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Seventhwave wetsuit – review

30 March 2010 | 7:28 am

I spent lot of time in the water, both in the winter and summer, no matter if it’s hot or cold. And yes, I am definitely picky regarding wetsuits. During winter I obviously want to feel warm and comfortable, so a good wetsuit is vital.

Seventhwave MAX 3/2 Ti ZB G/S Steamer

It’s been almost 10 years since I spend all my free time in the ocean, and I already used several different wetsuits, produced both by kiteboarding and surf brands.
One of these days I was browsing some surf forums and I read a post about Seventhwave wetsuits.

Honestly I never heard about Seventhwave before.
I made a quick search on the internet and found out that Seventhwave is a New Zealand based company dedicated to designing and innovating high performance wetsuits. Their products are tested in the cold waters of South Island. All their wetsuits are custom fit and they ship them worldwide.
I have to confess I was very curious about trying out their wetsuits.

You might not be able to buy a Seventhwave wetsuit in your local shop, but Seventhwave wetsuit can be ordered through their website and it will be shipped directly to your home, wherever that is. I contacted Paul from Seventhwave and quickly we were able to figure out what wetsuit would be the best for me to use at my local spot.

Taking all different measures was not so easy, the wetsuit is custom fit so if you want it to fit you really well you have to be very careful about numbers. Since you have an online tutorial it’s much easier.

I took my measurements and within next couple of weeks (the wetsuit have been shipped from New Zealand to Europe) I received my Seventhwave MAX 3/2 Ti ZB G/S Steamer custom-fit wetsuit.

The custom-fit service of Seventhwave is really a 5 stars service. If you send them all the measures correctly, there is no way that the wetsuit wont fit you perfectly. As soon as I received the wetsuit I tried it at home and it fit so good that it felt like a second skin.

Seventhwave wetsuits are made from Japanese Yamamoto Neoprene and is structured with uniquely high density cells. Due to special thermal insulation keeps you super warm for really long time. It is super light and extremely flexible and stretchy so you practically don’t feel you are wearing it.

Seventhwave MAX 3/2 Ti ZB G/S Steamer

Those suits are designed for comfort, functionality, performance, endurance and warmth so you can surf all day long and after your perfect session they dry easily and really fast. The construction is excellent, every stitch is carefully glued and covered with tape.

Seventhwave MAX 3/2 Ti ZB G/S SteamerSeventhwave MAX 3/2 Ti ZB G/S SteamerSeventhwave MAX 3/2 Ti ZB G/S Steamer

Seventhwave MAX 3/2 Ti ZB G/S Steamer :

  • – Glued and blindstiched sealed seams that are Melco taped on the inside
  • – Japanese Yamamoto MR7000 superstretch neoprene
  • – Weights 1300grams
  • – The Zipless neck, Neck entry for added performance
  • – Kevlar loaded knee pads
  • – Custom fit
  • – Custom colors

Seventhwave also offers you a lifetime warranty anywhere in the world so if anything goes wrong they will for sure try to work it out for you. If you accidentally get cut by a fin the guys from Seventhwave repair service will emend it as fast as possible so you can get your suit on time to hit the beach again.

A Custom fitting is included in the price for the model I received. This means that if you’re not a standard size they will ensure you get the perfect fit by customizing the suit to your specific measurements.

Seventhwave MAX 3/2 Ti ZB G/S Steamer

Seventhwave is a small company but they have a very strong reputation among the surfer community.

On the water
I used the wetsuit several times, not only to kitesurf but also to surf and paddle surf.
My Seventhwave wetsuit is the kitesurf version of the MAX 3/2 Ti ZB G/S Steamer.
There are 2 differences between the kitesurf and the surf version :

  • – a small drainhole on each ankle to avoid the leg from filling up with excess water.
  • – absence of smoothie for wind chill resistance. Unlike the surf version, the chest area front and back are made of nylon 2 neoprene. The reason is that in kitesurf we wear harness and this wears the life expectancy of the wetsuit

Either paddling, surfing or kitesurfing, the wetsuit is so comfortable and flexible that I barely feel it’s on. Whatever moves I make it feels comfortable.
I used the wetsuit on warmer and colder days and even with the windiest and coldest weather the MAX 3/2 Ti kept me warm and I usually use a 5/3 wetsuit to kitesurf.
It’s definitely much warmer then my previous 3/2 wetsuit and It feels as warm as my”old” 5/3 wetsuit… it’s just much more elastic.

The MAX 3/2 Ti is a zipless wetsuit. This was my first experience with a zipless wetsuit and I have to admit that a zipless is a must if you kitesurf. Why? Because it just so much more comfortable to use with harness.
Dressing this wetsuit requires more attention do put on, not that it’s difficult to dress it, but you just should be more careful putting on and taking off.

Seventhwave MAX 3/2 Ti ZB G/S Steamer

Regarding the materials most definitely Yakamoto neoprene is the best material you can imagine for a wetsuit, and the only flaw is that you have to be extra careful about it. Another characteristic that I appreciate in this wetsuit is the fact that it dries much faster then a normal neoprene wetsuit, once again due to the use of the Yakamoto neoprene.

Some guys on the beach, using latest models of wetsuits from a major surf company were speaking about how elastic their wetsuits were and they were surprised by my Seventhwave.

Pros:

  • Warm
  • Comfortable
  • Elastic
  • Custom fit
  • Custom colors
  • Dries fast

Cons:

  • Yamamoto Neoprene is gentle and you have to have extra care
  • Colored neoprene gets dirty easily and spots are hard to take off

Final verdict

Seventhwave MAX 3/2 Ti ZB G/S SteamerI have no doubt that this is the most comfortable wetsuit I have ever used. You really don’t feel it’s on.
Seventhwave wetsuits are not cheap, but the price is fair, afterall when you buy one you are buying a totally customizable wetsuit built with the use of finest materials.
Highly recommended!!

One Comment »

  • Ray Spoonhead says:

    I’m a huge fan of Seventhwave and cannot rate their gear highly enough. It feels good to buy products that are actually made by people who surf and kite rather than being made in some dodgy polluting plant in a developing country where the workers are exploited.

    I find using the plastic bag over foot method amazing for looking after my suit. My current one is 5 years old (used at least 2 days per week) and still going strong. I always dry my under a towel so the sun doesn’t damage the neoprene lining.

    I’m a bit of a one eyed fan after using their gear for the last 16 years (since I was 12!) and it just keeps getting better and better!

    Ray – Christchurch NZ (5mins down the road from Seventhwaves little wetsuit making factory!)

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