IST Sports PG-WS80 3mm Wetsuit: ScubaLab Testers Choice
We tested the IST Sports PG-WS80. It was our Testers Choice for 3mm suits under $250.
We tested wetsuits at Alexander Springs in Central Florida with water temperatures in the lower 70s. We conducted a series of test dives where testers scored suits in seven categories including ease of donning, fit, comfort and warmth.
This update to the WS80 features a new Puriguard lining, a zinc-treated fabric designed to protect divers from bacteria and eliminate odor (it also sports a UV rating of UPF 50+). Soft and smooth, it scored excellent for comfort and was the highest-ranking suit in its category for ease of donning and doffing. Made of a noticeably thicker and firmer neoprene than most of the suits in our test, the WS80 is no less flexible thanks to hi-stretch panels used under the arms and at the lower back. “Really good range of motion, not restrictive at all,” one tester commented. Seals are made of the same material as the rest of the suit, and require a good fit to work effectively. But even with some water flushing around the wrist and ankles, testers still gave the suit the top scores for warmth in its category. A favorite of test divers, offering solid all-around comfort and performance, the PG-WS80 is our Testers Choice for 3 mm wetsuits under $250.