“Are wetsuits comfortable?” That’s a question people commonly ask, especially those who have not tried one yet. And why not? Wetsuits are tight, and tightness is usually associated with discomfort.
If you’re finding yourself asking the same question, then look no further. Today, we are going to talk about wetsuits and comfort. We are going to answer that question and even go beyond it. We will talk about sizing and fitting, wetsuit comfort features, different types of comfortable wetsuits, and then, later, we’re also going to talk about tips on how to make a wetsuit more comfortable.
Are Wetsuits Comfortable: The Answer
Let’s begin by answering the first question at hand: are they comfortable? The answer is yes, or it would be better to say, “Yes, they should be.”
Wetsuits were invented to keep us comfortable, after all. We wear them in order to keep our body’s temperature stable or to keep our body warm even in chilly temperatures and to keep it protected from the heat of the sun.
Since it’s tight though, people also think that wearing one is restricting, but again, it shouldn’t be so. A wetsuit should never get in the way of your mobility, but in fact, it should complement it.
But why do I feel trapped when I’m wearing it?
That’s because the secret lies behind the fitting. A wetsuit is only comfortable when you’re wearing one in the right size. Too small, and you’ll feel restricted. It can even make it quite difficult to breathe. Wearing it a size bigger than it should be, on the other hand, might hinder its ability to keep the cold out.
Sizes and Fitting
This leads us to our next topic. Size and fitting. Getting a wetsuit that perfectly fits your body is crucial in order to ensure your wetsuit’s comfort and efficiency.
So, to help you out, here are a few tips to keep in mind when hunting for a wetsuit:
- As much as possible, don’t buy online, especially if it’s your first time. Wetsuit sizes can be quite challenging to get right. It’s not like buying a shirt; hence, we definitely recommend it for you to go to a physical store to fit wetsuits on personally.
- Another tip to make your wetsuit hunt easier is to know your measurements in advance. We’ll discuss this further in a bit so just keep on reading.
- Finally, if you must really buy online, purchase from a shop with a reliable return policy. There are shops, for instance, that offer a money-back guarantee, or a “return with no additional shipping fee” promo.
Getting Your Own Measurements
We do understand that returning an item is such a pain, wetsuit or not. Thus, it’s really helpful to get those measurements right the first time. So, take your measuring tape out because we’re going to take your measurements.
Here are the measurements you would need to take note of:
- Neck: Measure an inch above the place where your neck meets your shoulders.
- Chest: Measure the widest part of your chest. For women, this should include your breasts.
- Waist: Measure above the hip bone, in line with your navel.
- Hip: Measure the widest part of your hips, including your buttocks.
- Inseam: Measure how long it is from the top part of your inner thigh (just below your crotch), up to your ankle.
- Height and weight: Finally, know your exact height and weight as some shops get those measurements as well.
Other Features for Maximum Comfort
Aside from getting the right size, you might be wondering if there are other factors you should take into consideration to maximize the comfort of your wetsuit. There are, actually, and that’s what we’re going to talk about next.
Here are the other factors you should consider when buying comfortable wetsuits:
- Thickness vs. Flexibility: Here’s the deal: the thicker your wetsuit is, the less flexible it becomes, but the thinner it is, the less warm it will make you. Thus, you need to find the sweet spot between getting the proper thickness you need (depending on the temperatures you’ll be exposed to), and the maximum flexibility you can enjoy.
- Stitches: Another factor to account for when you’re on the hunt for a comfortable wetsuit is how it’s stitched. There are definitely stitches that are less comfortable than others, and some can get the heat out better than others. Our recommendation? Go for seamless wetsuits if your budget permits, as there’ll be no stitches to rub against your skin, and there’ll be no stitch holes where the chill can seep in.
- When talking about comfort, we should also take into consideration the convenience of getting in and out of the wetsuit without rubbing too much and suffering from blisters, right? This is where zippers come in. Consider getting a wetsuit with ankle or wrist zippers in order to make this process easier.
- Tailor– Finally, do you have odd measurements, like too big busts, too long legs, or too beefy muscles because of workouts? If that’s the case, then maybe you should consider buying a wetsuit that’s tailor-made for you. In this way, you’ll get one that perfectly fits your unique needs. Remember, getting a wetsuit that’s comfortable both on land and on water is an investment you should never regret.
Other Wetsuit Options
Finally, aside from the fit and the features we have mentioned above, did it ever occur to you that there might be other types of wetsuits out there that might be more comfortable than the usual full-body suit?
For instance, the shorty (with shorter sleeves and legs) is definitely a more comfortable option if you’re going to wear it in warmer conditions. The short johns, which is sleeveless and legs-free, is another comfortable option to wear in a tropical climate, and it offers maximum mobility as well.
Of course, you can definitely go and purchase separates as well. In this way, you can put together your own “full-body” wetsuit based on your specific needs and comfort level.
And that’s it! We hope that we have helped you in your hunt for a comfortable wetsuit. Don’t let the body-hugging material fool you. As what we have mentioned, a proper wetsuit should be comfortable both on land and on water.
It should improve your performance and should be so comfortable that it would even feel like your second skin—because it will be, you better believe it! Are wetsuits comfortable? Definitely! And we hope that we’ve aptly proved it. Enjoy your wetsuit and take care!