WETSUITS 101 – THE VERY BASICS
Ever wondered what all the wetsuit lingo means? Here at Shore Watersports we want to help you understand what it is you are buying when you are purchasing a wetsuit… And there’s no better way to learn than to read our ‘Wetsuits 101’ posts that will cover everything you need to know before buying the right wetsuit for you.
When we are cold in the water our bodies automatically try to reserve and produce heat, this is done by shivering, huddling up, vasoconstriction (posh word for blood circulation decreasing in order to keep organs warm) and increasing metabolism. When in cold waters for long periods of time we are forced to get out due to having numb and painful hands and feet. The best way to stop this happening is to buy a wetsuit!
THE FIRST WETSUIT
In 1951 Jack O’Neill (founder of O’Neill surf brand) invented a very basic wetsuit that was made from PVC, he then discovered neoprene and its insulating properties. Since then neoprene compounds have been the leading material for wetsuits of all different brands.
WHAT TYPE OF WETSUIT
Shortie wetsuits (AKA SHORTI/SHORTY) -This wetsuit has short arms and legs and is generally thinner than full wetsuits.
With 2mm, 3mm, 5mm floating around the internet it’s difficult to know what millimetre thickness to choose. Use the table below to help decide which thickness you need and if you need any extras…(this is a rough guide only, the fit is just as important as thickness)
So hopefully you now feel a bit more savvy about choosing a wetsuit, tune in for the next ‘Wetsuit 101 – What about seams?’ next week!