Warm and quick drying, this Matuse wetsuits review looks at the Matuse Tumo 4/3/2 chest zip steamer wetsuit.
+ Starts warm, stays warm. A lot of steamer wetsuits start warm but lose their warmth as the neoprene breaks down with wear…not this one
+ Comfy: yes, the Matuse Tumo is a little bit more stiff than some other premium suits on the market but the fit is great and it feels snug
+ Dries extra fast. The ‘Geoprene’ doesn’t absorb much water so it dries faster than any wetsuit I’ve owned
– The downside of the fast drying ‘Geoprene’ is that it is noticeable less flexible versus, for example, Rip Curl or O’Neill wetsuits
– The neck piece ripped from pulling the suit off…a pretty normal activity for a chest zip!
Hey, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom. Welcome back! I buy, ride, and review surfboards and also other stuff from time to time. Today we’re going to talk about the Matuse TUMO 4/3/2 Steamer wetsuit. This is an older model. I don’t even know if you can buy the TUMO anymore. [00:00:30] But Matuse suits, in general, I was attracted to because I had heard that they’re durable, they’re warm, but that they also dry really, really quickly. As somebody who surfs an awful lot, it’s really important that you have a suit that dries quickly. I mean, a lot of the suit manufacturers now – Rip Curl making the Flash Bomb, and O’Neill has an equivalent – are really trying to make suits that dry quickly because nothing sucks more than being in cold weather and getting into a cold, wet wetsuit!
Anyway, I bought this [00:01:00] Matuse TUMO 4/3/2 in San Diego when I was there last and I wore this suit for a while. I was trading back and forth between this wetsuit and a Rip Curl F-Bomb. The Matuse TUMO is a really warm suit. It does really quickly and it’s pretty comfortable. It is a little bit more rigid; the neoprene almost feels like, for example, the Patagonia Wetsuits but the trade-off would therefore be that it’s a little bit more durable and again, that it dries quickly.
However, I have to say, [00:01:30] I didn’t surf in this wetsuit for even a whole season. Again, I was trading off for about half season with another suit. So, not even half of a full surfing season. And as you can see here, this neck piece has pulled away. This is where you’re pulling when you’re in [00:01:46], this is where you pulling the wetsuit off for a chest zip. And that came undone right there, which is a little bit disappointing, you know? Because I hadn’t surfed in this suit that long. But as the upside [00:02:00] to that downside, any time I’ve ever had any issue with a Matuse product, they’ve always replaced them right away. They have been really good about customer service.
That is the Matuse TUMO 4/3/2 chest zip steamer: a really warm suit, dries quickly, a 4/3 equivalent. If you’ve had a go with a Matuse wetsuit and you’ve had similar issues with it, please let me know. I’m interested to see if this is an isolated incident.
That’s the Matuse wetsuits review of the TUMO 4/3/2. Thank you very much for watching Benny’s Boardroom.
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I have a TUMO 6/5/4 since 4 year for NY winter days and it works perfectly for me (surfing and kitesurfing). I only use it 5-6 times a year. It keeps me super warm, I can stay endlessly in the water even on frozen days (only the finger and toes usually get cold after a while). The suit is as comfortable as it can be given thickness, and it dries extremely quickly. One major point is that the neoprene absorbs almost no water, which allows the wetsuit to stay very light (compared to a thick Patagonia for example).?