As a grom growing up in Vic I surfed in a 3/2 all year round no matter what, I could only afford one wetsuit and that thing had to last! I would painstakingly review every mags wetsuit guide (pre internet), creepily examined what the good guys in the line up rode in and then finally asked the shop guys every question under the sun until I would make my final decision.That wettie would then have to endure the frigid still waters of the Westernport Bay, the arm burning rip sweeps of the Peninsula beachies, the down the line underwater pummeling of the premier west coast set ups and everything the Otways through to Gippsland could throw at me!
Now I am a little older than my grom days, I still surf in a 3/2 year round, out of habit I guess? I have surfed in the longer bodied sleek styles from Quiksilver, the straight talking mid range Peak suits, the dryest Rip Curl wettie I have ever been in, the blank and uber cool Need essentials but never anything from the creators and innovators of Vissla.
It is no secret we like the brand, but this review is going to be put through the same rigors as my grom buying wetsuit days. Read the online and print reviews of the suit and you will find the recurring opinions of value for money, tight seams, inside lining dries quick and good stretch. Review done right? Wrong! I have surfed the Large black on black Stealth now for about 2 months and I have come to these conclusions. The seams are top notch, no water through arms or legs, neck lets a bit in, but that could be due to me being a little too tall for the Large which did leave my neck slightly exposed after copping an absolute flogging at Winki in front of the boys. Once the water is in though, that nice fuzzy inside lining does its thing and keeps your torso nice and warm. Another plus for the lining is the comfort when waiting for sets to come through,
I have never had a 3/2 with that much lining as I have always thought that it would weigh me down, the reality is that it keeps you warm, doesn't feel as if it changes the weight of the suit and gives your chest and back that extra bit of warmth when waiting out the back. Drying time is pretty good. Had a 2 hour dawny on Tuesday, suit dried throughout the day hung over a chair inside the Staple Season office which does not have heating, surfed the dawny on Wednesday and the suit was damp but not heavy or sluggish.The stretch and fit of the 7 Seas is good for me (remember I'm 6'2 with a bit of beer gut) I don't feel tightness in the shoulders when paddling, I don't really feel restricted when surfing and overall feel comfortable in the suit.
Entry is easy through the chest zip and the carpark shuffle has been non existent over the past couple of months. Past couple of months is something you should keep in the back of your mind when reading this review, everything has been buttery smooth to date but who knows what could happen over the next couple. In closing, there is more to this $329.99 piece of neoprene than meets the eye, great value, tight seams and stretch are just the beginning. If price is a big factor in your decision making, GET THIS WETSUIT !
I will update this post in 2 or so months but if you have any questions, please leave them below and I will get back to you.