Best Women’s Shorty Wetsuits Review

Choosing THE shorty wetsuit for your collection can be a tricky task when you’re not totally sure which one you need. There are many different types and model women’s shorty wetsuits made by well-known surf brands, which I’ve reviewed down here. As the shorty springs suit, 1mm, or 2mm in thickness is designed for waters warmer than 18’C / 65’F – It is up to your personal preferences to get what you want.

Women’s shorty spring suits generally cost from $50 up to $250. And as the logic goes – more expensive wetsuits feel warmer, have better breathability, more durable stitchings, and stretch a little better. The good part is that there is only a handful of surf wetsuit brands out there – so there’s quite a good selection of suits to choose from.

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1. XCEL Women’s Springsuitss
2. BILLBONG Shorty Springsuits
3. ROXY Shorty Springsuits
4. O’NEILL Shorty Springsuits
5. RIP CURL Shorty Springsuits


How to Choose a Surf Wetsuit?

  1. TYPE – Determine which type of wetsuit are you after A Front/Back Zip, Long-sleeve spring suit, or a Short Jane
  2. THICKNESS – Choose the right thickness for the season. You’ll find the recommended thickness chart down below.
  3. SIZE – Make sure you get exactly the right size! A wetsuit must fit snug but not too tight.

Different Types of Women’s Shorty Surf Wetsuits

  • Shorty = Short arms, short legs surf wetsuit
  • Long Sleeve Shorty = Long sleeves, short legs one-piece wetsuit
  • Sleeveless
  • Long Jane = Long leg, sleeveless top one-piece women’s surf wetsuit
  • Short Jane = Short leg, sleeveless top one-piece women’s surf wetsuit
  • Cross Back Cut = Zipless one-piece spring suit
  • Bikini Cut = Shortest One-piece type of wetsuit for women
  • Boy Cut = Mid-length shorty leg cut


Best Women’s Shorty Wetsuit Line-Up

  1. Rip Curl G-Bomb – The most technologically advanced warm weather spring suit. Lightest, stretchiest, and most comfortable.
  2. O’Neill Reactor 2 Best sizes! Reactor 2 is most likely the most used women’s wetsuit all around the world!
  3. Roxy XY – Best women’s sleevless cross back 2mm springsuit
  4. Roxy Satin – The only long jane shorty on this list
  5. Xcel – The best surf spring suit brand by the selection of different types!


 

1) XCEL

A well-known surf wetsuit brand that is well-known for its specialization in wetsuits only.

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1.5mm thickness offers the right amount of warmth and ventilation during those warm summer days.

MSRP $85


Axis

axis top womens wetsuit

An entry-level wetsuit by Xcel – the Axis. Comes with all the essentials you could ask from a known surf brand. Made of Eco-Friendly Dope Dye Yarn, using the Flat Seam Construction leaves you a technically engineered fit.

MSRP $90


Axis Shorty

xcel axis womens shorty surf wetsuit

MSRP $99

2mm thick back-zip wetsuit – ideal for any kind of water activity during the summer


Drylock

hydrophobic wetsuit

The ‘Celliant’ series performance wetsuits are packed with quite a list of features. Besides being naturally hydrophobic, it’s got supreme breathability characters due to the use of clinically proven infrared smart fiber. Surprisingly it doesn’t cost

MSRP $90

Shop all wetsuits – Xcel


 

2) BILLABONG

Billabong women’s shorty wetsuits are a popular choice all around the world for a good reason – They look good, feel great and there’s plenty of different options to choose from at a reasonable price tag! Billabong has the most unique designs.

billabong womens wetsuit size chart


 

Billabong Shorty Jane 1mm
Review

Sleeveless Bikini Cut
Cross-Back Springsuit

billabong shorty jane wetsuit
Size Chart available right by the size selection tab!

The Sleeveless front zip women’s shorty jane wetsuit is an ideal choice for tropical warm waters. It lets you feel the warmth of the water, while it protecting the chest from getting a rash. The suit is super lightweight while it’s got all the essentials you’d need for a summer surf session. It’s designed for surfing, made by Billabong – there’s no way you’d go wrong with there! The best combination of aesthetics and performance!

Features

  • 80% Neoprene Rubber, 20% Nylon
  • Type: Shorty Jane spring suit
  • Vertical front zip
  • Thick neoprene on the chest area for added comfort when paddling
  • Comfortable cross-back design.
  • Embossed textured wave panels on the rest of the wetsuit

 

Available on AMAZON


 

Billabong SALTY DAYZ 1mm
Review

Sleeveless Bikini Cut
Front Zip Shorty

billabong salty dayz wetsuit

Another surf suit to meet your needs during those tropical surf sessions. This suit is easy to get in and out, protects your chest from the rash, and your back from the damaging UV-rays. It feels as good as it looks!

Features

  • Vertical Front Zip
  • Super lightweight
  • 1mm thick neoprene
  • Flatlock Superflex stitch construction
  • Zero restrictions
  • Surf Capsule Collection
  • Higher neck collar for comfort
  • Strategic seam positioning for comfort and sublimated print details with a cheeky bikini cut

Available on AMAZON


 

Billabong SYNERGY 2mm
Review

Long Sleeve, Back Zip Shorty

billabong synergy long sleeve shorty wetsuit

Billabong Women’s Synergy Shorty Wetsuit has well above the average features that you’d pay for any other wetsuit under the $100 mark. It is one of the most-favored brands by surf enthusiasts, well known for the unique styling and awesome price to quality ratio. The Synergy long-sleeve springsuit wetsuit for women is an ideal surf suit for warm water surfing as it is very comfortable, easy to get in and out, and it lasts a long time if taken proper care of. 2mm thickness with long sleeves is quite a good option as it protects the whole upper body from cold and the UV-rays as well. By using this type of suit, make sure to cover the back of your legs with sunscreen, as it is one of the most overlooked areas that get burnt!

Features

  • 80% Neoprene, 20% Nylon
  • 2mm Long Sleeve Spring Suit
  • Back Zip
  • Premium AX2 Superflex Neoprene
  • Flatlock stitched seams
  • Legs & arms beaded to minimize water intake
  • Strategic seam placement to maximize comfort and flexibility
  • Lightweight

Available on AMAZON


 

Billabong SALTY DAYZ 2mm
Review

Long Sleeve Bikini Cut
Front Zip Springsuit

billabong salty dayz bikini cut wetsuit

Protect yourself from the morning chill, mid-day sun, and “basic” style with the custom Salty Dayz Long Sleeve Springsuit. The Surf Capsule Collection long sleeve spring suit combines cheeky swimwear lines and curated prints with the functionality and warmth of a wetsuit. A half-zip at center front allows for control over how much added heat you need. Made from 2mm premium stretch neoprene, the women’s spring suit is offered in a solid with embossed textured wave panels or allover tropical or palm print.

Features

  • 80% Neoprene 20% Nylon
  • Billabong Surf Capsule Collection
  • Vertical front zip
  • Cheeky swimwear cut
  • Embossed textured wave panels, allover tropical print, or textural indigo palm print
  • Non-toxic water-based adhesive
  • 2mm premium stretch neoprene
  • Flatlock stitch construction

Available on AMAZON


 

Billabong SALTY DAYZ ECO 2mm
Review

Long-Sleeve, Bikini Cut
Front Zip Springsuit

billabong salty dayz eco front zip wetsuit

The Salty Dayz Eco women’s surf springsuit is a premium-class suit. As the whole surfing industry moves towards sustainability, this model is definitely worth its price tag. It looks good, makes you perform well by feeling comfortable and warm during those chilly summer mornings or cloudy evenings.

Features

  • Billabong’s first-ever eco-conscious, recycled neoprene collection
  • Recycled jersey made of 87% polyester from plastic bottles + 13% recycled spandex
  • Foam made of 30% upcycled car tires
  • Uses Dope Dyed Yarns – a process that reduces water usage by 90% compared to traditional dyeing methods
  • Vertical front zip entry
  • 2mm premium stretch neoprene
  • GBS seams
  • Cheeky swimwear cut
  • Embossed textured wave panels
  • Nontoxic water-based adhesive

 

Available on AMAZON


 

3) ROXY

Roxy women’s wetsuit size chart is a profound guide to get you the best fitting wetsuit.

roxy womens wetsuit size chart
Roxy Wetsuit Size Chart

 

 


Roxy POP 1mm
Review

Vertical Front Zip
Long Sleeve Bikini Cut Springsuit

roxy pop 1mm womens surf wetsuit shorty

Roxy POP one-piece surf wetsuit is a mid-range, lightweight, and comfortable warm water long-sleeve springsuit. The bikini cut and thin layer of 1mm neoprene have more features packed in the suit than one could notice at first. It allows unrestricted performance and keeps your body warm through those small and slow summer sessions. Long-sleeve type is a reasonable choice to protect your arms and back from the damaging UV rays as well. Due to its lightweight construction, the Pop is also great for any other water-related activities such as stand-up paddleboarding, wind and kitesurfing, snorkeling, and so on.

Features

  • 100% StretchFlight 1mm neoprene
  • Coil B-Lock seams
  • Vertical front zip entry system with YKK #8 plastic zip
  • Flush Lock 2.0 seals on wrists and ankles
  • Drainage holes

Available on AMAZON


 

Roxy POPSURF
Review

Sleevless Back-Zip
Bikini Springsuit

womens shortest surf shorty

A great alternative to front-zip and cross-back wetsuits. The PopSurf is a super lightweight, comfortable warm water springsuit that keeps your chest protected from the wax of your surfboard and the excessive UV-rays. The women’s Popsurf sleeveless springsuit is made for extra warm waters where you need that extra bit of warmth.

Features

  • 100% StretchFlight x3 neoprene
  • Coil B-Lock seams
  • Back zip entry with YKK #8 plastic zip

 

Available on AMAZON


 

Roxy SATIN 1mm
Review

Long-sleeve, vertical front zip
Bikini Cut springsuit

roxy satin womens long sleeve wetsuit

The 1mm thick Satin surf suit by Roxy is simple, easy to use, lightweight and it’s got everything you could expect from a springsuit in 2020. Under the $100 price tag, it’s a great deal! Long-sleeves protect you from the excessive UV rays and keep that little bit of extra warmth you need to maximize your time in those limited summer swells.

Features

  • 100% StretchFlight x2 neoprene
  • Coil B-Lock seams
  • Vertical front zip entry system with YKK #8 plastic zip
  • Fused Edges on neck
  • Drainage holes

See more from AMAZON


 

Roxy SATIN 1.5mm
Review

Long Leg – Sleeveless Cross Back
Long Jane Springsuit

roxy satin long jane surf wetsuit

The Satin long jane by Roxy is a choice for those who’d like to protect their legs from that little bit of excessive cold and UV rays. Thicker neoprene on the chest area prevents chest rash, and the pocket on the back makes this suit a great warm-water go-to suit. It’s well made, as it is made by Roxy- who obviously specializes in women’s clothing and gear! It is one of the few 1.5mm women’s wetsuits on this list!

Features

  • F’n LITE neoprene made with air-cell-rich limestone for lightweight warmth
  • Coil B-Lock stitched seams for improved flexibility
  • YKK #8 plastic back zip
  • Drainage holes
  • Suitable for water temperatures of 21°C – 23°C / 70°F – 73°F
  • Strategically placed seams
  • Back pocket for valuables
  • 1.5mm thick neoprene

Available on AMAZON


 

Roxy SATIN 2mm
Review

Front-Zip Long-Sleeve
Boy-Cut Springsuit

roxy satin 2mm long sleeve shorty wetsuit

The 2mm long-sleeve shorty is considerably warmer compared to most other suits listed here. Roxy chest zip wetsuits are great for the “climate-control” as you can adjust the amount of water sweeping in the suit when necessary.

Features

  • F’n LITE neoprene
  • Triple glued & blindstitched (GBS) seams
  • Vertical front zip entry system with YKK #8 plastic zip
  • Flush Lock 2.0 stretch seals
  • Fused Edges

Available on AMAZON


 

Roxy SYNCRO 2mm – 7 Different Designs – Under $100

Classical Back-Zip Shorty

roxy syncro womens shorty wetsuit

The Syncro is Roxy’s most popular and best-selling surf wetsuit for women. There’s a ton of different colors and sizes to anyone out there. 2mm is just about right for those sunny, warm water surf sessions. The Syncro is most likely one of the best lightweight 2mm spring suits for women! It is a go-to wetsuit as it most likely fits anyone out there!

Features

  • 100% F’n lite neoprene – Warm, light & flexible
  • 2mm thickness on legs, arms, and torso
  • Flatlock stitched seams
  • Back zip entry system, with ykk#10plastic zip
  • Strategically placed seams, unrestricted movement

Available on AMAZON


 

Roxy PROLOGUE 2mm
Review

Short arms, short legs back zip shorty

roxy prologue shorty wetsuit

The Prologue is a good catch under the $100 mark. It’s got everything to keep you warm and comfortable throughout those summer surf sessions. Back zip entry for easy on-and-off, Hydrowrap adjustable closure, and 2mm thick neoprene are what makes this suit a reasonable choice for every level surfers out there. Roxy spring wetsuits are something you can’t simply go wrong with!

Features

  • Hyperstretch 3
  • Flatlock seams
  • Hydrowrap adjustable neck closure
  • Drainage holes

Available on AMAZON


Roxy XY 2mm
Review

Cross Back-Short Jane
Shorty Women’s Springsuit

roxy xy sleevless shorty wetsuit

The Roxy XY one-piece wetsuit is most likely the lightest wetsuit on this list. 2mm thick neoprene around the torso to insulate your body through those summer swells where you need that extra bit of warmth. Small zip-closure key-pocket on the side of the leg for keys – hopefully in a watertight bag! It is simple, minimalistic, and athletic!

Features

  • FN Lite neoprene in the body
  • Triple glued and blind stitched seams
  • Cross back design
  • 2mm Fiberlite neoprene body
  • Key-pocket

 

Available on AMAZON


 

4) O’NEILL

O’Neill women’s wetsuits are well known by the best price to quality ratio – and their list of shorty spring suits is something to prove that point! Check out the sizing recommendation chart to get the best new fitting suit for you!

o'neill womens size chart


 

O’Neill BAHIA 2/1
Review

roxy bahia shorty wetsuit

The Bahia is a performance and value-driven surf wetsuit for women. 2mm thick on torso and 1mm on arms and legs is a choice to for those “not-so-warm-yet” in-between weathers, or for anyone who minds the mild chill.

Features

  • Superstretch neoprene on Shoulders, sleeves, and underarms for unrestricted movement
  • Quick-drying fabric
  • Flatlock seams reduce chafing and improve durability
  • Seamless paddle zones
  • Chafe-resistant mock collar
  • Zippered back closure with pull-strap for easy dressing
  • Shorts fall above the knee
  • Materials: 95% nylon, 5% spandex; 79% polyester, 21% spandex
  • Lining: 100% nylon; All panels are bonded to neoprene

 

Available on AMAZON


 

O’Neill REACTOR 2 2mm – 4 Different Designs, Sizes from 4 to 16!

Back-Zip Women’s
Short Springsuit

o'neill reactor 2 shorty wetsuit

I’m sure everyone who knows anything about surfing – knows about the O’Neill Reactor 2 wetsuit. It is likely the most used women’s shorty surf springsuit all around the world. O’Neill is well known for its best bang for the buck when it comes to wetsuits, and the Reactor 2 has been the best wetsuit on this field for sure. It’s simple, yet very durable, comfortable, and warm for a short-sleeve wetsuit. It costs under $100 and is a go-to wetsuit for thousands of female surfers all around the world. AND! The best thing that makes it so popular is also a wide variety of sizes.

Features

  • Ultra Stretch Neoprene
  • Seamless paddle zones
  • Flexible Design Utilizes
  • Minimal Seam Placement For Comfort
  • Maximum Mobility
  • Wind-Resistant Smoothskin Provides Extra Insulation And Protection Against The Cold

Available on AMAZON


 

O’Neill O’RIGINAL FL 2mm
Review

Vertical front-zip
Sleeveless Short Jane Springsuit

o'neill original womens surf wetsuit

The most iconic and unique wetsuit on this list in my opinion. 2mm around the torso and legs is quite good to keep the heat in the core while the sleeveless design to cool you down and feel the tropical water. This is a pure warm-water women’s performance springsuit. A perfect example of a women’s short john wetsuit. You need to be brave to wear this retro-style out – props for that!

Features

  • UltraFlex DS Neoglide Neoprene
  • Glued and Blindstitched Seams
  • Flatlock seams
  • Retro Styling
  • Strategic Seamless Paddle Zones
  • Classic retro styling

Available on AMAZON


 

5) RIP CURL

Rip Curl is not mocking around when it comes to surfing as most of their wetsuits have improved technical features – hence the reason why a lot of competent female surfers prefer the brand!

rip curl womens surf wetsuit size recommendation


 

Rip Curl Women’s G-Bomb Searchers 1mm
Review

Front Zip Sleeveless
Shorty Wetsuit

rip curl g bomb 1mm surf wetsuit

If you’d walk into a surf store and ask for the best and lightest shorty surf wetsuits – I’m sure you’ll be guided to the Rip Curl G-Bomb section. If you already did not see those suits hanging by the front windows, I’m sure every surf store has those suits on the premium section for sure. You seriously get that extra what you pay for. It is hard to believe how comfortable and stretchy the G-Bomb series is if you haven’t tried one before.

Features

  • 1mm Neoprene
  • Front Zip Entry
  • 100% E5 Neoprene
  • E-Stitch high stretch seams

Available on AMAZON


 

Rip Curl G-BOMB 1mm – The Best 1mm Long Sleeve Shorty!

Long-Sleeve Bikini Cut
Vertical Front Zip Springsuit

rip curl g bomb 1mm surf wetsuit

Rip Curl Women’s G-Bomb shorty wetsuit is a premium suit for female athletes. There is a big difference between an entry-level brand wetsuit and a premium suit, such as the G-Bomb. It’s very stretchy and lightweight, and by getting the right size there’s really no restrictions to your performance. It is simply one of the greatest spring suits here.

Features

  • E4 neoprene fabric: 20% lighter than last year’s rubber, which makes it easier to get around in and more comfortable for those long hours in the chilly water.
    • 1mm wetsuits are perfect for summer fun.
    • E-stitch high stretch seams for amazing comfort and performance.
  • Mock neckline
  • Half-zip closure at front for easy dressing and temperature control
  • Long raglan sleeves allow for a wide range of motion
  • Full coverage bikini-cut bottoms
  • Solid and print block design options – Branding on the left chest, arm, and cuff
  • Materials: 80% neoprene, 20% polyamide

A wide variety of sizes and designs to choose from!

Available on AMAZON


 

Rip Curl G-BOMB 1mm
Review

Sleeveless Back-Zip
Bikini Cut Springsuit

roxy g bomb 1mm surf wetsuit

Features

  • E5 neoprene
  • E-Stitch high stretch seams
  • Maximum freedom
  • Higher neckline
  • Super lightweight

The lightest and most advanced sleeveless bikini-cut wetsuit for women by Rip Curl. One might not expect much from such a minimal springsuit, but Rip Curl has made that extra step so you could enjoy those tropical waters with maximum comfort!

Available on AMAZON


 

Rip Curl DAWN PATROL Shorty 2mm
Review

Short sleeve, short leg 
Back-Zip spring suit

rip curl dawn patrol 2mm shorty wetsuit

Dawn Patrol is Rip Curl’s mid-range series springsuit, and this is their classical shorty under the $100 mark. Easy in and out, watertight leg/arm seals – it is a simple, warm, and a hustle free wetsuit that’s built for surfing. 2mm is very universal and a go-to shorty wetsuit for any other water-related activities as well such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding, warm-water freediving, snorkeling, and why not swimming.

Features

  • E-stitchings
  • Super lightweight stretch seam construction
  • Mesh leg seals to ensure no water entry to provide additional warmth
  • Velcro neck closure

Available on AMAZON

 


 

Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Long Sleeve 2mm – The Warmest 2mm Shorty!

Long-Sleeve Short Leg
Back Zip Short

rip curl dawn patrol womens long sleeve shorty wetsuit

The Rip Curl Women’s Dawn Patrol 2mm long sleeve springsuit offers the perfect balance between function and aesthetic appeal. It is the closest you can get to a 3/2 full suit, as it holds the most warmth and protects the upper body from the damaging UV rays as well!  

Features

  • E5 in the arms and legs
  • Strategically placed seams
  • Velcro neck closure
  • Freeflex neoprene on the body area

Available on AMAZON


 

Women’s Surf Wetsuit FAQ

  • Can I Surf With A Swimsuit/Bathing Suit? Technically yes, but it’s not advisable since surfing requires a fair amount of time paddling on the surfboard that’s waxed for grip. A regular swimsuit does not have the extra materials on the chest area that prevents a chest rash, and obviously, the stitches are not as durable. Swimsuits don’t keep the warmth as well.
  • What To Wear Under A Wetsuit? Nothing, as the wetsuit is designed to go directly on the skin. Materials used in modern wetsuits are skin-friendly, and that extra layer underneath the wetsuit might not be the most comfortable choice. It applies both for men and women surf wetsuits.
  • How Should A Shorty Wetsuit Fit? Snug, but not too tight – As the most known recommendation goes! It is crucial to get exactly the right size, not one size up or down! A wetsuit that’s too large will let the water get in the suit, while a size smaller suit limits the capabilities big time.
  • Basic vs. Entry-Level vs. Premium wetsuits differences?
  1. Supermarket wetsuits – Very basic in technology, limited size availability, lack of different types. Cheap wetsuits are definitely not meant for such high-intensity activities such as surfing.
  2. Entry-level surf wetsuits – A wetsuit that’s made by a well-known surf brand is all you need. Cheaper wetsuits are still good, but not as comfortable and warm as the premium suits.
  3. Premium surf wetsuits – Technologically advanced materials, zippers, and a variety of different types. Very stretchy, warm, good insulation qualities, and comfortable. Worth that extra.
  • Can I use the surf wetsuit for other water-related activities such as swimming/diving/snorkeling? Surfing wetsuits are a mixture between triathlon and a diving wetsuit – which is built for warmth and high-intensity movement. Many users claim that they’ve used surf wetsuits for warm-water diving, snorkeling, Stand up paddleboarding, and anything else you can imagine.

 

WETSUIT SIZE GUIDE

Choosing the right size wetsuit is a crucial step as you’ll be spending a fair amount of time on it! All well-known surf brand women’s surf wetsuits are very comfortable, designed in a way that you’d enjoy each surf session! Known brands have a great selection of female wetsuit sizes available!

You’ll find each brand’s sizing charts down below!

How Should A Shorty Wetsuit Fit? RULE #1 When Buying A Wetsuit – Get Exactly The Right Size!

NB! When you have to choose between sizes, go for:
#1 – Weight!
#2 Torso length
#3 Length


 

WETSUIT THICKNESS GUIDE

As you can see, each wetsuit brand has its own water temperature recommendations which vary a little. BUT, Don’t get too carried away by the charts, as the wind temperature, individual body fat %, metabolism, and many more factors play a role there. Down here you’ll find 1-2mm thickness wetsuits, which are obviously worn only in waters above 18’C / 65’F so no pressure.

wetsuit thickness charts for seven brands

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Want your wetsuit to last? Check out our complete Wetsuit Care Guide!

 

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