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READER POLL 2017
We promise this won’t (really) hurt.

Wanna win a new surfboard? We have a custom Chilli ‘Black Vulture’ to gift (plus all the trim you’d expect from a premium dealer). To be in the running, just answer a few questions for us. It won’t take long.

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We promise this won't (really) hurt.

Wanna win a new surfboard? We have a custom Chilli ‘Black Vulture’ to gift (plus all the trim you’d expect from a premium dealer). To be in the running, just answer a few questions for us. It won’t take long.

These Are The World's Best Wetsuits

When we invited the world’s best wetsuits manufactuers to our world’s best wetsuits shoot, we warned of real and honest feedback. Many ran the other way. The ones included were excited about having their product critically reviewed.

Welcome to Stab's Best Wetsuits of winter 2019-2020—the Northern Hemisphere edition.

Our objective: to discover the warmest 3/2 and most comfortable 4/3 on the modern market.

Reasoning: nobody wants to wear a 4/3 if they don't have to, so it's our job to keep you in a 3-mil as long as possible. But, if that extra millimeter of rubber is required, we want to make sure that you don't end up in a rubber straitjacket.

Tester: Stab's resident tech geek, Michael Ciaramella. Having exclusively worn Xcel neoprene for the past decade, Mike's utter ignorance of these six neoprene brands makes him uniquely qualified for the task, as he is an analytical and unbiased subject.

Watch above as Mike samples 12 rubber tuxedos both in and out of frigid Central California waters, in an attempt to answer the question: who makes the warmest and most comfortable wetsuits in 2019?

Click here for the complete Best Wetsuits feature.

 

 

Billabong's Furnace Ultra 3/2 and Furnace Comp 4/3

Click here for a complete analysis and review

billabong 32

Furnace Ultra 3/2 Warmth score: 8/10

billabong 43

Furnace Comp 4/3 comfort score: 7/10

billabong graphene

Graphene: A Nobel- Prize-winning super-fiber implemented in wetsuits by Billabong in 2019. It's meant to be ridiculously stretchy, strong, and warm.

Feral's 3/2 Chest-zip and 4/3 Chest-zip

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feral 33

Makes you wanna surf.

9F0C318

Chest-zip 3/2 warmth score: 9/10

feral 44

Chest-zip 4/3 comfort score: 8/10

oneill 33

Psycho Tech 3/2 warmth score: 8/10

oneill 44

Hyperfreak Comp 4/3 comfort score: 10/10

9F0C0170

Legacy brand.

Quiksilver's Highline Plus 3/2 and Highline Ltd. 4/3

Click here for a full analysis and review.

quiksilver 33

Highline Plus 3/2 warmth score: 8/10

9F0C9715

Highline Ltd. 4/3 comfort score: 7/10

9F0C9128

Lined with a field of roses (sans thorns).

Rip Curl's Flashbomb Heat Seeker 3/2 (WARMTH WINNER) and E-Bomb 4/3

Click here for a full analysis and review

ripcurl 44

E-bomb 4/3 comfort score: 9/10

ripcurl 33

Flashbomb Heat Seeker 3/2 warmth score: 9/10

9F0C702

Fins just wanna be free.

Volte's Supreme 3/2 and Premium Hooded 4/5

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volte 33

Supreme 3/2 warmth score: 6/10

volte 44

Premium 4/5 comfort score: 8/10

9F0C9369

A wave goodbye!

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