The number of drysuits available on the market is vast and the features they offer all vary massively. Did you know that drysuits can be made of no less than five different materials? So, what is right for one water sport enthusiast may be a terrible choice for another.
Due to this fact, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best neoprene drysuits available and highlighted some of their features. Hopefully, you’ll find your dream drysuit within our best drysuits list but if not, you’ll certainly have a better idea of the things you should be looking out for when picking out a drysuit that is going to perfectly fit your needs as a water activity enthusiast.
Best Drysuit Reviews
1. O’Neill Wetsuits Fluid Drysuit
First up, let’s look at the 3mm Fluid Drysuit from O’Neill Wetsuits, a brand that has a fantastic reputation in the surfing market. This drysuit was released in 2017, and they claim that their research and development processes result in the best quality, fit, and functionality in the drysuit market.
- Fluidflex 2 neoprene material: This is a relatively new development resulting in super stretchy, lightweight neoprene. The extra stretch will mean that your drysuit is super comfortable and really soft too. According to O'Neill, every single sheet of neoprene they use is inspected first to ensure great quality, which can provide you with peace of mind that you are getting a top-quality product.
- Loose-fit upper, performance fit lower body: This mixture of loose and tight fit is a really good quality as you have more comfort and freedom to move your upper body and it gives you space for extra thermal torso layers. It looks really good too.
- Fluid seam weld: The seams of this drysuit are glued and blind-stitched and then further to that, are waterproofed using a high-grade, silicone-based urethane material that is applied in liquid form which reduces chafing if you are wearing this drysuit directly next to your skin. That will also help the seam stay waterproof for longer by adding more flexibility.
- Stretchy, comfortable material
- Smoothskin dry seals
- Stylish design
- Not suitable for scuba diving
- No pockets
- No extras
2. ScubaPro Everdry Drysuit
This drysuit from ScubaPro, which is probably the most iconic brand in the industry, was voted tester's choice award by Scubalab in 2010 and 2016, went through a revamp to offer the best in what drysuit technology has to offer.
- High-density neoprene: The ScubaPro Drysuit is made of four-millimeter high-density neoprene which is great if you are looking at deep dives as the suit won’t suffer from compression in the same way low-density neoprene would. The high-density neoprene has other advantages including it being softer and more comfortable to wear and 50% lighter than traditional neoprene material, so you have less weight to carry whether you’re carrying it to the boat or have it on. The outside layer is made of a more durable nylon material to withstand abrasions, and the inside layer is nice and comfy against your skin.
- Long-lasting, watertight seams: The seams are triple-glued, double-thread, and blind-stitched on the outside. On the other hand, a liquid polymer coating that penetrates through to the neoprene layer for extra and long-lasting waterproofing has been applied on the inside.
- Super comfortable seals: Smooth skin neoprene seals around the neck and wrists to keep the water out have been used. The neck seal also has a nice nylon jersey side, so it doesn’t pull all your hair out when you slip it over your head. It also has neoprene socks attached, which you can wear under your regular boots.
- Comes with multiple accessories
- Can be used for deep or cold dives
- Comfortable seals
- Warmer undergarments can't be worn as easily with it
3. SEAC Warmdry Drysuit
Last but not least, we looked at the SEAC Warmdry Drysuit. Produced by an Italian manufacturer that has an outstanding reputation for quality, safety testing, and customer service, it's not a surprise that one of their products would make our list.
- High-density neoprene material: Like the suit from ScubaPro, this Drysuit from SEAC also features the 4mm thick, high-density neoprene material that is vital when deep diving and offers better thermal protection.
- Tough outer lining: It also benefits from having an extremely tough outer lining made of poly PK, a heavy-duty rubber, as well as Powertex which is a fabric hardener like acrylic but eco-friendlier and suitable for water.
- Semi-rigid boots: Having boots attached to your drysuit means having fewer seals to count on and saves you from having to buy or own a separate pair of boots. The fact that they’re only semi-rigid is also great for the fact that you can still turn the whole suit inside out for better, speedier drying.
- Tons of extras: The Warmdry Drysuit from SEAC also comes packed with extras such as braces to hold the bottom half of the suit up better, a thigh pocket, a carry bag, hood, hose, and straps.
- Can be used for deep or cold dives
- Super tough outer lining
- Attached boots
- Includes loads of extras
- You can't use other dive boots
While they are all fantastic drysuits, they clearly have different uses depending on what you want the drysuit for. The ScubaPro and the SEAC suits take the lead due to the fact that they offer more versatility being suitable for scuba diving, while the O’Neill Fluid Drysuit is suited for surface activities such as surfing, kayaking or snorkeling.
The O’Neill drysuit is definitely the most stylish of the three, and you can add extra layers for warmth on the torso, but we think it is limited in its capabilities as it's best suited for surface use only.
On the other hand, the ScubaPro and SEAC drysuits are more similar as they are both made from the same material and are of the same thickness. They can both be used for deep dives due to the high-density fabric and are one-millimeter thicker than the O’Neill, which means they offer more warmth on top of the fact that they both also come with hoods and socks or boots as well as lots of other handy extras.
The ScubaPro Everdry Drysuit offers superior stitching and seams but due to its streamlined fit, it will not accommodate most undergarments, so users have reported having to buy a couple of sizes too big and then come up with other ideas of how to reseal the now ill-fitting seams. The SEAC drysuit has a tougher exterior which is more resilient to snags and tears, so will offer great protection for cave and wreck diving.
To sum it up, the SEAC Warmdry Drysuit is the best drysuit for recreational and demanding diving activities while the ScubaPro Everdry Drysuit would be best for general cold-water activities, and of course, the O’Neill Wetsuits Fluid Drysuit would best suit novice and experienced water surface dwellers.