We are a fairly outdoorsy family and like to have plenty of water adventures with our 3 children.
We first bought a secondhand Seventhwave wetsuit for our son Luke, when he was 3 for sea swimming (splashing?) when we lived in Lyttelton. He is now 10, we have lived on the West Coast for 4 years and he is onto his 4th new Seventhwave wetsuit
. His old ones now get passed onto his younger brother and sister. Luke describes the wetsuits as comfortable and warm, with stylish colours and are great for boogie boarding, kayaking and swimming in the sea and lakes. We find them indispensable for our family adventures and our children use them all the time in and on the water.
Obstacles buying this product were probably price and that they seemed like luxury items. However, we get so much use from each wetsuit and they last incredibly well, so the price is well worth the investment. We get years of use from each one, plus we can trade them in once each of our 3 children have used them, which is awesome. I have friends who have bought wetsuits that may cost less but they last a fraction of the time the Seventhwave ones last. None of the wetsuits we've bought have needed any repairs at all and have maintained their thickness and shape excellently.
The specific feature we like is the durability and practicality of the wetsuits for children. Ours have used theirs heaps in chlorine, salt, kayaking, boogie boarding, lake swimming, watersliding and they just last and last. Plus they keep them toasty warm in chilly conditions.
Other benefits would be the fact that they are made locally, and that they are extremely durable and hard wearing. We have recommended Seventhwave to a number of our friends who have bought them as a result. The service has been always helpful and friendly.
All the best,