Welcome to the 2017 Surfing Life Wetsuit Guide.

This year we have handpicked eight companies who are all at the top of their rubber-making game. We’ve broken Australia up into three temperature zones – North; Central and South.

All you have to do is click (on the map) the zone in Oz you’re surfing this winter and we will guide you to the best suits on the market for your budget – whatever it is. Look through the suits and if you find one you like, click on the link and you’ll be directed right to their online shop.

It’s so simple Grandma could do it!

SELECT YOUR REGION

THE BRANDS WE TESTED

Glossary of terms:

Sometimes it can feel like you need a Uni degree to decipher the terminology used by wetsuit companies these days. We’ve tried to make life a bit easier by providing this handy glossary.

  • CUFF

    A point at which the wetsuit ends (wrist, neck, ankles).

  • D/L

    Double lined neoprene – its got fabric on both sides of the rubber.

  • Smoothie

    Neoprene with fabric on one side and sealed smooth rubber on the other (usually on the outside because it blocks evaporation cooling).

  • Fixed Zip

    Zipper pulls closed across a position flush with the rubber.

  • Floating Zip

    Zipper needs to be slid into position before closing.

  • Liquid Tape

    A form of seam seal, usually silicon, applied over the seam to block out water. This is also used to reinforce the loose ends such as wrist and ankles.

  • Fused

    A form of seam in which panels are effectively melt-bonded.

  • Neoprene

    The basic wetsuit fabric; a rubber based foam insulator.

  • Neotape

    Thin d/s neoprene tape used to seal internal seams. It offers extra strength and resilience to seams.

  • GBS

    Seam sealing method using glue and “blind stitching” (ie stitching which doesn’t push through both sides of the rubber. GBS prevents leaking and adds further strength to seals and seams.