The Mercury Free Zip from Prolimit is a mid range suit packed with features to offer excellent value for money. It features a front zip entry system to offer maximum flexibility and it is aimed at multi sports use, not just kitesurfing. It’s flexible enough to go surfing, do some SUP or windsurf, whilst still retaining some key kite features. The inner seams are glued and blind stitched while the outer seams are triple glued and finally have a liquid neoprene seal placed over the top. The suit is constructed from Prolimit’s own Airflex 550 neoprene, which offers 550% more stretch than standard neoprene.
Whilst this is a mid range suit, the feel of the neoprene is world class, Prolimit have certainly packed in the quality and the overall finish is exceedingly high. We’ve struggled in the past with chest entry wetsuits, sometimes they are tricky to get into and out of. Not so with the Mercury Free Zip, it’s easy to get on and off and you won’t find yourself wandering around the car park looking for help and that’s thanks mostly to their new horizontal neck opening. In terms of flushing through the neck area, this was negligible and the entire suit does a good job of keeping the water out. Despite the double lined neoprene, which often causes wind chill ,the suit is exceedingly warm. The neoprene has been coated with an aqua phobic coating, whilst it works for small splashes the suit does of course get wet when you are riding. However, the thick neoprene keeps the heat on the inside and the excellent seals at the neck wrists and ankles do a great job of stopping the suit from flushing water through too much. We should also mention just how stretchy the suit is, it is so comfortable to wear you hardly notice you have it on. Often thick suits can be cumbersome, but the Mercury Free Zip really feels like nothing, leaving you with plenty of energy to ride!
A great suit at a great price and definitely one to consider. The double lined Mercury is well made, will last a long time and keep you very warm.
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!