glideskin collar and glued and blindstitched seams. The suit also has an Antifreeze Polypro chest & back panel for extra warmth.
More Advanced Wetsuits
The O’Neill Epic is such a sufficient wetsuit that more advanced wetsuits tend to jump after this one.
If you have more of a budget to play with and are looking for something that offers even more flexibility, you will see a change in neoprene technology. Both the O’Neill Hyperfreak and Psycho One range are some of the best O’Neill wetsuits on the market due to the advanced Technobutter neoprene. This neoprene is created with a different structure and essentially drains excess water away, keeping the wetsuit lightweight but still incredibly warm. Due to this, wetsuits in the same calibre as these tend to jump in price.
If you are not sure what you require from your wetsuit yet, we recommend sticking to wetsuit ranges such as the O’neill Epic before investing in more expensive wetsuits.
The O’Neill Epic wetsuit range is a truly dependable wetsuit that is guaranteed to keep you warm even in the coldest of conditions. It is a perfect choice for those who are on a budget but require a warm wetsuit. The flexible neoprene means you can move without restriction in the water and ensures your wetsuit fits you like a second skin.
If you need any help in choosing the most suitable size for you, why not contact our friendly team? We have over a decade of online experience providing great wetsuits that offer value for money. Give us a call today on 01202 302943 or drop us an email at [email protected]
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