A top-of-the-line high-performance wetsuit should last a season if you’re a hardcore surfer (more than 3 sessions a week) and maybe two seasons if you’re a weekend warrior. Please remember I’m talking high-performance here; an entry level suit might last you a little longer.
How long does your wetsuit last?
How long a wetsuit lasts is largely dependent on the quality of the product and how you look after it. But a decent triathlon wetsuit from a reputable brand should last anywhere between four and 10 years depending on frequency of use.
How many seasons should a wetsuit last?
On average, a good wetsuit from a quality manufacturer should last anywhere from 4 years to 10 years or more, depending on heavily you use it. A cheaper brand wetsuit that doesn’t have the same construction quality may only last for a season or two before things like zippers become issues.
How many times can you wear a wetsuit?
We don’t think people actually think wetsuits last FOREVER, but there is a common misconception that wetsuits will last for many years of daily use, when in fact they do not. In our experience, if you use your wetsuit regularly (say four times a week), then a wetsuit will last you about a year.
How many dives does a wetsuit last?
But the common rating for wetsuits is 200 dives. “Most people don’t dive that much,” says Schmitz. “The max for an average diver is less than 50 dives a year, so a well-made wetsuit could indeed last you a lifetime.”
Do wetsuits break down?
Thanks to the latest wetsuit technology, there is very little “break-in” required for wetsuits because of the already-super-stretchy materials that are used to manufacture them, like 100% stretch neoprene in some brands.
Can you wear a wetsuit all day?
As you will hear, wetsuits are not designed to be worn night and day, they become sweaty, itchy bacterial cesspools that destroy skin and spirit and cause long-term neoprene trauma.
When should I change my wetsuit?
Check your wetsuit’s arms and shoulders for signs of thinning and/or tears. Stretched, cracked, or dry neoprene around your suit’s elbows, armpits, and shoulders are strong indicators that it is time to replace your wetsuit for surfing. Thinning neoprene across lower back. Hole in seam along knee patch.
Does neoprene deteriorate over time?
Under no circumstances should you ever put neoprene in the dryer. Even leaving it in a hot car can begin the process of deterioration. The best way to dry your wetsuit (after a freshwater rinse, of course!) is to hang it in open air, in the shade.
How tight should a wetsuit be?
A properly fitting wetsuit should be very snug against your entire body with no bagginess or gaps. The wetsuit should feel like a second skin with little to no wrinkles across the major areas of the suit (torso, length of arms, thighs) and little to no gathers in the underarms or crotch areas.
Are wetsuits worth it?
Owning a wetsuit is beneficial for everyone, from amateur to pro. Body heat is lost 20 times more in water than air due to the higher density, encouraging more conduction. So you don’t have to be the world’s biggest water enthusiast to feel the need to keep warm.
Do wetsuits stretch over time?
Wetsuits fit Tight.
Keep in mind that neoprene stretches when it gets wet, and also stretches with use over time. If you’re in doubt about what size is correct or in between sizes, go with the snugger wetsuit.
Do your clothes stay dry under a wetsuit?
Wet suits don’t keep you dry, but they can keep you warm. Wet suits are made of waterproof, closed-cell, foam-rubber (neoprene) which insulates even when wet.
Do wetsuits lose elasticity?
Most Wetsuits Lose Elasticity Eventually
As the air cells within the neoprene begin to break, the suit will lose its elasticity. When your wetsuit stretches without having adequate elasticity, it becomes thinner.