Neoprene Wetsuit Breakdown - How to Choose The Right One
Why are wetsuits made with super-stretchy neoprene, you might ask? Wetsuits are intended to insulate in order to retain body heat in cold waters. Neoprene is a heat retentive rubber that molds to the skin. The way wetsuits work is by trapping a thin layer of water between your skin and the neoprene to maintain heat and avoid low body temperatures. Thus, the name wetsuit - you’re wet the entire time. Hypothermia is no joke.
In that case, the thicker the wetsuit, the warmer I’ll be, right? Yes, but no. A wetsuit cannot be too thick; otherwise, it will be challenging to swim in. Unless you're swimming in the arctic - or low icy temperatures- avoid bulky wetsuits or maybe just opt for a dry suit. The point is, stick to a neoprene thickness appropriate for the weather. Research is key.
3/2 mm | MID-SEASON WARMTH
A 3/2 wetsuit uses two different neoprene thicknesses: a 3mm torso, 2mm arms and legs. This thickness is perfect for warmer weather as the arms and legs are more exposed to the temperature of the water.
3mm | WINTER + MID-SEASON WARMTH
A 3mm wetsuit uses one neoprene thickness throughout the entire body: including the torso, arms and legs. This thickness is incredibly comfortable to swim in warm and cold water temperatures. Check out our line of Seavenger wetsuits for Men, Women and Kids.
Full v. Shorty Wetsuit
Full wetsuits are the classic go-to style for any watersport. There is little room for error when opting for a full-body wetsuit aside from the appropriate thickness. Typically the only area of your body exposed while wearing this style are your head, hands and feet. Wetsuits are form-fitting. Give yourself some time to get into the garment. We all know the shimmy shake as you try to pull up a form-fitting neoprene.
Shorty wetsuits, also known as Spring Suits, have short legs and sleeves. This style is ideal for sports where you may need the friction and mobility of your knees and elbows. Spring suits are meant to be worn in warmer temperature waters since you will not have the added heat retention on your lower calves and arms. Bonus, they’re much easier to put on.
There are different types of wetsuit thicknesses and design styles specific to the weather and region where you will be swimming. A wetsuit is your best friend, there to keep your body temperature safe so you can enjoy surfing, snorkeling, diving or any other water sport your heart desires. That is why we’re here to get you the right gear for the right adventure. Choose wisely.