Selecting the proper wetsuit will keep you comfy and cozy while riding year round.
November 19, 2014
Keep an eye out for the wrist and ankle seals; most brands will have some sort of material to keep these seals nice and tight. All suits are not created equal and will provide a different fit. Check out your local dealer to try on different suits to see what fits best for your body type.Boating
Also called rubber, neoprene is the material from which the majority of wetsuits are made. The neoprene with the most stretch is better because it flexes with your body movements, and the stretchiness typically is a large factor in the cost of the suit. Thickness
A suit’s thickness determines the warmth, and millimeters are used to measure the neoprene’s thickness. Anywhere from .5 mm up to 2 mm is the standard thickness for wetsuit tops, and spring suits (shorties) are usually in that thickness range as well. When you see a suit that is a 3/2, this means the suit has 3 mm
thick neoprene on the body panels, and 2 mm thickness on the arms and legs. For serious cold water, opt for a 4/3 suit, but you probably won’t want to get too much thicker than that in a wetsuit, for mobility’s sake. Seams
There are essentially three different types of seams out there. Flat-locked stitched seams are used on smaller-thickness suits and will let a little bit of water through. Glued and blind-stitched (also called sealed) seams let very little water through, tend to be a little more expensive, and are the most common. Finally there are glued, blind-stitched and taped seams (also called sealed and taped), in which the seams are taped for extra durability, and the assurance of little to no water getting through.
Body Glove Prime TopThings We Like: + Magnaflex neoprene throughout makes it super comfortable. + Fluidseal at the wrists stays snug and adds to all-day warmth. + The side zipper with board-short connector is very convenient. Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL Thickness: 1 mm MSRP: $100 bodyglove.com
Body Glove Lime Smoothie Women’s Spring SuitThings We Like: + Magnaflex neoprene throughout keeps it comfy. + Lycra leg trim and smooth-skin collar provide extra comfort. + Interior key pocket is really convenient. Sizes: 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 Thickness: 2 mm MSRP: $100 bodyglove.com
Jetpilot Cause Full SuitThings We Like: + It offers Flexlite neoprene panels for fantastic comfort combined with the warmth many riders demand. + The new Cause Speed Zip Entry may change wetsuit technology forever. + Its breathable construction was chosen specifically for cool conditions. Sizes: XS, S, M, MT, L, XL, XXL Thickness: 3 mm/2 mm MSRP: $140 jetpilot.com
Camaro Blacktec Mono Pro Spring SuitThings We Like: + This Austrian wetsuit offers extreme elasticity and complete comfort, thanks to the open-cell technology of the neoprene used to make it. + The mono is great for entry-level and recreational water sports. + This wetsuit is very easy to get on and off — a big plus. Sizes: N/A Thickness: 1.5 mm MSRP: $150 camaro.at
Camaro Modetec Skin Pro Full SuitThings We Like: + This wetsuit is made in Austria and from material that seems impossibly thin. In use, you’ll enjoy great workmanship and material that’s up to the task. + Wearing this suit is like having a suit of armor between you and the environment. + It’s hot-welded, so there are no stitches and comfort is maximized. Sizes: N/A Thickness: .5 mm MSRP: $300 camaro.at
Camaro Modetec Skin Pro TopThings We Like: + Silver style is cool, yet the super lightweight top keeps you very warm. + The titanium water repellent allows this top to shed water like a waxed windshield, according to its maker. + Super flexibility is afforded. Sizes: N/A Thickness: .5 mm MSRP: $150 camaro.at