The choice of ION wetsuits is astounding, and that goes for the women’s range too! Each year more technology and features are built into the suits, and invariably a new design is introduced to the line-up. Last year the Isis Amp was the newcomer, and it’s proved to be popular. Having now tried it out personally, it’s easy to see why.
The Isis range is a series of front-zip wetsuits, with the Amp being the higher-end model with features such as elastic liquid sealed seams, Flex Control panel construction, Hot Stuff lining, rubber seals around the wrists, Glideskin around the collar, resistant rubber protection print on the knee panels (ION’s new L-Tex Protection), and Ninja Knees. How could anyone not want Ninja Knees?! Unfortunately they don’t instantly turn you into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, but the use of extra elastic material in the knee area gives much better flexibility and movement, should you wish to break out some kung fu moves whilst wearing the suit.
The front-zip design can take a bit of getting used to, not only for getting the wetsuit on and off, but also where the seams and zip lie. After a couple of wears however, you will have the entry/exit procedure down to a tee, and the benefits of the front-zip on movement, comfort and warmth will have become apparent.
A Hot Stuff lining inside the Isis Amp covers key areas such as the core body, back and front thighs. It’s got a soft feel so sits nicely against the skin, and also helps keep you toasty, as the name suggests. Despite the wetsuit we had on test only being a 4/3 it was surprisingly warm, and makes an excellent autumn and early spring addition to the kit locker (for the depths of winter the 5/4 will give that extra bit of warmth). The S-Seals performed extremely well and there was no flushing through the suit even with some big crashes. The Semidry title clearly lives up to its name.
The cut of the wetsuit fitted well, and there is some good attention to detail with angled cuffs at the wrist, and curved seams in the body. The stretchy neoprene really does give decent freedom of movement, and once you’ve tackled the front zip logistics you’ll be flexing those Ninja Knees all over the beach!
This review was in Issue 47 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit ION Products
By Mary BoothMary has been kitesurfing since 2006, she became and instructor in 2007 and travelled the world teaching the sport that she loves! She joined the IKSURFMAG team in 2008 and has been testing ladies kitesurfing equipment and writing articles from a woman's perspective ever since!