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Mantis Moxie Sun Suit

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With a colorful exoskeleton that features startling shades of green, blue, magenta, red, and purple, the peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) is a badass marine crustacean known for its unique, powerful strike and incredible eyesight.

    1. UPF 50+ sun protection (max rating achievable)
    2. Fibers mechanically engineered for quick-dry, moisture-wicking and breathability
    3. Resilient 4-way stretch and recovery for shape retention in and out of the water
    4. 100% chlorine, sun, salt water, and sunscreen resistant
    5. High neck collar, thumbholes at wrists, and medium back booty coverage
    6. Back zipper for easy entry, with a long paracord pull for easy zip up
    7. Raglan cut sleeves for great range of shoulder movement
    8. No shelf bra or padding. For more support, we suggest wearing a bikini top underneath
    9. Tag-less for comfort
  • Main fabric: 88% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles), 12% spandex

    Zipper: polyacetal resin (tough, high strength thermoplastic)

    Zipper pull: high tensile strength nylon paracord

UPF 50+ Sun Protection (Max Rating Achievable)

100% Fade-Proof From Chlorine, Sun & Saltwater

Anti-Microbial = Smell-Resistant

Fibers Mechanically Engineered For Quick-Dry & Moisture-Wicking

Made From Recycled Materials

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Advocate Apparel Inspired by the Peacock Mantis Shrimp

The peacock mantis shrimp is a strikingly colorful and highly predatory marine crustacean found in the Indo-Pacific region. Its body is typically about 10 cm (4 inches) long and it has club-like appendages that it uses to smash and kill prey. These smashing appendages have the fastest strike in the animal kingdom, with an acceleration faster than a .22 caliber bullet.

In addition to its powerful smashers, the peacock mantis shrimp has impressive visual abilities, with 12 color receptors (compared to humans' 3) and the ability to perceive polarized light. Color and polarized light signals are thought to play a big part in mantis shrimp behavior especially communication with other mantis shrimp.

The peacock mantis shrimp is named for its vibrant coloring, which can include startling shades of green, blue, and orange. It lives in burrows in coral reefs and feeds on a variety of prey, including crabs, mollusks, and small fish. Unfortunately, the corals they call home are losing their vibrant color due to increasing bleaching events.

5% of sales from your purchase of this product are donated to Coral Watch

“Waterlust and CoralWatch have teamed up to help preserve coral reefs and their colorful inhabitants for future generations to see. Mantis shrimps have been watching over the reef for millions of years. By supporting our cause, by wearing the fabulous Mantis Moxie water-garb Waterlust provides, and by learning more about the reef through the CoralWatch citizen science program, you can help watch over the reef too.”

Prof. Justin Marshall

Coral Watch

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Lacy Couchot (Sacramento, CA, US)
Amazing quality..

I got this "top" and the matching "pants" and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of these items. They are very well made and appear to have what it takes to last. I have a Scuba trip to the Channel Islands near Santa Barbara coming up and I'm hoping these help protect my very sensitive skin from the elements, and I'm excited to try them out. My only "complaint" is the shape of the bottom of this "top". I already know the "top" is going to ride up my groin so I'm going to find a pair of boxer like something or other to avoid any chafing (I have a "long" torso).

C_ustomer (Moss Landing, CA, US)
High quality, great fit, fun style

I wasn't sure how this would fit because none of the models quite have my body type. It fit great, though is a smidge tight around the neck. The material and stitching are very high quality, and the cut is both flattering and "worry-free" allowing me to wear it without worrying about accidental exposures.

S.B. (Brisbane, QLD, AU)
Awesome Quality

I haven't worn this one yet as the weather has not been conducive, but when I unpacked it I was struck by the quality materials and workmanship. It does fit well - I ordered small at 60kg and 167cm tall.

Sigrun Bishop (Brisbane, QLD, AU)
Awesome quality

I haven't worn this one yet as the weather has not been conducive, but when I unpacked it I was struck by the quality materials and workmanship. It does fit well - I ordered small at 60kg and 167cm tall.

anne teters (Bisbee, AZ, US)
The best outfit ever

This makes me lol every time I put it on and allows me to be as goofy as I want. I really needed some silly fun. I'm a fan !

Just spectacular!

As a citizen marine scientist in Oregon I rarely get an opportunity to use such warm weather gear in the field, but my Biscayne/Pennekamp/Dr Tortugas road-trip was the perfect opportunity to try out the swim gear and it’s truly exceptional. Thoughtfully designed, solidly stitched, beautiful, and who doesn’t want to run around without pants pretending to be a giant shrimp?! Take it from the joy on my face I’ll be ordering more. Love this brand!