O’Neill Wetsuit Technology with Surface 2 Air


O’Neill manufactures a wide range of wetsuits for summer and winter. No matter what sport or sports you participate in, there is sure to be a suit in this wide range that is perfect for you and any budget. Check out our definitive guide below.

The all new O’Neill Blueprint wetsuit

As we all know, the production of wetsuits in the past has not been great for the planet, but for years O’Neill has researched much more environmentally friendly ways to make wetsuits. and they’ve certainly set the bar high with the all-new O’Neill Blueprint. Available in a 5/4 + and 4/3 + version, this suit is perfect for winter driving and the colder summer days we all know and hate. Even with this mode of production, O’Neill has not forgotten what they are famous for, which is a perfectly fitted and comfortable wetsuit that will not restrict your freedom of movement and keep you warm no matter how long you are wearing. your session. Here’s how O’Neill made this eco-friendly jumpsuit.

O’Neill Blue – Our mission

We are aware of the environmental challenges of humanity and the impact of the surf industry on our playground. That is why we strive to use materials that leave a minor impact on the environment. To do this, we are expanding the blue O’Neill line through our collection with the blue O’Neill label. We make sure a product is made from 30-90% sustainable fabrics.

Eco-friendly carbon black Carbon black is one of the key ingredients in neoprene. It can now be pyrolyzed from used rubber tires using high heat to extract it.

Water-based glue- The solvent-based adhesives used in most neoprene are considered to be moderately harmful to the environment. O’Neill is working with their key manufacturing to develop a solvent-free laminating glue called Aqua-Alpha.

Yarn dyed in the mass Dope Dying infusion produces colored yarns without a dyeing process. This saves huge amounts of water while reducing energy consumption and water pollution.

Recycled plastic bottlesEach complete plan combination prevents 100 plastic bottles from potentially polluting the world’s living oceans and reducing the number of bottles that end up in the Pacific and Atlantic garbage vortex

Recycled neoprene oyster shells O’Neill uses recycled ocean oyster shells in place of calcium carbonate powder which compromises about 10% neoprene.

Neoprene limestone A much more environmentally friendly way of making neoprene than the classic way of making wetsuits. O’Neill has been using limestone since 1966 to replace petrochemicals in their neoprene. It comes from nature and has less impact on the environment

Many of these eco-friendly features are also present in the entire range of O’Neill wetsuits. Check out the individual listings on www.s2as.com to find out.


Sometimes the wording to describe neoprene in wetsuits can be a bit confusing and could just as easily be in a foreign language. Below are our descriptions to help clear things up a bit.

Technobutter 3 Air Firewall – This is by far the warmest neoprene made by O’Neill and is typically used on the chest of the suit where you are likely to be coldest. This uses a windproof, waterproof layer of skin that will keep you extremely warm even on the coldest days. The Air Insulated laminate core is also the warmest core in the O’Neill range. It is very light and does not absorb water, while retaining this precious heat. The inner jersey is O’Neill’s patented Technobutter firewall. This gives you an extra layer of insulation and is designed to be worn against the skin. That being said, there’s no reason you can’t wear a thermal vest underneath for even more warmth. If you are riding in a very cold location or are sensitive to the cold then this is definitely the neoprene to look for.

Available in the Plan, and Psychotech

Technobutter 3- This neoprene is used in the majority of high-end O’Neill wetsuits. It’s really flexible to maintain your range of motion while still being incredibly hot. This neoprene is also very durable and tough, which is why it is mainly used in high wear areas such as legs, buttocks and back. Also, this is used in the arms and shoulders of Psycho Tech and Psycho One. These wetsuits also use the Envy Foam rubber core, which is light, warm and absorbs minimal water for easy drying. The inner jersey uses Technobutter 3x which helps add flexibility to the neoprene in an area that doesn’t need to be as durable.

Available in the Blueprint, Psycho Tech, Psycho One, Hyperfreak and Mutant

Technobutter 3X – Extremely flexible neoprene for the ultimate fit, comfort and unlimited freedom of movement. This is usually found on the arms and shoulders of the premium wetsuit, where you need mobility the most. This neoprene is also slightly less durable than others, which is why it is much more flexible and why it is not used in high wear areas like the legs or buttocks. This style also uses O’Neill’s Envy Foam rubber core which is extremely light and warm and 3X Technobutter inside the suit maintaining its flexibility.

Available in the Blueprint, Hyperfreak and Mutant.

Technobutter 3 firewall – It is usually found on the chest, but in some combinations you can also find it on the legs. This is a thermal layer designed to be against the skin to keep you warm even during the longest sets and colder days.

Available in Psycho Tech and Psycho One

UltraFlex neoprene- It’s O’Neill’s entry-level neoprene, but it’s definitely something not to be overlooked. Years of research and design have produced a neoprene that is still incredibly flexible, giving you the perfect fit, unparalleled comfort and without restricting your range of motion without breaking the bank. The foam core is super warm and will absorb very little water to keep you warm and prevent the suit from getting heavy. It really is a great option if you are on a budget. Available in Epic, Reactor, Hammer and Bahia

Sewing construction

Not all seams are created equal. Below is the definitive guide to the different types of stitching used in the O’Neill range.

Seamless technology- Glued seams sealed with TB3X tape and fluid exterior weld.
Available in the Blueprint and Psycho Tech
Simple fluid welding Blind stitched and triple taped seams with a smooth outer weld
Available in Psycho One and Mutant
Sealed seams TB3X- Triple glued and blind stitched exterior with a TB3X Tape interior. The lightest, most stretchy neoprene tape ever. 0.5mm split neoprene applied to triple taped seams with water-based glue to keep you dry and loose
Available in Hyperfreak
Glued and sewn blind. Critically Recorded- Triple glued and blind stitched exterior with sealed critical areas on the inside
Available in epic
Flatloc sewn Layered neoprene with Flatloc stitching.
Available in Reactor, Hammer, Bahia

Entry and locking systems

O’Neill offers a total of 5 different styles of entry and closure systems. The back zipper is traditionally the easiest to put on, but it isn’t suitable for everyone and may be more likely to end up in the back of the suit. With a little practice, technique and the flexibility of the O’Neill neoprene, even wetsuits without a zip are very easy to put on. The choice is yours.

FUZE closure (zipper on the chest) – Top front zip entry uses a floating zipper panel and anti-rinse barrier with drainage holes to keep you dry and free

ZEN zipper O’Neill’s patented back zip closure system features an anti-rinse barrier with drainage holes to keep you warm and prevent you from rinsing.
Modular closure – Modular closure system with double straps. Interchange the collar or the hood depending on the condition
Zipless- Lightweight closure system on a 360 degree barrier with drainage holes and drawstring. Tight seal with ease of entry and exit

Backzip- Backzip entry system with a durable zipper allows easy entry and exit with a water resistant seal

Other noteworthy technology

Across the range, you can find features that you don’t know exactly what they mean. Below are some of the main features that we think are worth mentioning. Obviously, if you have any further questions, you can contact us.

Red Zone water resistant zipper Urethane coated offset zipper teeth interlock to stop leaks and prevent water from entering the suit.

Minimal seam design – Designed with wider panels and fewer seams to increase flexibility, durability and fit.

Double Super Seal Neck A comfortable and fully adjustable waterproof glideskin seal.

Krypto Knee Pads- Protect the most venerable part of your wetsuit with this ergonomic knee brace.

Shorty with long arms

We really think they deserve a discussion due to their popularity with the riders and staff of the S2AS team. As we know here in the UK, even in the middle of summer it’s not always the hottest and theses are a great option for wakeboarding and kitesurfing. With some traditional full-length wetsuits, the speed you get on the board can cause water to move up the wetsuit leg, especially with the thinner summer wetsuits giving what we call “the wetsuit leg.” elephant ”. Using a short leg suit eliminates this. Also, if you are wakeboarding or kitesurfing with boots on, the wetsuit will not affect the fit of your boot.

A few years ago, O’Neill produced a 4/3mm arm and leg length wetsuit that was very popular, but for some reason it dropped out of the lineup, which in all fairness, was a huge shock to us. Well, now that style is back, and we couldn’t be more excited for the Hyperfreak 4/3 + Chest Zip L / S Over-Knee. Perfect for kitesurfing and wakeboarding in the spring and fall when it’s not cold enough for your full winter wetsuits.

Final words

We understand that a good combination can be a serious investment, but we believe it is well worth it. It can extend your sessions and keep you on the water, making your kit usable all year round. And with O’Neill’s wide range of summer and winter wetsuits, there’s something for every budget.

Hope you enjoyed this blog and that it helped explain some of the technologies used in the O’Neill range of wetsuits. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01202 738448 or visit www.s2as.com


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