Wet suits are made of neoprene. Most surf wetsuits today are made of flexible neoprene, which gives way to your movements. What separates wet suits is blah. their thickness and thus when in the year they will keep you warm. An often overlooked feature that is of great importance for the quality of the wetsuit is how the different pieces of neoprene are put together. At a minimum, all suits are sewn together; one can then talk about what has been done with the seams to reinforce them and thus keep water out. Below, we will try to give you an insight into what separates different wetsuits and give you a sense of what type of wetsuit suits you.
The thickness of the neoprene from which the wetsuit is made, of course, has a bearing on how warm and flexible it is. You want a flexible suit, but you also need to be able to keep warm. In general, we talk about summer suits, year-round suits and winter suits. The thickness of the wetsuit is usually different on the thorax (upper body) and on the legs / arms. The transition between them often also has its own thickness. Therefore, a summer suit will have a thickness of 3 / 2mm or 4 / 3mm, while a full-year suit will have the thickness of 5 / 3mm or 5/4 / 3mm. A winter suit is usually 6/5 / 4mm thick.
Seams on the wet suit cannot keep water out unless they are sealed - this is what we call the wet suit is glued in the seams. The bonding can be both inside and / or outside. Further, the stitching can be secured with a thin piece of neoprene - this is called insulation tape. It is often seen that the price varies widely based on the type of stitching and less on the thickness of the neoprene.
It is easier to keep warm when seated and no water enters in some places. Therefore, we recommend choosing the small size if you are in doubt about two sizes. When the suit comes in water and is worn sometimes, the neoprene adapts to your physique and will sit better - a bit like a shoe to wear. Womens wetsuits are designed to fit the female shapes. A mens suit is designed to fit the mens body. You can read more about wet suits in our neoprene guide.