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Buying a wetsuit

Are you looking for a wetsuit? Telstar Surf has a wide range of wetsuits. We have a suitable wetsuit for every type of water sports enthusiast. From kite surfers, windsurfers and wave surfers to sailors and wakeboarders. At Telstar Surf we only sell wetsuits from top brands such as: O'Neill, ION, Mystic, Neilpryde/NP, Prolimit and Brunotti.

What is a wetsuit?

The main function of a wetsuit is to keep your body warm. Especially when you are in the water for a longer period of time in cold weather (and wind), you can quickly become hypothermic. A wetsuit is made of neoprene. This is a flexible type of material that absorbs little water. Due to the flexible properties of neoprene, wetsuits can be worn tightly.

A wetsuit keeps you warm by retaining a thin layer of water between our skin and the neoprene. This layer of water is heated by the heat of your own body. For example, a wetsuit has very good insulating properties and is extremely suitable for keeping your body warm in the water.

Types of wetsuits

Semidry wetsuit

Semidry wetsuits are the most commonly used wetsuits. In this type of wetsuit you get wet, but the layer between you and the wetsuit ensures that you stay warm.

Steamer

Steamer wetsuits cover your entire body and are made of relatively thick neoprene. These wetsuits are therefore mainly suitable for the colder temperatures. In steamers, the seams are often either glued or taped, so that no water enters the seams. This also makes steamer wetsuits warmer than other wetsuits.

Full wetsuit

These are wetsuits that cover the entire body, but are often made of slightly thinner neoprene. This generally makes full wetsuits less warm than steamers. Full suits are mainly suitable for moderate temperatures.

Overknee

With thigh high wetsuits, the arms are fully covered and the legs are just over the knee. These wetsuits are also used for average temperatures. The advantage of thigh highs is that these wetsuits are more comfortable to wear with kite or wakeboard boots.

Shorty

The name says it all. Shorty's only cover the upper body and the upper parts of the arms and legs. These wetsuits are suitable for warmer temperatures.

Drysuit

Drysuits are there for the coldest weather conditions. These suits offer thermal insulation and thus maximum warmth. Because a drysuit fits very tightly on the arms, legs and neck, the water stays outside the suit. So you don't get wet in a drysuit and you can safely put on dry clothes to keep yourself optimally warm.

Wetsuit thickness

Wetsuits are available in thicknesses from 1 to 6 mm. As a rule: the thicker the neoprene, the warmer the wetsuit. Usually a wetsuit has neoprene in two thicknesses. For example, a 5/3 wetsuit is provided with 5mm neoprene on the stomach and back to keep your core warm. And 3 mm neoprene on the arms and legs for optimal freedom of movement.

Temperature Wetsuit thickness
Icy cold  (> 2ºC) 6/4, 5/5, 5/4
Cold (> 8ºC) 5/4, 5/3
Medium  (> 14ºC) 5/3, 4/3
Warm (> 18ºC) 3/2
Tropical (> 22ºC) 3/2, 2/2, 2/1

What should you pay attention to?

Types of neoprene

In the main line there are two types of neoprene from which wetsuits are made; single-lined and double-lined neoprene. The lining is a layer of fabric over the neoprene. If this is on the inside and outside, it is therefore double-lined. If the outside of your wetsuit consists of smooth rubber, it is single lined neoprene.

Single lined neoprene is warmer, because the structure is dense. You do not suffer from cold wind chill. The advantage is that you stay warmer in your surf suit. The downside is the higher vulnerability. This is the reason that especially wakeboarders, kite surfers, water skiers and sailors opt for the stronger version.

Frontzip or backzip

Surfers often prefer front zip wetsuits. This can be easily explained for two reasons: waterproofness and freedom of movement. Against these advantages, however, is that a front zip surf suit is a bit more difficult to put on, especially when you are a bit taller. All in all, it remains a personal choice that is different for everyone. Only by fitting different types, you will find out which wetsuit suits your body.

Size and fit

The most important thing with a wetsuit is that it fits well against your body, so that not too much water can enter and you stay warm. In addition to the heat, comfort is of course also important. A wetsuit should not hinder your performance on the water! However, you have to look for the right mix between comfort and a tight fit. First check which size you need.

Other features of the wetsuits

  • More expensive wetsuits generally have a smoother neoprene. This increases wearing comfort and freedom of movement.
  • Flushings: some wetsuits have small holes at the legs, for example. Water can flow out of your wetsuit through these holes. Kite surfers attach considerable value to this, because they also get a lot of water in through the pipes.
  • Liquid seams: their function is very questionable. It is mainly an optical addition to your surf suit. These ensure 100% waterproof seams.
  • Lining: the more expensive wetsuits have a lining on the inside that insulates the wetsuit even better. With some wetsuits this is limited to the chest and with others it is incorporated throughout the wetsuit.

View our men's wetsuits or women's wetsuits for the summer or winter. Are you curious about which brands we sell? View our 3 most popular brands below.

Wetsuit brands

Mystic wetsuits

Mystic is a brand that mainly sells accessories for kite surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding and SUP. Mystic wetsuits are at the forefront of the market and are characterized by their good fit and use of quality materials. At Mystic you can choose from winter and summer wetsuits for young and old in different price ranges.

ION wetsuits

ION is a relatively new but established brand that mainly sells accessories for all types of board sports. ION wetsuits are certainly not inferior in quality to wetsuits from the Mystic brand, but they are distinguished in the fit. For some, an ION wetsuit will fit better than a Mystic wetsuit. And vice versa.

Prolimit wetsuits

Prolimit is an original Dutch water sports brand that is characterized by a good price-quality ratio. Compared to Mystic and ION, it is not the most innovative brand, but at Prolimit you can still buy a very good wetsuit at a lower price.

Knowing more?

Do you have a question, do you still have doubts about something or can we help you choose the right wetsuit? Please feel free to contact us with any questions. That's what we're here for!

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