ION have been making suits for some time now and as a brand they always turn out great products. The Quantum Select Semi-Dry is no exception, it’s a single lined suit aimed at the multi-activity water users suitable for kiting and windsurfing, plus anything else you might care to get up to. Being single lined the neoprene is bare on the outside of the suit. This means that water can’t stick to it, unlike the outside lining put on double-lined suits. This means you don’t get wind-chill in the Quantum Select as it can’t get wet. It also features their Sanitized® Technology, which prevents odour occuring from bacteria. In inner jersey uses their Helio Plush material to ensure it is super warm and the D_Hydrate characteristics ensure the inside of the suit dries super fast.
Single lined suits are great for those really cold windy days. As kiters we are exposed to the wind far more than we are the water, the opposite of surfers. Therefore having a suit that keeps the wind-chill to a minimum is important in the depths of winter. The Quantum Select is a traditional back zip suit, and is aimed at the more mature rider looking for the ultimate in warmth. There are built in ankle access straps which make it easier to get the suit on and off, plus they allow any water ingress to flush out. The arms feature a more generous cut, so you don’t get fatigue as quickly. One thing to mention about single lined suits is they can be susceptible to damage as the smooth exterior is slightly more delicate. It’s not a big issue by any means, you just need to treat them with a little care, and not go clambering about on sharp rocks for example! The single lined neoprene keeps you dry and warm even on the coldest of days though, so it’s worth looking after.
Great for the depths of winter when it is really howling and you want to stay riding and warm for as long as possible!
This review was in Issue 41 of IKSURFMAG.
By Rou ChaterRou has been kiting since the sports inception and has been working as an editor and tester for magazines since 2004. He started IKSURFMAG with his brother in 2006 and has tested hundreds of different kites and travelled all over the world to kitesurf. He's a walking encyclopedia of all things kite and is just as passionate about the sport today as he was when he first started!