Top 5 Men's Surfing Winter Wetsuits for 2017

Trench Sports - Top Winter Wetsuits

Listen up hard charges… yeah you… the one who doesn’t leave the water just because the temperature drops… the one who looks forward to snow, not because you want to build an f’in snowman or think it looks pretty, but because you know it means a low pressure is pushing swell in your direction the one who gets crazy looks because you start talking about your surf session to people, in mid-january… the one with ice in your beard, if you can grow it (some day groms, some day)... the one whose feet has to go through snow before it hits sand and then the water… the one who looks forward to this time of year because you know this is when the best waves are, not necessarily because of the quality, but because you know they will be ALL YOURS!!

This list is for serious cold water and the all-or-nothing people who charge it.


Trench Sports - Rip Curl

Rip Curl Flashbomb Plus 6/4mm Zip Free Wetsuit

Trench Sports - Rip Curl Flash Bomb

Rip Curl’s finest cold water wetsuit yet!  Upgraded features of the Flashbomb include a single sided Aquaban plus tape to maximize the seal and keeps the wetsuit durable despite the temperature.  Also E5 Liquid Mesh and Flash Lining on internal stress points keeps you warm in the harshest conditions without compromising flexibility.

Suggested water temp: 32-38℉ / 0-3℃

Click here to buy Rip Curl Flashbomb wetsuit on Amazon.


Trench Sports - Xcel

Xcel Drylock 5/4mm Hooded Wetsuit


Trench Sports - Xcel Drylock Wetsuit

Xcel is traditionally known for producing excellent quality wetsuits.  They are one of my personal favorites.  When I was learning to surf my buddy recommended an Xcel suit to get me through the winter and I’ve never looked back.  Xcel’s Drylock wetsuits use Thermo Dry Celliant (TDC) lining, which is the first and only to use Smart Fiber Technology.  What this means is that the TDC lining actually works to recycle your body heat so that you stay warmer and can perform at your peak.  Your body heat becomes a renewable source of heat.  Other features include a water tight zipper with a magnet closure to keep the water out, new sleeve design for increased range of motion, back knee flex grooves to decrease bunching, and dope dye yarn as soft eco-friendly material for anti-fading, just to name a few.

Suggested water temp: 32-38℉ / 0-3℃

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Trench Sports - Quiksilver

Quiksilver Highline Performance 5/4/3mm Chest Zip Hooded Full Wetsuit

Trench Sports - Quiksilver Highline Wetsuit

Quiksilver’s Highline Performance uses Warmflight thermal lining which is made up of mineral-enriched fibers.  How this works is that the minerals increase your blood flow by transforming your body heat into infrared energy to increase your performance.  Warmflight keeps the weight down and the flexibility up because it is packed with air cells to make it less dense.  Highline Performance stays watertight with Hydrolock ultrathin seam sealant and Red Cell technology.  Flushing is prevented with a Water-Block Semi Dry Zip that has coated, offset teeth in the chest entry system.  Wrists and ankles use Flush Lock 2.0.  All of this comes together to keep you warmer and getting the most of your winter season.

Suggested water temp: 46-55℉ / 8-13℃

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Trench Sports - O'Neill

 O'Neill Psycho Tech 5.5/4mm Hooded Full Wetsuit

Trench Sports - O'Neill Psycho Wetsuit

O'Neill Psycho Tech locks in the warmth with the heat generating Technobutter firewall.  It is regarded as the most advanced insulated neoprene available with trapped air technology and quick drying properties.  Technobutter gives the Psycho Tech Wetsuit superstretch capabilities, less water absorption, all while being 20% lighter.  O’Neill’s Psycho Tech also features the Front Upper Zip Entry (F.U.Z.E) chest system which uses patented technology with drain holes to keep you dry and increase flexibility.  The whole package is tied together with Fluid Seam Weld, an 8mm silicone-based urethane exterior and a triple glued and blind stitched interior.  A must for winter sessions.

Suggested water temp: 46-55℉ / 8-13℃

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Trench Sports - Patagonia

Patagonia R4 Yulex Full Hooded 5.5mm Wetsuit

Trench Sports - Yulex

Not usually the first name you think of when you it comes to surfing but Patagonia has been leading the industry on some innovative materials that I think you we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the future.  We usually don’t think of “eco-friendly” when we are climbing into rubber suits but that is what sets Patagonia apart.  This wetsuit is neoprene free and is 85% Yulex natural rubber/15% synthetic rubber by polymer content.  What this means is a wetsuit made of recycled material but still having all the creature comforts of knee pads, ankle cuffs and 100% external seam sealing that will keep you warm in the coldest of waters.  I think these innovative new materials are changes that we will be seeing a lot more of in the future.

Suggested water temp: 38-48℉ / 3-9℃

Click here to buy Patagonia Yules wetsuit on Amazon.


Overall, technology has come a long way, especially in the last decade or so.  The ability to go out and perform in some of the harshest conditions that mother nature can dish out continues to be pushed to the limits.  It seems that no matter what the temperature is outside there is no longer an excuse to miss a good session.  I personally feel that the ever growing popularity of surfing will continue to expand the research into greater quality, warmer, and more durable wetsuits as time goes on.  

Overcrowding in the line-up is pushing the diehards into harsher conditions in order to be able to surf uninterrupted.  Decades ago, surfing was on the fringes of society, a subculture to the mainstream, but now it is so commonplace that the ones who are brave enough to head out in the freakishly cold temperatures are the ones who are still embracing that subculture mentality.  The ones who don’t let small things, like hypothermia, stand in the way of catching an epic set.

So here's to you… the hard chargers that keep the spirit alive no matter the season… we salute you!

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