WE TESTED 12 3 MM WETSUITS
1IST SPORTS WS80 MSRP $170 CONTACT ISTDIVINGSYSTEM.COM
The thick, firm neoprene in the WS80 proved comfortable and not at all restrictive. It tied top scores for fi t and comfort, and was rated excellent for range of motion — helped by a high-stretch panel on the lower pack. Wrist and ankle zippers made donning and doffing very easy. Well-made, warm and comfortable, the WS80 was our Best Buy for 3 mm suits.
2BEUCHAT ALIZE MSRP $140.42 CONTACT BEUCHAT-DIVING.COM
Despite its modest price, the Alize has nice touches like pre-curved elbows that avoid uncomfortable wrinkles, and an adjustable neck closure with the “hook” side of the fastener on the suit where it’s less likely to snag or chafe. Test divers also rated the Alize’s seals among the most effective at blocking water entry. The Alize was our Testers Choice for suits under $200.
3BARE 3 MM VELOCITY ULTRA MSRP $269.95 CONTACT BARESPORTS.COM
Heat-reflecting Celliant fiber lining in the torso and effective, rolled smooth-skin seals helped keep things nice and toasty in the Velocity Ultra. And with high-stretch material and details such as seams placed to avoid underarms, this wetsuit was a standout for comfort and fi t. The Velocity Ultra was our Testers Choice for suits over $200.