The APOC 4/3 from Ride Engine is a top of the line Spring/Autumn suit that packs enough heat you can wear it on the colder days too and still get away with it. High-quality construction is used throughout with glued, taped, blindstitched and liquid rubber seams and high-quality Neospan S-Foam limestone neoprene. Clever drainage in the chest, back and legs stop any ballooning if you have a massive crash and the wrist neck and ankle seals do an excellent job of preventing flushing.
The heat is provided by the Thermalux Poly Fleece lining which covers the back and chest area; it’s an incredibly warm lining that increases the temperature range of the suit by quite a lot. We’ve been wearing this deep into the autumn, and early winter and have had no issues with feeling cold. Stretch is excellent as you would expect from a high-end suit like this, and there is some superb attention to detail points such as the Flush Resistant Zip that closes up rather than down to eliminate any unwanted unzipping in a heavy beating.
The front zip design is comfortable and offers an excellent range of movement; the suit is straightforward to get in and out of thanks to the high-end materials in play, plenty of stretch allowing you to get it up and over the shoulders easily. On the water, it feels like a second skin rather than a suit, it didn’t hold us back at all, and we never felt hindered while wearing it.
High quality, well built and very comfortable the Ride Engine APOC 4/3 packs a surprising amount of warmth for a spring and autumn design. We enjoyed wearing it, and it’s a good choice for travel too as if you aren’t sure of the water temp this suit covers an extensive range. If it’s a good fit, it’s well worth a look!
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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!