About Our Wetsuits
After being fortunate enough to come into contact and use Japanese wetsuits, we decided there was no alternative and that we had to share this passion for craftsmanship and quality. Japan is where tradition and heritage meet. For decades, their manufacturing of wetsuits by skilled craftsmen has become revered for its attention to detail and use of the best materials available. For us, it has become a passion to not only support this but to also believe in this way of making goods.
Our wetsuits are made entirely of limestone neoprene. This particular rubber is derived from crushed limestone, versus the petroleum-based materials used in most wetsuit brands. While limestone is not necessarily more environmentally-friendly in its manufacturing process in that it still requires heat to be made, we wanted to stay clear from anything that had petroleum as its base. Our suits are all double-blind-stitched on the inside and use water-based glue to join panels on the exterior. Because of this we feel we have a wetsuit that is significantly better for the environment in its lifecycle.
As is the case in every part of our brand, our neoprene suppliers are constantly working on trying to become more eco-friendly. Since our establishment in 2017, we have already seen positive change – we are extremely pleased to say that all of our full-suits are now entirely lined from head to toe with a 100% recycled PET quick-drying, ‘furry’ lining.
Limestone neoprene is often used in the form of rubber and has a variety of advantages. It is wind-proof, impermeable, warmer than traditional neoprene and of course, very flexible. The density of the material is very high, meaning it will absorb less water and will result in a quick-drying and lightweight suit.
WEIGHT AND WARMTH
The material construction of limestone neoprene is favourable in creating a warmer core temperature than traditional neoprene. This means that we can use less material but still achieve optimum heat retention. This material is lighter and softer but does not sacrifice strength nor stretch. In instances where one would usually opt for a 4/3, our 3/3 suit is more than sufficient. For Cape Town waters reaching temperatures as low as 8°C, our 3/3 has been tested time and time again and we are confident in its ability to meet such needs. We firmly believe that if we can make wetsuits with less material and not sacrifice crucial properties, we are also achieving a small step towards a more mindful product.
Each wetsuit has been designed for specific needs and conditions. Through a long process of research and development we have created several wetsuit constructions across our range that exhibit different properties for very specific needs. These combinations are created using either traditional ‘jersey’ limestone neoprene, a smoother ‘mesh’ limestone neoprene or a shiny ‘smooth-skin’ limestone neoprene. All of these are made from a limestone base and all of them are bonded with a double-blind-stitch and water-based glue. The difference comes in their appearance and properties:
‘Jersey’ – what we refer to as ‘jersey’ neoprene is what most know as traditional wetsuit material, however ours is made from limestone. It allows water to sit inside tiny pockets of air inside the material which your body then heats up through natural heat dissipation. This material is generally more forgiving and durable in harsh conditions.
‘Mesh’ – this material is generally seen on chests as it resists wear and has incredible heat retention. We position this smooth-style neoprene in areas in which durability is necessary such as the chest, waist and thighs.
‘Smooth Skin’ – this is a Japanese staple that has lasted generations due to its impermeable nature and ability to attract heat and retain it. This material is generally more susceptible to cuts and wear so be careful pulling on it when putting your wetsuit on or taking it off. It is positioned on parts of the body that are most likely going to be out of the water often and attracting heat, such as the back and arms. This material gives our suits an unrivalled ability to be extremely warm while being extremely flexible.
‘PET Fur’ – On all of our full-suit models (3/3 and 4/3) we make use of a fully recycled quick-drying and ‘furry’ lining that is soft to the touch and kind to the environment. This is made from 100% regenerated PET waste.