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

So you are looking for the best budget winter 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 models!

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What Makes a Winter Wetsuit the Best in 2021?

We get asked a lot about which wetsuit to buy if you’re only going to be using it a few times during the winter.

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 neoprene and they generally have stitched 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 surfing during November to April, and for enjoying other forms of watersports!

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!

This wetsuit is also available for women!

RIP CURL OMEGA 5/3 WINTER WETSUITS

The Rip Curl Omega is a reliable and loved range that has been running with us for years, and we don’t feel like letting go anytime soon!

We provide two ranges of Omega Rip Curl wetsuits:

RIP CURL OMEGA GBS MEN’S 5/3MM WINTER WETSUIT 2021

Starting with the slightly cheaper option, the Rip Curl Omega GBS Men’s 5/3mm winter wetsuit was released in 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 it being 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, it is thick enough to keep you warm from December through to April.

RIP CURL OMEGA MEN’S 5/3MM WINTER WETSUIT 2021

For slightly more, the Rip Curl Omega Men’s 5/3mm back zip 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 mobility and protection.

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!

C-SKINS LEGEND 5/3MM BACK ZIP WETSUIT 2021

The C-Skins Legend 5/3MM Back Zip Wetsuit 2021 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 insulation and puts it right at the top of the leaderboard for wetsuits in this price range! The additional Antifreeze Ploy pro chest and back panel means you are kept that little bit toastier!

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 for women’s wetsuits.

Complete with True Thickness neoprene and GBS (glued and blind stitched) seams 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. One for the coldest months, enjoy your favourite watersports in this durable and warm wetsuit!

MYSTIC STAR 5/3MM BACK ZIP WINTER WETSUIT 2021

Teetering over the £150 mark the Mystic Star 5/3MM Mens Back Zip Winter Wetsuit 2021 is for both men and women! The Mystic Star winter wetsuit 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.

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Things to Consider for a Winter Wetsuit

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

What Wetsuit Fit Do I need?

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!

Below, we provide a step-by-step guide for the how to size the perfect wetsuit for you!

Check out our guide: how to size a wetsuit

Do I Need Glued and Blind-Stitched Seams?

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

What Winter Accessories are Best for Surfing?

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 accompanied with our winter wetsuit gloves!

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!

Check out our winter wetsuit accessories: all you need to know

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 contact us on Facebook or email us at [email protected]