Are Wetsuits Warm?
Whether you’re in the market for men’s wetsuits, women’s wetsuits or kids’ wetsuits, you may be wondering whether they will keep you warm in tough conditions and cold waters. To answer this, we take a look at the way wetsuits are designed and what they are made from.
Wetsuits are designed to let in water but not to let it out. This means that the water that is accumulated in your wetsuit will heat up to match your body temperature and act as a thin layer of protection to keep you warm. These work in an opposing way to drysuits, which are designed to keep water out in order to keep the wearer warm.
Wetsuits are made from a rubber-like material called neoprene which enables the water to accumulate. The fit of the suit needs to be tight, otherwise, the layer of water between the wearer and the suit will be too great and won't keep them warm. This material comes in various thicknesses between 3-5 millimetres. The thicker the material, the warmer the suit.
There are different styles of wetsuits in order to accommodate a variety of water temperatures and weather conditions. If the wearer needs more flexibility to move, they may opt for a shorts-style suit, whereas those in cooler conditions can opt for designs which include hoods. You can even invest in a wetsuit vest, jacket, gloves and boots to keep you warmer still.