Winter Wetsuits of 2020

Winter temps are closing in, so we're here to shed some light on the new winter rubber for 2020-2021. With the biggest selection of wetsuits in the Northeast, we nerd out over wetsuit technology year after year so you don't have to do the digging. 

We believe in carrying the best winter wetsuits available and helping you make the right decision for your next suit. The environment should not dictate performance when the waves are up - so it's important to have a proper fitting wetsuit that keeps you warm, and being able to move in it is a plus!

Up here in the Northeast we're no stranger to figid water temperatures. Rhode Island experiences one of the craziest fluctuations in water temperature compared to anywhere else in the world (from sub 36 in the winter to 75 in August!). For this reason we need to be dialed on our neoprene. Each of our boardroom staff surfs year round and have tried most of the below suits in some of the harshest RI conditions.

We want to you have the best experiences while out surfing this winter... so we put this guide together to help cut through it all and tell you what really matters about each of these wetsuits.

Don't miss the bottom of this page to see our top picks for winter wetsuits this year!

O'Neill Psychotech 5.5/4

Redesigned and better than ever - O'Neill's premium winter wetsuit is beefed up and ready for the winter.

Built with O'Neill's famous TechnoButter neoprene, the Psychotech is lightweight and super stretchy, feeling much like a hooded 4/3. 

This is also O'Neill's warmest winter suit on offer, with a smooth skin on the chest and back to keep that cold wind from piercing through. Not to mention an extra 0.5mm on top of the traditional 5mm suit. 

The Psychotech has always been fully welded along the seams on the outside, and they also beefed it up by adding internal taping throughout. Double taped = rugged seams. This thing is built to last!

The O'Neill Psychotech has all the bells and whistles. There are a select few winter wetsuits that are a touch warmer, but you won't find this kind of flexibility and comfort.

Available in Men's + Women's sizes at Warm Winds

Technobutter 3

The stretchiest neoprene available as far as we have seen.

Double Taped Seams

GBS and double taped seams for added strength and durability.

TB Air Firewall

Air firewall keeps a layer of air in the suit for ultimate core insulation.


The Psychotech is O'Neill's warmest and stretchiest winter wetsuit to date - and with the added taping, it's built to last.



O'Neill Hyperfreak 5.5/4

A new fan favorite from O'Neill is the Hyperfreak 5.5/4. We are stoked on this suit!

The goal behind the Hyperfreak winter wetsuit is to have an even lighter 5 mil option in their range. Not quite as warm as the Psychotech without the smooth skin barriers, but that makes it lighter and even more flexible. 

No word of a lie, the Hyperfreak does not feel like your wearing a winter wetsuit (even with the extra 0.5mm of thickness added on top of the 5/4). I've had 4/3s that are harder to move in than this suit. 

TechnoButter 3 through the entire suit, with a bit of extra flex in the arms and shoulders thanks to the TechnoButter 3x (pre-stretched lining for ultimate flexibility).

Minimal seams throughout the suit, all of which are glued and blind stitched with TB3x taping along the inside only.

Quite possibly one of the biggest draws to this suit is the price point - coming in under $400 for a premium winter wettie!

Available in Men's + Youth sizes at Warm Winds

Technobutter 3 + 3x

Stretchy TB3 neoprene, with TB3x in the shoulders and arms

Double Taped Seams

GBS and double taped seams for added strength and durability.

Minimal Seam Design

Decreasing the amount of seams makes the suit nice n' stretchy


The Hyperfreak is one of the lightest and most flexible winter wetsuits we've laid our hands on!



Rip Curl Flashbomb 5/4

One of the coziest winter wetsuits we have on offer, the Flashbomb is back for the winter! THE Rip Curl staple suit. 

Now featuring Rip Curl's all new E6 neoprene for even more flexibility. 

This is one of the warmest and most comfortable winter wetsuits on the market thanks to the patented Flash lining from ankle to hood. This lining is a super soft, wool-like fabric that leaves you feeling all sorts of comfy in the coldest temps.

It also dries super quick which is a plus. Who likes putting on a wet wetsuit in the morning when its 40 degrees out???

This year, they removed the thin outside weld to keep the price of the suit down, and included full E6 taping throughout the inside of the suit. 

We recommend the Flashbomb for folks who want the most warmth they can get, but don't want the weight of a heavy 6/5 on their backs.

And for those of you that get really, really cold… they make this suit in a 6/4 and its properly named the Heat Seeker Flashbomb!

Available in Men's + Women's sizes at Warm Winds

New E6 Neoprene

Offering a more flexible and comfortable experience 

Chest and Back Smoothie

Soft and flexible smoothskin on the chest and back for wind protection

Full Flash Lining

The comfy + warm flash lining is what makes this suit mental!


The Flashbomb is the most comfortable and warmest winter wetsuit we carry in the boardroom.



Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 5/4

One of the best bang for your buck winter wetsuit on the market. This 5/4 hooded winter suit is priced like a 4/3!

Not quite as warm or stretchy as the Flashbomb - but still a 5/4 that can get you through the winter when you're on a budget.

One of the first things you'll notice when you pick this suit up is the improved jersey lining. It's insanely soft and very stretchy compared to other lower priced wetsuits.

The Dawn Patrol 5/4 is sealed with glued and blind stitched seams throughout the entire suit, and is then taped with Ripcurl's E5 taping through 3/4 of the internal. A taped winter suit at this price point is mental!

Although the front of the suit lacks the warm smooth skin outer layer, there is a panel along the back to keep wind from piercing thru. 

This suit is perfect for someone who is either looking for their first suit, or wants a good hooded suit for under $300.

Available in Men's + Youth sizes at Warm Winds

Flash Lining in Core

The warm flash lining is included in the chest and back panels

Back Smoothie

Soft and flexible smoothskin on the back of the suit for wind protection

Internal Taping

GBS seams with internal e5 taping for a bit of added strength


The Dawn Patrol 5/4 is an incredible value that will take you through a full RI winter for cheap.



Xcel Drylock X 5/4

The beefed up version the classic Xcel Drylock is stretchier and even more durable!

The suit is lined with the Xcel patented Celliant Black material, with its enhanced heat-retaining minerals to maintain warmth generated in the suit. The high pile lining runs on the inside of the suit from chest to knees.

Xcel also released their new jersey lining - called Channel Flex. This helps give you that nice unrestricted movement that we all want in a wetsuit. This new lining is on the entire outside of the suit - with the exception of the smoothskin barrier on the chest and back to prevent wind from cutting through the suit.

Nanoprene Lite Japanese Limestone neoprene, making it more eco-friendly than ever before.

The Drylock X is fully taped on the inside of the suit, and is also fully welded on the outside.

It's truly the most bomb-proof wetsuit we carry!

Available in Men's sizes at Warm Winds

Celliant Black Lining

Xcel's warmest lining, Celliant, lines 90% of the inside of the suit

Outer Welding

Welding along the outside of the suit for added strength and durability

Celliant Black Taping

Celliant black taping on the inside is a flexible and strong tape


The Xcel Drylock X is a tank! One of the most durable wetsuits got even stronger this winter.



Xcel Drylock 5/4

The tried and true classic Drylock is lighter and stretchier than previous versions. We've been carrying this suit for years - A favorite among New England surfers.

The suit features the new Xcel patented Celliant Black material in the core (chest and back) to keep you toasty.

Xcel's new Channel Flex is included on the shoulders and arms of the drylock, with their standard jersey through the rest of the suit. The Drylock X has this material all over the suit.

The suit is triple glued and blind stitched and then flex-taped internally to ensure a durable and flexible seam.

Available in Men's sizes at Warm Winds

Celliant Core Lining

Xcel's warmest lining, Celliant, lines the chest and back panels internally

Channel Flex Jersey

A more flexible jersey lining runs on the arms and shoulders

Internal Taping

GBS on the outside with Internal taping all over


The Xcel Drylock is one of the staple winter suits with incredible durability and warmth.



We realize that everyone is different. Some folks want the warmest suit, some want the lightest and stretchiest. And some people are just balling on a budget! We get it - that's why we chose our top winter wetsuits for each "category" below:




Rip Curl Flashbomb

Whether you are looking for the warmest 5/4 or 6/4, the Flashbomb (and Heatseeker) are once again the warmest suits we know of.



O'Neill Hyperfreak

Don't want to be boogged down by your winter wetsuit? The Hyperfreak will have you doing cartwheels in the water. For real!


Best Value

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol

This new upgraded Dawn Patrol is mental! A super soft outer jersey, full internal taping, and all for under 300 bones. What's better than that?

All of the suits mentioned above are available RIGHT NOW in Warm Winds boardroom. Give us a shout with any questions, or feel free to come by and get fitted for your next winter suit with one of our boardroom experts.