Men's wetsuits

Buying guide for men's wetsuit

Telstar Surf has a wide range of men's wetsuits for every season and type of water sports enthusiast. Whether you want to use the wetsuit in summer or winter, while windsurfing, kite surfing or wakeboarding. At Telstar Surf you will always find a suitable men's wetsuit from top brands such as: O'Neill, ION, Mystic, Neilpryde / NP, Prolimit and Brunotti.


Simply put, the function of a wetsuit is to keep your body warm. In cold weather and a lot of wind, you can quickly become hypothermic. Especially when you are in the water for a long time. Neoprene, the material that a wetsuit mainly consists of, is a flexible and insulating material that absorbs little water. As a result, a mens wetsuit offers comfort and keeps you warm in cool conditions.

How that works? When wearing a wetsuit, a thin layer of water is stored between our skin and the neoprene. This layer of water is heated by your own body temperature, which insulates and keeps your own body warm again.


When determining the correct wetsuit thickness, the rule of thumb is: the thicker the neoprene, the warmer the wetsuit. The disadvantage of thicker neoprene is that it quickly comes at the expense of comfort and freedom of movement. Men's wetsuits are available in thicknesses from 1 to 6 mm. Usually wetsuits are provided with two thicknesses of neoprene. For example, a 6/4 mens wetsuit has 6mm neoprene on the back and chest and 4mm neoprene on the arms and legs. This gives you extra warmth in your core and sufficient freedom of movement in your arms and legs. Best of both!


Temperature Wetsuit thickness

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



In this type of wetsuit you will certainly be, but the layer between your body and the wetsuit ensures that you stay warm. Semidry mens wetsuits are by far the most worn and are available for winter to summer temperatures.


Within the semidry wetsuits, men's steamers are generally provided with the thickest neoprene. These wetsuits are therefore particularly suitable for the cooler days in the spring and autumn or in the months around winter. Because the seams of steamers are glued or taped, no water gets in through them. This also makes a steamer the warmest type of wetsuit.


These are men's wetsuits that cover the entire body and are made of slightly thinner neoprene. As a result, full wetsuits are generally less warm than steamers. Full suits are mainly suitable for average temperatures, often more towards the summer months.


With thigh high wetsuits your legs are covered to just below the knee and the arms are completely covered. The advantage of an overknee wetsuit for men is that these wetsuits are more comfortable to wear with kite or wakeboard boots, because they do not extend to the ankle. These mens wetsuits are mainly used at average temperatures.


As the name implies, a men's shorty only covers the upper body and the upper parts of the arms and legs. These wetsuits are mainly suitable for the warmer temperatures during the summer months.


When the weather is too cold for a wetsuit, mens drysuits are the only option. Drysuits offer thermal insulation and thus maximum warmth because the suit is completely sealed on the arms, legs and neck. This keeps the water outside the suit and you do not get wet. When wearing a dry suit you can safely put on dry clothing to optimally protect yourself against the cold.



With wetsuits, a distinction is made between two types of neoprene: double-lined and single-lined neoprene. By lining is meant the fabric that is glued to the neoprene. A double-lined men's wetsuit contains both material on the inside and the outside of the wetsuit. Where a single-lined wetsuit only has fabric on the inside and the outside is provided with "bare" neoprene.

The advantage of a single-lined wetsuit is that the structure of the neoprene is dense, so that you do not suffer from a cold wind chill. This generally makes single-lined wetsuits warmer. The downside is a higher vulnerability. Due to the lack of fabric on the outside of the wetsuit, cracks appear more quickly in the neoprene. This is the reason that especially wakeboarders, kite surfers, water skiers and sailors opt for the stronger variant: double-lined.


The difference between frontzip and backzip wetsuits is the position of the zipper. With a back zip the zipper is placed vertically on the back and with a front zip it is horizontal on the chest. Wave surfers and kite surfers often prefer a front zip men's wetsuit. This for two reasons: waterproofness and freedom of movement.

Water quickly enters the wetsuit via a front zip and the placement of this zipper does not hinder your freedom of movement while surfing. The only disadvantage of a front zip is that these are a bit more difficult to put on, especially when you are a bit taller. We always recommend fitting the different types to find out what your personal preference is.


The most important thing when buying a men's wetsuit is that the fit is good. This means that it fits well, so that not too much water enters and your body stays warm. In addition to the heat, a wetsuit must also be comfortable. A wetsuit should not hinder your performance on the water! Comfort is therefore definitely something that you should take with you when trying on a wetsuit.


  • In general, more expensive wetsuits are provided with more flexible neoprene that guarantees optimal freedom of movement.
  • Flushings: some wetsuits have small holes at the legs, for example. Water can flow out of your wetsuit through these holes. This is especially recommended for kite surfing.
  • Lining: the more expensive men's wetsuits have a special insulating lining on the inside. Depending on the wetsuit, this is processed throughout the wetsuit or only on the chest and back.


At Telstar Surf we only sell men's wetsuits from top brands such as Mystic, ION, Prolimit, O'Neill, NP, Brunotti and more. We sell a suitable wetsuit for every type of surfer for every brand. The main difference between the different brands is the fit. That is why we always recommend trying on wetsuits from different brands. One brand will simply suit you better than the other.


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

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