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Rip Curl Ultimate Elasto 2 – 3/2 Wetsuit Review

 
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How often can you say you are blown away by a wetsuit?

Well for me so far I can say it now – I’m blown away by this suit. The elasto suit just has it all!

I will start with the less important things – the suit looks the business, it’s certainly not overstated, but they have got the balance of style and subtly perfect. This suit looks great.

Now down to details – the suit seems, well certainly straight out of a winter suit, to be very thin, but then it is a 3/2 but the knee pads are nice and thick and padded to prevent a notorious weak spot from manifesting itself.

It’s got a small anti-flush system, a batwing that you hoop over your head to proved a good seal to stop water from leaking in when you’re heading out to sea or duck diving etc. That coupled with the adjustable neck collar actually make the neck seal superb, if you do up the collar properly – which I realised I hadn’t a few times it makes a huge difference, you really won’t get a drop of water down your neck.

As for warmth, the suit fit like a glove with the super stretch neoprene you can get a size which should hug you all over, virtually like a lycra suit! The suit has the rip curl fireskin like inside on the torso area which helps to keep you warm even when the wind is blowing. To date in the warmer water I have not been cold in this suit and I’m sure it’s partly due to the fact it fits so well which in turn is due to the super stretch neoprene.

I won’t lie; it’s a bugger to get into! But again that really is a good sign because it’s a good fit – again we have to emphasise the importance of fit here.

When you are surfing in this suit you might as well be surfing in your birthday suit – its light, extremely flexible, very comfortable, basically it’s all good!

Downsides? A tough one, I never like writing reviews without something to say on the con’s side, but I really struggle with this suit! So far we can’t comment on the longevity of the suit, but it does seem pretty robust and the extra thickness on the knee pads helps this. As for how long you will be able to wear it – it is a thin suit, but then it’s a summer suit, it’s not really rip curl’s fault if our summer suit window is only 3/4 months! Having said that I wouldn’t be surprised if you could carry on with this suit well into October / November plus we don’t all stay in this country for the winter! It’s hard to get off (the suit!) but I don’t feel that’s a real problem point, its far better than a baggy suit that drops off!

All in all when I was wearing this suit I felt the business, it looks good which added confidence, its understated so you don’t feel self conscious, and its so comfortable you can just get on and concentrate on what your in the water for in the first place – SURFING!

Well done Rip Curl – An A++ suit, no hesitation in recommending this whatsoever.

RRP £175.95 but now available at a bargain £123.16 from certain retailers!

If any of you have any comments about this or any of our other suits in our reviews, we would love to hear from you – please just drop us an email @ reviews@sunsetsurf.co.uk .

 

   
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