Generally manufacturers of wetsuits can be divided into 3 groups. Those who produce:
Cheap , high sales volume suits
Typically not using the latest cutting edge technologies or materials.
High end specialist suits
Limited numbers of sales, but typically very high quality and or designer touches.
The well known brands
If you like to have the right brand name, then there are two names to start with.
The founders of each or these companies both lay claim to inventing the first wetsuit around 60 years ago, although the real credit probably goes to a University professor who invented it a few years earlier, but wasn’t as good at the marketing side! All three were inspired to make surfing more comfortable and were based in California.
Beyond these, there are a number of other well known brands who mosly specialize in particular areas such as triathlon or diving wetsuits.
The two ‘original’ brands
O’Neill best known for surfing wetsuits
Body glove best known for surfing wetsuits
Other well know brands
Mares for diving
Henderson for diving
Cressi for diving and spearfishing wetsuits
Orca for triathlon suits
Quintana Roo for triathlons
BlueSeventy for triathlons
Xterra for triathlons
If you can add any further suggestions of well known brands, then please add your thoughts below. Much appreciated!
If you are a supplier that I haven’t mentioned, and feel you should be listed here PLEASE get in touch!