O’Neill Epic Surf Wetsuit Review


O’Neill Epic
How To Choose

o'neill epic wetsuit models

ABOUT THE BRAND: O’Neill is the oldest wetsuit manufacturers out there – well known for its large range of sizes and models at an affordable price tag. As the Epic series is originally designed for such high activity-sport as surfing, many people also use it on all sorts of other water-related activities such as snorkeling, swimming, freediving, and so on.

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O’Neill Reactor 2 – Popular entry-level surf wetsuits. All models with sizes
O’Neill O’Riginal – Another great mid-range wetsuit by O’Neill
O’Neill Hyperfreak – Top-range performance surf wetsuit review
O’Neill Psycho – Another awesome high-tech performance-driven wetsuit

O’Neill Epic Review

The Epic shares many of the same features as their other high-end wetsuits

Model Availability:
  • 3/2 | 4/3 | 5/4
  • Back-Zip | Front-Zip
  • Short-Sleeve Fullsuit | Fullsuit


o'neill epic features

  • 100% UltraFlex DS (Limestone based Neoprene) High-performance super-stretch neoprene with a durable outer skin that resists velcro pulls and snags. Stretch factor: 150%
  • Glued & Blindstitched Seam Construction – The blindstitch seam is aptly named because the stitching only goes partway through the neoprene. If a suit is blindstitched, it is also glued so there is no leakage through the seams. Glued and blind stitched construction provides a waterproof seam. A blindstitched suit is also taped in all areas of excessive stress. O’Neill’s exclusive blindstitch is the Flexloc Stitch which is stronger and more flexible than the traditional blindstitch and eliminates unraveling of the seam. O’Neill’s proven GBS-glued and blindstitched seam Is double-stitched partially through the surface and triple-glued to create a watertight seam. If the thread breaks, the seam will not leak.
  • F.U.Z.E. Entry system – O’Neill’s exclusive F.U.Z.E. (Front Upper Zip Entry) system offers a fresh alternative. Using the same free floating zipper technology as our patented Z.E.N. ZIP closure. The F.U.Z.E. closure keeps you dry and allows unrestricted flexibility.
  • Double super seal neck – A toasty warm two-layer design featuring a 360˚ smooth skin interior lining, wide adjustability, and a secure lockdown. Fully adjustable and watertight.
  • Strategic seamless paddle zones – An ergonomic, seamless undersleeve panel that allows for unrestricted motion and eliminates rashing. Flexible and unique design which utilizes minimal seam placement for comfort.
  • Sidewinder S-Curve seams
  • Krypto Knee Padz – Abrasion resistant, high stretch neoprene panel with ergonomic shaping for comfortable durability. The flexible and unique design utilizes and extended knee pad for added durability.
  • External key pocket with loopAbrasion resistant, high stretch neoprene panel with ergonomic shaping for comfortable durability. Located along the lower leg inseam. Constructed with Fluid Seam Weld and UltraFlex DS neoprene, this key pocket has added strength, easy access, and completely secure.

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Rinse with cool water and drip dry out of direct sunlight

PRICE: from $150 to $210

O’Neill Epic Con’s: Some users claimed that the wetsuit stinks, even after washing – although many others said it smells just like any other wetsuit and the smell should go away with time.


Price: 5/5
Technology: 4/5
Flexibility 4/5
Design: 4/5
Sizes: 5/5
Types: 5/5

Total Score: 4.5/5

What I personally like about the Epic is the vast amount of sizes for everyone, and obviously the price tag! Getting a cold-water wetsuit from that kind of money by one of the most trusted wetsuit manufacturers out there is just awesome! There’s plenty of technology and features in the suit.

Key Factors When Choosing A Wetsuit

  1. TYPE – Determine which type of wetsuit do you need: Chest/Back-Zip, short sleeve, or a full wetsuit.
  2. THICKNESS – Choose the right thickness for the season.
  3. SIZE – Make sure you get exactly the right size. When you have to choose between two sizes, weight is more important. O’Neill’s size chart is pretty spot on!

o'neill epic thickness chart

Shop O’Neill Epic for Men on AMAZON

o'neill epic mens wetsuits

2mm Short Sleeve Fullsuit

3/2 Fullsuit Back Zip

3/2 Fullsuit Chest Zip

4/3 Fullsuit Back Zip

4/3 Fullsuit Chest Zip

5/4 Fullsuit Back Zip

5/4 Fullsuit Chest Zip


from 168cm to 193cm / 5’6″ to 6’4″
from 52kg to 122kg / 115 lbs to 270lbs

Men’s O’Neill Epic Size Guide

o'neill wetsuit size chart

Shop O’Neill Epic For Women on AMAZON

o'neill epic womens wetsuit


3/2 Full Wetsuit Back Zip

3/2 Full Wetsuit Chest Zip

4/3 Full Wetsuit Back Zip

4/3 Full Wetsuit Chest Zip

5/4 Full Wetsuit Back Zip

5/4 Full Wetsuit Chest Zip

NB: Unfortunately there aren’t any chest-zip models on Amazon. I’ll try and find some deals anytime soon!


from 155cm to 183cm / 5’1″ to 6’0″
from 40.75kg to 84kg / 90lbs to 185lbs

Women’s O’Neill Epic Size Guide

o'neill womens size chart

Shop O’Neill Epic Youth Wetsuits On AMAZON

3/2 Full Wetsuit Back Zip

4/3 Full Wetsuit Back Zip

from 2’10.5″ to 5’7″ / 87cm to 170cm
from 25lbs to 135 lbs / 11kg to 61kg

Youth’s O’Neill Epic Size Guide:

o'neill youths size chart

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

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