Sure, but the word “premium” doesn’t really mean all that much and doesn’t let you know what exactly you’re purchasing. Instead we tell you exactly what our wetsuits are made out of and why they are better than our “premium” competitors, all without confusing made-up tech jargon.
The cell structure of the neoprene makes it 99.7% water impermeable, greater than anything else available. This makes it lighter and warmer. It’s also ultra-soft and durable. We think you’ll be stoked from the moment you try it on.
The main difference is in the elongation properties—#40 is stretchier than #39—but it's also worth noting that #40 is slightly heavier than #39. We only use #40 rubber in the upper body because when we tested the suits that was the only place we noticed the stretch, and there's no reason to make a heavier suit just because 100 percent #40 Yamamoto sounds good for marketing purposes.
Fuzzy linings feel great in the store and work great when you are dry but once wet any insulation benefit is significantly decreased. Plus, water is not a great insulator and fuzzy linings readily absorb and trap plenty of water. Neoprene is a far better insulator when wet, in fact, that’s why we wear wetsuits now and not wool sweaters like surfers did in the past. Would you rather have a 4mm wetsuit with 1mm of neoprene and 3mm of fuzzy liner? Or an all-neoprene 4mm suit? Learn more about how wetsuits work here.
Most likely, yes (this goes for any size). Check the size chart to confirm. If you are unsure, contact us. And don’t worry, you can exchange your unused suit for free in the first 30 days if you want a different size.
Yes! As we grow, we will identify what our customers want and add it to our lineup. If you have requests for a style of suit, send us a message. Follow us on Instagram and join our mailing list for updates throughout the year.
Our suits are designed by Alex & Buzz in San Francisco, and manufactured in Thailand.
The preorder allows you to lock in your favorite suit before we have them in stock. Purchase now, and we will ship your suit for free as soon as we receive it. We expect to ship to customers mid-August 2020, but there is no 100% guarantee that it will be then, because 2020 is...well...2020. You will receive an order confirmation immediately after purchase, and a shipping confirmation with tracking when it ships.
Our wetsuits are always priced fairly to allow everyone to get a good deal on a great wetsuit on any day of the year. We haven't had a "sale" since our first year of operation (2015), so we wouldn't recommend waiting around for one:)
Our men's and women's 4mm3 and Hooded 543mm are available at Mollusk Surf Shop in San Francisco, sizes may be limited at times. If ordering online please refer to our size chart, in general our wetsuits fit pretty true to size. With free returns and exchanges on unused suits, you can order worry free.
No worries. We offer free exchanges on unused suits, including shipping, for the first 30 days.
Bummer! Send us a message and get an update on when your size will be available.
Yes, it's really just the two of us. We have no employees, no investors, and no big holding company to tie us down. Once we outgrew shipping all the suits ourselves, we enlisted the help of a small family-run business to take care of our fulfillment and warehousing. We’re still calling all the shots, personally responding to your emails, and very occasionally cracking jokes on social media. Thanks for the support.
Not at the moment. We decided our dollars and hours were best spent on wetsuit design. We figure most people would rather save a few bucks than see Rick Kane sporting our suit at their local break.