Buying a wetsuit

Tips 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 of all, you have to ask yourself at what temperature and circumstances you want to use your wetsuit. This allows you to decide whether you need a shorty, steamer or drysuit. The most important thing is of course that the wetsuit fits well with your body and is comfortable. With every wetsuit in our webshop you can display a size table, which makes it easy and easy to choose the right size. Buying a wetsuit is therefore very easy online. And if you don't get out, just contact us.

The operation of a wetsuit?
A wetsuit is made of neoprene and provides an insulating layer around your body, so you don't get cold when practicing water sports. If 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 up by your body, so you don't get cold. This is because water molecules transport energy and thus heat 25 to 40 times faster than air molecules. A good example is that with a temperature of 15 degrees outside you can walk around comfortably in your t-shirt and trousers, while in 15 degrees water you quickly start to vibrate from the cold.

When is your wetsuit right?
A well-sitting wetsuit is very important so that you don't get cold and won't be bothered when performing tricks. You can find the right size by looking at the size tables and measuring your own body measurements. A wetsuit should feel like a second skin without sinking in places like the armpits, arms and legs. The wetsuit should fit tightly around your body so that there is only a small layer of water between your body and wetsuit. 

Temperature table

Water temperatuur (°C)

       Neopreen dikte (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            Overknee/Short arm 
18-24°C               3/2mm - 2/2mm            Shorty 
> 22°C               Nvt            Rashguard 

Issues that are important when fitting a wetsuit

1. If you have your wetsuit on, there should be no excess space between your body and suit, think of your crotch, trunk, shoulders and knees. A well-fitting wetsuit is indeed difficult to attract!
2. Raise your arms above your head and pull your shoulders, if the wetsuit is too small and you need a larger size.
3. You should be able to move your arms easily and crouching shouldn't be a problem either.

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

Type of wetting
Wetsuits come in different shapes and sizes, such as steamers, shorty's and short arm wetsuits. Below the types are compared to each other so that you can make the right choice for a wetsuit that suits your needs best.

1. Rashguards
These are shirts made of lycra that protect you from the sun. They are also worn under wetsuits to prevent results. A breed guard is worn when the water temperature is above 22°C.

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

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

4. Knee
Knee wetsuits are made of neoprene and have long sleeves and trouser legs that fall just over the knees. Because of the short trouser legs these suits are delicious to sail with in the summer.

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

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

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