(The Gear Loop) - Despite the fact that the orangey orb in the sky has decided to make an appearance, those of us surfing in much of northern Europe still require a wetsuit for extended sessions in the frigid waters.
Not cold enough for a full 5/4mm winter option, it’s time to break out the lighter, thinner and infinitely easier to get in and out of summer suit. If yours is looking al little worse of wear, read on…
The Quiksilver 3/2mm Highline is one of the most technologically comprehensive summer suits in the firm's current line-up. Boasting a WarmFlight lightweight fleece liner, Stretchflight "eco" neoprene and glued and blind-stitched seams, it’s an enticing package, but it’s also a fairly sizeable outlay for those scant summer sessions in the fickle and often elusive UK surf. However, it's also a fantastically flexible suit for man other aquatic adventures.
The Quiksilver 3/2mm Highline commands a hefty price tag thanks to the premium materials and finish, which could be difficult to swallow for those surfers and water sports fans not getting wet on a regular basis.
It’s a great suit though, proving extremely flexible and surprisingly warm for an all-round/summer suit. We can easily see it lasting well into the colder shoulder months if you need an excuse to part with the cash.
Quiksilver 3/2mm Highline wetsuit
- Flexible in all the right places
- Surprisingly warm
- Great fit
- Plain looks
- Some flushing around neck
- Almost too warm for high summer
In the Loop
Everything you need to know about the Quiksilver 3/2mm Highline wetsuit in brief
- Water-based glues
- Limestone neoprene
- Short and Tall size variants throughout
- Chest entry zip
- Flush lock seals
- Key loop
- WarmFlight fleece lining
Design and fit
The limestone neoprene Quiksilver has chosen for this suit immediately feels of excellent quality and it offers plenty of stretch for really easy entry and removal post surf. The only things making life tricky are the flush seals around the wrists and ankles, which are fairly tight and unforgiving at first, but do soften up with a few wears.
The WarmFlight thermal fleece is plush, comfortable and really warm against the skin without adding too much bulk to the suit, which fits nicely around the back and shoulders.
All of the seams are glued and blind-stitched, which is to be expected of a suit in this price bracket, but it feels great against the skin and ensures maximum stretch around the areas that need it. This is particular true of the shoulders, ensuring minimum fatigue when paddling.
The design elements are scant and subtle, but there are a few neat touches that stand out, such as the raised silicone grippers that keep the chest entry section in place. What’s more, the locking mechanism on the elasticated neck is of great quality, as is the zip itself.
Alas, Quiksilver doesn't offer this high-tech suit in any funky colours, which is a bit of a shame considering many other suits in its range can be option in greens, greys and subtle reds.
Performance in the water
The Quiksilver 3/2mm Highline might appear fairly dull from the outside, but it is far from it in the water. This is a great fitting suit that offers maximum flexibility without scrimping on the warming properties.
In fact, we found it to be almost too warm for some of the hotter summer sessions we experienced when testing it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it will last well into those colder shoulder months.
However, if you’re lucky enough to escape to the warmer climes of southern France, Spain, Portugal and further during the summer months, this will be too hot for it.
Above all else, this clearly one of Quiksilver’s most premium models (reassuring given the price), only usurped in price by a new Marathon Sessions 3/2mm model that is even warmer and features reinforced chest and back areas, proving flexible and warm in the water.
That said, we do have some questions about the "eco' credentials, as water-based lamination and slightly more environmentally friendly natural limestone neoprene is a push in the right direction, rather than the full commitment of using something like Yulex.
The Quiksilver 3/2mm Highline might appear like every other black wetsuit from the outside, but it is far from it in the water. This is a great fitting option that offers maximum flexibility without scrimping on the warming properties. It's expensive though and we actually found it a little too stifling for those high summer surfs and adventures to warmer European climes.