Types of Wetsuit

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People who need to spend more time in the water must wear a garment called wetsuit. Wetsuit usually has worn by surfers, divers, and other water sports persons. A wetsuit protects the body from abrasion, ultraviolet exposure, bone-chilling cold water, and marine organisms' stings.  This detailed article entails every inch of information about types of wetsuit, so you can opt according to your preferences.

Primer:

Have you ever tried scuba diving or freediving into cold water? What happens to you? The bone-chilling cold water numbs you and affects your body. So what will happen with people who need to spend more time in water? Professional divers, sailors, military personnel, and water sports enthusiasts need to spend a lot of time in water.

Wetsuits insulate the swimmers or help them to retain body heat. Moreover, Wetsuits are protective armor against the wind, the sun’s UV rays and cold water. You can select a huge variety of our best seller wetsuit.

 

Table of content

In this article,  you will find

1. The material of wetsuit

2. Types Of Wetsuit Based On Styles

2.1. The Hooded Full Wetsuit
2.2. The Full Wetsuit
2.3. Short-Sleeve Or Sleeveless Fullsuit
2.4. The Spring Wetsuit
2.5. The Short Arm Steamer Wetsuit
2.6. The Long John Wetsuit
2.7. The Wetsuit Jacket
2.8. The Wetsuit Vest
2.9. Dry suit

3. Types Of Wetsuit Based On The Season

3.1. Winter/Fall wetsuit
3.2. spring/summer wetsuit

4. Professional Recommendation

4.1. Fit
4.2. Gender
4.3. Thickness
4.4. Neoprene
4.5. Style

5. Final Verdict

 

1. The material of wetsuit

A top-end and carefully designed wetsuit provide thermal protection to the body from cold water. Wetsuits are made of flexible and comfortable neoprene, which provides thermal insulation and a tendency to float smoothly in the water.

 Wetsuit thickness is measured in millimeters. The number and size of gas bubbles define the insulation properties of neoprene foam. The nitrogen-filled gas bulbs gives wetsuit a low or high density which provide buoyancy in water to different type of wetsuits.  A wetsuit keeps surfer’s torso, legs and arms warm.

2. Types Of Wetsuit Based On Styles

There are different types of wetsuits based on thickness, material and style of wetsuit. They are available in various thicknesses, such as 0.5 - 1 mm, 2 mm, 3 mm, 4 mm, and 5+ mm.

Usually wetsuit are designed for both gander and all ages surfers.

 They are the following:

2.1. The Hooded Full Wetsuit

The hooded full wetsuit provides full coverage to your body, including the head. For icy regions, surfer prefers full hooded wetsuit because it covers the entire body except for hands, feet and face. The headed full wetsuit keeps ears and brains warm in the most extreme air and water temperatures.

 Hooded full wetsuits are typically for colder waters in the 50s or below, ranging from 4mm to 6mm in thickness.

2.2. The Full Wetsuit

The full wetsuit covers the diver’s entire body, legs, arms and torso. It doesn’t cover hands, feet, and head.The most common tyoe of full wetsuit  is generally used is cold to cool water environments. Full wetsuit comes in neoprene thickness ranges between 2mm to 5mm.

2.3. Short-Sleeve Or Sleeveless Fullsuit

The short-sleeve or sleeveless wetsuit is a rare sleeveless neoprene model. This type of wetsuit has full-length legs, and arms that stop before the elbow.   It keeps your arms uncovered and in contact with water. It allows smooth and better paddling. These suits come in at 2mm thickness across the board and excellent pick for a temp range from 60 degrees to 70 degrees.

2.4. The Spring Wetsuit

During the spring season, surfers prefer to put on the Spring wetsuit, which has short legs and arms. The thickness of the spring suit is not more than 2mm. People who live in temperate climates region also use the Spring Wetsuit.

2.5. The Short Arm Steamer Wetsuit

The short arm steamer is the most common type of wetsuits. It is commonly used in warm water. It has no legs and arms. Surfers prefer to use it in the summer or spring season.

2.6. The Long John Wetsuit

This type of wetsuit usually uses in conditions where the air temperature is warm, but the water temperature is a little chilly. It covers a full surfer body but doesn’t cover arms. This type of wetsuits is ideal for paddling.

2.7. The Wetsuit Jacket

The wetsuit jacket has full-length arms. It offers additional warmth for the torso and arms. Thin neoprene top has a thickness of around 0.5mm to 2mm and has a front zipper running down the chest or back.

It is commonly used in a windy location, cold early mornings, or chilly winds.

2.8. The Wetsuit Vest

The wetsuit vest provides a little neoprene coverage for your upper body. It is ideal for keeping you more comfortable on summer day surf.

2.9. Drysuits

Drysuit make a thin layer between the body and wetsuit. It is worn under wetsuit and it stop the water to enter the wetsuit. It is used in colder region where temperature goes below 15 degrees.

3. Types Of Wetsuit Based On The Season

Before buying a wetsuit must consider some factors. The manufacturer has many types of wetsuit according to customer requirements, budget and weather conditions.

A vast range of wetsuit may confuse you, but you can opt according to climate or season conditions.

Let’s have a look at which type of wetsuit serves better in various climate conditions.

3.1. spring/summer wetsuit

During spring and summer, water is not bone-chilling and it allows surfers to swim without any fear of numbness. For this season manufacturer prepared the Spring Wetsuit, which has short legs and arms.

Warmer climates or spring/summer season requires a 3mm trunk and 2mm arms neoprene core protection. In the spring/summer suit, shorts is enough to put on.

3.2. Winter/Fall wetsuit

Winter and fall season requires much caution because water has become colder and surfer needs to protect the entire body from elements.

For winter and fall season, the manufacturer prepared full wetsuit or full hooded suit that provides full coverage to the entire body. A 5mm trunk, 3mm arms and legs neoprene core is usually sufficient for cooler water or winter/fall season.

 

4. Professional Recommendation

The importance of diving suits can only be understood while exploring the deep sea. It is the basic essential that tends to protect the diver from the deep waters' cold or potential external hazards. In an environment where your body temperature drops by 25 times faster rate than in air, diving suits are your only saviors!

However, with a variety of materials, styles and types of diving suits, the most common question arises here is which one to choose?

Here is our brief professional recommendation of which factors to must consider before buying a wetsuit:

  • Fit:  Your diving suit is the only gear to keep you protected underwater; it is like your second skin.Thus, your wetsuit should not be too fitted to make you uncomfortable and not even loosely stitched, so it lets the cold water in resulting in dropping your body temperature. The diving suit must be perfectly and comfortably fit so that it allows frequent breathing or swimming movements.
  • Gender:Diving suits are usually made for both genders, including males and females. However, the major difference in both types of wetsuits is mainly of paneling and thickness, which varies according to different gender specified parts. If women are on limited budget option, they can also lay their hands on unisex wetsuits although female specified diving suits still remains the best option because of comfort and thickness in specific parts stitching.

    • Thickness: Water temperature is the topmost essential factor to consider while purchasing any style or type of diving suits. The thickness of a diving suit is directly proportional to the temperature of deep waters. The more thicker a wetsuit is, the more likely it would keep the diver's body temperature warmer even after submerging in the water. Here is a general rule of buying a wetsuit as per temperature and thickness:

     

    Warm Waters: If temperature is greater than 25 or 77, opt for 3mm thickness neoprene wetsuit or shorty wetsuit.

     

    Cold Waters: If the temperature is less than 10-18 or 50-65, opt for 7+mm thickness neoprene wetsuit.

     

    Moderate Waters: If temperature is between than 16-24 or 60-76, opt for 5.5mm thickness neoprene wetsuit.

     

    • Neoprene: Neoprene is a rubberized polymer material which is filled with air bubbles of nitrogen gas. The polymer works to trap water in between the diver's body and wetsuit. It results in warming up the thin liquid layer in diving suits, which creating a thermal barrier effect to protect divers from cold water.   

    The quality of wetsuit totally depends upon the type of neoprene used in the manufacturing of the suit. Usually, gas blown wetsuits contain a high rate of neoprene compared to chemical blown wetsuits, which wear or tears out more easily. Thus, gas blown wetsuits tend to be the best and most durable ones.

    • Style: Your wetsuits styling is totally your preference depending upon the different weather conditions. You can rock on in any sporty or shorty diving suit for the summer season having short arms and short bottoms maintaining ideal body temperature. Moreover, you can opt for dry suits, semi-dry suit, or wetsuits suit as per your requirements.


    5. Final Verdict

    Now that you know the summer season is on the edge, all the divers understand how incredible this season is for deep-sea exploration and scuba diving. Thus, getting your hands on a perfect diving suit is more than important than ever.  

    But before buying a diving suit, we are sure this article must have already helped you out in understanding the different types of wetsuits more appropriately and in-detailed. Thus, do not confuse yourself or stress out when it comes to grabbing a perfect wetsuit for yourself. Place your order through our website  and get the perfect diving wetsuit as per your preference right away!  

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