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May 15, 2017 3 min read

Get To Know is a series that helps you learn more about how wetsuits and how they work. Today, we’re looking at the 3/2mm Premium Chest Zip Steamer.

With both the Southern and Northern hemispheres currently transitioning between seasons, it’s no surprise that our most versatile wetsuits are in the most demand. If you’re transitioning from spring to summer, you’re probably still feeling the cold in the mornings and evenings. If you’re heading into winter after autumn, you’ll notice each passing day gets shorter and seemingly colder.

Both hemispheres share one common theme; the need for an all around, utility wetsuit – something that can handle the cold, shield the sun and remain flexible. That’s why we’ve re-stocked our most popular wetsuit, the 3/2 Premium Chest Zip Steamer. Get to know it a little better by reading through its main features below.

3/2MM Neoprene:

Just about every surfer in the world owns a steamer, and the most popular thickness is 3/2mm. California, Florida and much of coastal Australia have high seasonal variations in land and water temperature. This makes a suit that can be used all year round a huge priority. Here in Western Australia, we see people wearing 3/2 steamers in the middle of summer (particular early mornings) right through into the middle of winter. Of course, it’s nice to have something with a little more warmth when necessary, but the thickness of this suit will do the job for plenty of your surf time each year.

GBS and Internal Taping:

GBS stands for Glued and Blind-Stitching; the highest quality method of joining neoprene panels on a wetsuit. GBS gives you the most durability and flexibility, and the best prevention from water flushing in and out. We’ve combined GBS on the outside of the suit with internal taping on the inside: a triple seal system we’ve found to be the best possible way to keep you toasty once you’re in the water and enjoying your session.

Solar Skin:

Solar Skin is our name for the smooth material most commonly referred to as ‘rubber’ that should feature on any warm wetsuit. Solar Skin just like standard solar panelling; absorbing the sun’s rays and transferring heat energy to your body. The material used isn’t as naturally flexible as neoprene but it actually helps aid your movement by keeping your core nice and warm. We’ve included Solar Skin across both the back and chest of the Premium Steamer.

Stretch Panelling:

Though our limestone-based neoprene is extremely flexible, there are certain parts of a wetsuit that need to feature more stretch than others. One of these areas (on a chest-zip suit) is the shoulder panel that is used to wrap over the head and chest to secure the zip. We’ve ensured this panel will remain soft and pliable well into its lifespan, allowing the suit to be entered and exited easily, while keeping water out simultaneously.

Extra Durable Kneepad:

Surfing puts you in the path of many painful objects. For some reason, these objects (think rocks, reef or boards) seem to zero-in on sensitive parts of the body such as the knee. Knee impact injuries are incredibly painful and can easily result in a few weeks or months out of the water. With this in mind, we’ve added an embossed, extra durable kneepad to this suit. Built from thick, protective rubber, it’ll give you peace of mind in crowded or dangerous surf.

Interested in trying one out? Head to our shop and get in before they sell out once again.


Size Chart

MEN

SIZE

HEIGHT (CM)

HEIGHT (FT)

WEIGHT (KG)

WEIGHT (LB)

CHEST (CM)

CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

WAIST (CM)

XS

170-175

5’7” - 5’9”

57 - 64

125 - 140

88 - 93

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

28 - 30

71 - 76

S

173-178

5’8” - 5’10”

61 - 70

135 - 155

93 - 98

36 1⁄2 - 38 1⁄2

29 - 31

74 - 79

MS

174-179

5’6 1⁄2” - 5’8 1⁄2”

64 - 73

140 - 160

98 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

30 1⁄2 - 32 1⁄2

74 - 79

M

175-180

5’9” - 5’11”

68 - 77

150 - 170

98 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

30 1⁄2 - 32 1⁄2

77 - 83

MT

180-188

5’11” - 6’2”

73 - 82

160 - 180

98 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

30 1⁄2 - 32 1⁄2

77 - 83

LS

171-177

5’7 1⁄2” - 5’9 1⁄2”

73 - 82

160 - 180

103 - 108

40 1⁄2 - 42 1⁄2

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

77 - 83

L

178-183

5’10” - 6’0”

77 - 86

170 - 190

103 - 108

40 1⁄2 - 42 1⁄2

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

83 - 88

LT

183-188

6’0” - 6’2”

82 - 91

180 - 200

103 - 108

40 1⁄2 - 42 1⁄2

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

83 - 88

XLS

174-179

5’8 1⁄2” - 5’10 1⁄2”

82 - 91

180 - 200

108 - 113

42 1⁄2 - 44 1⁄2

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

88 - 93

XL

180-188

5’11” - 6’2”

86 - 95

190 - 210

108 - 113

42 1⁄2 - 44 1⁄2

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

88 - 93

XLT

191-196

6’3” - 6’5”

91 - 99

200 - 220

108 - 113

42 1⁄2 - 44 1⁄2

34 1⁄2 - 36 1⁄2

93 - 98

2XL

183-191

6’0” - 6’3”

95 - 104

210 - 230

113 - 118

44 1⁄2 - 46 1⁄2

36 1⁄2 - 38 1⁄2

93 - 98

3XL

185-195

6’1” - 6’6”

104 - 113

230 - 250

118 - 124

47 - 49

41 1⁄2 - 43 1⁄2

98 - 110

WOMEN

SIZE

HEIGHT (CM)

HEIGHT (FT)

WEIGHT (KG)

WEIGHT (LB)

CHEST (CM)

CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

HIPS (IN)

6

165-170

5’5” - 5’7”

48 - 57

105 - 125

80 - 85

31 1⁄2 - 33 1⁄2

24 - 26

34 - 36

8

168-173

5’6” - 5’8”

50- 59

110 - 130

85 - 88

32 1⁄2 - 34 1⁄2

25 - 27

35 - 37

10

170-175

5’7” - 5’9”

54 - 64

120 - 140

88 - 93

34 - 36

26 1⁄2 - 28 1⁄2

36 1⁄2 - 38 1⁄2

12

173-178

5’8” - 5’10”

59 - 68

130 - 150

93 - 95

35 1⁄2 - 37 1⁄2

28 - 30

38 - 40

14

175-180

5’9” - 5’11”

64 - 73

140 - 160

95 - 99

37 - 39

29 1⁄2 - 31 1⁄2

39 1⁄2 - 41 1⁄2

16

180-183

5’11” - 6’0”

73 - 82

160 - 180

99 - 103

38 1⁄2 - 40 1⁄2

31 - 33

41 - 43

KIDS

SIZE

HEIGHT (CM)

HEIGHT (FT)

WEIGHT (KG)

WEIGHT (LB)

CHEST (CM)

CHEST (IN)

WAIST (IN)

WAIST (CM)

2

95-102.5

3’1 1⁄2” - 3’4 1⁄2”

13 - 16

30 - 35

51 - 56

20 - 22

19 - 21

48 - 53

4

117-124

3’10 1⁄2” - 4’1 1⁄2”

16 - 19

40 - 55

58 - 64

23 - 25

20 - 22

50 - 55

6

124-132

4’1 1⁄2” - 4’4 1⁄2”

16 - 23

50 - 65

64 - 69

24 1⁄2 - 26 1⁄2

21 1⁄2 - 23 1⁄2

53 - 58

8

132-140

4’4 1⁄2” - 4’7 1⁄2”

20 - 27

60 - 75

69 - 71

26 - 28

23 - 25

55 - 66

10

140-147

4’7” - 4’10”

34 - 41

75 - 90

71 - 75

28 - 30

23 - 25

61 - 66

12

147-155

4’10” - 5’1”

41 - 48

90 - 105

75 - 79

29 - 31

25 - 27

63 - 68

14

155-163

5’1” - 5’4”

48 - 54

105 - 120

79 - 84

31 - 33

27 - 29

68 - 73

16

163-170

5’4” - 5’7”

54 - 61

120 - 135

84 - 88

33 - 35

28 - 30

71 - 76

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