What to look for when choosing your wetsuit
It is easy to get excited by the first cool looking wetsuit you find. But buying the first one you see may mean you end up with the wrong kind of suit for the sort of diving you plan on doing. Or worse it just does not fit, which means it will let too much water in. We have spent over 40hrs reviewing the best wetsuits out there for you. So when you look through the best wetsuits we have reviewed below you can rest assured we have picked the ideal selection from you to choose from. Here are a few things you need to think about.
How Should A Wetsuit Fit?
Fit is a very important aspect to consider when buying a wetsuit. If your wetsuit does not fit properly. It will not allow you the mobility you need or be able to keep you warm.
A wetsuit should fit you like a second skin with no excessive bunching in the arms or legs or sagging in the back. It should fit tight to keep a thin layer of water between your suit and body. If your suit is loose in any way. An abundance of water will flush through, making the suit less effective at keeping you warm.
(consult brand specific charts for wetsuits for the best way to help find the correct wetsuit fit.)
After you have your wetsuit on there should be no excess room in the torso, crotch, shoulders or knees. A proper fitting wetsuit will be challenging to put on when dry. (Pro Tip: Keeping your socks on will allow your feet to slide in much easier!)
Once on, lift your arms over your head and stretch out your shoulders. This move should only be slightly restricting. If you feel a lot of pressure during this movement then the suit is too small.
You should be able to squat down and move your arms easily. (wetsuits above 5/4mm are inherently restrictive).
Thermal Protection with Scuba Wetsuits
The temperature underwater isn’t consistent. It all depends on the location of your dive site. Water temperatures near the equator can vary from really warm to icy cold, for instance. Wearing a wetsuit insulates your body from the unpredictable temperatures underwater. Then protects it from elements.
Wetsuits are insulation suits made from neoprene. This is a porous material made up of millions of tiny nitrogen bubbles designed to keep you warm. A neoprene wetsuit contains fabric or spray linings. That add style, strength, and flexibility so that you can slip it on easily.
Divers can choose from different wetsuit styles that differ in terms of warmth, versatility, and thickness. A full body wetsuit covers the arms and legs. While shorties are one-piece suits that have short sleeves and thigh or knee-length legs. Another option would be two-piece wetsuits. These provide ultimate insulation properties when used together.
Temperature range for various wetsuit Seals
Flatlock Wetsuit Stitching
Recommended for use in water that is above 62℃. Lies flat against your body, causing no discomfort yet may let in a little water.
Sealed Wetsuit Seams(Glued and Blindstitched)
Recommended for use in water that is 55℃ & higher. This suit has stitched panels that are glued and then blind stitched. This seam style will let in very little water
Sealed and Taped Wetsuit Seams(Glued, Blindstitched and 100% Taped)
Recommended for use in water that is 55℃ and below. This stitch is glued and then blindstitched. But it also contains interior seam taping. The interior taping will add durability. Reinforce the seam & prevent any water from seeping through.
Back Zip Wetsuits
One of the more classic solutions with the zipper going down the length of the spine with a long cord attached. so you can zip yourself in and out, which we all know can be a bit of a struggle. The advantage of the back zip is that, relative to the other styles, it is typically the easiest to enter and exit. This is quite important when you are trying to get into something that is skin tight.
The disadvantage is that water can get through the seams on the back zip. Freezing water down your back is not something you want. Also when bending forward, the suit will go taut in the back as the zipper lacks any give. Which may restrict movement.
Chest Zip Wetsuits
With the chest zip suit. You enter through a zippered cutout around the neck and you drop down into the suit through the neckline. Before pulling the neck cut over your head and zipping closed. Chest zips are definitely more trickier to enter & exit out of the two suits. However the chest zip is superior at keeping water from penetrating the suit. Through the neckline and seams. The chest zip may also be a more comfortable fit. once on with a snug neck & with the zipperless back yields a greater level of flexibility
Found mainly on lightweight wetsuits and neoprene tops. These suits prioritize mobility over warmth. By eliminating the lack of flex found with zipped suits and stitching. This is a good solution if you have issues with mobility. The entry point for zipperless wetsuits can be found around the chest or neck area. Usually secured by a small zipper or velcro.
It is a pretty standard rule, if you buy the right size, a wetsuit should be comfortable. But if comfort is top on your list of priorities. Look for a wetsuit. With super flexible panels of neoprene around the hips, knees, elbows, and crutch. Many manufacturers combine thicker neoprene on the torso. With thinner neoprene in key areas to make the suit more comfortable.
Okay so let’s look at six wetsuits we have reviewed for you!
GuardianⅠ Warrior Full Wetsuit For Men. The Guardian Ⅰ Warrior Wetsuit is specially designed for adult men diving enthusiasts. In cold water, a wetsuit can keep the body extra warm. The working principle of diving suits is that when water enters the clothes, and then leaves a thin layer of water on the body. Then the body keeps moving to generate heat, heating and keeping the body warm.
GuardianⅠGoddess Full Wetsuit For Women. The Guardian Ⅰ Goddess Wetsuit is specially designed for adult women diving enthusiasts. It is made of 3mm neoprene + nylon elastic fabric. It is healthy, soft and comfortable, and skin-friendly. Flatlock stitching, the line is delicate and neat. GuardianⅠWarrior full men wetsuits can keep you warm, help you float more easily, and help you master swimming and diving skills faster.
igorⅠSpirit Full Wetsuit For Kids. The Vigor Spirit Wetsuits are specially designed for kids. If your kids are lucky enough to have a wetsuit, your kids can swim, surf or scuba diving at any time. The 3mm neoprene wetsuits are worn suitable for 50℉- 67℉.
What works well
Provides a good fit
Durable & comfortable
Great value for money
Retains warmth well
Retains heat well
Not accurate size description
Flushing through neck & sleeves
Zipper not strong enough
Second on our list is the Epic from O’neills which is made from Neoprene Rubber Imported. It has a back zip System which provides easy entry & exit with A watertight seal. The ultra Stretch Neoprene is incredibly soft, the premium material has a superior feel, flexibility, & elevates performance.
Seams are blind stitched & triple glued (GBS); keeping water out & increases durability of the product. This suit has wind-resistant fluidflex firewall panels which provide extra insulation & protection against the cold with 4/3mm 100% ultraFlex neoprene with FluidFlex ™ Firewall Glued and Blindstitched Seam Construction, which seems to really make the difference when resisting the cold. Strategic seamless paddle zone helps with the comfort. Along with the lumbar Seamless Design and Krypto Knee Padz.
Internal Thermo Chest Panel for increased insulation which again helps with the cold. This suit also has a double double super seal neck, fully adjustable and watertight.
What worked well
In cold temperatures keeps you warm
Arms & legs fit well for tall people
Good quality & thickness
Good value for money
Easy on & off
Size guide is spot on
Feels like a second skin
Seams to wear easily in crotch area
Users have reported poor manufacturing quality
Problems with zipper
Now we have a wetsuit from Lemorecn, this suit is designed for comfort and warmth , while also featuring high quality premium neoprene material and flatlock seams. An anatomically cut pattern provides a glove-like fit and patterned to fit the widest variation of sizes and shapes. This suit comes with necessary features like knee pads, extra-long leash.
Ideal for long-lasting mobility of diving, surfing, snorkeling and virtually all underwater and topside watersports; perfect in all conditions from warm to temperate, and even cold water. The suit is spot taped at stress points and flatlock seams provide a smooth interior and exterior surface to ensure maximum comfort and durability. Constructed with premium neoprene for a comfortable and athletic fit. 3/2mm neoprene for warmth without sacrificing flexibility.3mm chest panel for added warmth and 2mm sleeves for greater flexibility. It also features an easy-reach, extra-long leash & easy on with heavy-duty YKK back zipper.
What works well
Keeps you warm in water temperatures of around 60℃
Long tail on zipper works well, zips up easily
The water does not rush in & keeps water out well
Fits tall people well
A bit loose around the wrist & ankles
Zipper breaks easily
A number of user have reported small holes in the seems
Not suitable for very cold waters
So next up is a wetsuit from ZCCO, this mens wetsuit is made with premium material including 90% CR Neoprene 10%nylon and spandex. Which provides sufficient flexibility, while using eco-friendly materials. The suit uses 3mm neoprene which gives the diving suit ample thermal protection. Extra padding in the chest and knee area provide the best protection.
ZCCO states that their suit provides UV protection, waterproof effect and will help you float in water as it is being neoprene.Prevent damage from creatures in the water.
The diving suit is durable, it has a Heavy duty YKK Zipper with zipper pull/hook-and loop closure at back is easy on and off, flatlock seams provide you a smooth and abrasion resistance surf suit. It also comes with anti-abrasion shoulder and knee pads to provide extra strength.
With a unique design, the suit has an adjustable fit around the neck. The neck is Round & cuff with smooth leather design which reduces friction on the skin, no gaps & reduced water intake.
Designed for all water sports like diving, spearfishing ,scuba, stand-up paddle boarding, wave surfing, kayaking, swimming, surfing, canoeing, bodyboarding, wakeboarding, windsurfing.
What works well
Looks pretty cool!
Fits well around the neck, arms & legs
Very well made
Fits like a second skin
Felt heat in the suit in cool waters
Size chart is accurate
A great fit
Did we say it looks cool!
Crotch rides up too high
The seavenger wetsuit has a super-stretch material in the spots you need it most lets you move freely without hindrance. From paddling out to dropping in, the Odyssey wetsuit moves with you through every wave.
Good for 65°F and Up 3mm neoprene fabric insulates your body in temperate waters to keep you comfortable during every adventure. Wear it alone or layer it under a dry suit for colder temperatures.
The flat-lock stitching is designed to lay smooth against your skin to create a tight layer of insulation against your skin for maximum thermal retention, reduced chafing and longer use. The convenient back zip features a gusseted zipper with an extra-long leash for easy entry every time. Spend less time gearing up and more time in the water. The Seavenger Odyssey wetsuit is designed to fit tightly for maximum insulation and more comfortable movement.
The design also has super-stretch panels in the knee and armpit make it great for triathlon use.
What works well
The wetsuit is super comfortable
Protects from the sun
Easy to zip up & down
Comfortable to wear for long periods
Durable during deep dives of 100Ft
Size chart quite inaccurate
The fit between the torso & appendage are disproportionate
Tight at wrist & ankles
The wetsuit on our review is another one from O’Neill, this, the Reactor II. Made with Neoprene rubber imported,with zipper closure.
Ideal Entry Level Value Driven Wetsuit, perfect for surfing, diving, paddle sports, lake activities, & beach days.
Backzip system provides easy entry exit with A water resistant closure, ultra stretch neoprene: incredibly soft premium material has superior feel, flexibility, & elevates performance. Seamless paddle zones’s flexible design utilizes minimal seam placement for comfort & maximum mobility. This really does help when pulling the suit on & off. The suit has been designed to be wind-Resistant, smoothskin provides extra insulation & protection against the cold.
This suit is not that buoyant, so is ideal if you want to use it for free diving.
What works well
Materials are very good quality
Comfortable to wear
Very little leakage from neck area & appendage openings
Good flexibility, not restrictive
Easy to put on & take off
Good value for money
Good construction, cut of the suit is very good
Back zipper pops open regularly
Trouble zipping up
Wetsuits are quite an emotive subject with so many body shapes & sizes, getting the right one is never easy. Then you have to consider what you are using it for. There is a lot to consider. During our review we have found it is important to get your size right first. Then a good size chart helps with picking the ideal size for you.
It is easy to spend a fortune when scuba diving but that is not necessarily the way with all the equipment. The wetsuit is a piece of equipment that you don’t have to spend crazy money on. Understanding what you need from your equipment and what works well for you. Will then help you form a decision based on knowledge. We hope after reading our review of the best wet suit. Will help you to decide & provide information that will help you make an informed decision.
Out of the six wetsuits we have reviewed the general opinion was the best wetsuit. That is based on value for money, generally fitting well that kept you warm. With the size guide being accurate along with the quality of the cut we thought the O’Neills epic was our pick. Overall people felt this was comfortable. It fitted well, and provided a good level of heat retention. Click here to check it out for yourself.
We would love to hear your thoughts & feedback on masks you have purchased.