The Mission Front Zip from NP is aimed at the rider looking for unrestricted movement and extreme warmth. The range features a 6/5/4 full hooded suit as well as a couple of thinner summer suits. In addition, for the more traditional kiters, there is a back zip version too. The suit comes in three colour ways; all black with a camo detail on the shoulder, grey and green, and blue and red.
It’s towards the top of the price range and is one of the highest quality suits that NP make. At the heart of the Mission FZ is NP’s own Apex-Flex neoprene, this is a super soft and stretchy material that offers up to 25% more stretch. You really notice this when you first put on the suit, it fits like a glove and feels great against your skin.
Inside the wetsuit is a Fireline insulation layer, this material is light, warm and flexible. It uses quick dry polypropylene lines knitted over the jersey material. Next to the skin this feels great and it keeps water away from your body and dries quickly too.
In addition to this the internals of the suit have Bamboo Charcoal fibres woven into them. These fibres have a natural antibacterial quality, which will keep your suit smelling fresh for longer. The front zip features a rather cool magnetic locking mechanism and an elastic fastener to ensure a snug fit and to prevent the ingress of water.
All the seams are glued and blindstitched with P Skin tape liquid seals to keep the water out. The neck, ankle and wrists seals are excellent and whilst we were on the water we didn’t experience any flushing. This is definitely one of the more comfortable suits to wear and you really notice how flexible it is when you are kiting.
If you are looking for a very comfortable and warm suit with a superior feel to the neoprene the Mission FZ is a good choice, it’s packed with features and will keep you warm on the coldest of days.
This review was in Issue 47 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit NeilPryde
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!