The Spice ladies Race/SUP series is designed for warmth and maximum freedom of movement while paddling or racing. High quality materials such as Apex Plus neoprene and odor-beating Bamboo Charcoal are strategically used to provide wind chill protection and seams are placed in high stress areas for added support.
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Summer in Hood River is hot! Well it is until you get into water. While some people can handle the Columbia’s temperate waters and ride bareback, others opt for a full suit. NP’s 3/2 Spice Women’s Springsuit sits somewhere in between, and was the perfect choice for kiting the slightly chillier part of the Gorge where the glacial waters from Mt. Hood flow down and dump directly into Hood River’s Slider Park.
Made with NP’s Apex Plus neoprene, the suit’s silky smooth material provided unlimited freedom of movement. This suit is designed specifically for SUP, so it’s got the stretch and flexibility that paddlers need under their arms, but also works great for kiters looking for a suit that provides unrestricted movement for the wacky positions we commonly find ourselves in while practicing freestyle maneuvers.
After a long day of kiting or multiples sessions in the park, you’re suit can start to get a bit stinky… it’s the nature of neoprene. However, NP’s Spice suit is armed with Bamboo Charcoal fibers that are woven into the fabric in order to provide anti-odor and antibacterial properties, which keeps your suit feeling and smelling fresh, even when kiting on a river with as much industrial runoff as the Columbia. The Spice is made of Dura Flex — a double-lined neoprene that’s got a water-repellant nylon outer fabric, which doesn’t absorb water as quickly and keeps you dryer for longer, as well as a stretchier inner lining that’s soft to the touch and super comfortable. Falling on sliders is no fun, so it was nice to have the double-lined neoprene to provided added protection and a little more security.
What stood out the most about this suit was the length of it’s legs. The market is saturated with poorly functioning booty short springsuits — your butt hangs out and you end up being more focused on pulling your wedgie than landing your trick. The shorts on this suit have a bit of added length in order to provide confidence, comfort and keep your attention on your actions and not on your appearance. Note: It would also work great for anyone wanting to avoid the rubbing/chaffing that commonly occurs while wearing a seat harness.
NP also did a nice job with their unique, asymmetrical cut and strategically placed seams for a flattering fit and added support. The back zip provided an easy entry while the front 1/4 front zip added a stylish touch as well as extra ventilation for when it gets to hot in the park or back at the beach.