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Buying Your First Wetsuit?
Buying your first wetsuit can be a daunting task especially when you are not familiar with all the tech terminology. This wetsuit video explain the following
How Should A Wetsuit Fit?Choosing the correct size wetsuit is one of the most important factors when buying your neoprene friend. If the wetsuit is too loose it won't keep you warm. A wetsuit which is too tight means you won't be able to move freely and you will find the suit really uncomfortable. Our wetsuit sizing video will show you how to distinguish between a wetsuit which fits like a second skin, and a wetsuit which hangs like a monkey. If you have any questions regarding wetsuit fitting, please feel free to contact us.
How to Care For A Wetsuit?
Ok, so you have spent a lot of money on your wetsuit and you would like to look after it? Unfortunately urinating in your wetsuit is sometimes a necessity when in the water. The dilemma is how do you wash the pee and salt water off the wetsuit? Salt water and pee will damage the wetsuit and make your wetsuit stink. In this video Jeff gives you a demonstration on how to look after and care for your wetsuit.
A Tour Of Our Showroom
We have been selling wetsuits, surfboards and other surf equipment now since 1999. Way back in the early days we had limited stock, and yearly reinvested in more stock to be where we are today. We are one of the largest stockists in Europe of wetsuits, surfboards and water sports equipment. We also have three retail stores located on the Boscombe sea front. Take a virtual tour around our warehouse and see the massive range we have to offer. If you need advice, please contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you.
So in answer to the question how does a wetsuit keep you warm we should start with the basics of how a wetsuit works. Wetsuits keep you warm by catching a thin layer of water between your skin and the neoprene. Your body heats up this water and keeps you warm. It’s important to get a wetsuit that fits properly, otherwise cold water will constantly flush the warm water out. The neoprene in the wetsuit also acts as insulation against environment, so the thicker the neoprene (and wetsuit) the better the insulation will be. The neoprene contains loads of small air bubbles that provide the insulation.
As technology has advanced in the world of wetsuits and neoprene is of such high quality so does the warmth and flexibility. So where-by the basics of how a wetsuit works is important to warmth its not the most important factor anymore. Let's take a look at some of the key features that uses new technology to make the wetsuit warmer.
Glued & Blindstiched
In terms of construction GBS is where in construction of the wetsuit they join the material together by gluing then stitching to form a bond that reduces water penetration. The less water that enters the wetsuit the warmer your body will remain. GBS seams are in all winter wetsuits (5mm Wetsuits) as not having any water enter the wetsuit is crucial in cold water. Where-by some entry level summer wetsuits (3mm Wetsuits) will have a flatlock construction which is where the material is overlapped and double stitched, this form of construction can let some water through the seams but is used in water that is generally warmer so having less impact.
As you can see from the photo the
red material is the thermal material which is designed to wick water
away from your body and act in the same way as thermal underwear. To the
touch the thermal material is soft with slight bobbles. This is
generally placed on the chest and kidney area of the wetsuit. The reason
for this is to keep the blood flow warm in these key areas thus warm
blood is pumped around the body keeping you warmer. Thermal ling is far
less flexible than neoprene so does reduce flexibility in the areas to
where it is added.
Technology has played a large part in the advent of liquid seams in wetsuits. Liquid seams are designed the minimize even further the possibility of water entering the wetsuit. The process is to GBS the seams first then add this taping to either or both sides of the seam thus making a seal that cant be penetrated. Even as i write this article technology has meant that these seams are reducing in thickness and width to enable increased flexibility. As the more flexible a wetsuit is the better it will feel and the better it will fit, keeping you warmer. So you should consider this when buying a wetsuit. I personally prefer wetsuits without the liquid sealing as i like the flex you get and feeling of not having any restrictions. The seams on wetsuits nowadays is so good that less and less water is getting through the seams.
Winter wetsuits are made with different thickness of neoprene ranging from 4mm, 5mm or even 6mm. Depending on how cold the water is will determine which thickness of wetsuit you should use. Below is a guide which will help you decide which thickness wetsuit you will need to buy.
20C'+ 2mm Shorty
19C'20C Short or 3mm
15C'19C 3mm Full
12C'15C 4mm Full
5C-12C 5mm Full with Gloves & Boots on some days a hood will be required.