Kids wetsuits

Buying a children's wetsuit

Are you looking for a children's wetsuit? At Telstar Surf we sell a wide range of wetsuits especially for children. We have wetsuits from top brands such as Mystic, ION, Prolimit and O'Neill for children from 2 to 16 years old. After that, they can often work fine with a ladies or gentlemen wetsuit.

Is a wetsuit necessary?

A wetsuit quickly becomes indispensable, especially for children. Cold has an even greater effect on children than on adults. The Dutch weather conditions also influence the importance of a wetsuit for children. Often when you go out on the water to surf, the wind blows quite hard. This, in combination with getting wet, ensures that your body cools down quickly. A wetsuit is the best solution for keeping your body at the right temperature.

Types of wetsuits

Broadly speaking, two types of wetsuits for children: fullsuits and shorty's.

Fullsuits for children

In addition to the height of summer, do you also surf in the spring and autumn in less good weather? Then we recommend a fullsuit!

Fullsuits are distinguished by the fact that the arms and legs (or one of the two) are covered in this type. Children's fullsuits are made of neoprene with a thickness between 3 and 5 millimeters. Glued the seams of most fullsuits on the inside. Seams that are glued on the inside and stitched on the outside are not only very strong, but also waterproof. In addition, fullsuits are generally more luxurious with, for example, more flexible neoprene, a front zip, waterblock, etc. All this makes a children's fullsuit warmer compared to shorty.

Shorty's for children

Do you only go out on the water during your holiday or in the summer when the weather is nice? Then be sure to look for a shorty!

As the name implies, shorty wetsuits do not cover the bottom of your arms and legs. On inland water we recommend these wetsuits for children from about 20 degrees and good weather. For example, when it is 20 degrees, but cloudy with a lot of wind, shortys can quickly be too cold. This is mainly due to the thickness of the neoprene. Children's shorties often have a thickness of 3/2 or 2/2. In the case of a 3/2, the neoprene on the chest and back means 3 millimeters and on the arms and legs 2 millimeters.

Tips for a children's wetsuit

Which size?

The size of the children's wetsuit is very important. Not only for comfort, but also for the warmth! The better the wetsuit fits, the thinner the layer of water between the body and the wetsuit and the warmer the wetsuit is. If the size is too large, cold water continuously flows into the wetsuit, causing the body to cool down faster. To prevent this, we recommend that you first properly adjust the chosen wetsuit before you go on the water with it.

It is important that the wetsuits fit well everywhere, but are not too tight. You often have the feeling that you are being pulled down over your shoulders. You can have a little more space on the back. You need this for your freedom of movement.

Thickness of the wetsuit

Wetsuits for children are available in different thicknesses. Then we are talking about the thickness of the neoprene. The thicker the neoprene, the warmer the wetsuit. You often compromise on freedom of movement with the thickness.

  • 5mm: a 5mm wetsuit is good to use on the colder autumn or spring days. A children's wetsuit in this thickness is also called the all season wetsuit, because you can actually wear it all year round except in the winter.
  • 4mm: These wetsuits are suitable for use in the spring, autumn or colder summer days. 4mm kids wetsuits can also be used well in mountain lakes such as Lac de Serre-Ponçon.
  • 3mm: 3mm kids wetsuits can be used in summer. The 3mm kids wetsuits are not only intended to keep you warm but also to protect against the sun.
  • 2mm: 2mm wetsuits for kids are designed for tropical conditions of 25 degrees and more. Just like the 3mm wetsuits for kids, these wetsuits are more intended to protect against the sun than against the cold.

Zipper of a children's wetsuit

The children's wetsuits are available with a front or back zip. With a front zip, the zipper is placed horizontally on the front of the wetsuit. This provides some freedom of movement and protects you better against water that can enter. This is because the neoprene layers seamlessly overlap. The backzip children's wetsuits are the most chosen because you can easily get in and out of the wetsuit.

Seams of the wetsuit

The children's wetsuits are available with a glued and a stitched seams. A glued connection has the advantage that water and wind can hardly enter. This provides more heat. A disadvantage of the glued wetsuits is that they are considerably more expensive. The children's wetsuits with stitching are cheaper but let water and wind through more easily. This is not bad if you go water sports with warm temperatures, but especially in less weather the body cools down faster.

Knowing more?

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

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