You just learned your new favorite water-sport and you are now ready to check out some cool spots around the world. In this article we will give a fast & detailed explanation when it comes to wetsuits and how to choose them.
The factors you need to take in consideration before buying your new favorite piece of clothing are the following. Weather, water temperature, wind speed, activity type and level, sensitivity to getting cold, and location & spot. The most important part of a wetsuit is the material it is made of, in this case neoprene.
There are many different thicknesses you can choose from when it comes to neoprene. Like we mentioned above it all depends on how thick you wish your wetsuit to be, the more thickness the warmer it is. If you are practicing your water-sport in cold temperatures then we highly recommend wetsuits in the thickness range between 6/5 & 3/2. Although if you are practicing in warmer waters then a wetsuit with a lower thickness or a long sleeve rash guard could be the perfect choice.
There are many types of neoprene on the market, it all depends on how they were made, a few methods are petroleum derived, limestone process and plant based. There are also a few types of wetsuits such as open cell and close cell. The open cell ones glue to your skin which is better since water doesn’t filtrate, although it is a bit harder to wear.
When you are buying a new wetsuit please remember to check out the stitching, it is the best way to figure out if a wetsuit is bad or good quality. Good quality wetsuits double tape the panels, this way water can hardly get inside , while bad quality ones have overlock or flat-lock stitching. A factor you should also really pay attention to is the zipper placement, colder wetsuits usually have a back zipper and they work better for sports such as surfing so the zipper doesn’t bother you while paddling and catching waves. If you are kitesurfing, windsurfing or practicing any kind of water-sport in colder temperatures then we recommend you pick a wetsuit with a front zipper and a neck closing.
Again, this all depends on the sport you are interested in, for example kitesurfers tend to crash a lot while learning new tricks, this is why a back zipper would not be a good idea for them since water tends to enter easily and the zipper could bother the kitesurfer with the harness.
Something you should also take in consideration is the length and flexibility, besides thinking about the water temperature and so on, it is also very important to buy a wetsuit according to the sport. For example if you are practicing sports such as stand up paddle boarding and winging make sure the wetsuit you are purchasing is longer than your knees, this way it won’t bother you while in the water. Regarding any other water sport please also remember for your wetsuit to have a good amount of flex. Make sure that you can move perfectly or at least squat down and move your arms in circular motion. Wetsuits tend to become more flexible as time passes by so also try to keep this factor in mind.
I believe that we have covered the basics regarding wetsuits, now the only thing that’s missing is to choose the design and jump in the water comfy and ready to shred!