Rip Curl – Dawn Patrol Wetsuit Review

The Dawn Patrol is a mid-range series of surf wetsuits by Rip Curl. There is a large variety of suits for everyone out there, in different sizes and designs, those suits have been used all around the world by many surfers for a good reason. There’s an unparalleled value that makes them so popular.

all rip curl dawn patrol wetsuit models

Performance – Value – Durability

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Dawn Patrol

How To Choose




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ABOUT RIP CURL & DAWN PATROL: Rip Curl is a successful surf wear and gear brand, and their mid-range model Dawn Patrol is very well known by surfers of all skill levels around the world. The Dawn Patrol surf wetsuit has a great variety of types for everyone out there, at an affordable price tag!


  • Thickness: 5/4, 5/3, 4/3, 3/2, 2mm, 1.5mm
  • Types: Shorty, Long-Sleeve Shorty, Long John, Short John, Top, Long-Sleeve Rashie, Beanie, Shorts
  • Price: Averaging from $70 to $220
  • Rip Curl Wetsuits Ranking: 2/4

What is the difference between the Performance and standard Dawn Patrol? The Performance models are taped in high-stress areas
What is the difference between the E4 and E5 Rip Curl Neoprene? The E5 is 10% warmer, 20% lighter and 30% stretchier than the E4

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

Total Score: 4.4/5

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Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Review

Performance and warmth along with durability and great value! The Dawn Patrol has many of the high ends features that are also used on their top-range wetsuits


  • E5 neoprene – high stretch and durable. E5 has 30% more stretch factor compared to the E4
  • E5 Flash lining
  • E5 tape
  • E4 thermal lining
  • GBS seams – Glued & Blindstitched Seams
  • Internal key pocket
  • Durable S-Flex knee pads

WASHING INSTRUCTIONSRinse with cool water and drip dry out of direct sunlight
Want your wetsuit to last longer? Check out our Wetsuit Care Guide.


  • Warning from their Web Page: This product can expose you to chemicals including chloroprene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to


Dawn Patrol offers super good quality and warm wetsuits at an affordable price tag. The series has all the wetsuit types represented for everyone. The suits look neat and are indeed quite durable and warm. It is an ideal choice for any other water-related activity as well such as kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, freediving, spearfishing, and so on. Dawn Patrol allows the youth to get into the cold water surfing safely as there are many models for boys and girls. The feedback on Amazon is also very good!

I have used the 5/3 while surfing in New Zealand, Spain, and been freediving with the suit well below its recommendation temperatures, and I must say that the suit is indeed super warm, easy to get in, and doesn’t cost a fortune! My 5/3 chest-zip won’t get wet inside the suit, too!

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How To Choose

  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 – The weight is more important than the height.

Thickness Recommendation Chart

rip curl wetsuit thickness chart


Dawn Patrol for Men

dawn patrol wetsuits for men



1.5mm back-zip Short John

1.5mm back-zip Long John

2mm chest-zip Shorty

2mm back-zip Long Leg Short Arms

3/2 back-zip Full Wetsuit

3/2 chest-zip Full Wetsuit


4/3 chest-zip Full Wetsuitm

4/3 back-zip Full Wetsuit

5/4 chest-zip Hooded Full Wetsuit


5mm Round Toe Boots

3mm Split Toe Boots

Reef Walker Boots

3mm Gloves

1mm Shorts


Rip Curl Men’s Wetsuit Size Chart

Metric / Imperial
167,5cm to 193cm / 54.5kg to 113.5kg
5’6″ to 6’4″ / 120lbs to 250lbs

rip curl mens wetsuit size chart


Rip Curl Dawn Patrol for Women

rip curl womens dawn patrol wetsuits

5/3 back-zip Full Wetsuit

4/3 back-zip Full Wetsuit

4/3 chest-zip Full Wetsuit

3/2 back-zip Full Wetsuit

3/2 chest-zip Full Wetsuit

2mm back zip Long Sleeve Shorty

2mm back zip Shorty

2mm Long Sleeve Jacket

Rip Curl Women’s Wetsuit Size Chart

Metric / Imperial
152.5cm to 180.5cm / 5’0″ to 5’11”
45.5kg to 72.5kg / 100lbs – 160lbs

rip curl womens wetsuit size chart



Dawn Patrol for Youth

rip curl dawn patrol youths wetsuit models


5/4 chest-zip Hooded Full Wetsuit

5/3 back-zip Full Wetsuit

4/3 chest-zip Full Wetsuit

4/3 back-zip Full Wetsuit


3/2 back zip Full Wetsuit

2mm back-zip Shorty –

1.5mm back zip Shorty


3mm Boots

rip curl youths wetsuit size chart



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