Women's wetsuits

Buying guide for ladies wetsuits

Are you looking for a ladies wetsuit? If you want to be 100% sure of the right choice, the most important thing is that a wetsuit fits well. Your wetsuit must on the one hand fit tightly, but still feel comfortable. Comfortable means, among other things, that you have freedom of movement and that the wetsuit does not pinch anywhere. When buying a women's wetsuit, you have to pay attention to a number of things. We briefly describe the most important points, so that you can make the right choice more easily.

Types of women's wetsuits

SEMIDRY LADIES WETSUITS

Semidry wetsuits are the most commonly used wetsuits for women. As your name suggests, you will not stay completely dry in a semidry wetsuit. This type of wetsuit creates a thin layer between the wetsuit and your body, which has an insulating effect and keeps you warm.

STEAMER

Steamer wetsuits are the most popular among women. These wetsuits cover the entire body and are made of neoprene between 4 and 6 millimeters. In addition, the seams of steamers are often glued or taped so that they do not let water or wind in. All this a steamer mainly suitable for colder temperatures.

FULLSUIT

Just like steamers, full sleeves cover your entire body, but are often made of slightly thinner neoprene. In general, fullsuits are less warm than stearmers. This makes women's fullsuits mainly suitable for medium temperatures.

OVERKNEE

With thigh high wetsuits for women, the arms are fully covered and the legs halfway covered. Thigh high wetsuits are especially popular among the fanatic kite and wakeboard ladies, because they are easy to wear with boots. Over knee wetsuits are also used for medium temperatures.

SHORTY

The name may say enough in this case. Shorty's do not cover the forearms and lower legs. In addition, shorties are often not made in neoprene thicknesses thicker than 3 millimeters. This makes a ladies shorty suitable for the warmer temperatures.

DRYSUITS FOR WOMEN

Drysuits are available for winter weather conditions. These suits for women offer thermal insulation and thus maximum warmth. Drysuits close tight on the neck, arms and legs. This keeps the water completely outside the suit. In a ladies dry suit you stay dry and you can safely put on dry clothes to keep yourself warm.

What should you pay attention to?

Take the following things into account when choosing your ladies wetsuit.

Kind of neoprene

Women's wetsuits are made from different types of neoprene. Today most wetsuits are made from doublelined neoprene. Doublelined neoprene has a fabric lining on both the inside and outside. This makes doublelined wetsuits flexible and less vulnerable. Because of this you do not get stuck in the neoprene with your nails. The only downside to doubleline neoprene is that it is less warm. The fabric on the outside absorbs water. When there is a nice breeze, you can feel this through the wetsuit.

In the past, all wetsuits were made from singlelined neoprene. You may know this from the past. Singlelined wetsuits are rigid and heavy wetsuits. Singelined neoprene only has fabric on the inside over the neoprene. This makes these wetsuits vulnerable but very warm.

In addition to the neoprene lining, there are different qualities of neoprene. As a rule: the more expensive the wetsuit, the smoother the neoprene. The flexibility of neoprene greatly contributes to the freedom of movement in the wetsuit.

Thickness of a women's wetsuit

Ladies wetsuits are available in the following thicknesses: 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm. Certain shortys are also available in 2mm. The correct thickness also depends on the temperature at which the water wants to be heated. If you are looking for a wetsuit for the summer months only, then a shorty or 3mm wetsuit is for you. With a 4mm and 5mm you can also go on the water in the spring and autumn. 6mm wetsuits are available for the winter months.

Find out more about choosing the right thickness here.

Wetsuit seams

Especially with the 3mm wetsuits you have to pay close attention to the seams. The seams of the more affordable ladies 3mm wetsuits are fully stitched. This simple way of stitching creates small holes in the wetsuit with the disadvantage that wind and water easily get through the surf suit. As a result, wetsuits with this type of wear quickly feel cold. Shorty's also have this type of seams as standard.

Steamers and the more expensive women's wetsuits have standard seams that are stitched halfway through the neoprene and glued on the inside. This allows you to retain the stretch of a stitched seam, but these seams keep out much more water and wind. The seams of the more expensive steamers are also taped. This keeps the seams 100% waterproof for longer.

Insulation

Many ladies wetsuis nowadays have a waterblock. This is a piece of neoprene placed on the inside of the zipper. Zippers are difficult to get waterproof. Without a waterblock, you will soon feel water running down your back through the zipper. This is prevented with a waterblock.

More expensive women's wetsuits are often provided with plush-like materials to improve the insulation of the wetsuit. These absorb the water and therefore have a good insulating effect. As a rule, you can assume that the more expensive steamers are equipped with this.

Advice for the right wetsuit

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

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