The O’Neill Wetsuit Range is Unbeatable… Here’s Why

 

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Salty seadog Jack O’Neill opened his first surf shop in a San Francisco garage back in 1952, and his trademark O’Neill wetsuits followed not long after. The cold water waves of NorCal were the perfect place to develop and improve performance surfing wetsuits, and the company is still doing just that to this day. Truth is, O’Neill have damn near perfected the surfing wetsuit, mind you they’ve had 65 years to do it.

 

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Whether you’re just starting out in the waves or you’ve been shredding your local break since you were a nipper, there’s an O’Neill wetsuit for everyone. Different levels of performance, different price points, designs for men, women and children, O’Neill has it all, and that’s why the O’Neill wetsuit range is unbeatable. Here are just a few of the different wetsuits currently available from one of the oldest surf companies in the world.

Epic

Let’s kick things off with the Epic, O’Neil’s entry-level performance surfing wetsuit that offers the best value with the best tech. Borrowing features from top-of-the-range O’Neill wetsuits, the Epic is a fine choice for surfers who need a great value wettie but don’t want to compromise on warmth or performance. It features the FluidFlex Firewall to lock your body heat inside the suit, and the engineered fit of the Lumbar Seamless Design provides awesome flexibility, particularly around the paddle zones of the arms and shoulders.

 

 

SuperFreak

Next up we have the SuperFreak, a true original and still one of the best-selling wetsuits from the O’Neill range. The perfect everyday surfing wetsuit that balances performance and affordability just right, the SuperFreak is a super durable, high-quality wetsuit that just keeps on giving. Blind stitched seams are triple glued and critical seam junctions are taped for extra strength. The Ultraflex DS neoprene is super comfy and stretchy, plus the Krypto Knee Padz are tough while giving plenty of flexibility. All in all, the SuperFreak is built to last and does everything it can to help you get the most out of your surfing.

 


Psycho One F.U.Z.E. ZIP

Now to round things up it’s time to look at the Psycho One F.U.Z.E., for the surfer who simply won’t accept any substitutes! All the latest O’Neill innovations and advanced wetsuit tech are crammed into this wetsuit, including their trademark Front Upper Zipper Entry (that’s what F.U.Z.E. stands for). This includes a 360º inner barrier to eliminate flushing, a cinch cord to tighten the seal, and even drain holes to guide out any water that does manage to get in. That’s just the start, because the biggest deal about the Psycho One F.U.Z.E. has to be the TechnoButter 2 neoprene it uses, O’Neill’s most advanced and stretchy to date, both lightweight and quick drying. Then again, the minimal seam design for the best in flexibility is pretty cool too!

Now go check out our range of O’Neill wetsuits at Jack’s Surfboards and pick the one that’s right for you!

Get the Scoop: Xcel Wetsuits

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Xcel Infiniti DRYLOCKHaving a solid wetsuit can make anyone’s day. Not having to worry about your suit rashing you up in all the wrong places, fitting oddly as if you were wearing a pair or granny panties, or your little sisters panties for that matter, and keeping you warm enough to survive the cold cloudy day in which the beach is empty and the waves are perfect, is a great aspect to let slip away, free of your mind. Well good news! The guys over at Xcel Wetsuits have already figured all those problems out, giving you some of the best wetsuits out there. With ongoing technological advances happening in the design of the wetsuits every year, Xcel has been constantly working since 1982 to give you a better wetsuit, keeping you in the water for as long as your little legs can handle. And with a solid 1 year, full repair warranty, you can shred hard without worrying that the breaking in of your suit will end up breaking your piggy bank.

With multiple zipper placement options, Xcel wetsuits try to make your suit as comfortable as possible. Their X-Zip, and recently released X-Zip2, make it as easy as humanly possible to get in and out of your suit, saving you that much hassle on a daily basis, and fulfilling their ultimate goal, keeping you in the water and under the sun as much as possible.

Xcel, being the fun-loving company that it is, has also recently done its part in the battle against skin cancer. Xcel recently has paired up with the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Center, along with holding several skin cancer awareness events, in order to work towards better preventative measures, as well as the ultimate goal, a cure. A portion of Xcel’s sales go to the Xcel Skin Cancer Prevention Fund, and have stacked up to over $39,000 thus far.

So if you are surfing, scuba diving, or anything else in the water, look to Xcel wetsuits to get the job done right. Stay bright and get wet.

How to: Care for your Wetsuit

wetsuit-hanging-to-dryTaking proper care of your wetsuit can extend its lifespan and save you money. Maintaining the neoprene material, rinsing your wetsuit with freshwater and hanging it to dry properly will preserve its fit and quality. It’s also important to break any bad habits of storing your wetsuit in the back of your trunk, or folding it over a balcony railing in the sun. Take these tips on how to avoid damaging your wetsuit and preserve its fit and flexibility.

About Neoprene
Neoprene is a material made of cell-closed air bubbles that provides superior insulation in the water which keeps you warm and extends your surf session. In order to maintain the fit and lifespan of the suit, this wetsuit material needs to be properly cared for. Neoprene is flexible, and will stretch in some places with wear. Because the fit can change, it’s best not to lend your wetsuit to your big-shouldered friends who may stretch it out.  Be mindful that watches, keys and necklaces can catch on the neoprene and tear your suit. Neoprene does not fare well in hot water; do not wash your wetsuit using hot water or bleach. Never put your wetsuit in a washing machine.

Rinse
It’s no secret that wetsuits can stink, and sometimes even wreak. Leave your suit dripping wet in your car after a surf session and you’ll come back to the unpleasant aroma of over-heated neoprene and salt. However there are ways to keep your wetsuit bacteria level and odor at a minimum. After surfing, as soon as possible, rinse your wetsuit with freshwater. If you’re lucky enough to surf a break with some sort of showering facility, give it a good rinse inside and out. At best, rinse the outside of your suit at the beach and fully rinse it when you get home using a hose, or rinse off in the shower with cool water. As you’d probably guess, peeing in your wetsuit is not recommended, but we’ll leave that one up to personal preference.

Hang to dry
The best method for hanging your suit is with a hanger specifically designed for wetsuits, which you should be able to find at your local surf shop for around $20. Hang your suit in the shade or in the shower. Always make the effort to hang your wetsuit to dry, and avoid folding it. Turning your wetsuit inside-out before hanging it can help maintain flexibility of the suit. Do not leave your wetsuit sitting in the sun; this will alter the fit and damage the neoprene. Hanging your wetsuit on a metal railing (such as on a balcony) can stain and erode the suit. Remember to avoid punctures in your wetsuit; be aware of where you hang it to dry.

Fixing holes
Nothing is worse than finding a hole in your wetsuit. Luckily you can repair minor tears with neoprene repair adhesive, found at most surf shops. This glue is designed to seal the neoprene material back together and protect against abrasion.  Make sure the area around the tear is clean and dry when you apply the neoprene adhesive.  Apply to both sides of the tear and pinch together. Allow the glue to dry (out of the sun in a cool area) before wearing it. Complete wetsuit repair kits are also available.

The Scoop on Wetsuit Gloves

Even if you surf in Southern California, there’s a good chance that your hands get cold at the end of long sessions. It’s normal—your extremities lose heat fast, and even if the water’s in the high 60s it can still take a toll on your fingers after a while.  That’s where wetsuit gloves come in. You don’t have to surf in Alaska or Patagonia to appreciate keeping your hands warm, and gloves also give your hands a bit of protection from sharp fins and reefs.

quiksilver-glovesOne of the biggest decisions in picking gloves is how many finger slots you want—that is, whether you want mitten-style gloves, gloves where all your fingers are separate, or something in between. If you’re surfing somewhere moderately warm—somewhere you typically wear a 3/2 wetsuit—then a standard five-fingered glove like the Quicksilver Ignite will do the trick. If you typically wear a thicker wetsuit, lobster-style gloves, like the West 2 Finger Mitten, provide a nice compromise between warmth and flexibility. And for those of you dodging ice in the lineup, we carry full mittens like the Rip Curl Flash Bomb 7/5.

Thickness isn’t quite as important with gloves as it is with wetsuits, but it’s still important to consider.   In general, it’s better to err on the side of getting a thicker glove. Having that extra neoprene won’t really affect your performance when you’re paddling or standing up or grabbing rail in the barrel, and it’ll keep your hands warmer so you can keep surfing longer.

Picking the Right Wetsuit for Kids



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Kids Body Glove Pr1me 3/2 CZ Fullsuit

It’s the heart of winter right now, and if you’re a parent you’ll know that it’s one of the toughest times of year to keep kids active and entertained. Even if you live here in Southern California, it can still be rainy or cold for days at a time. It probably won’t surprise you that we think surfing is one of the best ways to get outside with your kids in the winter. Even when the sky’s a bit grey and drizzly and there’s a bit of wind, it’s likely that you can find some kid-friendly waves close to home.

With a good wetsuit, kids can stay in the water just as long in the winter as in the summer. 
Kids are particularly prone to colder water temperatures, so when the water temps drop or the wind starts blowing, it’s crucial that they have a quality wetsuit that fits them well.

We often recommend the Kids Body Glove Pr1me 4/3 CZ Fullsuit. This also comes in a 3/2, but the extra neoprene in the 4/3 keeps kids warm even during the heart of winter. And since most kids have flexibility and energy to spare, the added thickness won’t hinder their paddling or surfing.

We also carry XCel’s extensive line of kids’ wetsuits. If you’re looking for a budget option, the XCel SLX Offset

Kids’ Xcel Infiniti X-Zip2 5/4 Hooded Fullsuit

Kids’ Xcel Infiniti X-Zip2 5/4 Hooded Fullsuit

3/2 Fullsuit is a great value. Or if your kid is surfing some northern beach—or is just extra-sensitive to the cold—the Kids’ Xcel Infiniti X-Zip2 5/4 Hooded Fullsuit is one of the best kids hooded coldwater wetsuits you can get.

When you’re picking out a wetsuit for a child, it’s important to get a good fit. We have an extensive sizing charton our wetsuit, so if you measure your child beforehand you can make sure that the wetsuit will be a perfect fit.

Wetsuit Hoods: The Unsung Heroes of Winter Surfing

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You may have heard the old bit of folk wisdom about how most of your body heat leaves through your head. It turns out that, in general, this is completely false. The amount of body heat you lose depends on the surface area you have exposed, so a larger surface area, like your leg, naturally loses more heat than your head.

But if you’re already wearing a full wetsuit, then your head probably is your biggest source of heat-loss—it’s the largest uncovered surface on your body. That’s why a good wetsuit hood is one of the unsung heroes of winter surfing in California (or year-round surfing in colder climates).

If you live in California—and not in the far-flung northern reasons—your go-to wetsuit probably doesn’t have a built-in hood. Most of the year it’s unnecessary and only gets in the way. But for a few months of the year, having a hood can make the difference between a fun session and a session where you dread every duck dive.

That’s why we carry a number of hoods that you can use with your current wetsuit. The Rip Curl Flash Bomb 3mm, for example, is a great hood to wear with your 3/2 fullsuit. It has flash lining, which means that the hood is warm and comfy, and that it dries in around fifteen minutes. Which is great, because the only thing worse than putting on a wet wetsuit is also putting on a cold hood.

If you want something super warm to go with a 4/3 or 5/4 wetsuit, we recommend the Hyperflex 5/3mm Bibbed Surf Hood. Not only is it a bit thicker for additional warmth, but it has a bib. Basically, the bib tucks under the neckline of your wetsuit and extends to your upper chest, which means that there’s no gap in your neckline to allow water into your wetsuit or into the hood.

O'Neill 2MM Sport Cap - Men's

O'Neill 2MM Sport Cap - Men's

For a hood that you can use year-round for warmth and sun protection, check out the O’Neill 2mm Sport Cap. It’s super light and unobstructive, but it’ll protect your ears and face from the sun, and it’ll give you a bit of warmth on windy days or early mornings.

Hoods are relatively inexpensive, and they’re a great addition to any non-hooded wetsuit—and you won’t have to worry about exactly how much heat you lose through your head.

Body Glove Pr1me 3/2 Wetsuit

body-glove-pr1me-32-cz-fullsuit-mensOne of the most awkward parts of surfing is the get-into-your-wetsuit dance in the parking lot. You know the one: where the zipper is jammed or you haven’t worn your wetsuit in a while or it didn’t fit right to begin with, and you’re in the parking lot doing yoga contortions to get into your wetsuit and get it zipped. It’s awkward and unpleasant, especially if you have to get one of your friends to zip you up.

You won’t have that problem with the Body Glove Pr1me 3/2 Wetsuit. It might be the easiest-to-get-into fullsuit on the market. It has what Body Glove calls an E-Z Entry Slant Zip, which is basically a zipper that goes diagonally across the chest. What’s great about this is that it gives you a bit more space to get your body into the suit without sacrificing the warmth of a snug fit once you’re in the suit—and the zipper’s right there on your chest when it’s time to zip up.

Of course, if you were going to buy a wetsuit just because it’s easy to get into you’d just wear boardshorts—a wetsuit’s whole purpose is to keep you warm while you surf. And the Body Glove Pr1me 3/2 does that as well. It has Pyrostretch insulation for added warmth from the chest down, and it has a shoulder bib cinch that lets you seal the bib up nice and tight to keep water out.

The Body Glove Pr1me 3/2 is also good and comfy once you have it on. It has a Glideskin neck, because no one likes neck chafing. And the whole thing is made of Body Glove’s Evoflex material blend, which ensures that it’s flexible and won’t hold your surfing back. So if you want a wetsuit that’ll keep you warm and comfortable, and want to be able to get into that wetsuit without the awkward get-into-your-wetsuit dance, look no further than the Body Glove Pr1me 3/2 Wetsuit.

O’Neill Mutant 5/4 Fullsuit

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O'Neill mutant 5/4 Full suit w-hood Men's JacksSurfboards.com

If you live in Southern California or farther south, you’ve probably never put on a 5/4 wetsuit. It’s a rare occasion when you need all that neoprene down here. But cold-water surfing has seen a renaissance in the last few years, and a lot of great waves have been discovered in places where the water temp rarely gets above 60 degrees. If you want to surf those waves, you’re going to need a 5/4 with a hood, and a lot of our friends up north recommend the O’Neill Mutant 5/4 Fullsuit.

What’s great about the O’Neill Mutant 5/4 is that the hood detaches for those days when the air temp is way warmer than the water temp and your head can stay warm out of the water—a not-uncommon occurrence in, say the Pacific Northwest. When the air is cooler, the hood zips to the wetsuit and can be cinched down to cover everything but your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you throw in some O’Neill gloves and booties, every part of you will stay warm.

If you haven’t worn a 5/4 before, you might notice that the wetsuit will be a bit tight around your Adam’s apple. This is normal. If a wetsuit’s going to keep water from dumping in whenever you duck dive, it’s going to have to be tight around the neck. You get used to it, though.

Another added bonus with the O’Neill wetsuits is their durability. We’ve heard from folks who’ve used their wetsuit regularly through four or five seasons—and when you’re surfing in those colder areas, sometimes it involves hiking through muddy forests in your wetsuit and stuffing it in a backpack for long periods of time. It’s not exactly the recommended way to treat a wetsuit, but the O’Neill Mutant 5/4 handles the abuse.

We should also mention the warranty. One of the reasons we love O’Neill and love carrying their products is their great warranty service. If you encounter a problem with one of their wetsuits in the first year, just send it to them and they’ll fix it for you at no charge. O’Neill makes a quality wetsuit to begin with, and if there’s any minor issue in the first issue they’ll repair it without any hassle. So if you plan on scoring some waves in a chillier area to the north (or the far, far south), we recommend picking up an O’Neill Mutant 5/4 before you go.

Body Glove California 1nvasion Tour

The Body Glove California 1nvasion Tour heads to Jack’s Surfboards in Huntington Beach, California on July 20th 2012 at 1pm. Stop by and meet team Body Glove’s Jamie O’Brien, Alex Gray, Nate Yeomans and Cheyne Magnusson. Plus giveaways and raffles.Body Glove California 1nvasion Tour 2012