Handcrafted, custom-fit surf wetsuits, made from the finest materials in the world. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 8, 2013.
About this project
Carapace wetsuits are handcrafted, custom-fit wetsuits made from the finest materials. Each of our wetsuits is built one by one, just for you.
Frustrated with being unable to find wetsuits that fit well, we searched surf shops as well as the internet looking for an affordable, well-fitting wetsuit made from premium neoprene and found that what we were looking for didn’t exist. So we set out on a two-year journey to solve this problem and ultimately developed an efficient way to produce custom-fit wetsuits. It’s been a long road, but we can finally see the finish line.
Why you need custom:
A custom suit will not only be more durable, but it will also allow you to surf longer, paddle faster, and stay warmer.
- A proper fitting wetsuit is more comfortable and reduces stress along the seams, preventing wear and tear.
- With a wetsuit that is too tight, areas of 3 millimeter neoprene can function like 2 millimeter neoprene, if stretched far enough. Neoprene loses its ability to retain heat the thinner it is.
- A loose fitting wetsuit can allow cold water to enter, causing the suit to feel significantly heavier.
- Wetsuits that are too tight will constrict your range of motion, making paddling difficult and inefficient.
How we do it:
We developed a way to create custom wetsuits at a reasonable price; we are bringing custom-fit, which is already prevalent in other markets, to the wetsuit industry. Adopting technology from those markets and applying it to ours, we developed an affordable, custom-fit surfing wetsuit.
Using our online-video guided measuring portal, we use 15 different measurements that you submit. Our computer-aided design (CAD) software then uses those measurements to create digital patterns that are specific to your body. From there, we cut the neoprene panels for your suit. Last, we blindstitch, glue, and tape every seam to create a wetsuit unique to you.
All of our suits are blindstitched and glued at every seam. This is still the best way to construct a durable wetsuit. We have minimized the number of seams by using larger panels to maximize the stretch. We also spend hours reinforcing the seams with a special tape that is thinner and stretchier than others.
Our intuitive web portal makes it simple for you to submit measurements. With step-by-step measuring instructions, we help you minimize measuring errors. After measurements are submitted, our algorithms then process your measurements to create patterns unique to your body. This saves us hours of labor, eliminates human error, and enables us to deliver a wetsuit at an affordable price.
All of our wetsuits are made from high grade, closed-cell neoprene. This means it is water impermeable so that it stays light and stretchy. Our premium EXO1 line features a limestone based, Yamamoto neoprene.
- Pre-bent knees for a natural and anatomical fit
- Form retaining wrist seal to minimize water flushing into the suit
- External key pocket conveniently located on the side of the knee for easy access
- Magnetic zipper stop, for convenience and durability
The EXO2 3/2 (3mm thickness in the core and 2mm in the extremities) suit features a polypropylene-based neoprene in the core, which has greater water-repelling properties that allows you to stay light and warm. We also use a silky, nylon-based neoprene that is comfortable against the skin. Our EXO2 model wetsuit is also available in 4/3mm thickness.
The EXO1 3/2 suit features Yamamoto limestone based neoprene, which is composed of a unique blend of nylon and polyurethane. This jersey (see image below) is the silkiest, lightest, fastest drying material available. In addition, the titanium-based coating between the jersey and the neoprene increases heat retention without adding any extra weight. Our EXO1 model wetsuit is also available in 4/3mm thickness.
Note: Currently we only offer men's wetsuits, but if you are interested in wetsuits for women or juniors, please contact us.
Thanks for dropping in!
Risks and challenges
We've done our research with other Kickstarter projects and have even backed a few of our own. So we know how frustrating it is to wait months, sometimes years, for a cool product to finally be delivered. Therefore, we have everything lined up and ready to go and have great relationships with our material/manufacturing vendors.
It takes time to produce our materials overseas and we have accounted for that in our manufacturing process. We promise to keep you updated on the progress of our production.
We've tested our algorithms over and over. However, errors can still happen along the way. We are more than willing to work with you to make sure you are happy with your product. It goes without saying that if we've made a manufacturing or fitting error, we will remake the suit at no cost to you.
We wanted to reward the early supporters with early delivery as well as a discount on the product, so we are offering 2 reward levels for each of our suits.
Sure! Send us a private message and we will give you a number you can reach us at.
Once our project is funded, we will put together a survey or build a mini-site that will allow contributors to go on and submit measurements. This should be around a month or so after our project is successfully funded.
We've definitely built in an exclusive discount to our wetsuits to reward Kickstarter supporters. After we are funded, retail prices, we are projecting will be a bit higher. Also please keep in mind we are offering free shipping to the US on all swag items only during Kickstarter! This includes wetsuits, sweaters, T-shirts, wax, stickers, etc...
Pledge $10 or more
Your pledge is greatly appreciated! Every dollar brings us closer to our goal. You will receive a Carapace sticker and like the other reward levels, have exclusive access to our progress.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $20 or more
For $20, you will receive a block of surf wax emblazoned with the Carapace logo. We'll also throw in waterproof Carapace stickers.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
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Neoprene swatch pack! You will receive samples of all the different types of neoprene we use in our wetsuits. Redeem this in the future for a $25 credit on any custom wetsuit purchase.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $30 or more
You'll get to sport a high-grade, cotton and polyester blend T-shirt in the size and color of your choice.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $45 or more
Listen to music in style by rocking a pair of Carapace in-ear headphones with an on/off button and mic! Now all you need is a sweater with earphone ports...Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
This one is for the ladies! This off-the-shoulder French terry cotton sweater is stylish, light, and comfortable.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
For $75, you will receive a surf-inspired Carapace logo sweater with built-in earphone ports. Need some matching Carapace earbuds? Add just $25!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $175 or more
For the die-hard Carapace fan. You will receive a Carapace sweater with earphone ports, a basic Carapace tee, earbuds, swatch pack, and wax. Let's not forget those stickers!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $350 or more
10 backers All gone!
EARLY DELIVERY! Your very own custom-fit EXO2 3/2mm suit. Please add $20 for a 4/3mm wetsuit.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $380 or more
4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)
Normal delivery. Your very own EXO2 3/2mm custom-fit wetsuit. Please add $20 for a 4/3mm wetsuit.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $450 or more
10 backers All gone!
EARLY DELIVERY! Your very own custom-fit EXO1 3/2mm wetsuit. Please add $20 for a 4/3mm wetsuit.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $480 or more
8 backers Limited (12 left of 20)
Normal delivery. Your very own custom EXO1 3/2mm wetsuit. Please add $20 for a 4/3mm wetsuit.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $580 or more
3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)
All swag items and a custom suit of your choice!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,200 or more
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Your choice of a custom-fit EXO1 or EXO2 wetsuit AND a fully custom shortboard or longboard, made by our local shaper. Our shaper will hand-craft a surf board to your exact specs. Local pickup only so you can paddle out with us for a surf session.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $3,000 or more
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Come to our shop and hand select fabrics / jerseys to customize and personalize a design for two wetsuits of your choice, we will have our designers help you with custom logos and placements. Includes custom surfboard (short or long) and all swag items! We'll share stories about our journey, show you our shop, and where we surf. PB and J's are included. We will also fly you out if you are in the US!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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