The W3 is beautifully produced, and does not absorb or carry water, it's a shield. It is lined in zirconium throughout body and hood (the best heat retaining, water resistant, thermal insulating material on the market, period) The organ shield (front body panel) is 6mm. The hidden back zip has a quick release pull cord for easy opening of the zip after surfing, the neck and upper part has a triple water barrier secured by a mini front zip, Japanese leg paneling as standard. Made to enable surfing in water from 3 degrees (37F) to 9C (48F) - 4 Years to design does not disappoint. Available now for Eskimos the world over.