SURF WETSUITS

 

 

 

 

Our next generation of wetsuits will be made of limestone neoprene for environmental and functional reasons. Basically its so superior to other neoprene in every way due to the micro cell structure. Add to this our inside lining will be made of recycled PET bottles and the outside nylon for durability. Not being petroleum based there are less harmful processes in the manufacturing and our glues and dyes will be best choices available.

Environmentally the limestone process far less damaging as petroleum based methods and even the internal layer will be made from recycled materials. In addition to all these factors our westuits have a pattern and colour (Fully Patented) that are almost impossible to see from 5 m and will dramatically reduce the chance of sharks approaching. Why would you buy another big brand black wetsuit? No mater who or how many surfers they sponsor.

Oil based or Limestone Neoprene

The bubbles created in the baking process for limestone are smaller more densely packed and up to 95% stay intact compared the normal petroleum method where their much bigger, loser and between 30-40% are broken. The final product is lighter, warmer, more flexible with better durability and almost impermeable as water can only penetrate the open bubbles. Less water soaked up means it dies quicker and cant get heavy like normal neoprene. The bubbles are formed with nitrogen gas rather which has better insulation properties than air so a 2 mm limestone is about as warm as a normal 3 mm. The close packed micro structure helps with any damage as a new surface of intact cells are exposed. Environmentally the process is much less harmful and as the wetsuit will last 2 to 3 times longer the overall impact is far less.

The biggest advantage is stretch, flexibility and importantly return. Limestone can stretch many times it length in any direction without damaging any cells. No cell damage means it will return to shape far better than oil based neoprene can. Other neoprene's may seem to or promote a 4 way stretch where as few actually do. The raw materiel may but once an internal and external l lining is added this stretch disappears. Our wetsuits have white nylon outer and an inner made from recycled PET bottles that have the same flexibility as the limestone so they cant restrict the base.

Design

Ours FADER wetsuits fit unlike any others as the designs are based on racing swimwear with large rear shoulder panels for unrestricted paddling. Created  by Gemma Cornish of GemmaLee Suits  the long contoured sections will give shape and form that other suits simply cant. Using data from our online SurfGirl 2020 survey  on Our Concept page the final result has better shape, better function, better flexibility and although its not the main purpose just better style than anything else available.    

Temperature Range

Our aim for the colour and thickness was to have the best combination for water temperature and conditions. So Blue in 2 mm or more tropical water, Grey 3/2 mm for mid range and Green in 4/3 for cooler waters. Depending on body size and tolerance for cold the 2 mm is for 18-26 C Grey 14-22 C and Green below 14 C. For your area if you have specific needs for a colour or thickness variation get in touch and we will try to accommodate. If there is enough demand we can even tune the colours for unusual areas. for more detailed up to date world wide temperature information see the Seatemperature website or for the Australian BOM has each state.

Manufacturing 

Our wetsuits are made to the highest standards using lowest impact glues and inks and not where workers well-being and safety does not exist. Quality and durability are the dominant factor in our manufacturing and selection of zips trims and stitching. We want your FADER suit to last and give years of service not be thrown any after 1 season or when stitching rips or its get lose or .

 Looking after your FADER

FADER suits are made from the finest limestone-based neoprene, which is warmer, lighter and more durable. Our suits are digitally printed with our patented contrast gradient pattern which means our suits need a little more attention when caring for them.

To take care of our suits after salt water use:

  • Rinse in cool fresh water and hang inside out to dry in shade out of direct sunlight

  • Do not leave your suit in full sun. It will not only hurt the touch but also drain colours from it.

  • Do not dry clean, tumble dry, machine wash, iron or use bleach or chemicals on our suits

  • Avoid abrasive surfaces such as rocks and finger nails

  • Fold the arms across the chest and roll toward the legs for packing or storing. 

  1. FADER Back Zip Womens Steamer

Female torso to limb length ratios have more variations than in men so its harder to get a 1 piece Steamer to fit well. Some body shapes just don't suit a steamer.  45% of girls according to our SurfGirl 2020 survey  said they don't fit the standard industry sizing.  For those we will have other styles that well be available next year. As they have designed for the female form based on racing swimwear and compression patterns the FADER Back Zip Streamer it will fit a bigger range of girls shapes. We believe that we can fit 75-80%. This is  due the flexibility of the base limestone and uniqueness of the designed shape and body panels. Later we will include an Extra Long Steamer for taller girls and full colour of every thickness. 

Materials: Limestone neoprene, inner lining easy slide on lining and outer of Milksilk

Colours Blue 2 mm Green 3/2 mm and Green 4/3 mm  with other combinations to follow

 Features:

  • Racing swimwear cut for high shoulder rotation
  • Pattern lines follow major muscle groups
  • Extra flex to accommodate more body variations
  • External XXXX layer for least water resistance
  • Flat lock Stitching for maximum strength on 2mm 
  • Blind Stitching on others
  • Vinyl or Silicon knees to reduce wear

See  product description  in Shop for sizing

2. FADER Back Zip and Chest Zip Mens Steamer

The mens back zip steamer like the girls has is origin in racing and compression wear designs. The shoulder panels match the muscle and bone structure for the best rotation of any wetsuit. The narrow waist trim to V shaped body line and even makes our fat assed senior research officer look good. (YES I agree BUT CUT THIS LINE). 

Materials: Limestone neoprene, inner lining easy slide on lining and outer of Milksilk

Colours Blue 2 mm Green 3/2 mm and Green 4/3 mm  with other combinations to follow

 Features:

  • Racing swimwear cut for high shoulder rotation
  • Pattern lines follow major muscle groups
  • Extra flex to accommodate more body variations
  • External Milksilk layer for least water resistance
  • Flat lock Stitching for maximum strength on 2mm 
  • Blind Stitching on others
  • Vinyl or Silicon knees to reduce wear

See  product description  in Shop for sizing

2. Children's Steamers 

We always planned to do children's wetsuits later but following some very positive engagement and demand of parents we are going to have FADER camouflaged suit wetsuit range in kids sizes from the start. Although they have not been independently tested yet our 4 years of work has shown that the chances of shark approaching are greatly reduced in our camouflage compared to a black wetsuit.

As with the adults they will be made using the more environmentally friendly Limestone Neoprene that is warmer, has better stretch and is more durable than oil based Neoprene.

There's only 1 drawback using high quality limestone neoprene instead cheaper versions they wont be at the cheap level of some brands that last 1 year then get thrown away. We are still working on reducing costs and most parents are happy buy the best for their kids but out growing a high quality wetsuit before getting full use out of it is a problem.

 

Materials: Limestone neoprene, inner lining easy slide on lining and outer of Milksilk

Colours Blue 2 mm Green 3/2 mm and Green 4/3 mm  with other combinations to follow

 Features:

  • Racing swimwear cut for high shoulder rotation
  • Pattern lines follow major muscle groups
  • Extra flex to accommodate more body variations
  • External Milksilk layer for least water resistance
  • Flat lock Stitching for maximum strength on 2mm 
  • Blind Stitching on others
  • Vinyl or Silicon knees to reduce wear

See  product description  in Shop for sizing

 

 Shipping

All Australian customers parcels will be sent by Australia Post and International by DHL or FEDEX. Please note orders may not be processed till the following day.

 Australia Shipping:

Flat rate of $20. On dispatch of your suit, you will receive a tracking code, so you can receive live updates of the location of your suit.

 Rest of the world (International)Shipping:

Flat rate $70. On dispatch of your suit, you will receive a tracking code, so you can receive live updates of the location of your suit.

 Customs & Duties

Your order may be subject to import taxes and/or duties and charges, which are levied by your local government when the package reaches your country or when delivery is made, or billed to you afterwards.  We are not liable for these charges, and they unfortunately cannot be reimbursed or refunded.

If you are unsure of the charges and whether you will be affected, please contact your local customs office before placing your order to find out about Duties & Taxes in your country.

 Returns & Exchanges Policy:

FADER and Sharkview wants your suit to fit perfectly If you didn’t quite get the fit right, we offer exchanges, store credit or a refund for suits. For an exchange, store credit or refund you MUST notify us within 14 days of receipt of your goods and prior to returning it. If you need to exchange the suit for a new size please let us know at  info@faderwetsuits.com promptly, so we can put your new suit aside for you.

When contacting us please have your order number, contact details and the design and size of the product you would like to exchange for. When you have approval from FADER for either an exchange or store credit, please carefully re-package your suit in it's original packaging to avoid damage to the wetsuit and send to the address provided We will only accept returns or exchanges in original packaging.

All returns must be in new condition and must not have hit the ocean. For a return or exchange to be accepted the tag must still be attached to the suit and the order confirmation must be printed out and included with the garment..

Shipping will be at the cost of the customer unless FADER deems the product to be faulty.

We take pride in the quality of our craftsmanship & premium materials. Your suit is guaranteed against defective materials and faulty workmanship under normal use for 12 months from date of purchase (proof of purchase required). Warranty repairs are free of charge. FADER will cover shipping costs if product is deemed under warranty.

Our warranty excludes neoprene damage from inappropriate recreational use, damage from extensive sunlight exposure, fin & finger nail cuts & negligence to follow care instructions. Warranty is not validated if you have the suit repaired at an unauthorised repair service. We know best how to care for your FADER suit.

It is at the discretion of our FADER experts whether your suit is repaired or replaced. We do our best to keep our customers happy. You are very important to us.

Please get in touch with us at info@faderwetsuits.com for all repairs or concerns.

 Non-Warranty Repairs

We know best how to take care of our FADER suits. So please contact us at info@faderwetsuits.com to receive a quote. We hope to have an alteration service available for arm or leg shortening at the Newcastle showroom (LINK TO) .  *Customers must meet shipping costs *

 

 Open Cell Neoprene

Care is needed when donning open cell suits. They have no internal layer so the sticky neoprene is next to the skin. It provides a great seal and is best for thermal retention but can be damaged. If the following steps are taken its easy and no risk.

1 Remove all jewellery. Ear rings, eyebrow, lip, fingers toes and anywhere else, Yes those ones too. Even long fingernails or toenails can damage the internal layer.

2 You must use lucubration. Our preferred is hair conditioner mixed with water. We use a bulk hair dressers type that is non allergenic and gentle on the skin. Depending on how concentrated it is mixed 1 to 10 or water or even 1 to 20 can be ok. A squeeze bottle or pump action is useful but spray bottles can leave un wet areas.

3 Pour a cup or 2 into the suit while holding the legs or arm closed. Slosh it around to ensure all internal surfaces are covered.

4 Lube yourself wet all exposed skin with the lube mix. Or even better get someone else too.

5 Start with 1 leg at a time don't force it, if there is enough lube it will just slide straight on. Then the other leg. Put on completely and then lube chest and back external layer.

6 Repeat for jacket again don't force, if a section is tight pour in some more mix.

After a couple of times it will be automatic, quicker and easier than a tight closed cell suit.

 

Post dive rinse in fresh water turn inside out to preserve colours and dry in shaded area.


Sharkview Spearfishing UNDER CONSTRUCTION BUT SOON SPLIT AND ON OWN PAGE

After 5 years of shark vision research Fader and Sharkview are now taking the technology developed for wetsuits and surfboards and applying it to spearfishing suits and products. The vision characteristics of 10 fish families have been used to modify the contrast gradient  surface patterns for depth creating a camouflage far in advance of any  currently on the market. This F30 protocol is in patent process and will be filed soon. The tuning for depth and motion has never been done before  and we don't think any others come close to what ours will do. Unlike other suits that are made to human vision our are solely based on what fish see and not what some graphic designer thinks looks cool.

Not only for Spearfishers but Photographers and divers can now get closer to elusive fish without disturbing them and get better pictures or see rare behavior. Our suits will allow you get closer without encroaching like never before.  How come land wildlife photographers will use camo, hide in bushes even roll around in their targets shit not to be notice and get the shot but underwater photographers dress in black and have huge camera rigs?