Jack O’Neill started his business over 60 years ago and to this day O’Neill has been the name to beat when it comes to cold water surfing products. Modern advances in technology and construction processes have meant that the quality of wetsuits is at an all time high. O’Neill recently brought out the Pyrotech chest zip wetsuit as their top end alternative to the back zip Psycho 3. Two of our Boylos team members have been wearing the suits for a month now and have fed us back the information to give a detailed and quality review, read on.
In the O’Neill range the Pyrotech is the top drawer chest zip wetsuit. Packed with all the latest available technology and O’Neill’s most forward thinking design ideas, it shows exactlly what the brand are capable of and we’re impressed.
Firstly, the suit looks great! We love the colours on the shoulders and think it stands out but still looks professional. Secondly, the amount of features on this suit is astounding! O’Neill have held nothing back. The exclusive Technobutter neoprene is a material used only on the best O’Neill products and this adds to the Pyrotech’s comfort and performance, boasting a 20% lighter formula with 30% less water absorption and is the quickest drying neoprene on the market! This makes for a warm, dry suit that is so flexible it doesn’t limit your movement at all!
O’Neill have pieced all the panels together using their Fluid Seam Weld technology offering water tight seams across the suit. This works together with the plasma seals in the wrists and ankles and the super seal wrist cuffs to offer a very water resistant suit. The dryer you are inside the easier it is to keep warm.
In the interest of keeping the suit as water tight as possible the entry system has seen a huge amount of focus and design. The F.U.Z.E entry system has the same design as the patented Zen Zip Closure seen on the Psycho 3. A small exit hole on the exterior panel offering the water a route outside of the wetsuit meaning even if the rare flush happens less water goes inside your suit! The closure for the FUZE system is equally impressive, a Flush resistant zip with overlapping neoprene as well as a super seal shoulder that can be tightened using the adjustable pull cord. With the two layers of neoprene plus all the closure features there really is minimal chance of flushing.
Inside this near watertight suit O’Neill have used their well praised firewall insulation. The grey panels you see on the pictures below offer another layer like wearing a fleece under your jacket on a winter day. This thermal wicking material keeps you warmer and dryer than you may have thought possible. The exterior side of these panels is covered in a wind proof single lined neoprene protecting your vitals from any biting wind chill.
The personal experience of the suit that our team members have provided have been highly satisfactory.
Murray who is an avid windsurfer had this to say: “It keeps me really warm even in the huge winter storms we’ve had this season. Normally I can manage an hour or so before the cold sets in and I’m off the water, but with the Pyrotech the only thing that gets me off the water is energy levels.”
Jake who is a keen surfer says: “I love my new suit! It looks awesome and I haven’t had one flush yet! I thought it would be really hard to get in and out of but it’s no harder than any other suit I’ve owned. It’s water tight, warm and mega flexy, Awesome suit!”
The testimonials speak for themselves and with rival suits all well over £300 the O’Neill Pyrotech offers superb value at just £249.95! Considering the huge amount of tech you get with this suit, the perfect fit offered by O’Neill and the Unbelievable value for a suit of this caliber you’d be daft not to buy one! We’re massive fans and give a rating of 10/10 for the O’Neill Pyrotech, follow the link to find out more and buy yours today!