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Tech Tuesday #1: O'Neill Boost Drysuit Technical Overview

Welcome to our first official Tech Tuesday! Each week we will choose one question from a customer and post the answer on our blog. You can join in on the action by emailing your technical questions to with the subject: Tech Tuesday, or hit us up on social media with the hashtag #WMTechTuesday

. O'Neill Boost Drysuit Technical Overview

The O'Neill Boost is by far the most popular cold-water wetsuit or drysuit we stock at our warehouse. The versatility and warmth make the Boost popular among wakeboarders, kiteboarders, and water skiers. We get a lot of questions from customers asking about the difference between the O'Neill Boost and some of the cheaper competitors suits. Here's our in depth answer as to why the O'Neill Boost can't be matched in terms of value and performance.

Nylon Shell

The Boost is made with a 3-layer breathable nylon shell that is abrasion resistant and extremely durable. The fit is similar to that of a jumpsuit or baggy pants and jacket. This added room gives you great mobility, a comfortable fit and lots of room for layering clothes.

  • Lightweight, Breathable Nylon Membrane
  • Completely Waterproof
  • Baggy Fit

Fully Taped Seams

O'Neill goes the extra step and fully tapes all of the seams on the Boost Drysuit. This is a special waterproof tape which is added to the inside of all the seams in the Boost drysuit. The fully taped seams make the Boost completely waterproof, so you can rest assured that you're clothes will stay warm and dry underneath your suit.

  • Every Seam is fully taped for waterproofing
  • Provides greater durability

Neoprene Neck

The Boost features a chafe-free smooth skin neoprene neck seal that is similar to a wetsuit. Most drysuits come with a latex neck seal which can be uncomfortable, and hard to get on and off. We recommend *rolling down the neck seal for a more comfortable fit.

*See the image for an example.
  • More comfortable than a Latex neck seal
  • Easy Entry and Exit

Back Zipper

The popularity of the Boost drysuit among wakeboarders and kiteboarders is due in part to it's unique back zipper design. By placing the zipper from shoulder to shoulder it stays out of the way and makes the Boost much more mobile than chest zip drysuits.

The horizontal back zipper is also relatively easy to get on and off. We recommend using *wax on the outside of the zipper and zipping it back and forth a few times to help lubricate the teeth before you put it on for use. It is possible to zip and unzip the drysuit by yourself but we recommend having someone else help you out if possible.

*Each O'Neill drysuit comes with a wax stick or lubricant.
  • Heavy-Duty Design
  • Easy entry and exit

Built-in Adjustable Suspenders

Built-in suspenders allow you to quickly and easily adjust the fit and hang of the drysuit. This makes the Boost a great option if you are looking for one drysuit to fit multiple riders.

  • Re-inforced nylon panel mount area
  • Quick click-in and click-out
  • Stretchy suspenders

Extra Thick Latex Wrist Seals

The wrist seals are made from extra thick latex material. They are extremely durable and they provide a water tight seal. Unique O-Rings around the wrist seals provide another water tight barrier and make the seals more comfortable.

  • Water Tight Seal
  • Durable

Extra Thick Latex Ankle Seals

The extra thick ankle seals provide a durable and water tight fit without being uncomfortable. O'Neill's latex ankle seals are almost 2x as thick as some of the other brands wakeboard/waterski specific drysuits. O-Rings provide another level of water proof integrity and increase the comfort of the seals.

  • Water Tight Seal
  • Durable
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Another reason why the O'Neill Boost has quickly become the most popular watersports drysuit is the Limited 1-Year Warranty. If you have any issues with the seals or breathable nylon membrane they will repair or replace your drysuit free of charge.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to talk with one of our experts at (888) 338-6085 or email us at

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