What Kind of Wetsuit Do I Need For Wakeboarding?

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wakeboarding wetsuits

Wakeboarding is super fun and a very active kind of water sport. If you’re looking to buy a wetsuit for wakeboarding, then you need to choose one that can give you a lot of movability. Wetsuits are sold in various thicknesses and are usually measured in ‘mm.’ The thinner the neoprene, the more flexible it is, but also the less heat retention it offers. You should choose a wetsuit that can combine the warmth and the flexibility you need. If your budget allows then a 60 per cent super-stretch neoprene 3/2 mm thick wetsuit is the best choice for more active water sports like wakeboarding.

What’s The Difference Between Standard & Super Stretch Neoprene?

Standard neoprene is perfect for leisure time in the water but does not provide the additional versatility required for active sports such as surfing and wakeboarding. Super stretch neoprene provides much more freedom of movement and can be developed in a number of different formulations. Surfers and wakeboarders prefer 60 per cent or 100 per cent super-stretch neoprene wetsuits as they offer the best fit and flexibility.

How Thick Should My Wetsuit Be For Cold Water Conditions?

When you wakeboard in colder temperatures, you may need to pick a thicker wetsuit to help keep you warm. A 5/3 mm 60-per cent super-stretch neoprene wetsuit is a good balance between warmth and versatility. You can also select a wetsuit with sealed, glued and Blindstitched seams as this helps prevent cold water from entering the wetsuit when you wakeboard. If you feel the cold, you could also try to wear a poly fleece underlining. This is a perfect way to improve the thermal insulation of a wetsuit without reducing flexibility.

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How To Choose A Kids Wetsuit?

You need to choose a wetsuit that has a snug fit. It shouldn’t be so tight as to restrict breathing or movement but should lightly cling to the body. There are lot’s of wetsuits on the market for kids, so you should definitely be able to find one that suits your needs and budget. If your kids love spending time in the water, you’ll have to be ready to buy them a new suit almost every year until they’re grown up. You can’t buy a suit with a few years of growth like any other clothes. A larger wetsuit would be far too baggy and would not have the correct fit. This would mean that it would not be effective for heat retention. Likewise, you can’t expect children to wear wetsuits that are too tight, as they will be uncomfortable and less heat efficient.

How To Fix Rips In Wetsuits

If you have small tears or a rip in your wetsuit, you can buy neoprene repair kits. They’re easy to use, and you can practically ‘glue’ the tear back together. However, you will need to be cautious with your wetsuit as it will be more susceptible to further damage. Especially if you have a large rip or hole in your wetsuit, you may need to have it repaired by a professional.

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How To Prevent Your Wetsuit From Rubbing Around The Neck?

If you spend lot’s of time wakeboarding, you can suffer from rubbing around key areas such as the neck collar and arms. This can cause an unpleasant red friction burn on your skin. You can wear a rash jacket under your wetsuit to help prevent this. This close-fitting garment does not restrict movement and will provide an extra barrier to your skin to prevent any rubbing.

 

Which Manufacturer Should I Purchase A Wakeboarding Wetsuit From?

By choosing the leading brand name, you can be confident that the wetsuit you purchase should have a great fit and will be made of high-quality neoprene. This is important if you’re doing a lot of wakeboarding as good quality suits last longer and offer better heat retention and flexibility. If you buy a cheap wetsuit, you ‘re going to save money to start with, but in the long run, it could cost you way more. Cheap suits are much more likely to be damaged by UV light and chemicals in the water. They rip more easily, too, and this could mean that they don’t last too long, and you might have to replace them every season.

Are Shorty Wetsuits Suitable For Wakeboarding?

The short answer is, yes. Shorty wetsuits have t-shirt style short sleeve arms and short like legs that finish just above the knee. These wetsuits have a lot of flexibility in the limb sections, so they are a good choice for active sports such as wakeboarding. These wetsuits are more suitable for warmer weather and warmer waters as they do not offer the best heat retention. Full body wetsuits are more suitable for cooler water conditions and for those wakeboarders who spend a lot of time in the water.

What Is A Semi-Dry Wakeboarding Wetsuit?

Semi-dry suits are used in very cold water conditions. They are full-body suits with strong, reinforced seams. They also have inner seals around the neck, wrists and ankles to prevent flushing (cold water entering the suit by forcing warm water out). These top-of-the-line suits may be expensive, but if you’re going to wakeboard in very cold weather, they can help keep you warm and warm.

What Are The Different Types Of Neoprene For Wetsuits?

There are three major types of neoprene available for wetsuits. These are the following:

Single Lined Neoprene

Single lined neoprene has a nylon liner on the inside. This provides wearers with a more comfortable finish and makes it easy for the wetsuit to get on and off. It also provides more thermal insulation.

Double-Lined Neoprene

This type of neoprene has a line on both the inside and the outside of the wet suit. This gives additional warmth and durability. The additional exterior liner lets the water runoff and can reduce the cooling of the heat. Most water sports wetsuits are made of double-lined neoprene for improved strength and longevity.

Titanium Lined Neoprene

Titanium neoprene is added to the main body panels of neoprene suits to improve the thermal properties. Most of the top end wetsuits on the market have added titanium liners to the construction to add maximum heat retention.

Be sure to check out the size guides for each suit as different manufacturers have different sizing guidelines. If you already know your size then take a look at our range of wakeboarding wetsuits by clicking here.