We've not found a warmer wetsuit anywhere near this price!
In the competitive world of wetsuits, it’s hard to find a suit that utilises factors of warmth, such as sealed seams and hydrophobic linings, without the unnecessary fluff [and price] found in a top shelf wetty and this season our prayers have been answered! For years we’ve been waiting for a GBS sealed wetsuit with decent stretch under the $240 mark but the surf industry was too stubborn to allow good seams in cheap wetsuits so we’re obviously stoked to have the Adreno Surf Neo Fusion wetsuit in stock at our Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne outlets, as well as online.
Wetsuit Warehouse's Jacob Lambert goes to all depths of detail in this Neo Fusion wetsuit review.
At 3/2mm thickness is pretty standard for the east coast of Australia. Split thickness such as this is utilised because it allows warmer [thicker] panelling in the low stretch panels such as your chest, back and calves/thighs and thinner, more stretchy materials where you need it: around the shoulders and knees.
What makes the Neo Fusion wetsuits good value?
The deal with these wetsuits is, and why they’re so economical, the majority of the cost goes into the neoprene and the stitch, not the zip nor the colours. This works for us because we’ve now got a low cost option for winter and for those that feel the cold without having to spend your money on the fluffy features of a high-end surf brand wetsuit, nor are you spending money on expensively dyed jerseys [the material sandwiching the neoprene].
The stretch factor of the neoprene used in these Neo Fusion wetsuits [Mens, Womens and Childrens] sits somewhere in the middle and in this instance it works well because increasing stretch decreases warmth [because stretch is a result of putting more nitrogen into the rubber, therefore reducing the overall volume of rubber- feel the stretch difference between a surf suit and a scuba suit, the nitrogen content is why.
3/2mm thickness optimises stretch and warmth
GBS Seam - Semi-Dry and Stretchy - Cheapest GBS on the market
The Glued and Blind stitched seam is the most cost effective and stretchy seam available, thus making the wetsuit nice and warm but also very stretchy. A wetsuit is only as effective as it’s seam so why build a stretchy suit that takes on cold water? When we say semi-dry we are talking to a wetsuit that is sealed thanks to glued or taped seams, this differs from a dry wetty which typically uses rigid cuffs, multiple layers of enclosure and most important buoyancy control- basically you can’t use a dry wetsuit without a scuba tank and all that goes with technical diving.
100% Hydrophobic Thermo Lining
It sounds technical but the principle is simple, if water can’t stick on the inside of your wetsuit it’s forced to leave, therefore it’s easier for your body warmth [infrared radiation] to reach the insulating neoprene and return to your heat hungry skin!
‘Smoothie Skin’ Chest and Back Panels
This material has been around since the first wetsuits and is ideal for use around your vitals [stomach/chest/kidneys] because of it’s hydrophobic properties- the idea behind this is if water ‘sticks’ to the wetsuit around these areas, wind will ‘wick’ heat away from your body via these wet panels. If heat is being wicked away from this area it’s especially problematic because the most important part to keep warm is your vitals: if you’re chest is warm your body isn’t burning energy trying to keep itself warm, this means longer sessions and warmer blood being pumped around the body- a win win!
The unseen Spot-Taping is designed to limit stretch at the most delicate parts of a wetsuit, generally, this delicacy is found where more than 3 panels join and around the wrists, ankles and neck. Spot taping works by denying stresses ‘access’ to the weak seam because the tape material is less stretchy it restricts stretch and strain to that of the material of the tape… if that sounds like a bunch of jargon give us a holler on the live chat or give us a call!
Supratex Knee Pads
Supratex is a very hardy material that takes Trevira fabric [insanely tear-proof] and weaves that into an incredibly tight-knit which is then backed onto the neoprene to create massive abrasion resistance at the knees. Although it’s not the stretchiest material in the knee pad game, that is reserved for elastomer [rubbery] knee pads, but the Neo Fusion’s aren’t trying to push the boundaries of the stretch but redefine the boundaries of value.
The Video Review and photos were taken at our Brisbane store - pop in to Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to get your mitts on one of these beauties - they're also online!