Whether you chase the waves as a surfer or simply enjoy an early morning swim, finding the right winter wetsuit is key here in the UK. Getting into the sea during the winter might not be everyone’s cup of tea but with an insulted and good quality wetsuit, it can make it more inviting.
When it comes to picking a wetsuit for the first time, it’s important to understand what you need to look for. If you’re looking at men’s winter wetsuits, here are some factors to consider when shopping around for one.
A quality wetsuit isn’t cheap but if you’re investing in the right one, then it should last you a long time. If you expect to go surfing every winter, we would recommend buying a high-end, entry-level suit, as these often strike a good balance between value, quality and durability.
The thickness of the wetsuit is an important one because particularly during the winter, you’re going to want one that’ll keep you fairly warm. If you’re someone that regularly goes out into the water, you may want to consider two wetsuits, one for winter and a lighter one for the summer.
Firstly, you want to check the average water temperature at your favourite swimming/surfing spots. Usually around the colder months of the year here in the UK, you’re looking at a wetsuit that has a thickness of 4-5mm.
Sizing is important because the wetsuit should fit like a second layer of skin. There should be no excess material but at the same time, you don’t want it too tight that it’s uncomfortable.
When testing the size of the wetsuit, make sure you can bend down and touch your toes and that you have a full range of motion. Nothing should feel restricted when you’re in the wetsuit.
Some other things to consider when shopping for a wetsuit, are:
- What entry system is preferred – back zip, chest zip, zip-free.
- Types of seams available – sealed seams, blindstitched seams, etc.
- Lining in the wetsuit if necessary.
Ultimately, the wetsuit you pick should be something that feels completely comfortable and secure.
Even though a winter wetsuit is the main priority, you may also want to think about accessories. Here are a few suggestions of the accessories you might want when going into the water.
To keep your toes warm, boots are a great option. They’ll also help keep the rest of your body warm.
Gloves are a worthwhile investment for those who find that the wetsuit alone is not enough. Particularly for those who like to jump in the sea whilst it’s snowing, wearing gloves can avoid any problems when keeping your hands warm.
Hoods are useful to help protect both your head and ears from cold waters but also from the sharp and chilling winds.
Hopefully these tips will help you find the right wetsuit for your needs and more importantly, your body.