ON TEST SUMMER SURF SUITS

ON TEST SUMMER SURF SUITS

Mary Comber takes a dip in the latest long-sleeved swimsuits

PROTEST PISTACHE

£44.99; protest.eu

‘Protest is known for its affordable,design-led board wear and, in this respect,this surf suit does not disappoint. The Gorgeous, rich design is a joy to wear and figure flattering. The exotic print extends across the back and the colour blocks adda sporty feel. While the fabric is not UV protective, the high neck and low-cut legs offer good coverage. Being tall, I found the suit comes up small – the arms are fairly short (the wrists don’t sit tight against the skin) and I felt slightly restricted across my chest, although the long zip offers flexibility here. With 80 percent polyamide and 20 percent elastane, this is a good one for warmer waters. It comes in XXS to XXL.’

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O’NEILL ACTIVE LONG SLEEVE SWIMSUIT

£79.99; oneill.com

‘Looks-wise, this suit is a winner. Available In monochrome and this summary tropical print, it looks good on the beach or in the pool. The mesh chevrons are flattering on the waist, the ‘cheeky bottom’ cut gives good support, and once on (via the easy-access back zipper), the suit feels great. The silky, UV 50 Hyperdry fabric(containing recycled bionic yarn) hugged my body while being stretchy enough for a good swim. The SPF fabric plus high neck makes this a good choice for extended surftime. The arms are particularly long, for extra coverage. It comes in XS to XL.’

ON TEST SUMMER SURF SUITS

O’NEILL ACTIVE LONG SLEEVE SWIMSUIT

£79.99; oneill.com

‘Looks-wise, this suit is a winner. Available In monochrome and this summary tropical print, it looks good on the beach or in the pool. The mesh chevrons are flattering on the waist, the ‘cheeky bottom’ cut gives good support, and once on (via the easy-access back zipper), the suit feels great. The silky, UV 50 Hyperdry fabric(containing recycled bionic yarn) hugged my body while being stretchy enough for a good swim. The SPF fabric plus high neck makes this a good choice for extended surftime. The arms are particularly long, for extra coverage. It comes in XS to XL.’

ON TEST SUMMER SURF SUITS

GLIDE SOUL VIBRANT STRIPES COLLECTION 0.5MM SPRING SUIT

£105; uk.glidesoul.com

‘I wore this sporty swimsuit for an open-water lake swim on a rainy evening.Not only did it keep me warm when my friends were feeling the chill, it also drew compliments for its style. The corset-style suit and monochrome diagonal stripes are extremely figure-flattering while the neon colour blocks (Glide Soul’s trademark) –not pictured – give you a dynamic, athletic look. I loved the feel of the suit’s L-foam neoprene (an ultra thin 0.5mm). It’s soft,stretchy and hugged my body in all the right places. The suit was easy to get on and off and, once in the water, it was totally comfortable, allowing me good range of movement as I swam. The high neck offers protection from the sun if you’re in the water for extended periods. The arms of the costume sit tight, thanks to silicone lines in the inner wrist. Once out of the water, the swimsuit dries quickly. It’s Available in XS to L sizes and also comes in monochrome (pictured).’

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ROXY KEEP IT ROXY LONG SLEEVE ONE- PIECE SWIMSUIT

£60; roxy-uk.co.uk

‘Designed to take you from surf to SUP yoga sessions, this lightweight, UV-protective swimsuit contains 22 percent Lycra for added stretch. Function wise, it wasn’t the most flexible suit on test but I Liked the thumb holes which keep the arms in place, and the long zip and crew neck(although this offers a little less coverage than the other suits). Style wise, it’s subtle, sophisticated look with a touch of Roxy fun from the kaleidoscopic pastel panels. The chlorine-resistant Lycra XtraLife fabric clings nicely to the body and was quick drying. It comes in XS to XL.’

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VOLCOM SIMPLY SOLID BODYSUIT

£59.99; surfdome.com

‘If you love watersports, you’ll want to look after the environment, and this suit is knitted from 78 percent ECONYL, a recycled yarn made from lost fishing nets and discarded nylon. This is a slicker way to avoid rashes from surf boards and keep the sun’s rays off (it’s SPF 50 equivalent) than using a rash vest. It works well for straight swimming,too, fitting snugly, though it’s slightly baggy at the wrists on me. The raglan-style sleeves give you excellent mobility in the shoulders and it’s cut high on the butt (‘cheeky fit’). The Suit comes in XS to XL sizes and a calmer light blue, black and white colourway.’

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