Being a cold water surfer regularly immersed in the turbulent Atlantic sea, Finisterre is a brand that I have long supported. I love their environmental ethos and technical gear, and their clothing is versatile as well as stylish. This is testament to the fact that I can wear my pieces whether I’m going surfing, to the gym, a yoga class or generally out and about. My well-worn Finisterre jackets and merino wool baselayers are a must for keeping me toasty in the wild Welsh elements.
Finisterre’s commitment to creating great garments for women is important to me and I was very excited when the brand announced that they would be creating a wetsuit for women. I applied for the tester programme and was delighted when I received an email informing me that I had been selected as one of the field testers.
The suit that I’ll be putting through its paces will include the following features:
- 4.5mm chest and back panel, 3.5 mm arms and legs
- Designed for sea temperatures in the region of 8-14°C
- Peaked hood with drawcord adjuster
- Higher internal pile in over 80% of the suit for greater heat retention
- Elongated back panel, improving heat retention
- Extra 5mm neoprene lumbar patch over lower back, providing key warmth
- High proportion of flexible neoprene across shoulders and through upper body to aid easy paddling
- Double needle blind stitched throughout suit: a safer stitch that will better weather the wear and tear of the suit (no need for a seam sealant that often ends up cracking)
- 50% wider seam tape, reducing water penetration; also adhering better to the suit, improving the durability
- Finisterre custom neck pattern – reduced flushing as well as helping entry / exit
- Tension wrist bands, improving wrist seal
- Bespoke calf loops – a design feature to help suit entry and exit.
The suit sounds pretty awesome and I can’t wait to receive it and try it out! I’ll then be feeding my experiences back to Finisterre along with the other testers, so that the brand can take our comments on board and make some tweaks if necessary.
Watch this space!