At A Glance
Over the years, ION has maintained a sterling reputation in the kiteboarding industry, and I couldn't wait to test out the Amaze Amp Front Zip wetsuit for this issue of IKSURFMAG.
As soon as I unboxed the wetsuit, it felt solid, but as soon as I put it on, the super stretchy material and front zip design made it easy to get in and out of the suit. Advertised as 'The perfect composition of stretch & warmth' and I couldn't agree more!
At first glance, this asphalt black and grey suit is a stylish piece on its own, but the vivid coral stripes on the sleeves truly add the perfect finishing touch. It matched up brilliantly with the black and coral ION Nova harness I tested it with.
Once I put it on, it felt like it was designed for me! The wetsuit is meant to be snug but super stretchy, thanks to its new Max_Flex technology. Another one of the standout features of the Amaze Amp wetsuit is its use of ION's exclusive limestone neoprene, which is more eco-friendly than traditional petroleum-based neoprene and delivers superior warmth and flexibility.
In addition, this wetsuit is packed with more sustainable content, including Oyster Shell Powder, Aqua Alpha, Eco-Carbon Black, Eco_Stretch, Dope Dying Yarn and more. Make sure you head over to their website to find out more.
Sizes: 34/XS, 36/S, 38/M, 40/L
On The Water
I got the chance to test out their 4/3mm, which I was sceptical about kiteboarding with on the North Sea. But, to my surprise, I was pleasantly warm, making it perfect for the UK during spring, summer, and autumn seasons, when the water temperature ranges from 11°C - 16°C.
Once on the water, the wetsuit felt extremely comfortable and flexible with the help of ION's latest Max_Flex technology; the outer lining gives flexibility in the shoulder and arm area. The Hot_Stuff 2.0 thermo lining throughout the torso and legs kept me warm, while Plasma_Plush 2.0 on the back stopped the cold winds and waters and kept me out on the water for ages!
Even with high winds, several crashes and body dragging, the new fused edges on the sleeve and leg ends kept the water out. In addition, the 'Water Barrier' on the front zip opening area improves the connection between the flap and the rest of the wetsuit, and the silicone application prevents water from flushing into the suit contributing to overall warmth.
After my session, getting out of the wetsuit was quick and easy; there was no water accumulation inside the wetsuit whatsoever, thanks to the Drain_Holes.
I highly recommend the ION Amaze Amp front zip wetsuit to anyone looking for a high-quality, high-performance, quick-drying and stretchy wetsuit for serious water sports!
The wetsuit was like a second skin and moved with me seamlessly. This wetsuit's premium materials, construction, and design make it well worth the investment. So if you want to stay warm and not compromise on flexibility, we have a winner here!
This review was in Issue 99 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit ION Products