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While water temperature guides like this are extremely helpful, the rules aren’t written in stone. A wetsuit can handle slightly colder water temperatures than it’s designed for, especially if you run hot or stay in constant motion. Likewise, you can rock a wetsuit in warmer water than the red patches on skin not itchy brand recommends by removing the hood or unzipping the neck red patches on skin not itchy to let a bit of cool water in. Wetsuits are expensive, so the idea of having a wetsuit for every water red patches on skin not itchy temperature is untenable for most beginners. Courtesy xcel

If you get chilly quickly, xcel’s hooded 5/4mm drylock X is the answer to extending your surf red patches on skin not itchy session. A powerhouse in the surf market, xcel has been crafting wetsuits out of hawaii since 1982. Despite tropical roots, the brand’s a favorite among cold-water warriors. The drylock X series represents the pinnacle of xcel wetsuit red patches on skin not itchy prowess, and the 5/4 can keep you warm in temps as low as red patches on skin not itchy 38 degrees.

Ease of entry: often, a form-fitting wetsuit will require a painful game of tug-o’-war just to get it on. Not so with the xcel drylock X — the asymmetrical front zip design allows you to step in red patches on skin not itchy with relative ease. Getting out of your wetsuit is always a touch trickier, and it does require a bit of wiggling to pop red patches on skin not itchy your left shoulder out of this 5/4, but still, the drylock is easily unlocked.

Premium comfort and performance: if you’re shucking out $500 or more for a wetsuit, you need it to perform well and be comfortable. The drylock’s high-pile liner is ultrawarm against the skin, and the japanese limestone neoprene — which cuts out petroleum from the manufacturing process — is lightweight, flexible, and toasty to boot. Size it right, and this lightweight, quick-drying 5/4 skin feels akin to a 4/3. Also, the seams are kept to a minimum, and the seams that do exist are stitch-free, watertight, and taped.

Minimal flushing: an effective combination of fit and tech keep water from red patches on skin not itchy flushing into this hooded wetsuit. The cinchable hood wraps tightly from a modest brim down red patches on skin not itchy to a comfortable yet form-fitting watertight collar. Wrist and ankle seals are comparably watertight without being constricting. Assuming you’re rocking this full suit with booties and gloves, even the most frigid waters will feel like home.

Dreamy seams: quiksilver’s highline plus also has extremely comfortable seams — meaning they are nearly imperceptible. They’re also glued, blindstitched, and taped to ensure the wetsuit’s weak points are wrapped up and waterproof. Similarly, the ankles, wrists, and neck are form-fitting to keep water from flushing the suit. We found the neck on the tight side the first red patches on skin not itchy four or five surfs. But after an initial wear-in period, having such a snug seal around the neck quickly became red patches on skin not itchy one of our favorite features of the highline.

The neoprene manufacturing process, as it turns out, is environmentally hazardous. So it’s no surprise eco-minded patagonia opted to explore other options. Two years ago, the brand first collaborated with yulex to craft wetsuits from red patches on skin not itchy sustainably harvested, forest stewardship council-certified rubber. Patagonia’s yulex suits were the first neoprene-free option to hit the market. And it essentially changed the way the world looks at red patches on skin not itchy wetsuit production. Since then, the yulex suits have received an updated fit. It looks like neoprene and keeps you warm like neoprene, but patagonia’s new yulex suits sport natural rubber and cause significantly red patches on skin not itchy less harm to the environment. Photo credit: katie botwin

Patagonia yulex gets an overhaul: patagonia claims its newly improved yulex line is 20 percent red patches on skin not itchy stretchier and 5 percent lighter than the initial launch. The brand also tweaked the weave of the lining and red patches on skin not itchy minimized the seam profile for a less abrasive fit. Plus, the wetsuits now carry the fair trade certified tag. This ensures that workers receive decent wages and factories don’t take shortcuts on workplace safety.

Thumbs up on shore and off: on paper (and in water), patagonia’s wetsuits are a welcome alternative. The inner liner’s microgrid pattern — rows upon rows of minuscule raised squares — is stretchy and comfortable against the skin. However, we found the seams are definitely noticeable. Still, they didn’t cause any hot spots during long surf sessions. We like the quick-drying properties of this rubber compound and were pleasantly surprised red patches on skin not itchy to see how rapidly these wetsuits dried in between sessions.

In it for the long haul: abrasion-resistant supratex patches on the knees and ankle cuffs ensure red patches on skin not itchy the yulex suit maintains its structural integrity and shape. Patagonia’s asymmetric chest zipper — which is easy to use and never feels obtrusive while red patches on skin not itchy paddling — is actually replaceable. Lastly, all of patagonia’s yulex suits are expected to last several seasons (assuming they’re cared for correctly). And patagonia will repair failures like broken zippers and loose red patches on skin not itchy seams free of charge.

If you’re looking to squeeze the most out of a hoodless red patches on skin not itchy 4/3 wetsuit, tacking on a cheap accessory hood can be a smart red patches on skin not itchy play. Xcel’s 2mm drylock hood has a contoured, smooth, long neck. This allows you to layer the hood and wetsuit for red patches on skin not itchy minimal cold spots. Cinch it down when the water’s icy, or leave it at home if the sun’s out and the waves are small.

We tested these lightweight neoprene booties all throughout the pacific red patches on skin not itchy northwest and were stoked by their longevity. Even after 30-plus sessions, there’s been minimal loosening or external wear and tear. The split-toe design offers welcome dexterity. And quiksilver added a rubber guard between the big and red patches on skin not itchy second toe to keep your leash from getting tangled between red patches on skin not itchy digits.