BARE Revel & Elate
According to BARE, the Revel and Elate “provide a blend of the best fit, comfort and flexibility for outstanding multi-sport performance.”
Here, we take a closer look at both suits and give you all the info you need before making a purchase.
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BARE Revel and Elate Wetsuits: Key Specifications
- Thickness: 3/2mm full-body and 2mm shorty + 5mm full-body and 7mm full-body
- Material: Neoprene and laminate
- Anatomically correct 3D pattern design
- Low-profile collar tab with velcro
- Integrated suit saver
- Armor-flex knee pads
- Seams: Glued and sewn
- Extra-long and heavy-duty back zipper
Elate for Woman: 2-14
(4Tall, 6Tall, 8Tall, 6+, 8+, 10+ 12+ available as 5mm and 7mm only).
Revel for men: S-3XL
(MT, MLS, MLT, LS, LT, XLS, XLT, 2XLS available as 5mm and 7mm only)
What You Need to Know About the BARE Revel and Elate Wetsuits
Many manufacturers claim they have designed the most flexible and comfortable wetsuit on the market. With its Revel for men and Elate for women, BARE may have a shot at the title! Thanks to the extremely stretchy material, thin rubber knee pads, and smooth lining, the Revel and Elate are both flexible and comfy.
Below is a round-up of the BARE Revel and Elate wetsuits’ key features:
BARE has used a proprietary blend of layered high-stretch neoprene and laminate for the Revel and Elate. This basically means the material is extra stretchy when compared to some other wetsuits and allows you a full range of movement.
There’s a smooth lining and the cuffs and ankle seals are hemmed making donning and doffing the suit a breeze. The exterior finish of the material also feels really nice and soft to the touch.
Even though the wetsuits feel quite thin, they offer a good level of warmth and protection from temperate water. Plus, with the super snug material, not a lot of water will flow in and out of the suit.
Anatomically Correct 3D Pattern
The Revel and Elate have been designed using a new anatomically correct pattern which gives the suits a three-dimensional fit throughout. This is especially true for the area around the neck and shoulders where it helps to reduce pressure.
Combine this 3D design with the neoprene/laminate blend material, and you get a body-hugging wetsuit that’s very comfortable to wear.
Many wetsuit collars are uncomfortable, especially if they’re bulky or press against the neck or chin. This is not the case with the Revel or the Elate. BARE has used a low-profile collar design to reduce bulkiness.
You close the collar using the velcro tab, and there’s a smooth-skin lining on the inside for additional comfort. There’s also an integrated suit-saver which prevents the velcro tab from getting snagged on the wetsuit.
The whole design of the collar makes it unintrusive, comfortable and highly effective at keeping the water out.
Knee pads can also be an issue with full-body wetsuits as they can make it difficult to bend easily. Luckily, the Revel and Elate full-body suits come with Armor-flex knee pads. These are super thin and as flexible as the actual wetsuit itself.
Although they’re so slim-line, the knee pads are extremely hard-wearing and didn’t seem to sustain any damage at all, even after multiple dives.
You have two style options with both the Revel and Elate: full-body and shorty. The full-body wetsuits come in a 3/2mm, 5mm and 7mm thickness. On the 3/2 mm the neoprene in the torso area of the suit is 3mm, while the arms and legs are 2mm. This offers more warmth to the core part of your body where you need it most. The 5 mm and 7mm will give you the same great flexibility, but still keep you warm in colder water.
The Revel and Elate shorties have short sleeves and are 2mm throughout the whole suit. Both styles are designed to be used in warmer waters.
For colder water, check out the Bare Revel 5mm suits.
Seals and Seams
BARE has used a simple seal design with a neoprene ring sewn into the cuffs. The hemmed seams on both the Revel and Elate for the 3/2mm and 2mm Shorty is flatseam construction. The 5mm and 7mm is glued and blindstitched. This allows the cuffs to sit quite flat against the skin and provide a good, watertight seal.
These wetsuits are fitted with a heavy-duty back zipper. BARE has extended the length of the zipper slightly which makes it much easier to get the suit on and off again. It should also stop any ripping at the bottom of the zipper; an area where women’s suits have added vulnerability.
The Revel and Elate come in a good range of sizes and both the full-body and shorty are available in seven different sizes. For men, the Revel ranges from S to 3XL. The Elate for women comes in US size 02 to 14.
The 5mm and 7mm Elate are also available in sizes 4Tall, 6Tall, 8Tall, 6+, 8+, 10+ 12+, and the 5mm and 7mm Revel are available in sizes MT, MLS, MLT, LS, LT, XLS, XLT, 2XLS.
What We Like
- Paper-thin and flexible kneepads on the full-body wetsuits
- Stylish and sleek design
- Comfortable and snug fit
- Strong, durable seams
- Very stretchy material that allows for great flexibility and range of motion
- Easy to don and doff
- The smooth lining around the collar
- Cut of the suit, especially around the shoulders
- Good range of sizes
- Great value for money
What We Don’t Like
- The wetsuit is so stretchy that you may need to consider buying one size smaller
- Although the design is great, it would be nice to have a couple of different color options
Although the seals are simple, the cuffs fit snug against the skin, keeping the water out and the body warm. And the stylish design looks good too. We think these are a great choice for warm water diving, ocean swimming, surfing, and other watersports. And at the price point, loads of customers are bound to agree!
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