It doesn’t get any warmer than this. The new NP Combat is our own weapon of choice for cold water kitesurfing this autumn and winter. As we ride in Scotland winters tend to be quite chilly and having the best possible protection is super important to us. So over the last 15 years we have tried and tested many different winter wetsuits. And we have to admit that the 2017 NP Combat came on top.
Their Armor-Skin type neoprene really does extremely good job at fighting off chilling wind. This was a major issue with many other suits. Falling into the water isn't that bad. It's riding in 30 knots of winery wind that really gets you you. Not in Combat though. It also feels extremely solid, you actually feel like wearing an armour. And as with every wetsuit ever made by Neilpryde, we are sure this one will last you many seasons.
Packing serious heat for the wind sport adventurer, this hybrid wetsuit is engineered for the best combination of warmth, flexibility and durability. Armor-Skin neoprene fights wind like nothing else while strategically placed Apex-Plus panels allow for unrestricted freedom of movement. Also featuring ultra-warm and quick drying Fireline lining and a combination of P-skin tape, double-wrist cuffs and griplock seals for minimal water entry.
You also get drain holes on the front and back of the suit. So after proper faceplanting all the water only gets in the space between two layers of wetsuit and not down your neck or chest. And then drains away. Superb. Also, there are drain holes around ankles. Event though there's a special reinforcement doing a really good job at keeping water away, you will almost always get some in. The drain holes in NP Combat prevent you from riding with elephant legs.
2017 NP Combat 5/4/3 Winter Wetsuit Features
Exclusive hybrid neoprene that combines warmth and wind-chill protection of a mesh wetsuit with the durability of a double-lined suit. Armor-Skin is made from Apex-Lite core, laminated with an elastic jersey and sealed with a waterproof, Super Durable Skin (SDS) layer that cuts down on wind-chill and protects the suit from wear and tear. Featured on the shoulders and thighs where it’s most needed.
Silky smooth neoprene with 25% more stretch. Apex-Plus is made from Apex Lite core laminated with a unique, silky outer jersey containing more spandex for flexibility and a soft hand feel. The Apex Lite core is infused with more microscopic air bubbles making it stretchier, warmer and lighter than traditional neoprene.
Fireline is an exclusive, ultra-warm, feather-light and stretchy insulation layer. Consisting of brushed, quick-dry polypropylene lines knitted over jersey, it feels soft and warm to touch. The brushed surface absorbs moisture which is then heated by your body creating a warming greenhouse effect inside the suit.
Bamboo Charcoal fibers are woven into the lining for their anti-odor and anti-bacterial, warming and energizing properties.
If you have any questions about the new NP Combat wetsuit let us know - we're always happy to help and advise!