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In the winter sessions, staying warm makes the difference. We tried this chest zip wetsuit, hooded, with a highly competitive price, compared to other products of the category. In this article, we share an accurate product review.

 

Windsurf, test: O'Neill O'Riginal Chest Zip 6/5/4mm Hooded wetsuit 2019

 

The suit O'Neill O'Riginal has all the necessary elements of a winter wetsuit. It is not a top-of-the-line product among those in this range, which, however, have now reached an embarrassing price. Since, with 500 euros ...., I fly to and back from South Africa, I wanted to look for a good workmanship suit, but at a more reasonable price. Without, however, failing to keep myself warm, considering that I also go out in January and February, in the lakes of northern Italy, where the legend tells ... that the water is freezing .... Therefore, I bet safely on a Hooded, Chest Zip wetsuit. And I must say that the tests done so far are fully comforting my choice.

 

Windsurf ONeill Wetsuit 7

Windsurf ONeill Wetsuit 12

 

Technical features

The O'Neill O'Riginal suit has a classic style combined with modern technology and an excellent fit. On O'Neill's website you can find all the technical details.

It has variable neoprene thicknesses of 6/5/4 mm. In particular, the suit reaches 6 mm, in the important areas, chest and back, where the neoprene is also single-lined to better counter the windchill effect. Inside, at these points, you have an inner lining that ensures additional thermal protection. It is made of 100% ULTRAFLEX DS NEOPRENE, which also contains a good dose of Nylon. All this ensures the suit a great elasticity, softness and strength. A soft and durable neoprene 0.5 mm tape is applied to seams, to prevent the passage of water, and keep you dry and loose. It has a neck protection in smooth neoprene, which will wrap you at 360˚, with unfinished chafefree edge, on which the top part of the suit, with integrated hood, which closes with a very comfortable chest zip, overlaps. At the knee height, you have the (non-watertight) pocket to store the car key, or other small items. 

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Windsurf ONeill Wetsuit 2

Windsurf ONeill Wetsuit 4


Body fit, and test in water

 

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Windsurf ONeill Wetsuit 11

 

 

Last to say, when your session is over or paused, and you are at the spot beach, exposed to the wind, the suit is quite comfortable, allowing you a 10-20 minute break without problems. For longer intervals, being  double lined, on the whole upper part, we recommend the use of a neoprene jacket, or a spray top, to be worn, momentarily, over the suit.

In conclusion, also considering the cost of about € 250 including shipping, we can say that it is a product promoted with flying colors.

Aloha. Fabio

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