INNOVATIONS

LAST LONGER…

As a cold water developed wetsuit company we are constantly looking for better solutions to keep us in the water longer. Team Rider testing is paramount in helping us develop  not only better solutions but new solutions to existing problems. Whether its a brand new Fit that enhances rider comfort and performance or a new material that keeps you warmer and drier than ever before you will usually find C-Skins pioneering these new technologies all in the pursuit of making you last longer.

DryKnit

A C-Skins exclusive. Using proven technologies that offer true benefits rather than just marketing hype. Dry Knit is a multi-function textile made up of several layers of technology, each carrying their own benefit.

We started by looking towards other sports equipment and survival equipment for inspiration. We landed on space blankets and we loved how they work to reflect the wearer’s body heat back towards the wearer. Used extensively in extreme survival conditions we soon realised that this technology could add real warmth benefits to wetsuits if we were able to make it work with neoprene lamination.

Stage 1

Developing a ground breaking new Aluminium Foil Glue that could be used during the lamination process to coat the back of the Neoprene Foam while at the same time allowing laminating to take place of the knitted fibres. The resulting glue is thin, flexible and thermal-reflective – meaning it reflects heat. The aluminium helps redirect infra-red energy, which is just a fancy word for heat.

The main issue of heat loss in a wetsuit is through convection. Convection is the process by which heat is transferred by movement of a heated fluid such as air or water.  The water and wind takes warmth away from what ever it touches. The Aluminium Foil which makes up Dry Knit+ forms a reflective barrier between the body and the Neoprene which helps to keep heat trapped in and reflecting it back towards the body. Body heat is also lost through radiation – it simply radiates off our body. The reflective nature of Dry Knit+ reflects about 50% back to us.

Stage 2

Developing a muti-layered yarn that would both dry fast and also trap air between your body and the Neoprene Foam. The DryKnit lining is made up of 2 layers. The outer layer is a unique super hydrophobic hollow fibre yarn knitted to create a layer which traps air and allows water to quickly pass from outer layer to inner layer. Once the water has arrived at the inner layer it quickly runs down through the knitted yarn. We looked at the issue of sweating in cold environments and likening it to excessive water inside your wetsuit. Excessive water in your wetsuit will take heat away from your body, so Dry Knit has been designed to hold minimal water and expel any it does have.

Result

Increased warmth, lightness, fast drying and performance

HY-PE PALM

HY-PE palm technology is exclusive to C-Skins. Innovative multi-layered printing of C-Skins unique PE ‘sticky’ ink across the palm and finger of the glove; high and low points of grip are achieved creating maximum traction whilst still maintaining a light weight, durable and most importantly flexible glove. Not all gloves are bad!

Result

Maximum traction achieved.

H2X DRYFLEX

H2X Dry Flex neoprene is lighter when wet compared to traditional Xtend neoprene. When less water is trapped on your wetsuit it means that wind chill will be reduced and your wetsuit will be lighter. H2X Dry Flex neoprene maintains high performance stretch while keeping you lighter and warmer when you’re in the water.

Result

Wind chill will be reduced and your wetsuit will be lighter.

AIR FOAM

AIR-Foam is 20% lighter than traditional neoprene, without compromising on stretch, warmth or durability. During the blowing of the core foam used in our neoprene, an additional Nitrogen gas mix is used to increase the aeration of the foam creating a neoprene that is insanely warm and flexible yet as light as your summer 3×2 wetsuit. The lighter the suit the more energy you can focus into your surfing.

Result

Lightweight, flexible & warm.

POWER SEAM

Power Seam is over 50% lighter than conventional liquid tape which reduces the overall weight of our wetsuits. Power Seam has also been developed to be more durable than Liquid Tape while at the same time maintaining high levels of stretch. Colour is back!

Result

Increased durability and over 50% lighter than conventional Liquid Tape

FUTURE FIT / BENEFIT

Created through intensive team rider testing and by observing the changing biometric measurements of today’s surfers, Future Fit is born… It’s an Industry first. Our aim was to create the best fitting wetsuit in the industry no compromises and not just that, we wanted to go beyond, to a place where rider and wetsuit perform at their absolute peak in total harmony…

Result

Enhances rider comfort and performance as well as maximizing material function…It’s a Game Changer.

ENIGMA 2 ZIP

A genuine innovation from C-Skins. The ‘Free Floating’ Enigma2 Zip Panel is attached to the wetsuit after the main body of the wetsuit has been constructed. This unique system gives increased freedom and comfort in the shoulder area. The Enigma Zip is a registered design and another world first design innovation by C-Skins.

Result

Increased freedom and enhanced comfort in the shoulder area.

TRUE THICKNESS

Instead of measuring the combined thickness of foam and lining we measure the thickness of the foam only, ensuring your suit has a true thickness and is, what we say it is.

Result

A warmer, thicker suit that doesn’t mislead our customers.

XTEND NEOPRENE

Flexible, lightweight double lined neoprene that has excellent multi-directional stretch. It is a comfortable lining with a stretchier foam and a lighter weave which is very durable and carries minimal water.

Result

Increased flexibility, freedom and comfort.

XTEND 2 FUSION ISOLATION TAPED SEAMS

Razor thin 0.5mm Xtend 2 neoprene tape is applied with the all-new pressurised fusion process to enhance the waterproofing and strength of the internal seams.

Result

Enhanced strength and waterproofing, while eliminating discomfort.

ANTI-FREEZE POLY PRO

Lightweight woven poly pro that helps to trap heat and insulate against the freezing conditions; mostly used in conjuction with mesh panels for greatest warmth and performance.

Result

Increased warmth and performance.

IRIS CLOSURE

C-Skins exclusive Iris closure allows easy in and out entry while maintaining a high close seal around your neck.

Result

Easy to get in and out of, while maintaining an excellent seal around your neck

ARM / KNEE FLEX EMBOSS

Flex grooves are stamped into the neoprene to reduce bulk in these key movement zones.

Result

Increased freedom of movement in the arms and legs.

MESH SKIN

Textured single lined neoprene laminated with metalite glue that provides exceptional wind chill resistance and warmth.

Result

Reduces wind chill and increases warmth.

DURA FLEX KNEE PADS

Specifically tailored abrasion resistant knee panels for maximum comfort and durability in a high impact wear area.

Result

Lasting durability, protection and comfort.

SUPER SEAL COLLAR

Smooth, comfortable collar designed to match the contours of the neck and provide a great seal and feel.

Result

Neck chafing is a thing of the past.