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Flex­i­bil­ity/fit/com­fort

A new en­trant to the wetsuit test, the Cheer made a strong im­pres­sion with its well-cut fit. “An ideal fit, I’m medium tall and the length of it was per­fect” Blake. For both Monty and Blake, the flex­i­bil­ity of the Cheer seemed to adapt over time. “I def­i­nitely knew I was wear­ing a wetsuit but as the surf pro­gressed, the flex­i­bil­ity did ad­just to my body shape” Blake.

Ease of en­try and exit

The Cheer of­fered an ef­fort­less en­try from the waist down, how­ever a lit­tle more ef­fort was needed up top. “I had some mi­nor is­sues around the en­try point. It slid on well up un­til the waist, but get­ting the arms in was a bit of a process with a tight neck hole. Get­ting out was easy, which is an­other tes­ta­ment that it does give a lit­tle as you wear it” Blake.

Warmth

A prod­uct of South­ern Aus­tralian wa­ters, the Cheer cer­tainly didn’t dis­ap­point in the warmth cat­e­gory. “A re­ally warm suit, they have def­i­nitely aimed to pro­duce a suit that is thicker, warmer and more durable” Monty. “It just seemed to with­stand wa­ter at all times, a real win­ner in the warmth depart­ment” Blake.

Wa­ter en­try

With a tight fit around the legs and an­kles, the Cheer acted as a bar­rier from wa­ter en­try. “The wa­ter was pretty chilly the day I surfed in the Cheer and I didn’t feel a drop. The ex­te­rior ma­te­rial seemed to re­pel the wa­ter. Even af­ter I had been surf­ing in it for a while, the wa­ter was still bead­ing off the suit” Monty. In­flu­enced by the un­for­giv­ing cli­mates of South Aus­tralia, Cheer wet­suits clearly have an un­der­stand­ing of the qual­i­ties needed to sur­vive a wild and woolly win­ter. “Feels like they have gone by the the­ory of get­ting ev­ery­thing right for warmth. An ideal wetsuit for rough, cold con­di­tions,” Monty. The Cheer is lay­ered with ther­mal cham­ber pan­els, which pas­sively gen­er­ate and store heat. In ad­di­tion, the quick dry ex­ter­nal sur­face of the Cheer works to prevent wa­ter en­try and re­duce dry­ing time. Both Monty and Blake agreed that the Cheer car­ried a lit­tle ex­tra weight and rigid­ity than some of the other suits, but not to an ex­tent that it hin­dered the suits over­all per­for­mance. “Flex­i­bil­ity and move­ment was good, I no­ticed a lit­tle weight re­stric­tion but that is com­mon for the ma­jor­ity of suits that place warmth as a pri­or­ity” Blake. Hand­made from pre­mium neo­prene-free He­vea rub­ber and re­cy­cled fab­rics, the Cheer is proof that choos­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious prod­ucts doesn’t have to come at the cost of per­for­mance.

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