What should I look for when buying a wetsuit?

What do I need to know before buying a wetsuit?

Buying Your First Wetsuit: Our Top Tips

  • Think About What You Will Use Your Wetsuit For.
  • Determine When and Where You Will Be Using Your Wetsuit.
  • Ensure the Wetsuit Fits Correctly.
  • Choosing the Right Size.
  • Look for Quality Features.
  • Knowing How Much To Spend.

What thickness of wetsuit do I need?

A 3mm or 2mm shorty for summer, a 3mm fullsuit with watertight seams for dawn patrols and general later spring and early Autumn surfing. A 4mm suit for early spring and late Autumn before the winter really kicks in. A 5mm wetsuit for winter in most locations is fine, especially when couple with boots gloves and a hood.

What is the best material for wetsuit?

In 1931 DuPont invented neoprene, a type of synthetic rubber made by the polymerization of chloroprene. It is arguably the best material to use for insulation, and therefore used often to make wetsuits. It fits tight on the body, stays flexible over time and will protect you from hypothermia.

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What does 5 3mm wetsuit mean?

What do the numbers that describe wetsuits actually mean? The numbers 5/3, 4/3 and 3/2, etc, refer to the thickness of the neoprene in millimetres and therefore describe how warm the wetsuit is. A 5/3 wetsuit will be 5 mm thick on the trunk and 3 mm thick on the arms and legs.

What size am I in a wetsuit?

Men’s O’Neill Wetsuit & Rashguard Size Chart

Sizes Height Weight (lbs)
MS 5’6.5″ – 5’8.5″ 145 – 165
MT 6’1″ – 6’3″ 160 – 180
L 5’10” – 6′ 170 – 190
LS 5’7.5″ – 5’9.5″ 160 – 180

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.

Can you pee in a wetsuit?

Urinating inside a dry wetsuit is definitely not a good idea – it will start stinking and corroding the seams and stitching of your second skin. While in the lineup, if peeing is the only option, let some saltwater get in and drain out, avoiding lying down on your board for a long time.

At what temperature do you need a wetsuit?

The range of 50 to 78 degrees is therefore the ideal range for using a wetsuit. Any warmer, and the swimmer may actually overheat due to the wetsuit’s insulative qualities. Truth be told, we think it is pretty easy to get too warm inside a wetsuit even in the 74-77 degree range.

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Is 5mm wetsuit too thick for swimming?

Instead, we recommend that you swim with us in a ‘normal’ or ‘surfing’ style wetsuit that has material on both sides. They are much more durable, at least 3-5mm in thickness, and often warmer when swimming at slower speeds, rather than training.

Do you wear anything under a wetsuit?

Wetsuits are designed keep you warm without anything special worn underneath. Here’s what most people do: Surfing & General Watersports: Most surfers and riders wear boardshorts or a swimsuit. It’s easy, convenient, and flexible.

Should a wetsuit be tight?

In general, a wetsuit should fit snugly, like a second skin but not so tight that your range of motion is limited. The sleeves (if full-length) should fall at the wrist bone and the legs just above the ankle bone, and there should be no gaps, pockets, or rolls of neoprene.

What is the Stretchiest neoprene?

Although all neoprene stretches a little, the higher the grade the neoprene, the more it will stretch. Inexpensive, standard neoprene will stretch a bit. “Superstretch” neoprene can stretch up to 300%, which will have the least restrictions on the wearer.

Should you buy a wetsuit a size smaller?

In short, no. You will find that it does not make too much difference whether you are buying a winter or summer wetsuit in terms of sizing. The only difference is the thickness – a winter wetsuit will feel tighter than a summer version, but the fit should be exactly the same.

What temperature is a 5mm wetsuit good for?

Scuba diving wetsuit temperature guide & chart

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Water temperature in °C/°F Wetsuit Thickness
25 – 27 °C 77 – 80,6 °F 2 mm shorty or 1 mm fullsuit
22 – 24 °C 71,6 – 75,2 °F 3 mm fullsuit
17 – 21 °C 62,6 – 69,8 °F 5 mm fullsuit
10 – 16 °C 50 – 60,8 °F 7 mm fullsuit – 8/7 mm semidry

Is 3mm wetsuit OK for winter?

What does 4/3 mean? The higher the figure the thicker the wetsuit and the warmer it will be. So a 4/3mm wetsuit will serve you for surfing cold water throughout the autumn and winter months in the UK, November to April.