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Epic days call for epic suits.
The water might be warm, the bay crystal clear, and the sun shining, but it can still get chilly spending six straight hours in the water, so O'Neill designed the Epic 3/2
Women's Full Wetsuit to get you through those long summer days without having to take a warm-up break. It costs less than your pup's new designer haircut (although the dog-mullet was a good choice), but sports many of
the same features as
O'Neill's top-of-the-line suits—a warm and stretchy FluiFlex Firewall
chest panel, an LSD seamless lumbar area, a Double Super-Seal neck
closure, and a glued-in back zip—that are designed to keep you riding sick swells in mild water without turning into a numb-fingered mess. All the seams are glued
and blindstitched for durability and waterproofing
and have been strategically placed for easy paddling, while the
knee pads are tough and flexible for ergonomic performance when you're playing a game of "sickest layback snap" with your crew. There's an external key
pocket with a keychain loop, too, so that even if you hypothetically were to wipeout—not that it'd ever happen—you won't find yourself up keyless creek.
- UXT neoprene
- FluidFlex Firewall chest
- Glued and blindstitched seams
- Krypto knee pads
- Double Super-Seal neck
- Glued-in back zip
- Strategic seamless paddle zones and LSD seamless lumbar design
- External key pocket with loop
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- Q & A
took it down to 34 degrees
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I originally bought the O'Neill Epic wetsuit because I wanted something warm but not too warm to use for kayaking in Lake Superior. This has been such a "warm-but-not-too-warm" suit that I sometimes use it to swim on chilly days at the cabin.
The Size Chart provided by O'Neill is super accurate. I'm 5'8 120, and my measurements either fell on a 6 or a 10, so I went with an 8. It fits great - nice and snug without being too tight, and minimal bunching/baggy spots. My only complaint is that at 5'8, the size 8 is a little short.
On an average day, I use this wetsuit to paddle or swim in 50-60 degree water, and it is great - I'm never chilly, even after being in the water all day. The first time I used this wetsuit was in Lake Superior for rescue practice. The water was a balmy 34 degrees. I would not recommend taking an extended swim in water that frigid, but the Epic kept me super warm. After the initial shock, the water in the suit warmed and I was able to sit in the water for up to 8 minute drills without getting cold. I also love the reinforced knees and the super-seal neck to lock out extra water.