Buying a wetsuit
What thickness of wetsuit do I need? The thickness of a wetsuit depends on the water temperature of your intended activities. In colder waters, you’ll need a thicker wetsuit (e.g., 5mm-6mm), while warmer conditions may require a thinner one (e.g., 2mm-3mm).
How should a wetsuit fit? A wetsuit should fit snugly but not be too tight. It should allow for easy movement, with minimal water entering. Check the manufacturer’s size chart for guidance on selecting the right size based on your height and weight.
What type of wetsuit should I choose (full suit, spring suit, shorty, etc.)? Choose a wetsuit type based on the water temperature and your planned water activities. Full suits provide more coverage and are suitable for colder conditions, while shorties or spring suits are better for warmer climates.
What is the difference between back-zip and chest-zip wetsuits? Back-zip wetsuits are easier to put on and take off but may allow more water entry. Chest-zip wetsuits offer a better seal, reducing water ingress, but can be a bit trickier to put on.
Should I consider a wetsuit with built-in boots and hoods? Wetsuits with built-in boots and hoods provide additional coverage and insulation. They are ideal for extremely cold conditions or specific water activities. However, they may limit your flexibility.
How do I care for my wetsuit? Rinse your wetsuit with fresh water after each use to remove salt and sand. Hang it to dry away from direct sunlight. Avoid using hot water, bleach, or other harsh chemicals, as they can damage the neoprene material.
What is the warranty on a wetsuit? Warranties vary by brand and model. Check the manufacturer’s website or contact the retailer to understand the warranty terms. Warranties typically cover manufacturing defects but may not cover normal wear and tear.
Can I use a wetsuit for activities other than surfing? Yes, wetsuits are versatile and suitable for various water activities like snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and more. Ensure the wetsuit you choose is appropriate for the specific conditions and activities you have in mind.