At A Glance
Having worn the Pure Girl Oxygen suit from Prolimit for most of the last winter and being a fan of its warmth and flexibility, I was keen to try a suit from the Fire range and see how it compared. The Pure Girl Fire series is the mid-range in their women’s wetsuit collection. Well constructed and designed, with plenty of neat features, yet without the high-end price tag.
As is now a familiar sight on the Prolimit wetsuits, the Velcro closures at the neck use a specific material which is less harsh, and also positioned in such a way that it doesn’t cling to the interior of your suit when it is not being worn. This saves the lining from becoming a furry mess and is a great design feature.
Simple yet stylish graphics and two colourway options also get this wetsuit the thumbs up.
In The Water
There are wide openings at the ankle on this Fire Steamer with a Velcro closure to help get the suit on and off more easily. Labelled ‘easy entry’ it certainly does make light work of getting into, and more importantly out of, your wetsuit when in a cold car park, making the whole process a lot less hassle and slightly more lady like!
The extra layer at the back, which provides a waterblock against the zip, has a simple over the neck fit that keeps it in place. It’s been created with an “uphaul construction” which means you don’t have to do an awkward yoga move to get it on either.
The smooth skin panel on the chest area and back of the suit help to protect against wind chill to your core, whilst the rest of the suit being double lined means it will be more hard wearing and durable than a fully single lined wetsuit.
We found the suit comfy and flexible on the water and the 5-way flex areas on the knees mean you don’t feel at all restricted. The sizing options on the Fire Series give the extra choice of a “tall” fit and this is certainly an added bonus, particularly with winter suits when you want to ensure a snug fit and your wrists and ankles are covered.
For extremely cold days in the Northern Hemisphere it might be worth adding an extra thermal layer under the suit if you are a cold blooded creature like one of our test team. The Prolimit Chill Top Women’s Vest worked perfectly without creating extra bulk in the arms, and was a good combination.
Another winner for the girls from Prolimit, the cut and fit of their women’s wetsuits seems to be spot on. The attention to detail in the design of the suit is clear, and the Fire Steamer, whilst perhaps not having all the bells and whistles, still has plenty of features and the excellent construction to keep you riding in comfort and style on those chilly days.
This review was in Issue 37 of IKSURFMAG.
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!