What’s cool and unique about the Matuse BC Vest is that it’s made out of an ultra-light, high-quality, limestone-based geoprene material.
The BC is comfortable and form fitting, which keeps the vest on your body through violent wipeouts. The BC is durable enough to hold up after reef bounces and will last through years of surfing wear and tear.
The BC is tailored to prevent rashes and chafing. It’s the only wetsuit vest I have ever used that keeps me completely rash free. The BC is great for keeping your ribcage from getting bruised up and your nipples and chest from getting chafed on your wax.
The ergonomic bell-curve design prevents water from flooding through the neck and under the arms, which is huge for keeping your body’s core temperature high. Having a warm core increases flexibility and helps prevent injuries, all while allowing you to surf at your full potential.
The BC has a smoothie breastplate that is absolutely perfect for surfing in the tropics. It cuts back windchill and still allows for complete range of motion, saving energy so you can surf harder and longer.
Seems like you can paddle even faster in the BC than if you were skinning it. Your arms are completely free, and you can put your head down and really grind your chest into your surfboard deck, using the 1 mm padding to get after it!
A nice feature that comes with the BC Vest is a little loop that can be tied into your boardshorts. The loop is located at the bottom of the front panel. Although it is not necessary to use the loop, because the BC fits so securely and comfortably, it is still nice to have the insurance.
Tying in the loop can both prevent your trunks from getting blown off (this just happened to Bruce Irons at Teahupo’o) and also ensure that the vest stays in place during beatdowns.
Bruce is one of the best and hardest-charging surfers in the world. Here he is losing his trunks on an absolute mutant of a wave. A vest loop might have prevented this.
Most other wetsuit-vest manufacturers are still making suits out of oil-based neoprene. Neoprene suits are heavier, soggier, and colder than limestone-based geoprene Matuse wetsuits. Geoprene is also much better for the environment than neoprene and feels much softer on your skin.
There is no doubting the attention to detail that went into designing the Matuse BC Vest. It’s the best wetsuit vest I have ever used. Matuse really seems to be leading the way in wetsuit design and technology.
Bottom: Derek Dunfee also likes using the vest while surfing Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Photo: Glaser
Check out the Matuse website for more information.
For another detailed BC review, check out this write-up on Surfline.