Looking for a versatile watersports wetsuit? Then check out this Mormaii 5/4/3 windsurfing wetsuit review as it might just fir the bill.
Mormaii and windsurfing
After graduating from medical school in the 70s Marco Aurelio Raymundo (founder of Mormaii) went on a pilgrimage to find waves in remote regions of South America.
As well as chasing swells, Marco wanted to provide medical services to the people in these areas. Killing two birds with one stone.
In certain spots it was impossible to stay surfing in winter as it became too cold. Which is when Marco had an epiphany and decided to make his own wetsuits. The rest, as they say, is history and Mormaii is now one of the biggest action sports brands in South America.
In 2013 Mormaii continue to support windsurfing and manufacture dedicated products such as the suit we have on test. The company also sponsors triple PWA World Wave Champion Kauli Seadi who helps out with testing and product development.
Mormaii 5/4/3 windsurfing wetsuit review
Mormaii are one of the few wetsuit companies still manufacturing windsurfing-specific wetsuits. They should be saluted for this fact.
We were sent the Mormaii Windsurfing suit for review by British windy kit importer Zero Gravity Distribution.
Once unpacked, the suit felt and looked the business featuring fully blind stitched and glued seams. There is mesh skin in the upper body, Titanium Reflex technology, and an anti flush barrier internal vest.
It’s made from X3 Super Stretch neoprene with Powertex knee pads and ankle cuffs set with Velcro. All in all a well put together and high spec looking product.
The X3 Super Stretch neoprene in particular looked robust and hard wearing, which rebuffs the long held perception that windsurf suits are fragile and prone to nicks and tears.
Suiting up – ready to rock
The Mormaii Windsurfing suit slips on extremely easily and yet still hugs your body without gaps between you and the rubber. The anti-flush internal barrier is easy to locate and slip over your head, with Velcro securing it.
Wrist and neck seals fit snuggly while the ankle cuffs remain baggy until you secure them tightly with the supplied Velcro fasteners. It’s worth noting that the tighter the better as you don’t want unnecessary water sluicing up your legs as you blast along.
Having a quick warm up on each windsurfing trip, before launching will prove easy due to the stretch capabilities of the neoprene. The suit quickly reverting back to its original fit – retaining its ‘memory’ perfectly.
On the water
The temperatures on the south coast windsurfing in the UK were really cold, to say the least. But during this Mormaii 5/4/3 windsurfing wetsuit review it kept the freezing cold at bay brilliantly. At no point was there any experience of chill due to water evaporation.
Blasting about and boosting air was a pleasure with the suit sticking like glue. But it still retained enough manoeuvrability to throw down moves without feeling restricted.
If a trick was flamed or you stacked it on a wave then there was minimum to no water flushed through the suit with the neck seal and internal barrier doing their jobs extremely well.
During one session it was actually a joy to fall in the water due to overheating!
Versatile watersports wetsuit
One of great things about the Mormaii Windsurfing wetty is the versatility of it. Even though it’s marketed towards the windy heads it’s perfectly feasible to use the suit for surfing, kiteboarding and SUP.
It was tested on a few occasions during some quality SUP conditions and it still performed great – keeping your core temperature intact.
Mormaii 5/4/3 windsurfing wetsuit review: Conclusion
The Mormaii windsurfing wetsuit is a great choice if you are looking for a versatile watersports wetsuit. It keeps you super warm in the coldest of conditions, fits like a glove, offers great durability and gives the rider an alternative choice of brand to wear.
Even though the UK winter season is coming to an end you’ll still be in your cold weather rubber for a good few weeks yet (as the water is at its coldest). And you could do a lot worse than grab yourself one of these babies.