he record number of Brits are enjoying a great stay in Britain this year, and sales of wetsuits are booming. While the beautiful beaches of Cornwall and Dorset undoubtedly give the Mediterranean value for money, the water can be cold, so it is a good idea to invest in a wetsuit if you intend to spend hours in the water.
Become a confinement cliché and join the gang of wild swimmers? Whether you’re training for a triathlon or surfing, we’ve asked the experts for their best advice on buying a wetsuit for any activity.
Stephanie Micci, chief designer of women-only brand Roxy, notes that searches for wetsuits have quadrupled in the UK alone. When choosing a wetsuit for any activity, the three most important factors to consider are comfort, fit and material, she says. “Fit plays a key role in comfort and performance. The wrist, neck and ankle openings should all be as snug as possible (to prevent water from entering the suit, called a flush) and / or creating drag due to excess fabric.
“Swimming suits tend to be thinner (around 3mm or less) than those used for surfing because a swimmer is constantly moving and therefore creates more body heat,” she continues. “They’re also typically made with thicker neoprene in the hip area to allow the body to lie higher in the water (to help with buoyancy), further reducing drag if you focus on the water. performance, “the smoother surface reduces drag, helping you move faster.” If you’re surfing, look for water temperature and weather conditions when choosing a wetsuit.
In assessing the fit of a wetsuit, Jessie Watts, a buyer at Mountain warehouse, which saw a more than 1,200% increase in sales and a 500% increase in searches over last year, states “Once there shouldn’t be excess room in the torso, the crotch, shoulders or knees – a well-fitting wetsuit will be difficult to put on when dry. Lift your arms above your head and stretch your shoulders, this movement should only be slightly restrictive, if you feel a lot of pressure while doing this, the suit is too small. You should be able to squat and move your arms easily (combinations over 5/4 mm are inherently restrictive).
Below, we’ve put together a selection of the best combinations for every activity and budget.
Roxy x Liberty fabrics
Fashionistas will love Roxy’s new collection with Liberty Fabrics, launched just in time for summer. Made from 100% recycled materials and organic fibers, the eco-friendly collection is sunscreen and oil resistant and features beach and surf wear for women and girls. The cute sea flower print is meant to reflect the color and intricacy of the coral reefs, and we think it’s very chic. Items include 4/3mm full wetsuit, 1.5mm long jane spring wetsuit and UPF 50 lycra wetsuit. We love this 1mm cropped wetsuit with front zipper (pictured here) -above). It’s perfect for the summer.
Roxy 3 / 2mm Syncro Back Zip wetsuit for women
Roxy’s Syncro fits like a glove, the back zip entry makes getting in and out easy and the all-black design is chic compared to most other models.
The wetsuit is primarily designed for surfing in water between 13 ° C to 18 ° C, but since it is a light and flexible 3/2 mm material, it can also be used for swimming.
Features include chest and back panels designed to retain heat, as well as a far infrared thermal liner that converts body heat into infrared energy to generate extra heat while waiting to catch those waves. Add to that an adjustable neck closure and hydroshield water barrier to keep water out, and you have a very sophisticated wetsuit.
Shorty Mountain Warehouse
Some people prefer shorter wetsuits in the warmer months and the Mountain Warehouse boyshort is ideal for the beach this summer, having been designed for bodyboarding and surfing.
The contoured and sculpted fit means there are different levels of thickness around the body (lighter fabric on the sleeves and thicker fabric on the body) to provide more freedom of movement.
Additional practical features include a key pocket, adjustable neck closure and back zipper for easy entry and exit.
This jumpsuit is very good value for money compared to most other jumpsuits on the market and we love the fun retro pop of purple in this style.
Wetsuit Woman Finisterre Nieuwland 3e Yulex
Finisterre created the world’s first fully recyclable wetsuit in 2019, and since then has been leading the way in sustainability.
The Nieuwland 3e is the brand’s first summer wetsuit for women and is made from 85% yulex (FSC certified natural rubber, a sustainable alternative to neoprene) and uses recycled polyester in the lining.
The 3mm wetsuit is primarily designed for surfing in water temperatures between 14 ° C to 18 ° C and the design elements include a custom neck pattern and tension bracelets to reduce flushing.
Patagonia R3 Yulex Front Zip Full Suit
Patagonia also makes all of their wetsuits using 85% yulex. All are also Fairtrade stitched and use recycled material to make the zip entry.
The R3 is available in women’s and men’s versions. With a thickness of 4.5mm on the chest and 3.5mm on the arms / legs, it is best suited for surfing in cooler waters between 9 ° and 13 ° C.
The fabric is supple and soft and the lining on the torso and thighs will keep you warm. All seams are sealed on the outside and triple glued to prevent water and increase durability.
Quiksilver 1mm Highline Pro Goofy Zipperless Wetsuit for Men
Quiksilver’s full-length 1mm Highline Pro is the most expensive wetsuit on this list – how does it justify the sky-high price tag? The answer is with some pretty cool features.
The 1mm wetsuit offers the warmth of a traditional 3mm thanks to its StretchFlight neoprene and WarmFlight thermal fleece lining.
The no-zipper style makes it lighter so you can catch those waves faster. For those unfamiliar with the lingo, the ‘goofy’ element refers to the entry point on the rear arm, so when you fall, flushing is prevented by the front arm. This is obviously not an entry-level wetsuit, but rather an investment buy-in for super surfers and competitions.
Alpkit Terrapin natural swimming suit
Alpkit’s Terrapin wetsuit was specially created for open water swimmers, with features designed to support your natural swimming position in the water. It is made from a thinner and more flexible glideskin neoprene (1.5mm to 3mm thick) to reduce drag so you can swim more efficiently with unrestricted arm movements. The rear zip makes it easy to put on and take off and a zippered pocket keeps valuables safe.
Dhb Aeron Ultra womens wetsuit
The dhb Aeron Ultra wetsuit (available for women and men) is designed with performance in mind and ideal for open water swimming and long distance triathlons. Aerodome technology provides optimal leg buoyancy and prevents leg fatigue while minimizing drag in the water.
It is also a good option for new swimmers who need a little extra support in the water. The SCS (super composite skin) coating lets you glide through the water, while the super stretchy Yamamoto neoprene (2mm shoulder / 3mm chest) provides 360 degree freedom of movement with every stroke.
Women’s Azure Zone3 Wetsuit
The Zone3 Women’s Azure Wetsuit is aimed at both beginners and professional open water swimmers. The extremely flexible material is designed to provide flexibility and unlimited movement of the arms and shoulders, while a basic 4mm buoyancy panel on the hips and legs supports the swimmer’s position in the water.
The 2mm / 4mm wetsuit uses SpeedFlo (70%) and Smoothskin (30%) neoprene materials to increase your speed in the water and minimize drag, while silicone coated cuffs at the wrist and ankle allow faster withdrawal.
Combination 2XU P: 1 Propel
The Propel suit has a number of performance-oriented technical features, which makes it ideal for triathlons.
The 39 cell neoprene (varying from 1mm to 5mm all over the body) is covered with an SCS coating that repels water on contact with air and reduces surface resistance in the water for longer swims fast.
The 520% stretch adds flexibility and the roll bar adds basic buoyancy. The durable material makes it easy to put on and take off, so you can crush these PBs.