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Some 3 mm suits are clearly designed for the cooler end of the temperature range, but the Aquaflex goes the full measure. The rear zipper has a wide double smooth-skin closure with a rolled outer flap of a design you’re more likely to find on a 5 mm or even 7 mm suit. The exterior seams are sealed with liquid rubber to block water seepage, as well as to prevent the stitching from unraveling, and the front of the torso is lined with a thick insulating panel. The suit’s high-stretch material and body-hugging cut helped it tie top scores for fit (although it seemed on the verge of too snug in the hips). It also tied the best score for the efficiency of its seals, which taper to a feather edge that combines with the high stretch of the fabric to make for an efficient, water-blocking fit. Well-made, warm and comfortable, the Aquaflex is worth consideration if you’re looking for the maximum insulation in a 3 mm.