Custom Wetsuits Made For the Individual
Our goal is to create a wetsuit in a different league.
A wetsuit that is too tight restricts movement and a loose-fitting wetsuit invites in freezing water. A perfect fit wetsuit ensures range of motion and longer time in the water.
When considering the necessary factors in the ultimate wetsuit, we knew that a custom-tailored wetsuit made from Yamamoto neoprene was the only way to go.
rubber in a different league
Yamamoto #40 Limestone Neoprene
Yamamoto Corporation’s special rubber incorporates an independent closed cell structure which adds high functionality including super-light-weight, high heat‐retention, good flexibility and high resistance to water pressure. This material is excellent for wetsuit materials to be worn underwater and is 99.7% water impermeable.
The major raw material of this rubber is limestone collected at Mt. Kurohime in Niigata Prefecture. This limestone originates from magma of a volcano eruption in the sea near the Island of Hawaii about 80 million years ago.
Yamamoto's rubber materials have a completely closed-cell foam (honeycomb structure), boasting very low density (light weight), high flexibility and excellent thermal insulation properties. Yamamoto limestone neoprene has perfect uniform independent closed micro-cell structure, which holds the wetsuit shape better and longer.
Yamamoto #40 material is adopted as wetsuit material for surfing and triathlons, which require the wearers to have a flexible range of motion.
Investing in the Rubber
The material in surf wetsuits is made from a layer of neoprene lined with fabric on both sides (also referred to as closed cell neoprene). Sometimes, a wetsuit's thickness is the total of both materials, which means less neoprene. The use of a fleece liner could be compensating for even less neoprene present.
Our rubber is cut in true thickness, which means in a 3mm wetsuit, the rubber alone is 3mm.
Wetsuits are constructed by sewing together neoprene panels and gluing over the seams with tape to protect water from coming through.
We sew our wetsuits using a blind stitch technique, in which the needle does not go all the way through the neoprene and helps water proof the stitch. All of our wetsuits are taped by hand and double glued over all the seams, not just critical stress points like the crotch.