Wetsuits are constantly evolving, and admittedly it can be hard to keep up with the latest breakthroughs and new technology, especially when every brand is coming up with their own names for neoprene and entry systems. In this blog, we’ll be reviewing O’Neill’s exclusive TechnoButter 3, explaining what it is, why we love it and where you’ll find it.
O’Neill have been pioneering the most advanced wetsuit technology since they invented them back in the 1950s, so it’s no surprise that TB3 is something special. The layers of innovation are used across their most premium wetsuits, but there are specific differences between them, so we’ve broken it down below for you.
The Psycho Tech is the ultimate package, bringing together all of O’Neill’s best features and offering superior warmth and stretch through the layers of the TechnoButter 3 Air Firewall, which is so stretchy, they’ve added an extra 0.5mm of neoprene to the suit, just because they can.
The seams use stitch-less technology combined with TB3-X tape on the inside and a fluid seam weld on the outer for zero leaks and extra durability. Available with a back or chest zip, and also as a hooded wetsuit.
Extremely flexible and so lightweight, the Psycho One is designed with performance surfing in mind using TechnoButter 3.
Water entry in the Psycho One is reduced through its minimal seam design, double-seal collar and fluid seam weld. Available with a back or chest zip.
This is O’Neill’s most unique, lightweight, fully sealed performance comp suit. It’s slightly less warm and less durable than the Psycho One and Tech because it’s designed for competitive surfers, but the advanced technology used in the TechnoButter 3X makes it so lightweight and comfortable, you’ll swear you were surfing naked.
Minimal seam design on the HyperFreak adds to the extreme freedom of movement and comfort, and the TB3X has been used to tape the seams for additional reinforcement without threatening the flexibility of the suit. Again, O’Neill have chucked in an extra half a millimetre of neoprene just because the TB3-X is so stretchy that the extra thickness won’t make a difference to the flexibility of the suit. Available zipperless or with a chest zip.
For the wetsuit inspired by the legend himself, Jack O’Neill, it wouldn’t make sense not to include O’Neill’s most innovative materials, so you’ll find the TechnoButter here too. The Legend uses a combination of TB3, TB3-X and TB3 Air-Firewall to ensure optimum flexibility, durability and warmth, whilst maintaining that lightweight feel. Like the Psycho Tech and the HyperFreak, this suit has an extra half millimetre of neoprene without compromising on stretch and weight.
The Legend suit is also available as the O'Neill Mutant Legend, which has an interchangeable neck and hood.
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