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Alder Plasma Mens 5/4/3 wetsuit Review

Alder Plasma 5/4/3

Alder Plasma 5/4/3

Alder are one of those brands that do have an amount of stigma attached to them to some degree. The suits are generally cheaper than the features they are packed with suggest they should be but that doesn’t mean its cheaper for a good reason. When the suit arrived, we were pleasantly suprised with the build quality general feel about the suit.
Out the water.
Fairly tricky to get on, due to the internal back-up system and smaller zip opening, but having the superstretch neoprene made it easier than it could have been. Once you have the knack you won’t be thinking about it. Once on it provided a very snugg fit, which is directly related to being difficult to get on, the good fit and shape out weigh being tricky to get on. Build quality is also very good, and puts some manufacturers to shame for the price!
In the water.
Once in the water the suit felt almost like a dry suit, with no leaking through the seams at all. A small amount around the wrists and ankles seaped in while wading through the water, but whilst duck diving and paddling through the oncoming surf, the suit held off the flushes extremely well. After around 2 hours in a good sized swell our tester was still comfortably warm, and would have had no problem staying in the water for another hour at least maybe more. The superstretch neoprene meant that the suit hardly rubbed at all around the usual tight contact areas, and the internal rash vest helped keep the neck both dry and comfortable. Whilst surfing the suit was really nice and flexible, allowing good movement throughout.
Back out the water.
Really easy to get off, probably attributable to the superstretch neoprene. The seams all look reasonably strong, and the knee pads pretty tough. The only small thing lacking perhaps is the lack of back flash panels, but the not everyone likes / needs those so not a big issue. The thickness of the neoprene is maintained once on also which all helps the suit keep the wearer warm.
Overall.
A very well made suit for the price. Even though its not one of the most fasionable brand names around at the moment, we reckon this is a really good solid suit. Why pay extra money just for a name? Well sounds good in practice, but obviously the question that would arise is does it last. Well for that reason the Alder plasma is one of the suits choosen for the extended wetsuit review. So keep checking back to see how the suit bears up the the punishing british winter!
 
 
Press Release
Alder plasma the specs
Available in Men’s 5/4/3
· 100% Double Lined “X” stretch on all panels.
· Fire wall heat system on chest panel.
· liquid Seal on all seams.
· Internal Bat flap with drainage hole.
· Titanium single lined torso with Aerocore lining.
· Twin needle blindstitched.
· Spanflex adjustable collar.
· Dual texture kneepads.
· Metal slider YKK zip.
· Pre bent knee and sleeve construction.
· 3mm behind knee.
· “O” rings wrist seals
 
 
RRP £180

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