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The neoprene in the WS80 feels thicker and firmer than others (and we measured more buoyancy in this suit than any other in its category). But it proved comfortable and not at all restrictive, tying top scores for both fit and comfort, and was rated excellent for range of motion, helped by pre-curved elbows and a high-stretch panel on the lower back. As one diver noted, the suit is “more flexible than I am.” The seals are made of the same material as the interior of the suit, requiring a snug fit to work well. But the wrist and ankle zippers eased getting the suit on and off, and it tied top scores in its category for donning and doffing. The suit has rubbery shoulder appliques that help keep BC straps from moving around, and the waffle-pattern kneepads provide good protection without binding, even with a wide frog kick (though they did tend to collect sand and dirt). Well-made, warm and comfortable, the WS80 was our Best Buy.