A hot value for cold water.
It's pretty easy to break the bank on a wetsuit, but it's also a simple job to find a suit that'll keep you warm, provide full mobility, and not cost as much as a trip to Hawaii. The secret? O'Neill's Epic 5/4 Men's Wetsuit, a thick and warm wettie that that will help you stay stoked in icy water. It's made from a blend of thick neoprenes; UltraFlex DS provides killer mobility and stretch, while SmoothSkin FluidFlex Firewall serves up the insulation you need to thrive in icy breaks. And it's joined together with glued and blind-stitched seams that keep water out and boost durability to the max.
The seams are bombproof, but O'Neill carefully kept them out of key flex areas, providing strategic seamless paddle zones that make paddling out a smooth and pain-free process. The back is also seam free (O'Neill calls it LSD—Lumbar Seamless Design), and the Krypto knee pads provide increased flexibility and mobility for your lower half. As a cold-weather suit, it's important for the Epic to prevent flushing, so O'Neill hooked up a snug but adjustable Double Super Seal neck and glued-in Blackout zipper, which is backed by a waterproof panel that prevents water from sneaking through the zipper and into the suit, so you stay warm even when the winter waves are rolling over you.
- UltraFlex DS neoprene
- Smooth Skin FluidFlex Firewall neoprene
- Strategic seamless paddle zones
- Glued and blindstitched seams
- Lumbar Seamless Design
- Double Super Seal neck
- Glued-in covert Blackout rear zipper
- Krypto knee pads
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- Q & A
Brother Bear is a happy bear
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
My brother got a hole in the arm pit of his last suit, tried to fix it but it rubbed weird and was complaining. So i got him a new one for his birthday. He is over the moon with the suit and super stoked. He said the fit and comfort is perfect for the pacific waters
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This thing saved my @$$ Canyoneering in some frigid slot canyons in Escalante. If you are using it for canyoneering you may want to buy some knee/elbow pads to keep it from ripping. I didn't have any issues but a friend shredded theirs. The large fits me well, I am 5' 11" 170lbs... roughly a 34 waist.
Feels like I'll be warm!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
About to take this canyoneering, and will report back after. I'm 6'0", 165lbs and the medium fits pretty well.
Update: took this through some slot canyons last weekend, some water seeped in through the back at times, but other than that I stayed perfectly warm!