I slipped into my first Seventhwave wetsuit in the summer of 2010/11
, but the story that sits in my mind as a perfect example of their quality suits, was what happened at the 2011 Kaikoura O’Neill Coldwater Classic
. I had arranged for Paul to bring up my new MAX 4/3 Ti G&S ZB Steamer
the day before the competition started. As with all other previous winter suits that I have had (O’Neill, Rip Curl, Xcell, Quicksilver) I went for the 4/3. However, I found myself out in mid June in the frigid waters of the Antarctic current, seemingly sweating and overheating… I ended up switching back to my Max 2/2 Ti FL ZB Steamer for the rest of the event as I found this suit more suitable for the conditions.
What I have found with Seventhwave wetsuits is that through the ability to custom make their suits, it allows you to cut down the thickness of suit required. My height puts me into the category of a medium men’s, however my chicken legs seemingly belong in a 12-year-olds suit! With a custom suit the fit is perfect every time, eliminating the possibility of water pockets and chaffing. With this lesson learnt I have found myself in thinner suits, resulting in less rubber, more flexibility, and a more comfortable experience.
So with this in mind I highly recommend Seventhwave wetsuits, however you may have to be prepared to shed some rubber!