Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Question: What does the numbers in the wetsuit descriptions stand for?
Answer: If for example you are looking at a 3/2mm wetsuit, the 3 stands for how thick the neoprene is in the core, (typically defined by the chest and back) of the wetsuit. The 2 stands for how thick the neoprene is in the the arms and legs. It is important to know how cold the water is that you will be practicing your activity, this will help you determine how thick your wetsuit should be. In this case, the 3/2mm is typically a wetsuit for 62 degrees Fahrenheit and up.
2.Question: Which wetsuit is best for me?
Answer: There are several factors to consider. The first is consider the activities you will be participating in and how cold the water is? Another factor is your personal tolerance to temperature, if you get cold easily, you can always consider a thicker wetsuit and/or making sure you wear boots, gloves, a hood or adding a 1mm neoprene shirt under the wetsuit since we lose heat from our head, feet and hands. In the product descriptions you will see the Temp Rating for each wetsuit, otherwise know as a Temperature Rating, as well as a other information about each wetsuit (See diagram below), you can use this information and the product description to assist you in selecting the wetsuit that is most appropriate for the activity you will be participating in and the temperature. If you need any assistance, give us a call, we are happy to assist you.
3. Question: How do I select the right SIZE wetsuit?
Answer: Make sure you use the size chart located on each product page. Every wetsuit manufacturer uses a different size chart so what you may wear in one brand may differ from a different brand. If you have any questions about your size because you fall in different categories on the size chart, give us a call. Just so you know the size of your clothing is not related to the size of your wetsuit. So if you wear a size Medium (for men) or a size 10 (for women) it does Not mean you wear that size in your wetsuits. Please use the size chart. Some brands only require your height and weight in their size charts whereas other brands require that you know your height, weight, chest, waist, and hip information. Make sure you do the measurements. If you need assistance, give us a call, we are happy to assist you.
4. Question: Why are the prices so different from wetsuit to wetsuit?
Answer: More expensive wetsuits typically are made of more flexible high quality neoprenes and are often anatomically cut and have more strategically placed cuts/panels. An anatomically cut wetsuit fits the curves of our our bodies more naturally and reduces the areas where water can pool between your body and the wetsuit. A higher grade neoprene typically allows for more flexibility and in some cases can even be lighter weight. Some of the benefits of more flexible wetsuits are range of motion, comfort, and even putting on and taking off your wetsuit. A wetsuit that does not fit properly will not keep you warm. On most of our product description pages you will be able to view a illustrated graphics that outline where the standard and higher quality neoprenes are on the wetsuits. Some manufacturers have given their neoprenes different brand names, try not to get confused, focus on making sure that the stretch panels accommodate the activities you will be participating in.
|Wetsuit Construction, Terms and Definitions|
|Flatlock Stitching: A Flatlock seam is identified by a band of interlocked thread on both the inside and outside of the wetsuits seam. This stitch is created by putting two pieces of neoprene against each other and having the stitch penetrate all the way through the neoprene on both sides of the seam. Because the stitch penetrates the neoprene, it allows for a small amount of water and wind to pass through the seams. A Flatlock stitch is helpful in preventing rashes because it is flat, the Flatlock stitch is more suitable for warmer water wetsuits.|
|Glued and Blind Stitched Seams also known as GBS:
This stitch is when two pieces of neoprene are first glued together with waterproof glue then stitched together on the outside of the wetsuit. This stitched does not penetrate through to the other side of the neoprene, it only passes half way through the neoprene. The result of a glued and blind stitched seam is is a durable waterproof seam that keeps warmer because it is a sealed seam. Some manufacturers use double and triple gluing techniques as well as doubling the blind stitch, this reinforces the seams and makes them extremely durable. Often, if a stitch is broken, the thread will not continue to unravel. Wetsuits with a glued and Blindstitch seam typically cost more than those with a Flatlock stitch.
|Taped/ Spot Taped Seams: Spot tape is used to help prevent leaks or tears at the intersections and stress points of your wetsuit. Spot taping is also used to strengthen the seams within your wetsuit. Spot taping is typically used in conjunction with glued and blind-stitched seams create seams that are high performance and almost indestructible.|
|Fluid Seams: Most commonly known as a Fluid Seam or a Liquid Seam, this seam is commonly found in cold water high end wetsuits. Manufacturers use a durable fluid rubber, (known by many different names), along the seams of the wetsuit to create a waterproof barrier along the seams of a wetsuit. This liquid rubber can be applied to the outside of the wetsuit along the seams, the inside of the wetsuit along the seams or both internally and externally. The advantage over a GBS seam or a GBS and taped seams is that the Fluid Seam is the most watertight seam and is often the most durable seam. There is a small trade off with a Fluid seam, they have been know to be a more rigid seam therefore decreasing some flexibility in the wetsuit, however, in wetsuits that use this type of seam, the neoprene is typically very flexible. Not all Fluid Seams are the same, some have no stitching and some are stitched and Fluid Taped or Fluid Sealed. Often manufacturers brand their Fluid seams with different names, try not to get confused now that you know more about the principles of this technology.|