Matuse Tumo 432 Full Wetsuit: Gear Review

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No B.S. Summary

The Tumo is named after the Buddhist meditation Technique where naked Monks sit in the snow, underneath a wet blanket, and dry-it-out with their own body heat. So jump into the coldest environments. The Tumo's got you covered even if you don't meditate.

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The Good

  • Superior style, fit, and function...all while doing good for the environment! Geoprene Rules!!!

The Not So Good

  • A bit pricier than your average suit but you get what you pay for! It'is an amazing suit and well worth the investment!!!

No B.S. Review

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As the holidays get closer, water temps continue to drop which makes it an ideal time for us to test the latest and greatest offerings on the wetsuit market. On my long-term review hit list has been Matuse. Viewed by many as the Ferrari of wetsuits, they have historically been a niche brand, usually coming in slightly pricier than the average suit of comparable thickness and warmth. However, they have a strong following and some of my favorite pros proudly endorse the brand. I reached out to the Matuse team to see what all the hype was about and to see if they are really worth the extra cash.

For the purpose of this review they sent one of their new Tumo 432 Front Zip Full Suits. Right out of the box my first surprise was how light it was! I’ve been wearing four and five mil suits my whole surfing life and this is by far the lightest finished product of this class that I’ve held to date!!! The weight reduction is greatly attributed to Matuse’s Geoprene. Produced exclusively by Yamamoto for Matuse, the Geoprene used in this suit is created from limestone and isn’t made from petroleum based products. Geoprene is derived from 99.7% pure limestone and is constructed with built-in air chambers that act like mini-pressure cookers when combined with your body’s radiant heat.

It’s warmer than traditional neoprene and it is 98% water impermeable! This combination creates a material that is warm, flexible, reliable, and thinner than any other neoprene on the market. It also lets Matuse worry less about materials selection and more on the other functional and structural design elements that go into the suit.

As far as construction goes, all of the seams are precisely glued and blind stitched and the wrist and ankle cuffs are heavily reinforced and extremely durable…overall, very water tight. One of the standout design features is the saddle seat cut in the lower half of the suit. Inspired by Jet-ski suits, this panel construction creates a much different profile and fit than a traditional suit. I found it to be more comfortable while straddling my board in the line up and less restrictive during pre and post surf stretching; as well as while performing more radical maneuvers. Matuse also applies a unique formula to their panel thickness and strategic placement. The Arms, upper chest and neck are all 2mm, the chest and back panel is 4mm for the core, and the stomach all the way down is 3mm. This combination creates the perfect balance of warmth, comfort, and maximum flexibility. The outer shell has Matuse’s Titanium Coating which provides additional board traction, warmth, and a windproof barrier…all together offering the feel of a 3/2 full suit with the warmth of a 4/3!

The suit hosts a water tight front-zip entry that is inviting and easy to get in and out of. The most significant feature of the suit for me is the inside. The Hydrasilk lining used allows you to slip in and out of the suit with ease and it just feels amazing on your skin! I am confident in saying that it is by far the most comfortable I have ever been in a wetsuit and I’ve even had a few custom suits made!!!Lastly, Matuse added an external key pocket just above the outer left knee. I personally don’t keep my key with me but the pocket placement is perfect and it fit a nub of wax perfectly!

Testing took place over a few months. This testing period went longer than I anticipated it would because I am usually only in a 4/3 for a short period of time in the Fall. As the water temp rapidly goes from cold to freezing here in New England, a 5 mil is the only solution to the cold. However, with the warmth and flexibility this suit offered, I wore it well into early 5 mil season and was just so impressed with the results!

My mind was telling me I was crazy to head out into the cold water in what is basically a 3/2 but my body was toasty and comfortable! The weight reduction in the suit actually helped me get in earlier and overall catch more waves than my 5 and 6 mil counterparts. After rigorous testing and regular use, the Tumo still looks and feels brand new! Also, esthetically it just has a more sophisticated and refined look and feel than the standard suit and you will definitely stand out in a crowd.

In closing I have to say that I truly believe that the premium cost of this suit is worth the price and it stands up to the hype. Coming in around $500, you certainly are paying a bit more for the Matuse option than your average suit of a comparable thickness. However, you really are getting the Ferrari of wetsuits and some of the best materials and craftsman ship on the market. The suit delivered in all the right areas and exceeded my expectations in others. The versatility and quality it provides will ensure that you will have a warm session and access to almost any conditions with a product that will last for years instead of just a few seasons…I confidently endorse the Matuse Tumo 432 to any of our readers and think you’ll be seeing more Geoprene and Matuse products in lineups everywhere. As always, thanks for reading and be sure to tell a friend…

– Shaper

* A special thanks to Aaron Chang and the Matuse family for making this review happen and keeping me toasty all Fall!!!!

 

 

 

 

Reviewer Rating

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Specs

  • 100% GLUED AND BLIND STITCHED SEAMS WITH SATIN SEAL TAPING: A powerful trio that provides durability, flexibility and cushy softness for your skin
  • CHEST ZIP TUMO ENTRY SYSTEM: Angled front-entry system gives you a VIP pass into your suit but leaves water standing at the door
  • TITANIUM COATED GEOPRENE TEXTURE SKIN ON CORE: Provides board traction and makes you bulletproof—at least against the wind and cold
  • HIDDEN CHAMBER TECHNOLOGY: Geoprene with built-in air chambers that act like mini-pressure cookers combined with your body's radiant heat. Warmer, lighter and more buoyant than average mouse-pad oil-based neoprene
  • SADDLE SEAT: Inspired by Jet-ski suits, this panel is designed to withstand many-a-swell spent straddling. Better yet, the Saddle Seat's form-active design keeps your undercarriage happy because it won't ride up
  • 100% HYDRASILK LINING: Won't snag, doesn't suck (up water) and is butter soft. This hydrophobic material (i.e., it rejects moisture) is your windbreaker in the water
  • EXTERNAL KEY POCKET: Located just above the outer left knee. Includes elastic loop cord, mini-pocket and zipper closure. This allows you to get into your car without having to remove the top half of your suit
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Comments

  1. Matuse gear is the best! I have been wearing their suits exclusively for about 3 years now and think it is the best I have used in my 25+ years of being in the water! Great review guys!

    -Terry

  2. Lisa Reich says:

    How are their women’s suits?

  3. I have been contemplating purchasing a Matuse suit as I am well overdue for a new one. They are expensive but the reviewer seems pretty passionate about the brand. I’ll have to give them some more serious consideration the next time I go to the shop. Any other suits you could suggest? Thank you. – wild bill gentry

  4. Taylor Nissen says:

    $500 for a wetsuit!!! Seems like a lot of dough to me. I will admit that they do have a cool look and some great team riders – Joel Tudor rules!!!!!!

  5. Greg Henson says:

    Cool review – I might just have to try one! Keep those reviews coming Dailystoke, loving them!!!

  6. I have a Matuse vest that I wear in the Summer and it is great. It’s lasted a few season and is holding up pretty good too. Highly suggest any of their stuff, Shaper hit the nail on the head with this one! I like the new site layout too :)

  7. Doesn’t Kassia Meador ride for them?

  8. I love their stuff! Really cool mix of art and function…I hope I can afford one someday soon.

  9. Dope editorial on Matuse! Their stuff really is the best out there. I’ve been wearing the same 2mm fullsuit from them fro the past 3 years and it still works great. I have had to repair a few spots but otherwise it looks new. Spend the extra cash if you have it, it’s worth it for sure.

  10. Cool review! The link to their site was also helpful – I love their stuff! Looks to be worth the extra money for the quality and style. Matuse just made my Christmas list…Santa, please bring me ARTEMIS L/S SPRING 2MM!

  11. Nice looking suit! Never heard of them before…

  12. Jake Pearmer says:

    That M in their logo must stand for “More Money”! It is more expensive than the last board I bought new!!! Sure it is nice stuff but too rich for my blood.

  13. Chris Malcom says:

    Really cool stuff! I love your reviews guys – perfect timing for the holiday!!!!

  14. I’m in the minority on this one. I have a hoplite 4/3/2 and don’t love it. It is light and you can tell it doesn’t absorb as much water as a “normal” wetsuit, but I would much much rather be out in my Rip Curl EBomb. That suit is sooo much stretchier and moves with me so much easier that paddling just feels easier and more like you are in boardshorts than with the Matuse where its clear I’m wearing a wetsuit.. To me, the Matuse is not stretchy, so if you value that aspect of a suit, I would look elsewhere.

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