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Sisstrevolution’s suits are comfortable and stylish. Photo: Jody Marcon


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The days are growing longer and the water is getting warmer, meaning it’s time to stash your winter suit and switch to a less obtrusive option. Springsuit wetsuits are typically more flexible, more comfortable, and come in a variety of different styles, so it’s easy to find a suit best suited to your needs. As more women find their way to surfing, the wetsuit options continue to expand and there are a number of springsuits designed specifically with lady sliders in mind. I took into consideration what makes a solid springsuit and set out to find the best women’s springsuits in the business. Here are some of my favorites.

TLDR: What Are the Best Women’s Springsuits?

Billabong Custom Salty Days ($149.95)
Seea Sydney 2mm Yulex Long Jane ($250)
Patagonia R1 Spring Jane ($129)
Patagonia R1 Front-Zip Long-Sleeve Spring Suit ($249)
O’Neill Bahia Springsuit ($119-$129)
Ripcurl Revival G-Bomb Long Sleeve Boyleg Springsuit ($129)
Kassia + Surf Not So Long Jane ($250)
Kassia + Surf Of Earth Springsuit ($200)
Sisstrevolution 7 Seas Long Sleeve Springsuit ($128)
Manera Seafarer Chest Zip Long Sleeve Springsuit ($220)

Interested in the Best Women’s Wetsuits? Look no further. For booties, check out our guide to the best booties. Surf leggings? Here you go.

Learn more about men’s wetsuits here. Want to avoid getting your ears drilled? Read our earplugs review here.

What Makes a Good Springsuit?

Unlike a fullsuit, springsuits aren’t designed to keep you warm in frigid temperatures — they simply offer sun protection and an added layer for a little extra comfort when the water is a tad chilly. My top criteria when selecting a suit are durability, comfort/flexibility, cost, and of course, style.

Durability

Although springsuits are significantly cheaper than fullsuits, they still don’t come cheap and as such, I want a suit that will last me multiple seasons. In the summer, I typically only wear my springsuit during dawn patrol sessions or when it’s windy, so I expect the suit to last even longer than my full. Of course, how well you take care of your suit is also going to affect its lifespan, so be sure and rinse with freshwater and hang to dry (in the shade!) between sessions.

Comfort/Flexibility

The idea of springsuit season is what powers me through the cold, unfortunate days of struggling into a stiff 4/3. In my opinion, springsuits are meant to be comfortable and flexible and should feel like a second skin, allowing you to move with ease. If the suit isn’t comfortable, there’s no point and I certainly won’t be buying it.

Style

For one reason or another, there is much more variety available for springsuits than fullsuits. There are different cuts, colors, and patterns, so it’s really an opportunity to express yourself. Although it isn’t essential to performance, I’m all about style when it comes to springsuits.

Cost

Since advanced technology to keep you warm isn’t as necessary in a springsuit, I prefer to not spend as much. My goal is to find a suit that’s available in my desired style, comes in a fun print, and isn’t too pricey. However, there are some eco-friendly options out there now that come at a higher price point and it can be worth shelling out a few extra bucks in the name of the environment.

billabong springsuit

Billabong’s springsuits are now fully customizable! Photo: Jody Marcon

Billabong Custom Salty Days ($149.95)

Best Custom Option

Durability: 4
Comfort and Flexibility: 5
Style: 5
Cost: 5
Overall: 4.75/5

New for 2021, Billabong is offering custom springsuits in addition to its line of factory springsuits. As someone who has complained for years about the lack of fun options available for women, I am a big fan of this offering. With thirty-six different color/patterns available and the ability to customize every last detail down to the color of the logo, it’s easy to create the suit exactly the way you want it. At two millimeters (mm) thick, the suit is plenty warm for spring and summer, the material is comfortable and flexible, and an internal key loop is included. In my personal experience, Billabong’s springsuits run a tad big so I’d suggest ordering a size down.

Buy here on Amazon , or here on Backcountry.

seea long jane

A long jane/john suit has full legs and no sleeves for ease of paddling. Photo: Jody Marcon

Seea Sydney 2mm Yulex Long Jane ($250)

Best for Excessive Paddling

Durability: 5
Comfort and Flexibility: 5
Style: 5
Cost: 4
Overall: 4.75/5

The Sydney suit’s timeless retro vibes combined with modern wetsuit technology make it a worthy warmer-weather option. Made from two-mm, natural rubber, the long legs and sleeveless upper body provide the necessary warmth to keep your core warm while keeping your arms free. The suit features a Velcro and snap-button closure for easy entry, low-arm opening to reduce chafing, and extra padding on the knees for comfort while knee paddling. Although the price is a little steep, the suit offers a flattering fit and has everything you could want in a Long Jane style suit.

Buy here on Evo.

patagonia spring jane

The Patagonia Spring Jane is great for warm water. Photo: Jody Marcon

Patagonia R1 Spring Jane ($129)

Best for Warmest Water

Durability: 5
Comfort and Flexibility: 5
Style: 4
Cost: 5
Overall: 4.75/5

Ringing in at 2mm thick, the Spring Jane offers maximum flex for warm-water sessions. Fair Trade Certified sewn, the suit is made from 85 percent Yulex natural rubber that comes from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance. The suit features a formfitting design with a step-in entry, internal key loop, and racerback detailing. Out of the box, the suit looked pretty basic but on it is flattering, has a classic, retro look, and is effortlessly comfortable.

Buy here on Patagonia, or here on Backcountry.

patagonia springsuit

Photo: Caleb Heikes.

Patagonia R1 Front-Zip Long-Sleeve Spring Suit ($249)

Durability: 5
Comfort and Flexibility: 4
Style: 4
Cost: 3
Overall: 4/5

Whenever I purchase a garment from Patagonia I know it’s going to fit well, be sustainably made, and withstand the test of time. The R1 Lite Yulex springsuit is no exception. The above option from Patagonia is great for the warmest of waters, but if you’re looking for a little more warmth with Patagonia’s attention to detail, this one fits the bill. The suit fits like a glove, is stretchy, incredibly warm, and delivers the comfort you need for long days on the water.

Buy here on Patagonia.

oneil bahia springsuit

The O’Neill Bahia Springsuit benefits from the superstretch technology O’Neill has to offer. Photo: Jody Marcon

O’Neill Bahia Spring Wetsuit ($119.95)

Stretchiest & Most Comfortable

Durability: 4
Comfort and Flexibility: 5
Style: 4
Cost: 5
Overall: 4.5/5

Designed for “a new generation of athletes that want to bring beauty, personality and confidence to the water,” the Bahia springsuit combines fashion with function. Sporting a classic black color with long arms and mid-thigh legs, the suit works to keep you warm while remaining incredibly flexible. Features include a back-zip entry, external key pocket with loop, hand-cuff stitch sleeve anchor, and flatlock stitched breathable seams. Available at an affordable price, the 2/1 mm suit offers everything you’d expect from a good springsuit — we just hope they’ll offer more color options in the future.

Buy here on Amazon, or here on Evo.

oneil bahia springsuit

Photo: Caleb Heikes.

O’Neill Bahia 2/1 Front-Zip Springsuit ($129)

Durability: 4
Comfort and Flexibility: 5
Style: 4
Cost: 5
Overall: 4.5/5

For those who aren’t fans of the back zip, or the all-black color option from O’Neill, above, check out the Bahia Front Zip. Available in four different color options, the Bahia suit looks good while remaining a high-performance suit. The suit features a full-length front zip entry, strategically placed and flatlock-stitched breathable seams, and stretchy neoprene, the combination of which makes for a comfortable and warm wetsuit. The suit is easy to put on, feels buttery soft against the skin, and keeps you warm on chilly spring mornings – it’s a winner.

Buy here on Backcountry.

Rpicurl G bomb revival boyleg

Ripcurl Revival G-Bomb Long Sleeve Boyleg Springsuit ($129)

Durability: 4
Comfort and Flexibility: 4
Style: 5
Cost: 4
Overall: 4.25/5

Sporting retro vibes, Ripcurl’s Surf Revival G-Bomb springsuit delivers style and comfort. At 1 mm thick, the suit is flexible and comfortable and provides essential added warmth for when the wind picks up or the water cools down. Made from 100% E5 neoprene, the suits features E-stitch stretch seams, a back-zip entry, and a boy cut leg design. The Surf Revival suit is lightweight and comfortable and feels like a second skin, making it perfect for summer sessions. Interested in the cheeky cut? Here it is.

Buy here.

kassia long jane wetsuit

The Long Jane Wetsuit pairs well with a classic log. Photo: Jody Marcon

Kassia + Surf Not So Long Jane

Best Eco Option

Durability: 5
Comfort and Flexibility: 4
Style: 4
Cost: 5
Overall: 4.5/5

Part of a limited edition collection, the Not So Long Jane is an environmentally friendly update to the original version of the suit. The eco-conscious design features Yamato limestone neoprene, recycled fleece lining, and updated loop key pockets. Other standout features include a smoothie V over the chest to retain heat, fabric knee pads, Velcro plus snap closure, double bind stitch and glued seams, and ¾-length legs. At first I was hesitant about the ¾-length legs as the fit reminded me of high waters, but after trying on the suit I thought the cut was flattering and minimized water buildup. Overall, the two mm felt comfortable and durable and the sleeveless cut allowed for maximum arm movement.

If you’re interested in more of the classic springsuit vibes with the same eco-friendly guarantee of Kassia + Surf, check out Kassia’s Of Earth 1.5 mm shorty.

Buy here on Backcountry or here on kassiasurf.com.

sisstrevolution springsuit

Sisstrevolution’s suits are comfortable and stylish. Photo: Jody Marcon

Sisstrevolution 7 Seas Long Sleeve Springsuit ($128)

Best for When It’s Chillier Than Expected

Durability: 5
Comfort and Flexibility: 4
Style: 4
Cost: 5
Overall: 4.5/5

Designed for warm water sessions, the 7 Seas suit is made from a light limestone based neoprene, making it light, soft, warm, and flexible. The suit is made using Dope Dyed fabric, a soft, eco-friendly, anti-fade fabric that is made by Bluesign-approved mills. Additional features include a short back zipper with Thermal Flush Barrier entry, flatlock stitch seams, a key cord, and Glideskin on the neck to prevent flushing. The suit features a tailored fit to extenuate curves and is available in fun patterns that give it a feminine flare. Although the longer legs aren’t as stylish as a bikini-cut style, they do offer full-booty coverage and prevent the dreaded wedgie, which is a win in my book. If you do prefer the “cheeky” look, check out Sisstrevolution’s Summer Seas springsuit.

Buy here on Evo, Jack’s Surfboards, or Backcountry.

Manera Seafarer Wetsuit

Manera Seafarer Chest Zip Long Sleeve Springsuit ($220)

Durability: 5
Comfort and Flexibility: 4
Style: 4
Cost: 3
Overall: 4.25/5

Manera’s Seafarer offers everything you need in a good springsuit: warmth, comfort, and durability. At 3/2 mm thick, the Seafarer is essentially a fullsuit with the legs cut off, so it runs warmer than most springsuits while remaining plenty comfortable. To top it off, the suit is well made and will no doubt last for years to come. The Seafarer suit sports a sleek design and a chest-zip entry to ensure maximum warmth. The suit fits like a glove and is simple yet flattering.

Buy here.

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