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Review Zealous surf bikini

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What makes a good surf bikini good? 

Well, first of all, it needs to stay in place. Most of us have experienced uncomfortable moments out there. Nip flips, wedgies, disappearing tops or bottoms. No one wants to worry about their bikini especially not during surfing.

There are a lot of surf bikinis and active wear that look sexy but aren’t functional at all. It makes it difficult to shop for a bikini online.  Apart from that, of course we also want a bikini to fit to our shape and that looks amazing!  Too much to ask? We are going to test several surf bikinis and start with the Signature Surf Bikini Top  and the Basic Surf Bikini bottoms from the Zealous 2019 Ocean Collection. Let’s check it out!

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Surf bikini Shades of Blue/Ocean collection by Zealous
Surf bikini Shades of Blue/Ocean collection by Zealous

The Promise

According to the brand Zealous:  the  Signature Surf Bikini Top is an allrounder top that can be worn in anything from broken to overhead waves and they claim that the Basic Surf Bikini bottoms won’t let you down: with its fuller rear coverage, these bottoms will keep you covered during the worst wipe-outs.

Do we agree with this? YES! Continue reading to find out why. Leave us a comment at the end of this post!

Review: Signature Surf Bikini Top

The Signature Surf Bikini Top by Zealous is a one piece top. So there are no knots, buttons or straps to open or close. The fabric is made of recycled ocean waste, which feels flexible but strong and has a soft lining.  The front looks like a sports bra / sport bikini top and it covers up your breasts just as much as needed and still shows a little bit of cleavage. Our surfer wearing the bikini in the photo has a cup size B and that makes this bikini top fit very well. Although it really depends on your preferences, with a bigger cup size we would probably prefer the top to cover up a bit more, for example like the Mermazing Surf Bikini Top. With over head waves this bikini top does what it promised to do, it really is a surf bikini that stays on.

Surf bikini Signature top | Shades of Blue/Ocean collection by Zealous
Surf bikini Signature top | Shades of Blue/Ocean collection by Zealous
Surf bikini Signature top | Shades of Blue/Ocean collection by Zealous
Surf bikini Signature top | Shades of Blue/Ocean collection by Zealous

The back has a vertical back strap. This feels comfortable because it releases tension in the neck while other surf and swim wear, especially with cross back straps and knots in the neck, can cause tension after a while.  The shoulder blades are completely free to move, comfortable when paddling. Both a big plus!

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Surf bikini Signature top and bottom | Shades of Blue/Ocean collection by Zealous

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • stays in place (also during nasty wipe outs)
  • free shoulder blades for free movement (for paddling)
  • no neck tension
  • strong material
  • ethical/ made of recycled ocean waste
  • appealing print and colors

Cons

  • non adjustable
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Review: Basic Surf Bikini bottoms

The Basic Surf Bikini bottoms  by Zealous really surprised us. We are a big fan of the hipster model for surfing. The models you find a lot nowadays are the mini tiny bikini bottoms, which look really nice if you feel comfortable showing all you’ve got ;).  We however don’t like to surf in a thong or anything that looks like it. This model covers up just as much as needed.

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Surf bikini Signature back side | Shades of Blue/Ocean collection by Zealous
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Surf bikini Basic Bottom back side | Shades of Blue/Ocean collection by Zealous

The bottoms are adjustable with a string that can be tightened. Which comes in handy when you want the bottoms to stay in place during any kind of rough washings or wipe outs. The hipster model is a medium rise that feels comfortable. As you might have noticed, we love this bottoms and really couldn’t find any down sides.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • perfect fit for rough surf
  • strong material
  • good coverage
  • adjustable
  • ethical/ made of recycled ocean waste
  • appealing print and colors

Cons

  • we couldn’t find any!
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Surf bikini | Shades of Blue/Ocean collection by Zealous

Conclusion

We have tested this surf bikini during several surf sessions and it really did what was promised; it stayed where it was supposed to stay and without fitting too tight. We love the blue and white ‘Ocean’ print. When the bikini is wet, the blue color looks even better. And when your skin is sun tanned, the colors really pop out! The fact that this bikini is made of recycled ocean waste material and that Zealous joined the 1% for the planet movement makes us feel good wearing this bikini.

This bikini is not cheap but compared to other women’s sport bikinis and the fact that it does the job, fits well, looks great and is sustainable, we think it’s a fair price.

Signature Surf Bikini Top : € 59.00
Basic Surf Bikini bottoms: € 59.00

Have a look in the Zealous online shop for more women’s surf wear.

Your Comment

Do you have a favorite surf bikini brand? What are your requirements for a good surf bikini? Is there a surf bikini that you like us to review? Let us know in a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

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This surf bikini is tested and reviewed by Fem and Kyra. Passionate surfers and bikini addicts.

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