How to choose a wetsuit

The water outside is getting cold, so you need to be properly equipped. In addition to a strong will to swim in cold water, neoprene accessories and especially a neoprene cap will help you enjoy swimming. Let's look at some tips on how to choose the right one. 

What to look for when trying on a wetsuit? 

There are countless brands and styles of wetsuits on the market, so the key is to try and find the right one. The wetsuit should fit you like a second skin, so there are a few important things to keep in mind. When you try it on, you should have no problem putting it on and doing squads in it. The end of the sleeves should end just above the wrist and the pant leg should end just above the ankle (this may vary depending on your height).
At the same time, it should not stick out anywhere and create wrinkles from excess material. This tends to happen in the crotch and under the armpits, so you need to pay more attention to these areas. Finally, the wetsuit shouldn't constrict the body or cut into the skin. A wetsuit that is too loose and large will allow more water to reach the surface of your body, where it can circulate and cool your body temperature. A small wetsuit will restrict your movements, there will be no proper circulation to the limbs, which will lead to lower endurance and loss of strength (especially in the arms). 

 What types of wetsuits are available? 

Wetsuits, like swimsuits, differ in function. This means that you need to look for a wetsuit according to its use. The thickness of the neoprene determines the strength of the insulation. The thicker the neoprene, the greater the insulation and the greater the warmth in cold water. So if you are looking for a wetsuit for winter swimming, you should choose a thicker one. Conversely, instructors or long-distance swimmers will choose a thinner wetsuit in the summer.
Another consideration is the function of the wetsuit. There are special triathlon wetsuits with built-in cycling insoles, wetsuits for competitive long-distance swimming, swim-run or winter/summer swimming. They also differ in the length of the sleeves and pant legs. It is also important to consider whether the wetsuit is designed for women, men or children. Some of the leading wetsuit brands are 2XU, Tyr and Aqua Sphere

What else should I look for when choosing a wetsuit? 

Better wetsuits are often made up of different zones and therefore float better in the water. At the same time, they are more adapted to smooth movements, so they are made of different thicknesses of neoprene on different parts to fulfill the task that allows you the maximum range of movement while swimming. Around the body you will find a material that is responsible for maximizing buoyancy, so you can look forward to   while reducing the pull. This is what the Pursuit V3 wetsuit or the top of the line Phantom 2.0 racing wetsuit are all about. 
As mentioned in the beginning, you need to find a wetsuit that fits you and your needs. If you are still not sure, you can watch our video, ask an advisor at one of our stores, or contact us by email or phone.

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