Buying a wetsuit is an investment piece, and will enable you to surf all year round in the colder waters close to home. Knowing how to choose a wetsuit that is right for you is essential, as your wetsuit should last you years of surf sessions and surf holidays. Here are our top tips for buying your new wetsuit:
- 1- Season
One of the first things to consider is when you are going to where your wetsuit. There is a big difference between summer and winter wetsuits: the thickness of the neoprene and the style of suit itself. Buying a winter wetsuit is usually the best investment if you live in Northern Europe as the ocean is relatively cold for the majority of the year. However if you will be spending time in southern Europe i.e. Portugal, France, Fuerteventura then a shortie wetsuit could be a nice addition and is a lot cheaper than a full summer suit
- 2- Price range
- 3- Thickness
The thicker the wetsuit the warmer it will be. If buying a winter wetsuit consider a 5,4,3mm, which means the body of the suit will be 5mm thick, the legs 4mm and the arms 3mm. There will be variations on this depending on the design, however new suits are surprisingly flexible despite the thickness of the neoprene fabric.
- 4- Fit
- 5- Accessories