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


The Inertia

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 nine of my favorites.

What makes a good springsuit?

Unlike a fullsuit, springsuits aren’t designed to keep you warm in frigid temperatures — they simply offer sun protection or 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.

TLDR: What are the Best Women’s Springsuits?

Best Custom Option: 1. Billabong Custom Salty Days ($149.95)

Best for Excessive Paddling: 2. Seea Sydney 2mm Yulex Long Jane ($250)

Best for Warmest Water: 3. Patagonia R1 Lite Yulex Spring Jane ($129)

Most Unique Option: 4. Sirensong Longsleeve Springsuit ($249)

Stretchiest & Most Comfortable: 5. O’Neill Bahia Spring Wetsuit ($119.95)

Most Versatile: 6. Atmosea Springsuit ($240)

Best Eco Option: 7. Kassia + Surf Of Earth Springsuit ($199.95)

Best for When It’s Chillier Than Expected: 8. Sisstrevolution 7 Seas Long Sleeve Springsuit ($128)

Best for Sun Protection: 9. Cynthia Rowley Dylon Colorblock Wetsuit ($295)

Interested in the Best Women’s Wetsuits? Look no further. For booties, check out our guide to the best booties. Learn more about men’s wetsuits here. Want to avoid getting your ears drilled? Read our earplugs review here.

billabong springsuit

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

1. Billabong Custom Salty Days ($149.95)

Best Custom Option

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

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.com

seea long jane

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

2. Seea Sydney 2mm Yulex Long Jane ($250)

Best for Excessive Paddling

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

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.

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patagonia spring jane

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

3. Patagonia R1 Lite Yulex Spring Jane ($129)

Best for Warmest Water

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

Ringing in at two mm 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.com

sirensong springsuit

The Sirensong springsuit’s unique look will certainly turn heads in the water. Photo: Jody Marcon

4. Sirensong Longsleeve Springsuit ($249)

Most Unique Option

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

Sirensong’s fun and flirty suits are specifically designed with women in mind. In an effort to be eco-friendly, the suits are constructed from a 2.5 mm Yamamoto neoprene, a limestone-based neoprene from Japan. Available in a cheeky and full coverage rear cut, the suits include side ties that allow you to customize the fit to your bum. The front-zip allows easy entry and the suit features high-quality YKK zippers and fun contrasting colors and patterns. Overall, the suit is very cute and comfortable but I have mixed feelings about the ties. I like that they allow you to adjust the bum fit and they are definitely feminine, but I’d love if a future line offered some suits without ties as well.

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oneil bahia springsuit

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

5. 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.

filli springsuit atmosea

Atmosea springsuits offer sun protection and warmth. Photo: Jody Marcon

6. Atmosea Springsuit ($240)

Most Versatile

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

Designed for maximum functionality, Atmosea’s springsuit offers both sun protection and warmth. Made from premium two-mm neoprene, the suit features a back-zip entry and a high neckline for additional sun protection and added warmth. At first the high neck was tad uncomfortable but as the suit stretched out a bit the added sun protection was appreciated. The suit also offers an adjustable arm length — you simply cut off at one of the three different “stitched levels” for your preferred fit. The suit is soft, comfortable, and comes in fun colors, making it an all around solid option for summer surfs and snorkels.

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kassia long jane wetsuit

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

7. Kassia + Surf Not So Long Jane

Best Eco Option

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

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. Also check out Kassia’s Of Earth 1.5 mm shorty and 2MM leggings.

Buy here.

sisstrevolution springsuit

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

8. 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

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.

Buy here on Evo, or here on Backcountry.

Cynthia Rowley wetsuit

Cynthia’s fashion is well-known, and her wetsuits live up to the standard. Photo: Jody Marcon

9. Cynthia Rowley Dylon Colorblock Wetsuit ($295)

Best for Sun Protection

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

Although Cynthia Rowley made her name as a fashion designer, she makes eye-catching wetsuits as well. The Dylon Colorblock suit is rated to SPF 50+ and features a high-cut, a back zip closure, and a zippered exterior pocket for stashing keys and wax. For Cynthia Rowley, the earth is a priority and as such, the suit is made from earth-mined limestone, recycled materials such as tires and plastic bottles while water resources are conserved whenever possible. Made from a .5-mm fiber-lite neoprene, the suit is ultra lightweight and comfortable, but it doesn’t offer much in the way of warmth.

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