We all know how far wetsuits have come in the last 20 years, from the days of stiff thick neoprene, we have see a step change in materials and construction and suits in general have become lighter, thinner and warmer. Every wetsuit manufacturer puts their suits through rigorous tests and we have seen endless shots of rubber clad sponsored riders surfing amongst icebergs and snowy backdrops. C-Skins however have upped the game a little with the trialling of their Hot Wired 5x4x3 Steamer and their Deep Freeze testing regime.
To show just how good the 2014/15 Hot Wired Steamer is and to prove to themselves that this years suit is better than the previous, C-Skins commissioned the use of the Mira Climatic Wind Tunnel and the help of team rider Oli Adams. Unfortunately for Oli, this test involved him donning the Hot Wired and entering the Wind Tunnel to expose himself and the wetsuit to some ridiculous extremes.
Testing started at 0ºC but the temperature was gradually dropped until Oli was exposed to -20ºC and through body mounted sensors it was proven that there was minimal heat loss to Oli’s body and core, although the same can’t be said for his unexposed face! In the grand scheme of things I am relatively new to C-Skins wetsuits but last year went through the whole of the UK winter in the 4mm Wired and have to say (and yes I paid for it and no I don’t have any vested interest in C-Skins) this is the best suit I have ever owned.
It is refreshing to see companies using scientific tests to prove the quality of their products and to see the C-Skins Deep Freeze test, take a look at the video below this article, where you will also learn about the improved foam and new Dryknit layer. Let us know if the testing demonstrated by C-Skins gives you faith in their products and tell us about your own C-Skins extreme experiences.