Drylock X Hooded 5/4

Wetsuit Type: Men's hooded fullsuit

Thickness: 5mm, with strategic 4mm panels for extra flex

Neoprene: Channel Flex throughout. This lightweight, hydrophobic, gridded material, is new to Xcel for winter 2019 – it's amazingly stretchy, similar to O'Neill's TechnoButter but with a greater emphasis on warmth

Lining: Celliant Black, Xcel's premium thermal lining, is used throughout the suit (except for under the arms). The heavy-duty version (the leopard-print-like stuff) goes from the chest to the knees, and contains air-trapping hollow fibres for enhanced insulation; the rest of the suit is lined with the slightly pared-down "jacquard" version (the red stuff).


Celliant Black: Celliant Black lining – both the hollow-fibre and the jacquard variety – is a "responsive" textile built around Celliant, an FDA-certified fibre that generates additional heat by converting movement into infrared energy. Every time you move, it warms your muscles by increasing bloodflow, but unlike its predecessor Thermo Dry Celliant, Celliant Black also contains heat-retaining minerals to prevent that newly generated heat from escaping. When you stop moving, you stay warmer for longer.


Entry: Chest zip with magnetic closure (very neat) and waterproof zipper, fully sealed by the Japanese YKK Aquaseal. "Balanced shoulder design" aids entry.


Seam Construction: All seams are sealed with stitch-free Power Seam technology, then reinforced with FusionX tape on the inside

Integrated Hood: Built-in hood lined with Celliant Black jacquard

Also Worth Noting: Drylock wrist seals (the donut-tapered cuffs); Nexskin ankle seals (liquid neoprene strips); smoothskin chest and back panels (for extra wind- and water-resistance); grooves at the back of the knee for improved flexion and reduced bunching; glideskin collar keeps out water.

Eco Credentials: Water-based glues (no nasty VOCs); dope-dyed yarns (massive savings on water and energy); scrap rubber tyres pyrolyzed into carbon black (one of the key ingredients in neoprene); limestone-derived neoprene (marginally better than petrochemcial alternatives); plastic bottles recycled into polyester yarns (used the stretch jersey fabric that lines the neoprene).

Drylock X Hooded 5/4

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