Updated on October 29, 2020

Surfing may be portrayed as a chill, relaxed sport. Don’t be fooled. Surfing is tiresome, grueling, and requires much more than a chill attitude. The first thing you’ll need in order to enjoy surfing is a wetsuit. Without one, you’ll be back at the beach in a few minutes trying to warm up. The best surfing wetsuits, however, are for much more than simply keeping you warm. They also protect your chest, knees, and shoulders from shin rash and injury. A wetsuit won’t make you a better surfer, but it will keep you out on the water longer. If you’re new to buying wetsuits, don’t worry! This list was compiled just for you by our surfing experts over here at The Adventure Junkies. Surf through this list and we’ll see you on the waves! 

Disclaimer: If you’re new to wetsuits, there may be features you don’t quite understand. In order to make things simpler, check out the “Things to Consider” and “Features Explained” sections below.

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Quick Answer - The Best Surfing Wetsuits

  1. Vissla 7 Seas 3/2 mm
  2. Phantom Aquatics Men’s Marine Shorty
  3. Body Glove Pro 3
  4. O’Neill PsychoTech 5.5/4 mm
  5. O’Neill Reactor II 2mm
  6. Hevto 3 mm
  7. Roxy 3/2 mm Pop Surf
  8. Seavenger 3 mm Odyssey
  9. Quicksilver 3/2 mm Syncroplus
  10. O’Neill Epic 3/2 Full

 

Comparison Table - Best Surfing Wetsuits

PictureNameThicknessTemperature RangePriceRating
Vissla 7 Seas 3/2 MMVissla 7 Seas 3/2 mm3/2 mm56°F to 65°F$$4.2
Phantom Aquatics Men’s Marine Shorty2.5 mm65°F to 80°F$4.0
Body Glove Pro 33/2 mm56°F to 64°F$$4.3
O’Neill PsychoTech 5.5/4 mm5.5/4 mm40°F to 64°F$$$4.8
O’Neill Reactor II 2mmO’Neill Reactor II 2mm2 mm60°F to 80°F$$4.7
Hevto 3 mm3 mm50°F to 67°F$3.6
Roxy 3/2 mm Pop Surf3/2 mm56°F to 64°F$$$4.7
Seavenger 3 mm Odyssey3 mm65°F - 80°F$3.8
Quicksilver 3/2 mm Syncroplus3/2 mm56°F to 64°F$$4.9
O’Neill Epic 3/2 FullO’Neill Epic 3/2 Full3/2 mm50°F to 68°F$$4.8
PictureNameThicknessTemperature RangePriceRating
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Reviews - Best Wetsuits for Surfing

Vissla 7 Seas 3/2 mm

Specs
  • Material: 80% Neoprene / 20% Nylon
  • Seams: Double Blindstiched
  • Temperature Range: 56°F to 65°F
  • Thickness: 3/2 mm
Features
  • Fabric Blend Is Soft And Flexible
  • Abrasion Resistant Knee Pads For Protection
  • Key Cord Keeps Your Keys Safe In Your Wetsuit
  • Thermal Lining Dries Fast And Keeps You Warm
Vissla 7 Seas 3/2 MM

BEST QUICK-DRYING WETSUIT

The Vissla 7 Seas is an all-around performer. To start, the wetsuit is constructed with a thermal lining. As temperatures drop, your body will generate more heat. This heat is then trapped by the thermal layer to keep you warm. 

The seams of this wetsuit keep excess water out due to the fact that they are double stitched, glued, and then taped over. The fabric of this wetsuit is also unique. Most wetsuits on the list are made with neoprene, but this wetsuit was made with nylon as well. This helps the wetsuit dry quicker than most, but also makes it very flexible and comfortable. To top things off, a front entry zipper makes the wetsuit easy to take on and off.

Phantom Aquatics Men’s Marine Shorty

Specs
  • Material: Neoprene
  • Seams: Flatlock
  • Temperature Range: 65°F to 80°F
  • Thickness: 2.5 mm
Features
  • 3-Dimensional Anatomic Modeling Allows The Wetsuit To Fit Very Comfortably
  • Velcro Neck Fastener Keeps Water Out At the Neck
  • 2.5 mm Of Neoprene Combined With Flatlock Seams Is Extra Flexible

BEST FOR COMFORTABLE WARM WATER SURFING

If you are planning to surf in warm water, you may prefer a short-sleeved wetsuit like this one. This wetsuit was designed to fit the body better than others. The anatomical design will hug your body, which will prevent chafing underneath the arms and other sensitive areas. 

The flatlock seams of the wetsuit are more flexible than blindstitched seams, even though they won’t keep water out as well. That being said, you won’t need to worry as much about keeping cold water out of your suit because you’ll be surfing in warmer conditions. If you want a short-sleeved wetsuit that is comfortable and affordable, this wetsuit is for you.

Body Glove Pro 3

Specs
  • Material: Neoprene Combination
  • Seams: Flatlock
  • Temperature Range: 56°F to 64°F
  • Thickness: 3/2 mm
Features
  • Heavy Duty Zipper Makes Wetsuit Durable And Long-Lasting
  • Backed By A One Year Limited Warranty
  • Quadraflex In the Shoulders And Arms Allows Maximum Arm Flexibility And Mobility
  • Interior Key Pocket Keeps Your Keys Safe
  • Superflex Kneepads Protect Your Knees

BEST FOR SHOULDER FLEXIBILITY

Paddling out to catch waves can be one of the most difficult parts of surfing. If your wetsuit doesn’t fit right, you are bound to experience some chafing by the end of the day. The Body Glove wetsuit stays true to its name. 

It was made with an anatomical design that will fit snugly on your body. The shoulders of this wetsuit are different than other wetsuits and provide for much more range of movement. This makes paddling out to the waves far more comfortable and will allow you to stay out on the water for longer. 

Some wetsuits have a normal zipper, which allows a bit of water to enter your wetsuit over time, possibly giving you an uncomfortable chill. The Body Glove Pro conquers this with a heavy duty zipper that keeps water out better than other zippers. This wetsuit is an all-around performer and may even help you perform better on the waves, too!

O’Neill PsychoTech 5.5/4 mm

Specs
  • Material: Hydrophobic Neoprene and Rubber
  • Seams: Blindstitched
  • Temperature Range: 40°F to 64°F
  • Thickness: 5.5/4 mm
Features
  • Foam Rubber Core For Warmth And Comfort
  • Trapped Air Technology With Quick-Dry Properties For Ultimate Warmth
  • Super-Seal Cuffs Provide Secure Fit
  • Includes A Hood For Keeping Your Head Warm

BEST FOR COLD WATER

This wetsuit is a beast and is ideal for frigid temperatures. Instead of being made with just neoprene, it has a rubber layer to keep water out extremely well. 

There are multiple things that set this wetsuit apart from others. First, it’s the thickest wetsuit on the list but is also made with an internal firewall. This thermal lining generates more heat the longer you stay out in the cold. 

Second, it also comes with a hood to keep your head warm. Finally, the cuffs at the wrists and ankles will seal out water better than any other wetsuit. If you’re going on a nordic surfing adventure, get this wetsuit. You’ll freeze otherwise.

O’Neill Reactor II 2mm


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Specs
  • Material: 83% Nylon / 17% Spandex
  • Seams: Flatlock
  • Temperature Range: 60°F to 80°F
  • Thickness: 2 mm
Features
  • Patented Ultraflex Premium Neoprene Gives The Wetsuit Great Mobility
  • Seamless Paddle Zones Reduces Chafing At Important Areas
  • Foam Around The Neck Keeps Water Out And Wetsuit Comfortable
  • Features UV Protection To Keep Your Skin Safe In Extreme Sun
O’Neill Reactor II 2mm

BEST SHORT SLEEVED WETSUIT

If you consistently surf in warm water, this is the wetsuit for you. It’s a short sleeved wetsuit, which means the sleeves stop before the elbows and the legs stop right above the knee. However, it also features UV protection that keeps your skin safe in direct sunlight. 

Spandex is used in the construction of this wetsuit, which makes it very comfortable and flexible. This may be one of the most mobile wetsuits on the list. With this wetsuit, seams were removed from areas that are traditionally prone to chafing. O’Neill is constantly improving its products, but this one is near perfect for warm water surfers.

Hevto 3 mm


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Specs
  • Material: Neoprene/ Nylon Elastic
  • Seams: Flatlock
  • Temperature Range: 50°F to 67°F
  • Thickness: 3 mm
Features
  • Suitable For Surfing, SCUBA Diving, Kayaking, Swimming, And Other Water Sports
  • Extra Long Leash On Back Zipper Makes Wetsuit Easy To Put On And Take Off
  • Lifetime Replacement Guarantee

BEST FOR BUDGET MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES

The Hevto 3 mm wetsuit is the most affordable full-body wetsuit on the list. Even though it doesn’t keep water out as well as other suits, it is a wetsuit that can be used for much more than surfing. This is due to the fact that the suit is built with buoyancy in mind. It helps you float in the water. Beginners will also love this wetsuit because of how easy it is to put on and take off. We recommend this suit to new surfers because you will be able to get a feel for if a wetsuit is necessary without spending a fortune.

Roxy 3/2 mm Pop Surf

Specs
  • Material: StretchFlight Neoprene
  • Seams: Blindstitched
  • Temperature Range: 56°F to 64°F
  • Thickness: 3/2 mm
Features
  • Horizontal Front Zip Entry Makes Wetsuit Easy To Put On
  • StretchFlight Neoprene Is Flexible, Ultralight, And Warm
  • Taped And Glued Seams Keeps Water Out Extremely Well
  • Lightweight Knee Pads Keep You And Your Board Protected
  • 25 Recycled Plastic Bottles In Each Wetsuit For Sustainable Surfing

BEST FOR COMFORT

Even though wetsuits keep you warm in the water, they can become uncomfortable quickly. Roxy designed this wetsuit with that in mind. The Pop Surf is made with unique StretchFlight neoprene, which is more flexible and lightweight than traditional neoprene. This wetsuit will remain glued to your body without being constricting. Another thing that contributes to the comfort of this wetsuit are protective knee pads. To top things off, it was made with recycled material. What more could you ask for?

Seavenger 3 mm Odyssey

Specs
  • Material: Neoprene
  • Seams: Flatlock
  • Temperature Range: 65°F - 80°F
  • Thickness: 3 mm
Features
  • Super Stretch Panels In The Knee And Armpit Makes Wetsuit Great For Multi-Sport Athletes
  • Tough Chest Fabric Withstands Continual Rubbing On The Surfboard
  • Knee Pads And Shoulder Pads Offer Ultimate Comfort And Protection
  • Extra Long Leash On Zipper Makes Wetsuit Easy To Put On And Take Off

BEST FOR BUDGET, WARM WATER SURFERS

This wetsuit is the only full-length wetsuit on this list that is designed for warmer temperatures. It won’t keep you warm in cold waters, but it will be comfortable. The fabric that is used underneath the armpits and knees stretches more than the fabric used in other areas of the wetsuit. 

The fabric used on the chest is also unique. It provides more padding and grip than other wetsuits. There are also pads at the shoulders and knees. All of these features combined make this wetsuit durable and long lasting. At a low price point, this wetsuit is ideal for beginners who want a full bodysuit.

Quicksilver 3/2 mm Syncroplus

Specs
  • Material: LITE Neoprene
  • Seams: Blindstitched
  • Temperature Range: 56°F to 64°F
  • Thickness: 3/2 mm
Features
  • Triple Glued And Taped Blindstitched Seams Keep Water Out Extremely Well
  • Internal Thermal Lining Keeps Your Extra Warm In Cold Water
  • Horizontal Front Zip Entry Makes Wetsuit Easy To Put On
  • Lightweight Kneepads Keep You And Your Board Protected

BEST FOR COLD TO MODERATE TEMPERATURES

Quicksilver has a reputation to defend when it comes to making quality surfing products. The Synchroplus wetsuit did just that with its ability to keep surfers warm in cold temperatures. The seams on this wetsuit are triple glued and taped, which keeps water out even as your suit gets more use. 

Another thing that helps this wetsuit stay warm is an internal thermal lining. As waters get colder, your body will produce more heat, which is then trapped by the wetsuit. To top things off, this wetsuit is one of the lightest on the list. This wetsuit is a contender for best wetsuit of the year.

O’Neill Epic 3/2 Full

Specs
  • Material: Neoprene
  • Seams: Blindstitched
  • Temperature Range: 50°F to 68°F
  • Thickness: 3/2 mm
Features
  • Very Comfortable Neck Closure With 2 Different Points Of Closure
  • Seams Are Glued To Keep Water Out
  • Internal Chest Panel Keeps You Warm And Comfortable When Paddling
  • Protective Internal Flap Between Skin And Zipper Protects Your Skin
O’Neill Epic 3/2 Full

BEST FOR A VARIETY OF COLOR OPTIONS

This O’Neill wetsuit is ideal for women who want a stylish wetsuit. There is a large variety of color options available, so you’ll be able to find a wetsuit that fits your vibe. The wetsuit has a wide temperature range because it keeps water out better than other wetsuits. The seams are blindstiched and glued. The neck also has two closures, which also helps to keep water out. This wetsuit is comfortable, stylish, and durable.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A SURFING WETSUIT

 

MATERIAL

Most wetsuits on the list are made with neoprene. Neoprene is a synthetic rubber that is very water resistant. It also is very flexible, making it ideal for usage in water sports. 

Companies like O’Neill and Roxy specialize in wetsuits and make their own unique fabric. This often features a blend of neoprene and spandex, which allows the wetsuit to fit tighter while remaining flexible. 

However, wetsuits made with higher-end fabrics tend to be much more expensive than the rest. If you want a cheaper wetsuit, consider buying one that isn’t made with 100% neoprene. In order to make the wetsuit more affordable, companies use a combination of neoprene and nylon. The one benefit of this, other than the lower cost, is that they dry more quickly so you won’t be hanging out in a soaking wet suit for long. 

 

SEAMS

In order to fit snugly on your body, a wetsuit is made by stitching multiple fabric panels together. These panels are sewn together in a variety of different ways. The type of seams that your wetsuit has will impact the comfort and flexibility of the suit, as well as the ability for water to enter into your wetsuit. The types of seams are explained below:

BLINDSTITCHED
Blindstitched means that the two seams are glued together, and then sewn halfway through the material. Water stays out of seams very well, but the wetsuit is also more flexible and durable with blindstitched seams. The only downfall to these seams is that they tend to cause more chafing on the skin. 

DOUBLE BLINDSTITCHED
This sort of stitching is used on thicker wetsuits. The seam is sewn halfway through on both sides, but typically features tape or glue to keep water out. These seams keep water out extremely well, but tend to chafe more than any other type of seam.

FLATLOCK
This sort of stitching includes one piece of fabric overlayed slightly on the other, and then the two are stitched completely together. This seam is very strong and durable. However, there are a lot of holes made in the process, making it more ideal for warm surfing as water is more likely to enter due to the holes. One benefit of flatlock seams is less chafing on the skin.

 

TEMPERATURE RANGE

Each wetsuit is promoted as having a specific temperature range, which is very important to keep in mind as you are deciding which wetsuit is for you. 

There are a few different factors that make certain wetsuits warmer than others. Thicker wetsuits are warmer than thinner ones. Be sure to review if your wetsuit is the same thickness throughout the entire suit or only thicker at the chest. 

A thick wetsuit will be warmer, but also more constricting in terms of mobility. Also, the types of seams will impact how much water enters into your suit. Wet suits with flatlock seams will be a bit more chilly than suits with blindstiched or double blindstitched seams.

 

THICKNESS

What does #/# mm mean? The first number is the thickness of the wetsuit at the chest, and the second number is the thickness of the material at the limbs and back. Higher quality wetsuits are thicker at the chest for two reasons. First, they keep the chest warmer and in turn, keep the entire body warmer. Second, surfing wetsuits wear down at the chest fastest because of all the time spent paddling on a board. 

The thicker your wetsuit is, the warmer it will be. That being said, thicker wetsuits aren’t as flexible as thinner ones.

 

SPECS AND FEATURES EXPLAINED

EXTRA LONG LEASH ON BACK ZIPPER

The zippers on wetsuits are typically on the back. Without a leash on your zipper, you’ll need a friend to help you take your wetsuit on and off.

INTERIOR KEY POCKET

Leaving your keys at the beach is never a good idea. A small key pocket allows you to keep your keys with you while surfing. They are typically at the ankle so they stay out of your way while paddling or surfing.

INTERNAL THERMAL LINING

As water temperatures drop, your body will work harder to generate body heat. A thermal lining on the inside of your wetsuit will trap in this heat. In colder temperatures, this is an essential feature to have.

KNEE PADS AND SHOULDER PADS

Wetsuits with pads at the shoulders and knees are not just more comfortable when paddling –  they can save you from a serious injury when wiping out. The worst feeling is having a board crush into your knee or shoulder, but having pads on your wetsuit will keep you safer.

SEAMLESS PADDLE ZONES

The paddle zones are at the shoulders and armpits. They take on the most strain when paddling out to catch waves and are very prone to chafing. Removing the seams makes chafing less likely to occur. 

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