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NP says:

Packing serious heat for the wind sport adventurer, this hybrid wetsuit is engineered for the best combination of warmth, flexibility and durability. Armor-Skin neoprene fights wind like nothing else while strategically placed Apex-Plus panels allow for unrestricted freedom of movement. Also featuring ultra-warm and quick drying Fireline lining and a combination of P-skin tape, double-wrist cuffs and griplock seals for minimal water entry.

For more info visit: www.npsurf.com

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Ken Lucas says:

For many years I have worn the best wetsuits on the market. Why skimp on comfort and what essentially exists as a core piece of safety equipment? Smooth skin, also know as wind skin wetsuits keep you warmer than any other material currently on the market as water easily sheds off along with the chill factor from evaporative cooling — especially in windy conditions. The one inescapable downside from this high quality rubber has been less durability as the fragile outer skin of the material often suffers from cuts made by fingernails and fins — that is until now. NP has successfully developed Armor-Skin, an exclusive hybrid neoprene which combines the warmth of air-infused wind skin with a super durable exterior. It’s very stretchy, lightweight, warm and durable. Yes, finally, durability from a wind skin suit. For 2017, NP has incorporated this next generation material into a few of their full length suits. In addition, NP markets an Armor-Skin hoody and a multi-use top. The latter has a multitude of uses for kiting including use under an existing wetsuit, over a wetsuit, as a stand alone or for just hanging on the beach. My experience using the new NP Armor-Skin Combat 5/4 full-suit consists of three road trips kiting the cold waters along the rugged Oregon coast and a handful of cooler early autumn days in Hood River. I can attest to the warmth and durability as the suit still looks like new and is by far the warmest suit I have ever owned. The other top shelf features, as expected from one of the leading manufacturers of high quality suits for the past 20 years, include: cozy, anti-odor, quick-drying inner lining; double cuff wrist seals; and choice of rear zip or front zip.

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FEAT-TEASE-SM-CHILE-V12N4Last winter, Hood River’s Ken Lucas took a trip to Chile in order to discover the limitless possibilities of Santiago’s big mountain snowkiting terrain and endless left-hand breaks on the Pacific Coast, all in the same day. With friends like professional tow surfer Rafael Tapia and skiing legend Toni Sponar, Ken Lucas scored the best of both worlds. Read about his trip in the 2015 winter issue and subscribe today to read more stories like this.