Cold surf sessions are a mixed blessing. On the one hand, only the truly loyal surf in brain-freezingly cold weather, so that means smaller line-ups and more waves for you. But on the other hand, you'll get an ice cream headache on every duck dive. Arguably the most difficult part of cold water surfing is getting in and out of your wetsuit in the freezing weather. Well the folks at Sevnforty have something that'll make the cold a little more bearable. It's called the Kuvrup and it's basically an oversized towel poncho for changing in and out of your wetsuit. Overall the Kuvrup operates as intended by providing a full body towel which will dry you off faster and shield your body from the cold as you're changing. But at $54 the Kuvrup doesn't come cheap. If you spend a lot of time surfing in cold water or cold weather, having a full body towel might be worth the premium.
The Kuvrup is made of cotton woven terry. The seams are well stitched together and the overall fabrication is solid.
The Kuvrup offers plenty of space inside for you to move around. We never felt restrained inside the Kuvrup when putting on or taking off a wetsuit. With the space you can work with your arms inside the Kuvrup or outside. There's even enough room to take off or put on your wetsuit top under the Kuvrup. Although, it's easier and faster to do it outside of the Kuvrup, which will leave you open to the cold. The face towel is a nice touch to the Kuvrup, but there's so much material that you really don't need it. Using the Kuvrup to change makes changing marginally easier for veteran surfers since you won't have to worry about your towel falling. For newer surfers who haven't gotten used to changing in a towel, this has to be a lot easier. The Kuvrup does a good job shielding your body (head down to your calves) from the cold and wind. On the downside, the large arm sleeves will allow a draft through if you're facing the wrong direction. But overall the Kuvrup keeps you protected from the wind while drying you off, minimizing any heat wicked away by the cold water.
The Kuvrup is pretty durable, we've used it for a year now without any tears or significant fraying. After a few wash cycles there'll be some minor fraying like a normal towel.
The Kuvrup is a nice vestibule when moving from street clothes to wetsuit and back. The price is about double that of a large beach towel. But unlike a large beach towel, you'll be able to cover yourself entirely while you change. If you surf in air temperatures of 50 and below, the Kuvrup is definitely worth the premium.