DECEMBER 17, 2010
Xcel Releases All-New DRYLOCK Power Seam
100% Stitch-Free All-Way Stretch Technology = Warmest, Strongest DRYLOCK Ever
Xcel has once again raised the bar for wetsuit warmth and performance with the all-new DRYLOCK Power Seam, the warmest and strongest DRYLOCK fullsuit ever to hit the market.
The exclusive Power Seam technology delivers Xcel’s industry-leading standard of maximum all-way stretch, thanks to its 100% stitch-free construction – fully leakproof and incredibly durable.
The Power Seam composite is applied to both sides of a quadruple glued seam, creating a fused waterproof seal that requires absolutely no stitching.
Its combined stretch and strength allow for a more lightweight final product than alternative stitchless fullsuits – the Power Seam ranging in width from 3mm to 6mm at its widest, versus 8mm and greater constructions.
“After checking out the DRYLOCK Power Seam, I’m excited to see how far Xcel’s pushed themselves to even better suits,” says Xcel team rider Bede Durbidge, current ASP World #5. “All these features really pay off in the water and make the difference in getting the most out of a session.”
Developed to complement and enhance DRYLOCK features – a waterproof front entry system; flush-proof wrist seals; dual barrier Airprene/ThermoBamboo core; and 100% UltraStretch neoprene – the resulting DRYLOCK Power Seam System represents the cream of the crop in Xcel wetsuit design.
“The Xcel tradition is to build each fullsuit as an integrated system, and the Power Seam was designed as part of the next evolution of the DRYLOCK,” says Greg Wade, Xcel Sales and Marketing Vice President. “Our expertise in creating complete wetsuit solutions makes us confident that the DRYLOCK Power Seam System is the natural next step forward.”
The Power Seam continues Xcel’s history of leading the industry in wetsuit design innovations, from the often-imitated-but-never-duplicated X-ZIP/X-ZIP2 entry solutions; to exclusive UltraStretch Fusion Seam taped technology; to Xcel’s OS offset back zipper system; to durable and flexible “DuraFlex” contoured knee panels.
Xcel’s DRYLOCK System is currently nominated for the Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association (SIMA) “Wetsuit of the Year” Award, an industry and retailer voted honor it has previously won twice.
Continues Durbidge, “With the DRYLOCK being my go-to suit, I’m stoked to get in the water with the Power Seam and experience that next level of performance.”
The DRYLOCK Power Seam is offered in a 3/2mm, 4/3mm, and 5/4mm hooded model; and is available in limited release at select retailers now. Contact Live To Surf for more info… at (250) 725-4464
Xcel Infiniti DRYLOCK X Hooded 5/4
The Drylock Power Seam represents the highest quality and most advanced seams and materials, with all new Power Seam technology. A stitch-free, durable Power Seam composite over all outer seams makes this the strongest, most watertight Drylock yet.
A 100% waterproof, easy on/off front entry solution. Offset zipper teeth keep water out, with the zipper flap attached at one shoulder to also prevent flushing. A SmoothSkin hem and pull cord/barrel lock combo finish the ''open'' flap edge for a better seal and adjustable fit. Snap lock keeps the zipper pull in place.
Overlapping inner front and back neck panels (underneath the zipper flap) stretch to allow extra wide, step-in-through-the-neck entry.
The fastest drying material available. Hydrophobic fibers repel water and promote warmth. Using fibers provides a more durable solution than water repellent coatings that tend to wear away over time.
Air-chambered insulating inner neoprene layer. Air chambers trap body heat for greater insulation and optimal heat retention.
The most premium foam (inner neoprene layer) available. Significantly lighter, stretchier, and softer than standard wetsuit foam.
Inner neoprene lining with performance and environmental benefits. A blend of bamboo charcoal fibers and recycled polyester fibers provides excellent heat retention and helps improve warmth.
Our stretchiest, softest, most durable, and most lightweight neoprene.
Texture embossed rubber that provides excellent wind resistance. Ideal as an outer material for front and back chest panels, hoods, gloves, and other areas that would otherwise lose warmth quickly.
The most durable, stitch-free, maximum all-way stretch seam construction. A glued seam is finished with a durable Power Seam composite outside and seam taping inside for a fully leakproof, fused seal.
Maximum all-way stretch seam construction. A glued & blindstitched seam is finished with our exclusive waterproof Fusion inner stretch tape.
A glued & blindstitched seam using pressure to bond panels together, finished with durable stretch taping on the inside.
An exclusive Xcel construction, our engineered, seamless Drylock wrist seals keep water out and warmth in.
A thin geometric pattern of Taitex above the inner ankles forms a good grip against your skin and prevents flushing.
Smarter product design means minimizing seams to maximize stretch. Any seams used are always pre-bent and contoured for a truly engineered fit.