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O’Neill Mutant 5/3 mens wetsuit Review

ONeill Mutant 5/3 wetsuit

O'Neill Mutant 5/3 wetsuit

Well winter is in full swing pretty much, and although the sea has yet to drop a few degree’s its still starting to feel pretty chilly out there. I imagine most people will be looking to the winter suits now, and as with years gone by, the suits available today boast some impressive features / specifications..
The Mutant is no exception to this – its feature packed, and O’Neill have obviously spent time thinking up this suit. I like the modular idea they have, allowing you to either have a hooded or non hooded suit at the flick of a zip!
Putting the suit on via the top entry is pretty easy – the neoprene stretches so much that it’s not too tight, although getting the suit off takes some practice.
Once on the suit feels so very light, almost summer suit light. My initial thoughts were that whilst it was nice and light, it wasn’t going to be able to keep me warm enough – WRONG! A combination of super liquid seams, the top neck seal the O’Neill firewall and good arm and leg seals make the suit virtually water proof. Once in the water I was able to withstand long periods without even thinking about being cold, certainly the warmest suit I have reviewed in the winter to date.
The traditional problem spots on super stretch wetsuits has been the knee pads, but like many other manufacturers, O’Neill have invested time and effort in toughening these up, and whilst only time will tell, initial impressions are that they will last, and are improved over earlier suits.
Because of the top entry and the seal system they have developed there is no anti flush system, but because the neck seal doesnt have any velcro to tighten the suit up, it fits and seals extremely well – flushing wasn’t an issue.
The smooth skin chest did the job, and dispite a freezing northerly wind my core was kept lovely and toasty warm.
Its a very comfortable suit to wear, and for me anatomically fits extremely well, which allows me to concentrate on whats important – surfing, not being cold or getting flushed each time I duck dive.
To date, like for like and in the same price bracket the competition is the Xcel Infiniti – the Xcel has a formidable reputation and our previous reviews on these have testified to the quality of the suit. So how does the Mutant compare with the Infiniti? Well I would certainly say its right up there with it and possibly performance and spec aside the modular aspect of the suit could sway the balance.
The suit certainly lives up to the hype – it’s a superb suit, very warm, very light, and the modular bits make it a very versatile suit. It’s not a cheap suit, but then you get a lot for your money.
Overall I would happily recommend this suit to anyone, O’Neill have been in the wetsuit business for a long long time, and its great to see them continuing to push the boundary’s of wetsuit innovation, the O’Neill brand has become extremely popular, but the Mutant still has its roots very much in pure surfing rather than surviving on just a well known brand.
Completely Sunset Surf recommended – you won’t go far wrong here
 Press Release
This mutated two-headed monster is designed not just to be modular, but is also completely unrestricted, bone dry, Velcro-less, and easy on/off. We have seen the future, and it’s scary. Free-floating Zippers and shoulder Fluid Seam Seals minimize bulk and flush
100% Stretch (70% Ultraflex DS™ / 30% Fluidflex™)
Interior Fluid Seam Weld (100% Sealed)
Patent Pending Modular Closure System
Detachable Crew Neck and Hood Closures
LSD (Lumber Seamless Design)
Firewall Chest and Lumber Panels
Krypto Padz (Ergonomic Neoprene Knee Panel)
External Key Pocket with Loop
Wind Resistant Smooth Skin: Chest & Back
Strategic Seamless Paddle Zones
Plasma Interior Wrist & Ankle Seams
Glued & Blind-stitched Seams
Style code for 5/4/3mm :2213
Sizes: S-3XL,MS,MT,LS,LT.
SRP: £260.00
Web: www.oneill.com
UK/Eire: +44 (0) 1730 811460
France : 0800 916 652
Germany : +49 (0) 8152 988776
Email: wetsuits.uk@oneill.com

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