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Snugg Silverback Mens 5/4/3 wetsuit Review

Snugg Silverback 5/4/3 wetsuit

Snugg Silverback 5/4/3 wetsuit

The Snugg experience! The silverbak is one of the suits we will be doing our long term review on so we will keep you updated as to the performance of the suit and its build quality regularly.
Although Snugg do sell suits off the shelf, when its the same price, you may as well get one custom fitted. As we already mentioned in our pre review comments the most important thing about a wetsuit is its fit. The additional cost for a custom suit is something that you will have to decide for yourself, however we think considering the fact you get a suit that is guaranteed to fit you like a glove the extra is well worth it.
From start to finish – being measured up and receiving the suit took us about 5 working days. The guys at snugg are not new to the business of making wetsuits and can recommend which of their suits would suit you best, depending on where you surf the most, and your style of surfing.
With snugg your taken on an experience, Ok if you go for a custom fit suit, you can’t take it home that day, but the anticipation of waiting for a suit that has been hand made for you exact measurements by people who have been making suits for a long time is comparable to waiting for a present!
When the suit arrived, it was an exciting moment for the Sunset Surf team, as we took it out of its packaging, the fresh small of glue and neoprene soon filled the room. The suit really is a delight to look at, you can see the care that has gone into building the suit, and true to Snugg, it fit our tester perfectly.
Out the water.
Because the suit is such a good fit, it is tricky to get on, but then, whats a few extra minutes putting the suit on, if it will give a lot of extra time in the water. The suit has Aero Zirconium aka internal hollow fibre on the chest area like many of the other suits, but also on the thighs as well. Although the seams are not liquid Snugg tape all the seams, and using the official Sunset Surf hold the arm and blow down it method of testing the seam out the water, proved that taping provides and excellent seal on the seams very nearly if not completely comparable to the liquid seams out the water. The neck has a really nice anti rash system which is so soft around what is a “Snugg” fit around your neck (no pun intended!).
In the water.
Well after putting the suit on, we were almost boiling when we got down to the break. As suspected the suit hardly leaked any water at all through the seams, because the neck is such a tight without being uncomfortable fit, flushing also was negligable. The suit initially rubbed slightly around the arm pit areas, but the did seem to soften up once the suit got wet. The flexability of this suit again is really good, allowing complete free movement. The suit also being one of the 5mm neoprene once on suits, kept our tester really toasty throughout a good 2 hours + surf in some pretty frosty conditions. The thickness of the suit makes up for the lack of flash panels on the rear. And remember this is not Snuggs warmest suit! The suit is really comfy to be in, and you can forget about wearing the suit and concentrate on surfing, which is really the end goal of a wetsuit.
Back out the water.
Again as getting on, the fit made it difficult to get out of quickly, but because you were so warm in it, it was quite a relief to cool down for a bit.
Overall.
With Snugg you do get a lot of suit for your money, but you have to pay a fair amount of money for your suit! Its a whole experience, being fitted up, waiting for the suit, and then getting a suit that you know is the best possible fit for you as an individual. All snugg seams can be re stitched if required as well, so in the unlikely event you have problems, you can take it back to Snugg and they can put them right for you. Overall a really good quality suit, handmade gives it that completely unique feel. We had heard good things about snugg, and the silvabak lived up to them and more. Because of the price of this suit, we have choosen it to be one of our extented wetsuit suits. So make sure you check back regularly to read our updates on how the suit goes through out the season and the coldest bits of winter!
 Press Release
The most flexible custom suit available.
The Silverbak has Mega stretch arms,shoulders and lat panels for easy paddling also a mega stretch ‘Y’ flap preventing water entry into back zip.
Aero Zirconium is used in the chest, upper leg and crutch.
Smoothskin anti-rash neck roll.
Mega-stretch shoulder/back panel.
Raw edge wrist seal.
Resin impregnated nylon surface knee pad.
RRP £275

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