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Wetsuit FAQs

How Do Wetsuits Function?

A wetsuit functions by trapping a thin layer of water between the wearer and the suit itself (hence the name). Because this layer stays inside the suit, it allows you to maintain your body heat, especially when you're in cold water for extended periods.

Without a wetsuit, cold water can sap the heat from a person much faster than you might expect. In fact, you can cool down up to 24 times faster than you would in air of the same temperature. Hypothermia can usually set in after about 30 minutes, depending on the water's temperature.

Any part of your body not covered by the suit is at risk of hypothermia at colder water temperatures. Wetsuits are essential because during colder temperatures. Typically, wakeboarders, wakesurfers and water skiers keep their feet, heads, and hands exposed unless the water is too cold.

How Thick of a Wetsuit Do I Need?

The thickness of a wetsuit depends on the temperature of the water. Generally, you need a thinner suit for warm water and a thicker one for cold water. Also, whether you're buying men's wetsuits or women's wetsuits, the thickness should be identical.

For warmer temperatures (around 70 to 75 degrees F), a 1mm wetsuit should suffice. At about 64 to 68 degrees, you should upgrade to a 2mm wetsuit. For about every 10-degree drop in temperature (in Fahrenheit), you should add another millimeter of thickness. If you're going into near-freezing water, your suit should be at least 5.4 mm or 7mm or higher.

If you're unsure about the temperature of the water, it's better to buy a thicker suit, just in case. It's always easier to cool off than it is to warm up, especially with a suit that's too thin.

How Should a Wetsuit Fit?

A wetsuit should fit like a second skin. Since the goal is to trap a thin layer all around the body, you need to avoid sagging or bunching in any one area. If too much water gets into the suit, it can sap body heat from you, defeating the purpose of wearing it.

Because everyone's body is different, you'll need to use sizing charts to find the best wetsuits for sale. However, here are some general guidelines to tell if the suit fits correctly.

  • The suit should be hard to put on when dry. If it's easy to wear, it's likely too big.
  • After putting on your wetsuit, there should be no bulging or sagging in the torso, shoulders, crotch, or knees.
  • If you raise your arms in your wetsuit, you should only feel mild restriction. If it's hard to raise your arms, the suit is likely too tight.
  • You should also be able to squat easily in the suit, although thicker models will be more restrictive no matter what.

How Much Should I Pay for a Good Wetsuit?

The price of good wetsuits for sale will depend on the brand, the material, and the thickness.

If you're in the market for a high-quality wetsuit designed for colder temperatures and durability year after year, expect to invest between $350 to $750. These wetsuits are ideal for enthusiasts who spend considerable time in the water, extending your watersport season to year-round enjoyment. 

While thicker suits are more expensive due to additional material, they offer essential safety and comfort in cold waters. This makes them perfect for a variety of activities, including wakeboarding, waterskiing, and ocean surfing. Invest in a top-tier wetsuit today and enjoy your favorite water activities throughout the entire year!

 

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