Review: Isurus Alpha Elite 232 Wetsuit

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The Isurus Alpha Elite 232 is a high-performance wetsuit built using Japanese Yamamoto Neoprene. It incorporates a number of innovative design characteristics and has been crafted with extreme attention to detail. The Isurus wetsuit design philosophy is based around compression technology, which is used by athletes in a range of sports, from swimming to athletics, to rugby. Now this kind of technology is available to surfers who are looking to add a spring to their step and improve recovery time.

So let’s take a look at the 5 features we like most about the Isurus Alpha Elite 232.

Compression Technology

Integrating compression technology into wetsuit design is highly innovative and I think Isurus have nailed it, creating something unique in a wetsuit market that can be full of acronyms, but lacking in substance.

In my opinion this technology, combined with their Muscle Stabilisation Taping works, and I miss the feel of the Isurus when I use alternative wetsuits.


This wetsuit is super thin yet matches wetsuits comprised of way more rubber. In our testing we found he 232 is warmer than a 4mm – significantly thicker – wetsuit by a competing brand.

Dries Really Fast

You’ll read this in comments around the web and I’ll repeat it here. The Isurus is hands-down the fastest drying wetsuit I’ve ever owned. An hour in a windy spot and you’re good to go. Maybe most impressive is that putting on a wet Isurus suit is not a drag – literally. The suit slides on easily – forget your old plastic bag tricks forever!

No Seepage

Excellent inner taping results in no pinhole leaks or unexpected flushing. 

Super Comfortable

Easy to put on and silky smooth to touch, I find the Isurus a breath of fresh air. There’s nothing like having a morning surf and then by afternoon your wetsuit is dry and super easy to put on.

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2021 Update

5 years after this article was published we are delighted to inform you that the Isurus Alpha Elite 232 is still going strong. The neck lining may be a little ragged and there was a fin-induced tear down the side but we patched it up and the suit is still a regular favourite in autumn or spring conditions. We love it and highly recommend Isurus as one of the best brands available today.

Isurus Alpha Elite 232
Build Quality
Environmental Impact
Best features
Compression technology
Fast drying
Needs improvement
Highly Recommended