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So when the water temperature drops it can be time for many people to leave the water until the warmer waters of the summer months. However with the advancement in technology that does not need to be the case anymore.
So you love your water sport and the sea temperature is below 10C, fear not as with the correct wetsuits you can quite comfortably get back into the sea. The ideal thickness is 5mm of neoprene on the body and 3mm on the arms. This is the general thickness of a winter wetsuit.
Prices generally start at the £120 mark up to as much as £400. An entry-level wetsuit will have a certain amount of flex generally on the arms and lumber region. It will usually incorporate thermal lining on the chest and lumber region, this is designed to wick water away from your body and retain your body heat. Good brands of wetsuit in this price region are O’Neill Epic, Rip Curl Dawn Patrol, C-Skins Surflite and Billabong Foil.
So why spend anymore money? Well the more money you spend the more features you will get in the wetsuit. Such as, the wetsuits tend to be completely super stretch neoprene meaning it fits better to your body and as you move it does not create any gaps and does not let any water into the wetsuit. The better the neoprene stretches the less tired you become and the longer you will be able to stay out in the water. Top end wetsuits will generally have additional thermal lining and air insulated neoprene again making the wetsuit even warmer. Some great brands to consider are Rip Curl Flash Bomb, O’Neill Psycho 3 and Xcel Infiniti wetsuits. A mid range wetsuits will have some of the top end features and is a good compromise for those on a budget that don’t want the entry level wetsuits but also don’t want to spend a greater amount of money. If you are looking in this price bracket around the £150 level then look at O’Neill Superfreak, Rip Curl Dawn Patrol, O’Neill Gooru & C Skins Legend.
Your only other decision would be to buy a chest zip or back zip, a back zip is easier to get on and off but a chest zip is more flexible in the water, letting in less water thus keeping you warmer.
So you have got your new wetsuit the only other things, which are essential, are wetsuit boots, gloves and if it gets very cold a wetsuit hood. Same theme applies in terms of generally the more you spend the warmer the product. Best brands are O’Neill wetsuits, Rip Curl and Xcel for these products. Make sure your boots are 5mm and the gloves from 2mm to 5mm depending on how much you feel the cold. For gloves remember the thicker they are the less movement you will have.
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