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How does a wetsuit work?


Whether you’re into kitesurfing, waterskiing, swimming or surfing, a wetsuit is an essential piece of gear for colder water conditions. Wetsuits offer better insulation than standard swimsuits or boardshorts, making them a preferred option for extended water activities. They are available for men, women, and kids, making them suitable for the whole family.

Wetsuits are typically made of neoprene and come in various thicknesses to suit different water and activity conditions. Neoprene is not waterproof, but it has small holes (cells) that allow water to enter. The thin layer of water that gets trapped between the neoprene and your skin acts as an additional layer of insulation, keeping you warm. Thicker neoprene has more heat-trapping cells, providing better insulation. Consider the thickness of the neoprene based on your activity and the time of year.

The heat generated from your body warms this thin layer of water, which acts as an additional layer of insulation in the wetsuit, helping to keep you nice and warm. The thicker the neoprene, the warmer it will be, as it will have more of the tiny heat-trapping cells in it. This is important to keep this in mind for your chosen activity and the time of year.

Choosing the right fit and shape for your wetsuit is crucial for comfort and warmth. Men’s wetsuits are designed with broader shoulders and taller cuts, while women’s wetsuits are often contoured to accommodate curves around the hips and breast area. It’s important to ensure that the thickest neoprene is around your core to protect vital organs, but also consider the arms and legs, especially if you’ll be in cold water for extended periods.

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