First thing I have to say is, if anybody is looking for a new cold water suit for windsurfing or kitesurfing. You have to consider the ianovated suit as an option. I know with the Tubes sticking out, it looks like something out of a Star Trek movie, but it’s no prop. This suit really works. One of the basic things that impressed me the most is how comfortable it is to wear. It’s a bit loose fitting but nothing like a baggy drysuit. There is absolutely no suit material squeezing your forearms or shoulders, and as a bonus it’s very easy to get in and out of. The Tube system feels just like blowing into a snorkel. Even if you find you don’t like the tube heating system. The tubes come out and it comes with seamless plugs for the holes. So at the very least you would end up with one of the best cold weather windsurfing suits on the market. That is the worst case scenario.
All I wore underneath was rashy shorts and top. I was always plenty warm in 35-50F temps. The gloves that come with it are open palm gloves and they do a good job of sealing up around the boom to keep the heat in. I found them a good option when the temps were around 50F. For the colder temps I would wear my Dakine mitts, with that combo my hands were always super warm. Such a nice feeling to have warm hands all the time.
There is only one thing that I don’t like about this suit, and that’s the dreaded drysuit zipper to get in and out of it. They are such a pain in the ass. If you always have someone around to zip you up then no worries ever. But if you sail alone a lot like I do, it’s such a Hassel to get that zipper closed even with all the tricks of the trade.
Overall this suit is very impressive and surprising, it offers many features all bundled together that no other suit can offer.
Pros: super comfy, very warm, easy in/out and of course the tube heating system for hands.
Cons: dry suit style zipper.