Price €449 // Water Temp: < 12 deg C // Tested: November 2017
Photography by Mike Brindley
“I was blown away by how warm and flexible this suit was, and how quick it dried. I’d highly recommend it as the go-to winter option for anyone living and surfing in cold water locales”
We’d reviewed the 3/2 Semidry earlier in the year and found it exceeded out wildest.
Surely the more wintry version of this excellent suit would only serve to further satisfy our insatiable rubber fetish.
But then the trouble started.
We couldn’t rightly do it at the Surf Europe office in Capbreton, SW France, where the tuna were running, and some folk were still in short arm wetsuits. We couldn’t go to Iceland, having gone on record with advice to the contrary. We couldn’t even really send it to the People’s Republic of Kernow, site of the 3/2 test, as we were still worried our tester might overheat like a retriever puppy in a black car on a warm summer’s day.
But then we remembered: Giles. Gile-o. Gile Duct. The Gilemaster. The Wild Giled. Gile-U-wait. Walk the Gile of Style. Don’t-sit-on-cold-stones-it’ll-give-you Giles. Yes, him.
Our SE England based sales whiz Giles happened to have a penchant for rubbering up against the elements, and also had some secret spots up his sleeve in the frigid brown water slop of the English Channel, near a nuclear power station.
Fresh off the back of starring in possibly surfing and vacuum cleaning’s greatest ever branded content collab, his stock — and enthusiasm — had never been higher.
So on one particularly bitter, bleak November day, the kind of day when the emotional darkness sets in just after breakfast, and the celestial one around 4pm, Giles and his 7’3″ fun shape headed through the Garden of England in search of Kentish shred.
“One particularly bitter, bleak November day, the kind of day when the emotional darkness sets in just after breakfast, and the celestial one around 4pm, Giles and his 7’3″ fun shape headed in search of Kentish stoke”