Xcel Infinity Mens 5/4/3 wetsuit Review
Well, Xcel to those who know needs litle introduction, to those who are not familiar with Xcel they have a very high reputation in the hardcore surfing community as being the best. Along with that reputation, they are also priced to reflect that, coming out among the most expensive suits available. When we got the suit, it did look the buisness, and we think you know where your moneys gone. Nothing on the suit looks like its been spared, the liquid seams are thick and look like they will last a long time. The neoprene is soo stretchy it gives you the impression that its going to be like wearing a summer suit. And with the front zip and internal vest system you think its not going to let much water in.
Out the water.
Getting in the suit is initially slightly testing as its a top entry suit, but once you have the hang of it, its not really an issue at all. The super stretch neoprene make the suit slide on nice and easy. It feels like a durable suit, everything from the cuffs to the knee pads seep quality.
In the water.
Once in, you dont know that you are in cold water. The suit withheld any water penetration at all for quite some time The wrist and ankle cuffs are just cut neoprene but the size makes for a tight fit – which is all good as it keeps the water out. This suit was the warmest we have tested, it was almost too warm for this time of year! Unlikely that we would be saying that if it were March. With the Infinity you get 5mm when on rather than the 5mm when the suit is on the hanger approach some manufacturers seem to go by. The only small downside is around the neck area, because of the pull over front zip it does create quite a lot of tension around the shoulders and arms, which does reduce flexabilty a small amount.
Back out the water.
Again, the top entry system takes a while to get the knack of, but once you have it sussed getting the suit off isn’t a problem. Its actually a relief to get the suit off as going from the water to wherever you are changing you build up quite a sweat!
The Xcel suit hasn’t got a hardcore surfer following for no reason. The suit is extremely well built in every area. The neoprene is so thick that it will keep you warm in the coldest of days. Its not a cheap suit, so you would want it to last and its for this reason that the Xcel is one of the suits that is featuring in the Sunset Surf Extended Wetsuit test.
The Infiniti incorporates its X-ZIP 2 System and the latest in sealed stretch seam technology with its Synergy S-Seal Seams and 100% snag resistant 300% PLUS stretch Ultraspan Superlight neoprene. Engineered Fit with Less Seams
Quadruple glued seams with S-Seal bonding over blindstitching on the inside. Pressure Bonded tape on the lower body, legs and hood.