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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 August, 2014 - There are some new terms out there for wetsuit technology: Red Cell, Technobutter 2, Yulex and TDC Thermo Dry Celliant just to name a few. To help you make sense of the latest terminology, and to preview the latest offering from top wetsuit brands, Surfersvillage has gathered three wetsuits from each brand and listed them in the below "Wetsuit Preview". Read on, soak up the knowledge and follow the links to more information about each suit.
Billabong Xero Furnace:
The Xero Furnace is Billabong’s top shelf wetsuit and features Zero Foam core, Xero Dry Entry System, Stitchless Welded Seam Construction and Dry Max Furnace Lining.
AX1 Airlite Superflex - Premium lightweight & super soft material
Drymax thermal furnace lining 5 layers will keep your warm and comfortable
Xero chest zip entry creates a water tight barrier & easy entry
6mm wide stitchless welded seams are more flexible & durable
Wind resistant front, back and kidney panel for extra warmth
Strategic seam placement for optimal fit & flexibility
Pre-bent anatomic panelling for optimal fit
Contour collar for comfort
Find out more about the Billabong Xero Furnace
Vapor X - Red Cell
The most advanced stretch materials and all new infrared technology, the Vapor X - Red Cell pushes wetsuit technology into its next generation. Red Cell Infrared Technology captures the rays of the sun and uses it to maintain core temperature. The most advanced stretch materials including Evoflex, Microbead, and Liquid Weld make the Vapor X – Red Cell the most comfortable, watertight wetsuit ever built.
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The crown jewel of women’s wetsuits, the Topaz offers all of the features of some of our top men’s wetsuits. Our combination of Evoflex and Microbead on the outside along Thermoplush and Liquid Weld on the inside, the Topaz shines as the lightest and warmest women’s suit out there.
5/4/3 Hooded: $389.99
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A creature for every environment, the Voodoo takes DNA from our Vapor and Pr1me wetsuits to make an exceptional Coldwater family. Magnaflex Stretch rubber with Thermoplush insulation is warm and flexible, while the Fluidseal keeps the water out. Available in every configuration, the Voodoo has it all.
5/4/3 Hooded: $329.99
4/3 Hooded: $319.99
FInd out more about the VooDoo
C-Skins have upped the anti this winter by introducing the all new and exclusive DryKnit lining to their range of winter suits. You’ll find DryKnit+ inside the chest and back which uses a foil reflective layer under the DryKnit to utilise the bodies radiant heat and reflect it back to your core. Combine this with the super fast drying capacity of DryKnit and you’ll be owning the warmest, fastest drying suit on the market.
• DryKnit+ chest & back thermal lining NEW
• DryKnit thermal lining NEW
• H2X Dry Flex outer lining
• Stitchless seams
• Airloc chest and back panel neoprene
• Future Fit
• Power seam
• C-Flex Hot Tape internal seams NEW
• Future Fit 3D knees
• Enigma chest zip
• Lock Down cuffs
• Future Fit knee and arm flex emboss NEW
• Air Foam - the most lightweight premium foam available NEW
• Available in:
5/4/3 Hooded Steamer
6/5/4 Hooded Steamer
Psychofreak with TechnoButter 2
Complete madness, continually evolving! The 2014 O’Neill Psychofreak features O’Neill’s new exclusive TechnoButter 2 and TechnoButter 2-Air Firewall. The Psychofreak is warmer, more durable, lightweight, quick drying and now features added snag, fray, and velcro resistance. Technobutter 2-Air Firewall state-of-the-art insulation is integrated into the chest, back and lower core panels in a super minimal seam design. The all new TechnoButter 2 in the arms, shoulders, and lower leg add flex and durability to the right places. Once again Psychofreak takes you beyond warm, beyond flexible and beyond your imagination.
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The Psycho 3 features the new exclusive TechnoButter 2, which is the most durable, lightweight, quick drying neoprene on the market and now with added snag, fray, and velcro resistance. Technobutter 2-Air Firewall with wind-resistant fine mesh SL in the chest and back and Double Super Seam Weld that will keep you warm and loose. The Psycho 3 evolution from Area 52 continues to be an industry leader that will keep you performing at the top of your game.
Women’s available in 4/3 $479.95.
Find out more about the Psycho 3
O’Neill’s new Pyrotech Series combines our exclusive TechnoButter neoprene with Technobutter-Air Firewall insulation with wind-resistant fine mesh SL, Single Fluid Seam Weld and a F.U.Z.E. Closure System. Lighter, warmer, more insulating and quick drying with improved ease of entry. Pyrotech is the latest advancement in cold-water wetsuit technology from the leaders in innovation for over 60 years.
5.5/4 with hood $449.95
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Patagonia Men’s R2 Yulex/Nexkin Front-Zip Full Wetsuit
From seed to suit. Made from revolutionary Yulex® biorubber, the new R2® Yulex®/Nexkin® Front-Zip Full Suit offers a responsible, high-performance cool water wetsuit choice while maintaining Patagonia's rigorous standards for warmth, durability and flex. 100% external seam sealing; all seams are triple glued, blindstitched and internally taped on high stress areas; Torso/thighs lined with hydrophobic micro-grid recycled polyester thermal lining; Outer collar, arms and lower legs are lined with water-resistant recycled polyester; inside lined with high-stretch recycled polyester; Detachable front-zip entry for maximum performance and ease of entry; Anatomically engineered Supratex kneepads; key loop; 60% Yulex/40% Neoprene rubber: 2.5mm (torso/thighs) lined with hydrophobic micro-grid recycled polyester thermal lining. 2.5mm (arms/legs) lined with high-stretch recycled polyester jersey. Outer torso and shoulders treated with Nexkin windproof coating
Made for cool water: 55-65º F/12-18º C.
1406 g (49.6 oz)
Find out more about the R2 Yulex
Patagonia Men’s R3 Yulex/Nexkin Front-Zip Full Wetsuit
100% external seam sealing; all seams are triple glued, blindstitched and internally taped on high stress areas; Torso/thighs lined with hydrophobic micro-grid recycled polyester thermal lining; Outer collar, arms and lower legs are lined with water-resistant recycled polyester; inside lined with high-stretch recycled polyester lining; Detachable front-zip entry for maximum performance and ease of entry; Anatomically engineered Supratex kneepads; key loop; 60% Yulex/40% Neoprene rubber: 3.5mm (torso/thighs) lined with hydrophobic micro-grid recycled polyester thermal lining. 2.5mm (arms/legs) lined with high-stretch recycled polyester jersey. Outer torso and shoulders treated with Nexkin windproof coating.
Made for cold water: 48-55º F/8-12º C.
Find out more about the R3 Yulex
Men’s R4 Front-Zip Hooded Full Suit
100% external seam sealing
Internal taping on all critical areas
High-quality 5.5mm neoprene (torso/thighs) lined with midweight chlorine-free merino wool and 4.5mm (hood/arms/legs) lined with hydrophobic micro-grid recycled polyester
Hydrophobic micro-grid lining improves flexibility and dry times
Front-Zip: detachable zip entry for maximum performance and easy on/off
Flash Bomb Zip Free
The world’s fastest drying wetsuit, now available in a Zip Free model. This suit is the ultimate in performance, warmth, and unrestricted flexibility. Easy entry and exit with the elimination of the bulk and weight of a zipper. 100% E4 with E4 Flash lining from the chest down and ¾ internal E4 taped seams.
Find out more about the Flash Bomb Zip Free
Flash Bomb Plus
This Flash Bomb plus has all the extra features needed for your coldwater missions. The Flash Bomb Plus has titanium Airlock E4 in the front and back torso supplying increased reflective heat absorption. The suit also includes E4+ action panels, E4 flash lining, and the all new E4 aquaban plus seams offering a thinner and lighter seam seal.
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The ultimate Super stretch performance wetsuit. The E Bomb features 100% E4 with E4+ action panels through the back and underarms for unrestricted flexibility. ¾ E4 internal provides durability without compromising flexibility.
Find out more about the E-Bomb
Xcel’s most advanced fullsuit gets a major upgrade for Fall 2014, with all new TDC Thermo Dry Celliant, our warmest wetsuit lining ever. This revolutionary inner lining features Smart Fiber Technology that recycles your body heat into infrared energy for greater warmth, increased endurance, faster recovery, and enhanced overall performance. In the Drylock, TDC is featured in a diamond patterned high pile chest for core warmth, and an infrared print low pile shoulders and full lower body. The Drylock is the only fullsuit series with a 100% waterproof zipper, and Xcel’s FusionWeld technology, the most durable, stitch-free, maximum all-way stretch seam construction available. A full water-repellent Quick Dry Fiber exterior and Xcel’s exclusive Drylock Wrist Seals are just a few more of the many features that make the Drylock our most high performance fullsuit.
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The Revolt is an ultra-premium fullsuit featuring all new TDC Thermo Dry Celliant, a revolutionary inner lining with smart fibers that recycle your body heat into infrared energy for greater warmth, increased endurance, faster recovery, and enhanced overall performance. In the Revolt, TDC is featured in a diamond patterned high pile chest for core warmth, and an infrared print low pile lower lower body. With exclusive material and seam innovations, including a watertight X2 entry system, full water-repellent Quick Dry Fiber exterior and Xcel’s exclusive Drylock Wrist Seals, the Revolt delivers advanced performance, warmth, and stretch.
Men’s 3/2: $389.95
Men’s 4/3: $404.95
Men’s 5/4 Hooded: $469.95
Youth 4/3: $249.95
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The Infiniti Comp is designed for maximum stretch and is the most flexible of all Xcel fullsuit series. This is thanks to a large front and back “comp”(etition) ready panel that has zero seams from the upper chest to the knees, for maximum range of motion. The Comp is also extremely lightweight and quick drying, with Xcel’s most advanced V Foam and Quick Dry Lining on the interior of the large front and back panel. Ideal for surfers seeking high performance levels of flexibility and comfort.
Men’s 3/2: $299.95
Men’s 4/3: $314.95
Youth 3/2: $199.95
Youth 4/3: $209.95
Find out more about the Infinity Comp