Surprising benefits of a neoprene bikini
Alexa Hohenberg (Still Stoked) - 25th October 2016
GlideSoul make neoprene swimwear and wetsuits for women in fun, lively, vibrant colours and patterns. They want to liberate you from putting the same wetsuit on every day and give you choices as endlessly vibrant and exciting as you are.
I have always been skeptical about neoprene swimwear, preferring to keep this rubber-like fabric for my wetsuits. About four years ago, mainstream surf brands begun experimenting with neoprene bikinis, all of which I found too structured. GlideSoul were to be the first neoprene swimwear I was ever to wear, let alone surf in.
I tested the 0.5mm neoprene bikini top and 0.5mm bikini bottoms.
Why I chose this style?
Apart from the two items named ‘short top front zipper’, the ‘bikini top’ (Glide Soul really do need better names to differentiate their products!), offered the most coverage and boob-stability for surfing!
GlideSoul make various styles of top and bottom, offering differing coverage. You can really mix and match. If I wasn’t testing bikinis, I would also be VERY interested in their one-pieces and vests. They look solid.
What I loved
The warmth of the neoprene
While I was not surprised that neoprene is warm, I did enjoy the extra warmth it offered when worn as a bikini. The ‘bikini top’ has a racer-back, which kept the wind from chilling my back. Worn under a t-shirt or a 1mm surf suit, it really made the difference and allowed me to surf longer without stepping up to a spring wetsuit.
The cut of the top
The cut is very flattering especially if you have a large chest. Surprisingly I didn’t fall out of the top while surfing. The neoprene and the great way that it is cut, provided so much support which is important for the ladies.
The comfort and support
Thick shoulder straps, racer back and thick rib band ensured a high level of comfort. It is cut and strategically placed seams seams support you where needed. The bottoms were a perfect fit with moderate coverage. They didn’t roll down once while surfing.
The colour options
Glide Soul offer many girly vibrant colour options. It was really hard to chose which one I liked most! Having a paneled design like a neoprene bikini makes mix and matching prints and colours really fun – something that Glide Soul have capitalised on through this mix-and-match functionality on their website...
Read the full review and find out the score it got on Alexa's Blog Still Stoked.