Super stoked with the new addition to my wettie collection. Bought the Billabong Salty Daze Surf Capsule late last year after spotting it in the Billabong shop in St Francis - it was just the coolest looking suit ever and no ways could leave it hanging on the rack. Because you can never have too many wetsuits! Specially pretty blue one's with palm trees!
Up until recently I haven't been much of a fan of chick's suits cos generally the guys one's are always made better. But lately the surf manufacturers have finally worked out that girls like fashionable AND functional suits. No good 'em looking pretty and you freeze your uh......You get get cold.
I've given the suit a good test drive over the past month so here's the low down. Mine's a 3/2, which is a bit thinner than I normally wear but the summery conditions and pleasant water temps have made it my go-to suit lately.
It's super-gooey lekker comfy. Like properly comfy. Really flexible neoprene which means if you want to go through your full yoga routine whilst hanging out the back-line waiting for a set, no probs.
And it does the job. Keeping you nice and toasty. Being a 3/2 it isn't gonna be your best bet in the winter months, but perfect for the spring/summer/autumn sessions.
The chest zip entry is easy to get into, plenty of stretch in the neck area so no contortionist skills required. Seams are glued and blind stitched on the outside of the suit, whilst on the inside the main seams in the torso and leg regions are liquid seam-sealed. - so makes sure no lil annoying dribbley bits sneak in.
A few swatches of heat tape applied at all the stress points give it that extra bit of durability. Some fuzzy purple material on the interior of the chest and back zones keep the chill off.
Durable knee pads mean you can knee paddle your log without worrying about blowing your suit out. Little bits of the liquid seal applied at the wrist and ankle seals gives it good grip to help stop flushing.
Besides being a really good wettie overall, it's great to surf in something so pretty. Reckon it makes you surf better cos it looks so good so it makes you feel good. I mean, who can have a kak session when wearing a tropical island!?
Verdict? Definitely worth the bucks.
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