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  • Q How long do wetsuits last?

    A A good wetsuit should last a careful owner anywhere from 4 to 10 years or even more. The main factor influencing its lifespan will be how much use it sees, as long as it is handled and cared for as it should. You should note that quality or price also influences wetsuit lifespans, with cheaper suits often developing tears or zipper problems much sooner than higher-end suits.

  • Q How to store a wetsuit?

    A Once out of the water, rinse it out with cold water to get rid of any salty water, sand, or pebbles that might be in there. Ideal storage should be over a round, smooth surface like a balcony railing, for example, to ensure no edges stress or damage the sensitive rubber. Be careful NOT to store your wetsuit under direct sunlight, as this will degrade the neoprene and shorten the wetsuit’s lifespan.

  • Q How to clean & wash a wetsuit?

    A For best results, use a wetsuit cleaner and cool water. Mix the cleaner into the tub of water, then take your wetsuit, turn it inside-out, and submerge it fully into the water. Gently knead the solution into the suit, then leave it to sit in the tub for 10 minutes or so. Pour out the mixture and rinse the wetsuit thoroughly in fresh, cool water. Washing machines are not recommended but set the spin cycle to slow and use cold water if you insist on using one.

  • Q How to put on a wetsuit?

    A You should first make sure that both you and the wetsuit are dry to make the process easier. Preferably in a cool spot, start by getting your feet through their proper openings. Do this gently, taking care not to pull too hard. You can place a plastic bag over your feet as you do this if you have trouble at this stage. The rest will simply be rolling the suit up past your groin (make sure it fits snug all along the way) and up to your chest. Put your hands through their openings, and all that will remain will be to zip up and hit the water.

  • Q Do wetsuits help you float?

    A The nitrogen-infused in wetsuits not only provides insulation but helps wearers float easier. It is much easier for a person without a wetsuit to drown than one wearing one, although it does happen sometimes. Thicker wetsuits will provide a higher degree of buoyancy than thinner ones, and divers will sometimes have to wear weight to counteract this buoyancy and allow them to sink deeper with ease.

  • Q Why do surfers wear wetsuits?

    A Surfers wear wetsuits when they go out onto the water for a couple of reasons. Wetsuits provide them with protection from the cold, especially in certain weather conditions. The gas embedded in the neoprene also provides them with a degree of buoyancy, helping them get back to the surface of the water quickly in case they should wipe out (fall off their board). They will also be protected to a large extent against potential scrapes, abrasions, and stinging marine creatures. 

  • Q What thickness wetsuit do I need?

    A Wetsuits come in various thicknesses, and the best choice for you will depend on what you intend to be doing while wearing them. In general, the thicker the wetsuit, the warmer it will keep you, but the less agility or mobility it will allow. A surfer, for instance, might prefer a 3/2 (3mm in the torso and 2mm in the limbs) wetsuit for greater flexibility, while a diver going into deep, cold waters might be better off with a thicker 5/3 suit. 

  • Q How to buy a wetsuit?

    A Wetsuits can be ordered online or at any sporting supply outlet. However, you will need to consider a few things before making your purchase, such as what you intend to use it for, what size fits you, the quality you require, and what you’re willing to spend. First-time buyers should go out and try wetsuits on so that they get one that fits them properly.

  • Q Why are most wetsuits black?

    A The most important reason for most wetsuits being black is that this color is the most efficient at protecting wearers from the harmful effects of Ultra-Violet rays (UV rays). Black is the most effective photon absorber, which makes it an excellent shield against these rays. Black will also absorb and retain heat from the sun, which will go a long way in boosting the wetsuit’s heat-retaining qualities. It is, finally, a neutral color that very few people would mind wearing for whatever reasons.

  • Q How tight should a wetsuit be?

    A A wetsuit should fit snugly to minimize water flow in and out of the suit while in the water. This replacement of the small amount of water held within the suit (between your skin and the suit) is known as flushing, and it severely diminishes the wetsuit’s ability to keep you warm. On the other hand, it should not be too tight as this may constrict your breathing or even lead to acute cardiac failure in extreme cases. A well-fitting suit will not have any gaps or bagginess – it should feel like a second skin.

  • Q What are wetsuits made of?

    A Most wetsuits are made of a type of synthetic rubber known as closed-cell foam neoprene while some others are made of open cell neoprene. Neoprene is put through a process known as foaming, which results in the tiny pockets of nitrogen gas found in it and gives it its ability to prevent or minimize heat loss and provide buoyancy. This material will usually be sandwiched between thin sheets of durable material such as lycra (spandex). 

  • Q How much is a wetsuit?

    A Depending on numerous factors, wetsuit prices range broadly. At the low end, $75 suits are available, while at the high end, you might find suits that cost up to $500. The factors that go into determining wetsuit prices include the particular wetsuit’s size, style, insulation, thickness, materials used, flexibility, brand, and its intended purpose. Don’t hesitate to consult with someone with experience should you have any trouble navigating your way here, as a bad wetsuit can severely dampen your experience out on the water.

  • Q Are wetsuits waterproof? Do they keep you dry?

    A Although wetsuits do an excellent job of keeping water out, they are not waterproof. There will be a certain amount of water that gets in at the cuffs of your wrists, at your ankles, and at the neck, so you will not be completely dry. This water, however, will very quickly be warmed up and so the wearer will not lose much heat. It is crucial to have a well-fitted wetsuit as one that is too loose will allow too much water to get in and counteract its insulation capabilities. 

  • Q How does a wetsuit work?

    A Wetsuits are made of a material containing tiny bubbles of nitrogen gas, which plays the most critical role in providing insulation that prevents heat loss. Nitrogen, just as most gases, is a poor conductor of heat compared to solids and liquids.
    In addition to this quality, the fact that these bubbles are so tiny makes them even more efficient at trapping heat in much the same way that feathers or fabrics achieve this by minimizing convectional heat loss. A small amount of water will be trapped between the wearer and the wetsuit itself, but this will warm up quickly to reach your body temperature.

  • Q Do wetsuits keep you warm?

    A The primary function of a wetsuit is to help your body retain its heat or, in other words, keep you warm. Should your internal body temperature fall below a certain level, a dangerous condition known as hypothermia (core temperature below 95 degrees Fahrenheit or 35 degrees Celsius) might set in, leading to shivering and confusion. The materials used in making wetsuits keep your body heat from escaping into the cold water around you, thus keeping you relatively warm and cozy even in the coldest waters. Human beings lose body heat at a much faster rate while in water than in air of the same temperature, which makes wetsuits important even in weather that seems comfortably warm.

  • Q What to wear under a wetsuit?

    A For additional warmth, while wearing a wetsuit, you may put on specially designed neoprene shorts that provide additional protection against the cold. You can also wear your usual swimming trunks underneath if you aren’t too concerned about the cold. Rash guards are also helpful, as they prevent the chafing that leads to rashes when engaging in some activities such as surfing. It’s acceptable to wear nothing at all under your wetsuit. Still, you need to consider the activity you’ll be engaging in as well as the temperature, weather, and environment you’ll be operating in.

  • Q What is a wetsuit?

    A This is a garment people wear when they want to engage in wet activities such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, diving, etc. They are highly effective in keeping us warm in cold waters. Still, they also serve the purpose of protecting us against sun exposure (harmful UV rays), stings from certain marine organisms, and potential scrapes or abrasions that are a big concern for divers. Standard wetsuits fall into two main categories. The full suit, or steamer, extends to the wearer’s wrists and ankles. The short suit, or Spring suit, cuts off at one’s elbows and above the knees.

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