Body Glove Wetsuits & Technology
PR1ME 3/2 Wetsuit Steamer – $350.00:
Body Glove redesigned their wetsuit to create one of the stretchiest suits out there Surfers village Global Surf News, 5 July, 2011 When twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell sought to extend their surf sessions in the cold waters of the South Bay, they began retooling dive wetsuits for an unappreciative surfing population.
There was little demand for the suits which were considered unmanly by the 1950s Southern California surf community. By the time brothers launched Body Glove in 1965 they had discovered more flexible material and were making surf-specific suits.
Demand grew as surf culture began to accept the new-fangled surfing wetsuits.
Body Glove and the modern wetsuit were born. Flash forward half a century and youll find that the latest offering from Body Glove, The Prime, doesnt disappoint. The Prime is a high-performance, super stretchy wetsuit with all the bells and whistles of wetsuits circa 2011. If one element sets it apart from the other wetsuits of today, it would have to be the neoprene Body Glove chose for The Prime.
Each year wetsuit companies find lighter, stretch-ier, warmer neoprene and give it some cool name (Elastomax, Zero Gravity Superflex, Fiber-lite Neoprene ) In Body Gloves case with The Prime, that rubber is Pyrostretch which they claim feels softer, holds more heat and holds less water. There is truth in these claims. When picking up the 3/2 fullsuit we reviewed, it felt much lighter when both dry out of the box and when freshly wet from a surf and rinse.
Body Glove has gone beyond relying solely on the material for stretch function but touts a performance material combination combining the benefits of material AND construction to keep things loose and flexible. Body Glove nailed it. The suit is one of the stretchy-ist most comfortable suits weve seen. The neoprene feels soft and pliable while water absorption is minimal. Lets check out some of the marketing claims for The Prime.
Pyrostretch is composite material lining the Prime from the chest down. In all, it covers 75% of the wetsuit. Pyrostretch feels a bit more wooly than regular neoprene, and the idea is that it traps a little more air between surfer and wetsuit. This is the current trend for wetsuits and its a good one, as this material kept us very warm for the review.
Glideskin neck lining
Put there for comfort, it creates a good seal as the suit never flushed with water during test sessions.
Par-for-the-course seam seals, nothing extra fancy here except the name Fluidseal. Vernacular aside, these seams did a great job of keeping out water.
External Liquid Tape
Fluidseal seams cover ALL external seams on this wetuit. For most wetsuits these days seams appear to be the weak link in overall stretch, as the rubber used on the seams never has as much give as the neoprene on the rest of the suit. With the Prime, Body Glove has designed the tape to work with their special foams and laminates. It must be working because water leakage through the suit was unnoticeable.
Nano Tri-tech kneepads
Claim is that they are: super strong with increased flexibility and nearly bulletproof. However, Ive yet to hear of anyone purchasing a wetsuit because it has great kneepads. Im sure some surfers duck-dive or get to their feet in such a way to cause extra wear so that this is important, but Ive yet to hear about it.
Double lock S-Seal wrist and ankles
The Prime has a snug and secure wrist & ankle seal that, again, allowed little to no flushing during the tests.
EZ-Entry and Enhanced Top Entry Design
The Prime uses a 15% shorter zipper and places it lower than other wetsuits. The top entry is designed to eliminate the two layers of neoprene over the right shoulder. The result is that you do feel increased range of motion. The only drawback is that this places more stress on the entry points of the suit.
The shortcoming of reviewing wetsuits is that wear is not measurable. For this reason please check on the warranty at your local surf shop. The shop salespeople see a flood of new wetsuits come in each season. They also know which wetsuits tend to come back for repair and can often point out which design features and materials are problematic.
A note about wetsuits with white: Unless youre Jamie OBrien and have a crate of single-use wetties at your disposal, wed advise against a wetsuit with white in it. They soak up parking lot dirt and its really difficult to get off, effectively transforming your superhero look from Captain America to Captain-Dirt-Parking-Lot.
In the end we gave the Body Glove Prime high marks for being super strechy, flexible and light. The neoprene used did hold up to water repellent claims and the re-designed entry helped keep shoulder areas free from neoprene overlap and restriction. The warmth factor for this suit was on par with most others out there. But this suit’s biggest selling point is how extremely flexible it is.
Voodoo 4/3 Wetsuit Steamer – $299.00:
Rising from the depths is a creature of
This fullsuit is an
evolutionary marvel, only dreamt up by our mad
scientist to offer extraordinary performance in a
mid level suit.
By extrapolating the DNA of our
Vapor X, and cross-pollinating it with the
exceptional Siroko, our lab has created a mystic
beast that is the VOODOO.
Full Magna Flex lined
with hollow fiber Thermoplush insulation on the
chest and back maintains warmth without
restricting movement in the darkest of water.
Sealing out the water with Fluidseal on the
seams creates a coldwater suit that can move
with the ease of any suit out there.
Highest performance stretch material. 10%
lighter than standard neoprene, Magna Flex
takes on less water while providing maximum
stretch and performance.
THERMOPLUSH: Quicker drying
than normal insulation materials.
This soft hand insulation offers high
heat retentive properties.
FLUIDSEAL: Liquid tape that stretches,
designed specifically for today’s advanced
stretch materials. This tape allows
complete flexibility with zero water
SLANT ZIP: High performance
top entry, designed to maximize
flexibility and warmth.
S-FLEX: Seam taping that provides a better
seal with guaranteed warmth and durability.
• Glued and Blind Stitched
• Spot Tape
• Interior elastic key cord
• Nano Tritec kneepads
• Concealed left shoulder bib cinch
• Unfinished collar, wrist, & ankle cuffs
Vapor Wetsuit Booties:
• 3mm Magna Flex exterior upper with an 8.5″ boot height
• X-Dry interior lined upper
• Thermoplush interior footbed
• Covered split toe design for unmatched warmth, flexibility and comfort
• Re-designed lacing support frame offers improved
lateral stability and pin point arch support via the cinch lace system
• Removable elastisized ankle strap for a secure seal
• Internal heel hold system
• Split sole design with dual density arch inset
for enhanced board sensitivity and superior flex
PR1ME Wetsuit Gloves:
Body Glove’sPrime 2mm Five Finger Glove features:
– Gripskin non-slip surface
– Anatomically cut
– Flexible and skin tight fit for added warmth
– Rubber outer coating makes all seams fully waterproof
– Excellent durability
ADDITIONAL TECH INFO:
Red Cell – Infrared Technology:
Body Glove is proud to introduce our new Red Cell
Infrared Technology. This new revolutionary
insulation material captures and utilizes infrared
sun rays to keep your body warm in the coldest
More than half of the energy from the Sun arrives
on Earth in the form of infrared light. Infrared light
is electromagnetic rays with longer wavelengths
than those of visible light.
The balance between absorbed and emitted
infrared rays has a critical effect on the human
bodies ability to maintain core body tempture. Our
Red Cell technology absorbs these Sun rays and
transfers the heat to keep you warmer and in the
Ergonomically engineered “X” shaped panel,
strategically positioned on the upper back
increases paddling efficiency by providing the
wearer with unparalleled reach & pull-through of
each stroke without resistance.
Our thermal conductive internal liquid welded seam technology
combines the best of both worlds. With an exceptionally low
coefficient of friction and an extraordinary degree of elongation,
our Liquid Weld re-defines what a sealed seam should be.
Developed exclusively from an advanced form of highly elasticized
liquid polymer, our liquid weld is bonded to the seams in a
partially, plasticized state. This specialized; vulcanization process
ensures the seams with an impenetrable bond without any loss of
flexibility or water ingress.
Based on the premise of less is more, our next generation
Microbead seam sealant is 80% less in volume and features a
higher degree of elongation & adhesion strength all in a low
profile “Microbead” seal.
Our EVOflex exterior offers unreal
flexibility & resiliency but also, provides our new Microbead
technology with a system-matched outer surface forming a
cohesive blend of warmth, flexibility and durability.
Revolutionary new zipper design consisting of a series of
individual, interlocking elements mechanically fastened to a
waterproof membrane provides superior water repellency,
smoother tracking all in a lighter weight, less obtrusive
zippered closure. (Slant ZIP only)