• Paddle 4 You Expert

Practical Tips on How to Choose a Wetsuit.

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

As the colder weather season approaches, I want to give you tips on how to choose a wetsuit. So you can enjoy the pleasures of water beyond summer.

The main purpose of the wetsuit is to protect against cold and wind.

However, wearing it does not mean that you will not get completely wet. The water that flows under the wetsuit forms an insulating medium. It warms up to body temperature, does not circulate (if the right size of hydrocouple is chosen) and prevents the body from cooling down. Water absorbs heat even 25-40 times faster than air. For example, at a temperature of 16-17 ° C, you might feel great with jeans and a t-shirt, and when you swim in the water you will start to shiver in just a minute.

What is the suit made of?

The wetsuits are made of neoprene. It is made of small air-filled pores that form an insulating layer and help protect the body from the cold. The thicker the wetsuit, the more effective it is against frost. Therefore, the most important thing when buying a suit is to decide what water temperature you will swim in.

What thickness suit to choose?

Thick diving suits are a good choice for diving enthusiasts who spend a lot of time underwater and those whose sporting season begins in early spring and ends in late autumn. You can use headgear, neoprene shoes, socks, gloves as additional protection.

Below is a table of temperatures and recommended wetsuits. But remember not only to take into account the water temperature. You also need to evaluate:

•air temperature

• windiness

• activity in water

• your sensitivity to cold

The thickness of the wetsuits is measured in millimeters. Usually given in two digits. The first and larger denote the thickness of the hydrocouple in the waist, and the second denotes the thickness of the arms and legs. Hydrocosuits are almost always made of different thickness neoprene. The thicker layer protects the main body, while the flexibility and greater movement make the arm and leg area sewn from 1 or 0.5 mm thinner neoprene.

What size suit to choose?

Manufacturers refer to standard size tables. However, they each have slightly different production sizes, so it's best to try on a wetsuit before buying.

It should fit on the body like a second skin, but should not restrict movement. The looser wetsuit, the easier water will circulate and the less frost protection. A dry wetsuit is usually difficult to put on, but that doesn't mean you are choosing the wrong size. The wetsuit should fit quite tightly on your shoulders, waist, hips, thighs. Wrap it, lift your hands over your head, lower to shoulder, sit down. The wetsuit must not restrict movement. If you feel discomfort, you should choose another one.

You can usually wear a wetsuit on a naked body, but you can wear lycra underneath it as an extra frost protection or in the case of neoprene irritating skin.

Wetsuits fall into three categories: "dry", "semi-dry" and "wet".

"Wet" wet suits are made of porous neoprene, which is coated on both sides with a layer of nylon, plush or other suitable material. They are more recommended for water activities and not suitable for diving. The deeper you dive, the worse the suit will protect you from the cold. As the pressure underwater increases, the air in the porous hydrocouples shrinks, and its thickness and insulation properties also decrease.

Similarly, "semi-dry" suits are made, but they are usually made of thicker neoprene, much more pressurized, i.e. pulled over the neck area, have no long zippers or are airtight, additionally sealed wrist and ankle areas, rubber sealed hydrosuits seams, etc.

Dry “hydrocosuits are designed for swimming in cold water. They are like airtight jumpsuits with no water at all. Under "dry" hydrosuits can be worn under the thermal insulation underwear. Due to the air layer, these suits provide excellent heat protection.

It is recommended to wear the hydrosuit only when all other sports equipment is checked and ready. This will prevent overheating in hot weather or help prevent cold in cold weather.

It is recommended to rinse in fresh water after using a hydrosuit. Inspect the zipper for sand. Especially wash it thoroughly. Hang the hydrocouple without drilling it and do not dry it in direct sunlight. Don't forget we dry both the outside and the inside.

If you know you won't be using the wetsuit for a long time, you can lubricate the zippers with a silicone emulsion.

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