At A Glance
New for 2016 from Mystic is the Crossfire, a suit designed to be the most flexible in their range, made from 100% M-Flex 2.0 Neoprene! It’s the perfect wetsuit for the dynamic rider looking to stay warm, but who values freedom of movement as well. It’s available in a classic back zip design with an overhead back-up section to stop those cold water influxes during a harsh wipeout. Or you can choose a front zip set up depending on your style and preference!
The suit also features leg flush panels, built in shin protection and is 100% glued and blindstitched with critical taping inside. It is available in the bright blue and grey we have on test here or a black design with an orange flash on the arm.
On The Water
Getting into the Crossfire is an absolute charm, the suit is so flexible and easy to pull on you’ll waste no energy in the car park clambering into this bad boy! After testing a lot of front zip suits lately, it was a breeze to pull on the classic back zip set up. There is a well thought out lining-saver on the zip, which connects the Velcro, so you don’t end up with it tugging away at the inside of the suit when you are not wearing it.
The suit is surprisingly warm, often with the more flexible suits in a line up the brand will forego heat for the sake of stretch, but that isn’t the case here. The Polar Lining isn’t as fleecy as some of the suits on the market, but it does a good job of keeping the heat inside.
Ankle neck and wrist seals are great, and we didn’t experience any flushing that detracted from the performance of the suit. Any water ingress can easily flow out of the Aquaflush panels in the legs too so there won’t be any ballooning. It's always an issue when you go to pull a big jump only to find you have two buckets of water in each leg holding you down!
This isn’t the cheapest suit in the Mystic line up, but it is a long way off being the most expensive, what you have here is high performance and warmth at a very reasonable price, it’s also rather stylish too!
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!