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Gul Nitro Mens 5/4/3 wetsuit Review

Gul Nitro 5/4/3 Wetsuit

Gul Nitro 5/4/3 Wetsuit

We had heard good and bad things about Gul suits, so keenly awaited the delivery of the Nitro.
When it arrived we were pleasantly suprised, as Guls flagship winter surf wetsuit we think they have done a pretty good job on the nitro.
Out the water.
Its a nicely built suit, with strong seams and a good amount of liquid sealing. Anatomically the suit fits and hugs in all the right places. The seams are sealed extremely effectivly and there is a good amount of smooth skin on both the front and the back of the suit which is essential for keeping you warm in the water. The back-up system is more comprehensive than some other manufacturers and is almost like a complete rash vest built into the suit. As a result the neck is very soft and comfortable as the internal rash vest is like a polar neck which prevents any part of the wetsuit from rubbing. The superlite neoprene is very stretchy and very comfy which makes the whole suit very light and flexible when on.
The 3/4 zip makes getting in and out of the suit a touch difficult which when you are changing on an extrememly cold day which might get you cold for a brief while, however the flip side is that as their is less zip the suit should keep more water out of the suit and therefore keep you warmer than a suit with a full length zip. The suit also has o-ring cuffs on both the leg and the arms, which keeps the cuffs on both nice and tight to your arms and legs, another must for preventing water from travelling up the respective parts of the body and cooling you down. The knee pads look tough and like they will take quite a battering.
In the water.
Getting the suit on once you have got the knack of the 3/4 zip is not too much of a task, and once on you feel like the suits just another layer of skin. When in the water, the suit didnt show any signs of leaking through the seams at all – the liquid seal obviously does the job very well. The suit also kept our tester extremely warm. The smooth skin on the front and back of the suit do their job by allowing the water to run off those parts of the suit almost instantly, thus keeping the wind chill down to a minimum. The suit also held up to numerous continuous duck dives without flushing at all, which we were well impressed with especially due to the conditions we were out in. After several hours of being out in the water, the suit had let a very small amount of water in through the sleeves dispite the pretty tight o-ring seals on the cuffs. Obviously this could be a “fit” issue, so we arn’t going to dwell on it, as you could also get velcro wrist straps if this proved an issue for you. The suit is nice and flexible in the water and doesn’t inhibit your movement hardly at all.
Back out the water.
Again the smooth skin means that once you get out the water, the suit still keeps you warm even with a howling wind. The suit was somewhat tricky to get off, but sometimes you have to sacrifice momontary comfort for a good fit and a well made suit.
Overall.
We liked this suit from start to finish and cant honestly say much bad about it. Our only negative observations are that the o-rings on the cuffs might not last as long as the rest of the suit, although thats something you will have to decide for yourself, but the neoprene is under an awful lot of stress especially when putting the suit on and taking it off, but the flip side is that they do a good job of keeping most of the water out. Obviously Gul offer good warrantly and repair programs for their suits, so if this did become an issue it would be covered by this. The other negative comments if you can call them that is that the velcro pads are so sticky that they tend to stick to whatever part of the suit they touch, we were also concerned that the stress put on the velcro do ups may also be subject to wear. For the money this suit performed as well as the top suits we tested, although the neoprene wasn’t as thick as some of the suits and might require a thermal rash vest in the depths of March. The design makes it a strong performer in its price range, considering its competitors.
Gul Nitro the specs
NT1203 Nitro 5/4/3 Blindstich Steamer
• 100% G-Flex Body panels giving increased flexibility and comfort.
• Superlite Neoprene is softer, stretcher and 20% lighter than regular neoprene.
• Gul Liquid Seaming increases the warmth and flexibility when compared to conventional seaming.
• Delta ¾ zip and collar adjustment increases back flexibility.
• Gul Back Up System reduces the chances of cold water flushes.
• Pre-shaped legs and arms for comfort.
• Mens Sizes: M, ML, MS, MT, S, XL, XXL, L,
• Ladies Sizes: 10, 12, 12/14, 14, 16
• Colours: Slate / Black, Black / Black
• RRP: 209.95
Gul Nitro 5/4/3 ~ Mens Blindstich Steamer
The Nitro is Gul’s top of the range winter suit and a favourite with the Gul Team including British No 1 Russell Winter and top European long boarder, Lee Ryan. 100% G-Flex body panels ensure total freedom of movement, whilst the Gul back-up system and liquid seaming give maximum warmth and durability even in the coldest winter surf.
RRP £209.95
Tel 01208 262400
www.gul.com

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