Which Winter Wetsuit to Buy for Less than £140
The first thing you should consider when buying your wetsuit for winter months is how much you are going to be using it. In other words there is no point buying a top end wetsuit if you are only using it for an hour every couple of weeks. Saying that if you do feel the cold more and are willing to get the best wetsuit on the market it will keep you warmer. All winter wetsuits are 5mm of neoprene on the body and 3mm on the arms. They are also all GBS, which means on the seams they are stitched and glued together minimizing water getting into the wetsuit.
In terms of do you get what you pay for in winter wetsuits then it’s a big yes, the more expensive the wetsuit the more flexible then become as higher grade neoprene is used which is softer and if it fits well the warmer you will be and less tired. It will also have added thermal lining properties, which are designed to wick water away from your body and act in much the same way as thermal underwear and retain your body heat.
Most of the entry level wetsuits now have certain critical areas such as arms, lumber region & certain parts on the legs with the high grade neoprene. They also contain the thermal lining on the chest & kidney areas.
So lets take a look at a few recommendations for Mens Winter Wetsuits, Ladies Winter Wetsuits & Kids Winter Wetsuits:
Billabong Foil / Synergy Mens, Ladies & Kids Winter Wetsuits
Billabong Wetsuits produce a really good value for money entry-level winter wetsuit in the foil range as above for Ladies, Men & Kids. They all have a good amount of high-grade flex material where you need and include thermal properties. Smooth skin is on the chest panels and is designed to stop wind cooling the body down on winding cold days. This has proved to be a good cost effect with a decent amount of style. The mens & Ladies range are both £134.99 and the Kids £79.99 so they wont break the bank.
O’Neill Epic Mens, Ladies & Kids Winter Wetsuits
O’Neill Wetsuits are the market leaders in Wetsuits and for good reason these guys invented the first wetsuit. Since then the modern day wetsuit has been continually modified to get warmer and warmer. The Epic range again all 5/3 wetsuits all have thermal material on the chest and lumber regions and good flex on the arms and good quality neoprene on the legs so not to stiff. They all have smooth skin neoprene on the chest and kidneys which is designed to stop wind getting into the wetsuit once it is wet. Prices start at £119.99 for the men & ladies and £89.99 for the kids. Great value and great back up from the people that know all about wetsuits O’Neill.
Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Mens, Ladies & Kids Wetsuits
Rip Curl Wetsuits are another company at the fro front of wetsuit technology and in recent years have produced the flash dry thermal lining which is designed to wick water away from the body and retain heat unlike other thermal linings it is also designed to be the fastest drying lining meaning you don’t have to wait a age to get it back on again for your next splash. All companies keep pushing the boundaries which means now even the entry level wetsuits have the technology and features that a top end wetsuit would have had a few years ago. As before on the other brands Rip Curl also has good levels of stretch material in there entry level wetsuits. Prices start at £139 for mens & ladies and £99 for the kids.
Hope that this brief run down on the wetsuit centre recommendations for 2013 but should you have any questions please feel free to contact us [email protected] or call 01202 302943