What is the Best Winter Wetsuit to Buy on a Budget?

A surfer in hooded winter wetsuit carrying a surfboard


So you are looking for the most cost-effective wetsuit to buy and, naturally, on the search for the warmest and most durable options.


However, knowing what to look for can have its challenges, especially if you’re on a budget!


How does the price reflect the quality? What features should you be looking out for? As experts in wetsuits, we answer all these questions and more and highlight some of our favourite designs!


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Determining a Decent Wetsuit


We get asked a lot about which wetsuit to buy if you’re only going to be using it a few times or are on a budget.


The good news is nowadays there are some excellent options that you can buy. Wetsuit development has progressed 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 the price, then the first wetsuit for men & women that springs to mind would be!


Rip Curl Freelite 5/3mm Wetsuit 2021


One of our least expensive winter wetsuits for men, the Rip Curl Freelite 5/3mm wetsuit is perfect for those on the lookout for the ultimate bargain.

It is perfect for dipping in the ocean from November to April for a multitude of watersports, including surfing (of course)!

It aims to keep you feeling toasty through its 5mm neoprene on the body and legs while ensuring you have maximum flexibility in its batwing back and strategic panel. If you are looking for something cheap and cheerful but reliable, this is the suit for you!


Rip Curl Omega 5/3 Winter Wetsuits


The Rip Curl Omega is a reliable and loved range that has been running for years, and for a good reason.  

We provide two ranges of Omega Rip Curl wetsuits:


Rip Curl Omega GBS Mens 5/3mm Winter Wetsuit 2021


Starting with the slightly cheaper option, the Rip Curl Omega GBS Mens 5/3mm winter wetsuit has been released ready for 2021. 

If warmth and flexibility are what you are after, look no further! This suit is complete with flexible E5 neoprene which offers a snug fit and keeps you warm, not to mention ideal for performance. 

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 is thick enough to keep you warm in the months December through to April. 


Rip Curl Omega Mens 5/3mm Winter Wetsuit 2021


For slightly more, the Rip Curl Omega Mens 5/3mm backzip winter wetsuit has also been redesigned ready for this season! 

Its smooth appearance is just as streamlined in the water in a sleek slate colour, offering the perfect balance of flexibility and warmth. 

It is easy to peel on and off as a back zip suit, which is especially useful in the colder months!

Like the GBS, it is ideal to be worn in water from December to April. Complete with E5 neoprene, it excels when whipping your board around, but can be used in other watersports too!


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C-Skins Legend 5/3mm Back Zip Wetsuit 2021


This men’s winter wetsuit is an ever-evolving wetsuit range by C-Skins and 2021 sees their finest design yet. The body offers extra stretch through the Xtend neoprene which features at the top half of the body, meaning you can paddle with ease!

A defining feature of this suit is the True Thickness neoprene which, as the name suggests, offers incredible warmth and putting it at the top of the leader board for wetsuits in this price range! The additional Antifreeze Ploy pro chest and back panel means you are kept that little bit toastier! For an extra tenner, you can get this sleek suit in a strong but subtle ink and black colour!


C Skins Surf Lite 5/3mm Back Zip Winter Wetsuit 2021


If you’re looking for a winter wetsuit within a budget, the C-Skins Surf Lite 5/3mm back zip winter wetsuit is a perfect design of women’s wetsuits. 

Complete with True Thickness neoprene and GBS seams (glued and blind stitched) found in the men’s C-Skins Legend range, it is a suit destined to keep you warm while coming in at a nifty price tag of £139.95. One for the coldest months, enjoy your favourite watersports in this durable and warm wetsuit!


A surfer wearing a winter wetsuit surfing a wave




Teetering over the £150 mark, but well worth the extra £10 or £15, Mystic have an incredible range of winter wetsuits for both men and women! The Mystic Star range is ideal for those working with a budget.

Considered an entry-level suit, it has many impressive features which are guaranteed to provide you with your money’s worth!

Its overall flexibility comes from the 100% M-Flex neoprene, enhanced for warmth by the Fox Fleece, which lines the suit's back and chest. Like most other suits featured on this list, it is securely taped with GBS, as well as added junction taping.

The men’s range comes in navy and black. For women’s sizes, the suits feature in either a blue or a black colour! 


A surfer zipping up a winter wetsuit


Extra Things to Consider


Below, we offer some more guidance on the winter wetsuits, including what to look out for and any neoprene accessories you will need to stay warm!

The Fit 

We can’t emphasise enough how important the correct fit is. If it wasn’t important enough when buying a mid-season or summer wetsuit, it is even more essential in the winter and colder waters. If you’re unsure, please feel free to contact us at Wetsuit Centre, and we can guide you!

We provide a step by step guide for the perfect female wetsuit fit below:

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Look for Glued and Blind-Stitched Seams

The warmer suits will have glued and blind stitched seams. These seals will keep excess water leaking into your suit, which essentially makes you colder. 


If you intend 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  priced at £29.95. You can see our extensive range here for gloves, with prices varying from £18.95 and upwards!

At a lower price range, you are unlikely to find a hooded wetsuit; however, you can simply purchase a separate hood to complete your winter wetsuit apparel! Our website has plenty of different wetsuit hoods for you to choose!

For more information about winter neoprene accessories, check out our blog below!


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We hope this article has helped you understand the differences between some of the wetsuits and what we consider to be the best value. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call on 01202 302 943 or email us at [email protected]