Things to Consider when Buying Wetsuit
Once you buy a surfboard the next thing you need to do is to buy a wetsuit. It is always wise to know exactly what you are looking for. Where possible it is imperative to ask experienced people particularly at the shop when before buying. It is worth noting that wetsuit technology change every year therefore it is important to learn about the current ones if it’s has been a couple of years since you last purchased a wetsuit. It is a good practice to stay up-to-date to enjoy the latest features and material that will advance your surfing. Before you buy a wetsuit here are a few things you need to consider to make sure you are taking the right one.
Make sure you pay attention to the size of the wetsuit. A good and reliable wetsuit should be relatively tight to maintain warmth. However, the wetsuit should not be tight to restrict you from comfortably moving your arms and legs. Around the body and neck, the wetsuit should be snug. You can test it by trying to do paddle motion with arms, make sure it is slightly restricting. The wetsuit should feel like your body skin and therefore take your time and try various sizes and brands.
The thickness of a wetsuit is another vital thing you need to pay attention to. The thickness of the wetsuit you intend to buy should be determined by the temperature of water you will be surfing. Typically wetsuit thickness is normally described in 2 or 3 numbers which are separated by a/. The numbers indicate the thickness of the wetsuit of the neoprene in millimeters. The first number shows torso thickness while the second and sometimes third represents neoprene thickness on the limbs. For example, in cold water, a wetsuit of 6/5/4 will be preferred while a 3/2 wetsuit is good in spring/summer. A 2/1mm wetsuit offers mild protection from water and wind as it is very thin.
Pay close attention to the seams on the wetsuit you intend to buy. Normally wetsuits are made of a number of neoprene pieces that are stitched together. A well stitched wetsuit is comfortable, durable, and warm but poor stitching can allow water to pass through seams. There are three primary stitching techniques used in making wetsuit they include overlock, flatlock, and blind stitch. The type of stitching is vital when considering the warmth of the wetsuit. It is therefore a good thing to ask in the shop you are buying to guide you on the ideal stitching style to pick based on your local water temperatures.
The quality of neoprene plays a central role in determining how comfortable your surfing will be. Today wetsuits are constructed with 30, 60, or 100% super stretch neoprene. The price of the wetsuit depends on this super stretch quality. A more super stretch wetsuit the more expensive it is. A 30% super stretch is cheap and covers back, shoulders, and arms of the wetsuit. A 60% super-stretch is on the back, shoulder, arms, and top of the legs and its expensive compared to a 30% super stretch. However, a 100% super stretch covers the entire wetsuit. It is the best and more comfortable.