In order to correctly choose a wetsuit for women, some criteria must absolutely be taken into account. You will not take the same model nor the same thickness of wetsuit according to the environment (wind, rain, water temperature...) in which you wish to organize your surfing sessions. You should therefore choose a material and a thickness adapted to the climate, with an adapted closing system (2mm, 3mm, 5mm back zip...). A winter wetsuit (full wetsuit) will be essential to keep warm in cold weather. On the other hand, in warm waters, a sleeveless shorty will be more suitable.
In addition to these selection criteria, you should try on the suit or take your measurements to be sure you are making the right choice. The garment must be fitted without restricting your freedom of movement. O'Neill, Rip Curl... the brand of your wetsuit will also influence the level of comfort: prefer mid-range or high-end wetsuits.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WETSUIT ?
To choose a wetsuit for women that fits your size, remember to check these points:
Your wetsuit should fit snugly in the chest, lower back, shoulders but also in the arms and crotch. Ideally, you should measure yourself with a tape measure, especially if you can't try on the suit before buying it. Take the time to measure your hips, chest, waist and leg length. You can then refer to the size guide of each brand. A surf wetsuit, like a diving wetsuit, must be close to the body or you risk creating air and water pockets when you are wearing it.
Although you should choose a tight-fitting wetsuit, you should also avoid a garment that is too tight. You need to have complete freedom of movement. This is an important criterion to be able to be at one with the board. Attention: in the case of a neoprene suit, the model should be slightly tight. Indeed, it is a material that relaxes in contact with water.
Finally, check the seams of the wetsuit: they should be flexible and not too tight around the neck, arms and legs.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WETSUITS
To choose your wetsuit and benefit from a maximum of comfort in the middle of the waves, you will not only have to adapt the model to your morphology, but you will also have to choose it according to the external conditions: the wind, the air temperature and the water temperature. You don't wear a winter wetsuit in summer, and vice versa. If you're new to surfing, it's best to choose a full-body wetsuit, covering the entire body down to the ankles and wrists to better conserve heat. Also known as steamers, these wetsuit-inspired models are suitable for temperate and cold waters with a thickness of up to 5mm and a back zip closure.
If you prefer a less covering model, choose the shorty, or spring suit. This suit covers the legs up to the knee. You can find long or short sleeved models, depending on your preference. Shorty suits are thinner than full suits. Count on 1 to 2mm thickness (sometimes 3mm): an ideal choice for surfing in warm waters.
For a very feminine summer model, a short Jane or a spring Jane will be perfect. These are wetsuits with a design similar to that of a woman's one-piece swimsuit, with or without sleeves. They are suitable for relatively warm waters, during your surf sessions in the tropics.
Choose between the front zip and back zip closure system. The former is more difficult to put on, while the latter allows more water to pass through the suit. Depending on your preferences, you will have to decide on the type of material you want: neoprene wetsuit, natural rubber wetsuit...
OUR SELECTION OF WETSUIT BRANDS
On Walrus Surf Shop, we have selected for you the best wetsuit brands such as Patagonia. Its range of wetsuits for women presents flowery and feminine models made without neoprene.
The brand uses natural Yulex rubber combined with a small proportion of synthetic rubber. Opting for a Patagonia model is also doing something for the planet. Indeed, this type of rubber comes from forests certified by the Rainforest Alliance. The trees grow in sustainably managed environments.
If you prefer a neoprene wetsuit, turn to prestigious brands like O'Neill or Rip Curl.
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