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The importance of a good wetsuit (2)

Don´t save money on a wetsuit, for it is of most significant importance for you... (part2)

Picture:A proper wetsuit might just be your best friend!!!

Credits to: Johannes Hohls


But... how should a wetsuit fit?

A wetsuit should fit like a second skin with no sagging in the back or excessive of neoprene in the arms or legs. Pay attention to were the wetsuit form wrinkles. When you put it on, it should not be too easy or large to wear nor too tight and hard to put. It should give you a bit of a fight to wear it for the first times... (lol) as it must be perfectly "glued" to your body.

Underneath the wetsuit you can use a swim slip, as it gets much more confortable.

While in the water, it should fit tight in order to keep only a thin layer of water between your body and your suit . If your suit is loose, an abundance of water will flush through, making the suit less effective at keeping you warm and slowing you down while rowing and also puts some weight on your board. Too much water inside your suit is a definite "NO NO".

A wetsuit should also fit perfectly around your neck (many people wear a rashguard underneath their wetsuit to prevent a neck rash, but i prefer Tubular Monkey anti chafing cream).

If your wetsuit does not fit properly it will not be able to keep you warm or allow you the mobility you need for your sport. Consulting brand-specific size charts for wetsuits are the best way to start finding the correct wetsuit fit.

short hints...Wetsuit Fit Checklist

  • After you put your wetsuit on, there should be no excess space in the torso, crotch, shoulders, or knees. A proper fitting wetsuit will be challenging to put on when dry, as i said. ( Keeping your socks on will allow your feet to slide in much easier! )

  • Once on, lift your arms over your head and stretch out your shoulders. This move should only be slightly restricting. If you feel a lot of pressure in your shoulders or ass during this movement then the suit is too small.

  • You should be able to squat down and move your arms easily.

Once you get your wetsuit on your body, you have to zip it and tack it. There are many ways to zip your wetsuit, but in general you can count on these ones:

Wetsuit Zippers - Front/Chest Zip vs Back Zip

There is more to getting into your suit than you may think. There are three types of wetsuit entry constructions: back zips, chest zips and ziperless.

Back Zip Wetsuits

This is the classic solution with the zipper going down the length of the spine with a long cord attached so you can zip yourself in and out. The advantage of a back zip is that, relative to the other styles, it is typically the easiest to enter and exit. This is a big deal when you are trying to get into something that is skin tight. The disadvantage is that water can get through the seams on the back zip, which in cold water can become a major deterrent (think ice cubes down your back). Many companies have come up with their own flush guard technologies to reduce this from happening (e.g. Quiksilver Hydroshield). Also, when you are bending forward, the suit will go taut in the back and the zipper lacks give, which may restrict movement.

Chest Zip Wetsuits

Chest zip wetsuits are entered through a zippered cutout around the neck and you drop down into the suit through the neckline before pulling the neck cut over your head and zipping closed at the chest. Chest zips are the trickier of the two types to both enter and exit. The chest zip is superior at keeping water from penetrating the suit through the seams and the neckline. The chest zip may also be a more comfortable fit once on with a snug neck that is less likely to cause rashes and the zipperless back yields a greater level of flexibility.

Zipperless Wetsuits

Found on lighterweight (think 3/2 and thinner) wetsuits and neoprene tops, these suits prioritize mobility over warmth by eliminating the lack of flex found around zippered areas and stitching. This may be a good solution if you have issues with mobility while paddling or surfing. The entry point for zipperless wetsuits can be found around the chest or neck area and is usually secured by a small zipper, elastic or velcro.

In the next chapter we will show you how to proper put on a wetsuit.

Stay safe, Stay focus, Respect the locals and destroy some waves!!!

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