Maybe you crush waves off the coast of Maine, or maybe you just enjoy the freezing blast of cold-weather surfing; either way, the XCEL Hawaii Men's 5/4 Hooded Drylock Wetsuit is your ticket to riding in chilly water. XCEL went to great lengths to glue, blindstitch, fuse, and tape the seams in this thick suit, and to use overlapping flaps at the front entry, the wrists, and the ankles. An array of technologies give every layer of neoprene a unique advantage, from wind-resistance on the outside to the bamboo-charcoal fibers and warm-air retaining lining on the inside. This suit has stretch too, and lots of it. This is XCEL's most flexible and lightest-weight combination of neoprene, so you should never feel held back when you're squatting in a barrel or paddling for the next set. And smartly, XCEL built one of its best hoods into this suit to give you ample coverage from chin, to neck, to brow. All you need now is a pair of gloves, some booties, a board, and a little bit of faith that the buoys weren't lying.
- Drylock zipper is fully waterproof, the zipper flap is attached at one shoulder to prevent flushing, and a snap lock keeps the zipper in place
- Airprene inner neoprene layer and bamboo-charcoal-infused ThermoCarbon fibers at the inner chest help retain body warmth to fight the bite of cold water
- QDF (Quick-Dry Fiber) resists water absorption and offers a more durable water-resistant solution to coatings that wear away over time
- Crossover neck entry features separate overlapping inner front and back neck panels for easy on and off
- Engineered fit features pre-bent Duraflex elbow and knee panels to provide maximum mobility at the joints for an uninhibited range of motion
- Thermobamboo heat-retaining lining combines charcoal from bamboo with polyester to enhance core insulation
- Texture-embossed rubber improves the wind resistance of the external neoprene so you stay warmer in blustery conditions
- Seamless Drylock wrist seals keep the arms in place, and thin Taitex material laid in a geometric pattern inside the ankle cuffs forms a grippy seal
- Pressure-bonded seams in lower body complement Fusion seam taping in upper body to preserve comfort while locking water out
- Add booties and gloves to stay warm in water temps from 48-54F or colder
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Warmth in a prison cell
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I will admit, surfing the Oregon coast I was not cold in this suit. However, the difficulty getting it on and even more so off was more than I could handle. Fortunately the waves weren't big enough to zap all my energy or I may have had to sleep in the thing. I was an absolute bear to take off. It was also tough to paddle in. There needs to be some sort of stretch panels in the shoulders. Five stars for warmth, one for the other issues. I have worn enough suits to know that there are some better cold water options. I ended up going with a Rip Curl suit.