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Advice to make your purchase of a wetsuit a success

With the purchase of a wetsuit you have to take a number of things to heart. First, you must ask yourself at what temperature and conditions you want to use your wetsuit. Based on this you can decide whether you need a shorty, steamer or a drysuit. The most important thing is of course that the wetsuit fits well with your body and fits nicely. Each size wetsuit in our web shop has a size chart, so you can easily and easily choose the right size. Buying a wetsuit is therefore very easy online. And if you can't solve it, just contact us.

How does a wetsuit work?

A wetsuit is made of neoprene and provides an insulating layer around your body, so that you do not get cold while practicing water sports. When you go into the water with your wetsuit, a thin layer of water is created between your wetsuit and your body. This water is then heated by your body, so you don't get cold. This is because water molecules transport energy and therefore heat 25 to 40 times faster than air molecules. A good example is that with a temperature of 15 degrees outside you can comfortably walk around in your t-shirt and trousers, while in water of 15 degrees you soon begin to shake with the cold.

When is your wetsuit good?

A well-fitting wetsuit is very important so that you do not get cold and that you are not hindered from performing tricks. You can find the right size by looking at the size tables and measuring your own body measurements. A wetsuit must feel like a second skin without sinking in places such as the armpits, arms and legs. The wetsuit must be tight around your body so that only a small layer of water remains between your body and wetsuit.

Temperature table in relation to the neoprene thickness of your wetsuit

Water temperature (° C)

Neoprene thickness (mm) Wetsuit type
<5 ° C 6 / 5mm - 6 / 4mm Steamer / Full suit
6-11 ° C 5 / 5mm - 5 / 4mm Steamer / Full suit
11-15 ° C 5 / 3mm Steamer / Full suit
15-17 ° C 3 / 2mm Steamer / Full suit
17-20 ° C 3 / 2mm - 2 / 2mm Thigh / Short arm
18-24 ° C 3 / 2mm - 2 / 2mm Shorty
> 22 ° C N / A Rashguard


Things that are important when fitting a wetsuit

1. If you are wearing your wetsuit, there should not be any excess space between your body and the suit, such as your crotch, torso, shoulders and knees. A well-fitting wetsuit is indeed difficult to put on!
2. Lift your arms above your head and raise your shoulders, if the wetsuit is too opposed, the wetsuit is too small and you need a larger size.
3. You must be able to move your arms easily and squat should not be a problem.

Neoprene thickness of a wetsuit

This is an important aspect of a wet suit, the thicker the wet suit is in millimeters the warmer it is. The thickness is displayed in 2 numbers (for example: 5/3). The first number stands for the thickness of the breast panel and the second number for the remaining parts. In the table below you can see which wetsuit you need for the different types of water temperatures.

Wetsuits type

Wetsuits come in different shapes and sizes, so you have steamers, shorty's and short arm wetsuits. Below the types are compared so that you can make the right choice for a wetsuit that best suits your needs.

1. Rashguards
These are shirts made from lycra that protect you against the sun. They are also worn under wetsuits to prevent rashes. A rashguard is worn if the water temperature is higher than 22 ° C.

2. Short / Long John
Made from neoprene and especially suitable for higher water temperatures.

3. Shorty
Shorty's are made of neoprene and have short sleeves and short legs.

4. Thigh High
Thigh-high wetsuits are made of neoprene and have long sleeves and legs that fall just below the knees. Due to the short legs, these suits are great to sail with in the summer.

5. Short arm
Short arm wetsuits are made of neoprene and have short sleeves and long legs. Super suit for the surfer who not only wants to have brown hands but also brown arms.

6. Steamer / Full Suit
Steamers are made of neoprene and have long sleeves and long legs. These are the most used wetsuits in the Netherlands, because they can be sailed in our Dutch waters from April to October.

7. Semi-dry wetsuit
These are actually steamers made of neoprene, but the seams are sealed watertight so that no water can enter. Semi-dry wetsuits are therefore a lot warmer than wetsuits without waterproof seams.

8. Drysuit
Dry suits are perfect for winter conditions, because they do not allow water and wind. So you can wear your dry suit over your normal clothes without getting wet. This is also a big advantage when changing clothes after your kite, surf or windsurf session.

Closure of your wetsuit

Wetsuits have three different ways to close. A zipper on your back, also known as Back-Zip. A zipper on your chest, known as Front-Zip and no zipper and that is called a No-Zip.

Front zip

The Front-Zip was developed from wave surfing. Because surfers wanted more freedom of movement, the front zip was developed and it has now also made its appearance in other water sports such as kite surfing and windsurfing. Less water comes in and your arms have more freedom of movement. Putting on and taking off is a bit more difficult with a Front-Zip.

Back zip

Most wetsuits have a zipper on the back of the suit. This ensures a little less freedom of movement. Most brands do have a water stopper built in so that the water does not enter the suit through your back.

No zip

For the real snake people there is the No-Zip. These suits close with a complicated flapping system. We do not recommend for the somewhat windier winds and kite surfers. A lot of freedom of movement due to the lack of a zipper.

Wetsuit size chart for men

  Weight Length / Height Breast / Chest Middel / Waist
Size / Size pound kg ft cm inch cm inch cm
46 / XS 120 - 140 54 - 64 5'6 "- 5'8" 168 - 173 36 - 38 92-96 27 - 30 69 - 75
48 / S 135 - 155 61 - 70 5'7 "- 5'9" 171 - 176 38 - 40 96-100 30 - 32 75 - 81
94 / ST 140 - 160 63 - 72 5'10 "- 6'1" 178 - 186 38 - 40 96-100 28 - 31 71 - 79
50 / M 150 - 170 68 - 77 5'8 "- 5'10" 173 - 178 40 - 42 100-106 31 - 34 80 - 86
98 / MT 155 - 175 70 - 79 6'0 "- 6'3" 183 - 190 40 - 42 100-106 31 - 34 80 - 86
52 / L 170 - 190 77 - 86 5'9 "- 5'11" 177 - 183 42-44 106-111 33 - 36 85 - 91
102 / LT 175 - 195 79 - 88 6'2 "- 6'5" 188 - 196 42 - 44 106-111 33 - 36 85 - 91
54 / XL 190 - 210 86 - 95 5'10 "- 6'1" 178 - 186 44 - 46 111-116 35 - 38 90 - 96
106 / XLT 195 - 215 88 - 97 6'2 - 6'5 " 188 - 196 44 - 46 111-116 35 - 38 90 - 96
56 / XXL 210 - 230 95 - 104 6'0 - 6'2 " 183 - 188 46 - 48 116-121 37 - 40 95 - 101
26 / LS 175 - 195 79 - 88 5'8 "- 5'10" 173 - 178 42 - 44 106-111 33 - 36 85 - 91
27 / XLS 190 - 210 86 - 95 5'9 "- 5'11" 177 - 181 44 - 46 111-116 35 - 38 90 - 96
28 / XXLS 205 - 225 93 - 102 5'10 - 6'1 178 - 186 46 - 48 116-121 37 - 40 95 - 101
29 / 3XLS 220 - 240 100 - 109 6'1 - 6'3 185 - 190 48 - 50 121-127 39 - 42 99 - 106

Wetsuit size chart for ladies

  Weight Length / Height Breast / Chest Middel / Waist
Size kg ft cm inch cm inch cm
36 / S / 8 50 - 59 5'3 "- 5'5" 162 - 166 34 - 36 86 - 91 25 - 26 63 - 67
38 / M / 10 55 - 65 5'4 "- 5'6" 164 - 168 36 - 38 91 - 95 26 - 28 67 - 71
40 / L / 12 60 - 68 5'5 "- 5'7" 166 - 170 38 - 40 95 - 100 28 - 30 71 - 75
42 / XL / 14 65 - 72 5'6 "- 5'7" 168 - 172 40 - 42 100 - 105 30 - 32 75 - 81
44 / XXL / 16 70 - 85> 5'7 "- 5'9" 172 - 176 42 - 44 105 - 111 32 - 34 81 - 86

Have you learned a bit and would you like to view wetsuits? Check our wetsuits from brands such as Brunotti & ION.