Mormaii’s Flexxxa wetsuit has received a whole bunch of accolades since its inception. In particular, during 2012, the suit won the Alma Surf Magazine Wetsuit – Best of the year award. Read this Mormaii Flexxxa wetsuit review (2013 version) to find out how I got on with this stretchy zipperless wetsuit.
Thanks to UK importer Zero Gravity from providing this innovatively stretchy bit of gear.
Mormaii Flexxxa wetsuit review
I must admit, having tried Mormaii suits before, I kind of knew what to expect. The South American companies styling is unique and any of their products ensures riders will stand out on the water – the Flexxxa 2.2mm is no different.
Although it seems quite modest in its graphical adornments, the bright white lines that are etched onto the neoprene seams are very distinct and although minimalist, actually glare quite prominently in contrast to the black rubber – especially when the sun’s out.
Add to the mix the Mormaii logo and you have a wetty that has a very unique attitude.
Stretchy zipperless wetsuit
Having tried short zip, chest zip and zipperless suits in the past I was intrigued as to how the Flexxxa stretchy zipperless wetsuit would stack up. Not having a zip seam should be a blessing as the idea is to halt water flush – an experience familiar to users of conventional zip suits.
Due to my broad shoulders I’ve found that materials of zipperless wettys stretch enough for entry and exits but it’s usually the glue and stitching that lets them down.
A new wetsuit is usually quite stiff and takes a few goes to nail the technique of getting in and out. With other suits, having to stretch the neck entrance has resulted in tearing or seams coming apart – only slightly but enough to notice.
Maybe this is just my poor technique but I’m pleased to report is this Mormaii Flexxxa wetsuit review that is doesn’t suffer the same issues.
On the water
The Flexxxa is an extremely snug fitting suit. It’s super comfortable and feels almost sprayed on–a trait that’s great for all watersports.
Usually I’d choose 3.2mm for the UK summer but the 2.2mm thick nature of the Flexxxa worked a treat. With the absence of flushing, due to the zipperless technology, I had no chilly issues if I ended up with a dunking or had to dive through wave froth. In fact, at times, I was almost too warm in this stretchy zipperless wetsuit!
I practice a variety of different watery disciplines and reckon that the Flexxxa would make a good choice of summer suit for anyone who surfs, windsurfs, kites or stand up paddles.
The suit exhibits low levels of evaporation, which is great for wind heads, while it keeps you toasty during sessions of submersible sports like surfing. In fact, the Flexxxa would also make a good choice for anyone into triathlon, such are its flexible properties.
During a couple of sessions I went out when the air temperatures dipped past seasonal averages, this was mostly during stand up paddle bouts, and at no time did I feel a cold. Ankle and neck seals were super sucky and let in next to no water, even when hitting wave froth during windsurf sessions, where water is prone to blasting up wetsuit legs.
Mormaii Flexxxa wetsuit review: Conclusion
The Mormaii Flexxxa 2.2mm is a quality, well-made bit of kit that’s perfect for summertime shenanigans on the water. Suitable for a variety of different sports, in this stretchy zipperless wetsuit you’ll be super cosy right through your sessions.
Zipperless technology works a treat ensuring a permanent barrier against water flush remains intact. The flexible properties of the suit allow riders movements to be unrestricted and after a time you’ll forget you’re actually wearing a wetsuit at all!
Just be sure to remove it before you head to the pub for a well-deserved après pint or two…