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Wetsuit 101 on 3/2mm Fullsuits

November 14th, 2014

Taking a dip in 65 degree or warmer water soon? Protect yourself and stay warm at the same time in a 3/2mm wetsuit! If you’ve checked out our posts on 4/3mm and 5/4/3mm wetsuits, you’ll know that wetsuit thickness is crucial when determining what product or products to purchase.

Even if you know what the water temperatures will be, you might not have the slightest idea where to start when it comes to what suit to buy. Well, we’re here to break it down a bit for you to make this whole experience simpler and easier.

Seam type affects wetsuits by how much water can get in the suit, how flexible the suit is, and how comfortable the suit will be. Here are the three types of seams:

Flatlock – These seams are stitched (similar to a railroad track design). This seam is almost always on warmer water temp suits such as 3/2mm because water still trickles into the suit.

Sealed – Sealed seams are meant for water temps that dip into the lower 60’s and colder. With sealed seams, the suit is glued together and then stitched for strength.

Sealed & Taped – It’s uncommon to find sealed & taped on 3/2mm suits, but these high-end 3/2mm are out there! Sealed & taped seams are for cold water temps, 55+ for 3/2mm. The seams are sealed and then a layer of liquid rubber is applied to all external seams for extra durability and prevention of water seepage.

Now that that is all established, we thought it best to point out some really awesome 3/2mm suits for all price ranges!

Entry Level Options:

3/2mm Men's Quiksilver SYNCRO Full Wetsuit3/2mm Women's Roxy SYNCRO Full Wetsuit

The 3/2mm Men’s Quiksilver Syncro and 3/2mm Women’s Roxy Syncro gets you some serious bang for your buck! A little over $100, these suits are great for basic activity in the water. The suits are made of 100% super stretch neoprene and have durable flatlock stitched seams making these lightweight and flexible suits a must have!

Mid-Level Options:

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The O’Neill HEAT and D’LUX wetsuits might be a little higher in price, but they’re worth every penny! These suits provide some serious warmth with more poly fleece chest and back paneling compared to the entry level suits. They also have awesome flexibility with 100% super stretch and keep the water out with sealed & liquid taped seams and a water resistant zipper.

High-End Option:

3/2mm Men's XCEL DRYLOCK Full Wetsuit

Although it’s more in price, the XCEL DRYLOCK is one seriously warm and stretchy 3/2mm suit! This suit features XCEL’s Thermo Dry Celliant Technology (find out more here), minimal paneling to enhance flexibility, poly fleece lining, and crazy buttery soft rubber! Sealed & taped seams make this suit more expensive, but the durability of the suit is totally worth it.

See all of our 3/2mm wetsuits here: http://goo.gl/LrHrYn!

Posted by Lauren Belt on 11/14/2014.

Oh, the Weather Outside is Getting Frightful… 5/4/3mm Fullsuits

November 14th, 2014

So don’t let it prevent you from doing what you enjoy! 5/4/3mm wetsuits are perfect for cold water temps (we’re talking 48 degrees & up, people). And even though these suits do have higher thicknesses than 3/2mm and 4/3mm suits, your comfort and flexibility aren’t getting compromised.

Entry level 5/4/3mm wetsuits feature sealed seams (glued together and then stitched) which help to block cold water from seeping into the suit.

They can either be hooded or non-hooded. Non-hooded 5/4/3mm suits are great in cold temps but don’t keep water out or have as high end neoprene and inner linings as hooded suits. Hooded suits have additional features like full body poly fleece linings, sealed & liquid taped seams, and watertight seals to keep cold water from entering the suit which bumps the price up.

But if you’re looking for an affordable option that still keeps you warm in cold water temps, below are a few great options of 5/4/3mm suits sans a hood!

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5/4/3mm Women's Billabong SYNERGY Full Wetsuit

For less than $200, Billabong makes one heck of an affordable and high-quality 5/4/3mm suit(s). Featured above is the Men’s Foil and the Women’s Synergy. Both suits are made of 100% superstretch neoprene as well as having extra stretch in the critical pivot points on the suit. There’s even a poly fleece chest panel in the Foil for extra warmth and function!

5/4/3mm Men's Quiksilver SYNCRO Full Wetsuit

The 5/4/3mm Men’s Quiksilver Syncro is also a suit below $200 but has the stretch of a high-end suit. Made of 100% “FN Lite” superstretch neoprene, this suit is lightweight and non-restricting. Sealed seams and a poly fleece lined chest panel add extra warmth and prevent cold water seeping in.

5/4mm Men's O'Neill EPIC Fullsuit

Also under $200, the 5/4mm Men’s O’Neill EPIC fullsuit expands the well established Epic line from O’Neill! High-end 100% superstretch neoprene makes this suit stretchy as well as comfy. Sealed seams and a sealed neck closure work hard to keep the cold water out!

If you’re looking for some serious warmth and cold water protection though, consider checking out our massive variety of 5/4/3mm hooded suits here: http://goo.gl/7SJQg7.

Posted by Lauren Belt on 11/14/2014

A Little Wetsuit 101 – 4/3mm Fullsuits

November 10th, 2014

The changing of seasons brings cooler weather which means colder water. What a way to ruin your fun in the water, right?! No need to fear, the 4/3mm suits are here! Don’t let 50 degree water temperatures keep you from doing what you enjoy.

When it comes to buying a wetsuit, you want something that balances warmth, flexibility, and budget. In the 4/3mm suits, we basically break down your options into entry level, mid range, and high-end groups. One of the biggest differences will be seam type. 4/3mm suits will always be sealed (no flatlock stitching here!) This means that the suit is glued together and then stitched for strength.

Your mid and high-end suits will be sealed & taped. Sealed & taped seams act as a heavy duty barrier against cold water seeping into the wetsuit. These seams are tough as nails. You can identify these seam types by a layer of liquid rubber applied to all external seams.

If you need a refresher on seam types, check out this video by Pappy Dave.

Entry level Option:

4/3mm Men's Quiksilver SYNCRO Full Wetsuit

The Quiksilver SYNCRO line is great for the cold water and your wallet. A small poly fleece chest panel and basic sealed seams work together to ensure little to no cold water seeping in!

To check out other suits in this price range, click here.

Mid-Level Options Are:

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The O’Neill HEAT and D’LUX wetsuits might be a little higher in price, but they’re worth every penny! These suits provide some serious warmth with more poly fleece chest and back paneling compared to the entry level suits. They also have awesome flexibility with 100% super stretch and keep the water out with sealed & liquid taped seams and a water resistant zipper.

For more suits in this price range click here.

The High Level Option:

4/3mm Men's XCEL DRYLOCK Full Wetsuit

On the high end, the XCEL DRYLOCK is one seriously warm and stretchy 4/3mm suit! This suit features XCEL’s Thermo Dry Celliant Technology (find out more here), minimal paneling to enhance stretch, full body poly fleece lining, and crazy buttery soft rubber! The exterior has thinner liquid taping than mid-range suits to reduce bulk and weight and keep the suit stretchy.

To view our high-end options, click here.

Now that you’ve become somewhat of a wetsuit expert, or just learned something new today, we hope you found this post helpful! Have any questions? Contact our customer service or use the new Live Chat feature on our website!

Posted by Lauren Belt on 11/10/14

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October 16th, 2014

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October 2nd, 2014


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WETSUIT WEARHOUSE INCREASES ITS RECYCLING & WASTE REDUCTION EFFORTS!

October 1st, 2014

Making positive environmental changes is a high priority for the local business.

Williamsport, MD – Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. is taking its environmental efforts up a notch by increasing the already existing recycling and waste reduction initiatives.

Chris Moleskie, President & CEO of Wetsuit Wearhouse, plans to make certain that recyclable materials from the company don’t end up in a landfill. “My goal is to do the right thing for the environment while minimizing waste and conserving energy,” said Moleskie.

The company’s green initiatives began eight years ago with a cardboard recycling program. Over the last two years, there have been major strides that include the recycling of thousands of plastic hangers, laser toner cartridges, Keurig-cups (K-Cups) and the  majority of daily trash. The business also recently received an energy grant from the Maryland Energy Administration which is being used to upgrade the entire facility to energy efficient lighting. This upgrade will save about 20,000 kWh of electricity a year. 2014-10-01_0946

To ensure correct disposal of the Wearhouse’s recyclable materials, the company utilizes the recycling program at the Roxbury Correctional Institution in Washington County. Employees from the correctional facility come to Wetsuit Wearhouse and pick up large amounts of accumulated wood pallets, cardboard boxes, and plastic hangers.

Officer Rick Martin leads the recycling program at the correctional facility. “The recycling started about 15 years ago because the prison was generating so much paper and cardboard,” said Officer Martin. “The recycling program has been up and running ever since. Good portions of the recyclables we receive still come from the prison but also from other organizations including Wetsuit Wearhouse.”

“The plastic hangers from Wetsuit Wearhouse are taken to Chambersburg Waste and Paper where they are then recycled and are prevented from ending up in a landfill,” Officer Martin said. “The cardboard is compressed by machines and packed in large bundles that will then be properly recycled.”

Officer Martin also said that wood pallets, including those from Wetsuit Wearhouse, are turned into pellets for pellet stoves. He also mentioned that the proceeds from the recycling program stay in the prison system to pay salaries and help to keep the program active.

Why is Wetsuit Wearhouse so environmentally focused? “It shows commitment that we are stewards of the environment, good neighbors, and different from our competition,” Moleskie said. “We could take the easy way out, but we choose to go above and beyond.”

Employees at Wetsuit Wearhouse now have recyclables only trash cans at each workstation. This recent addition has amplified the company’s dedication to its going green initiative. Plans to add a 19.8 kW rooftop solar array to the warehouse are also in the works. These solar panels should produce 100% of the company’s electrical needs without reliance on the electric grid.

Posted by: Lauren Belt 10/01/2014

Staff Product Picks – Part 3

September 19th, 2014

With the crisp air and the changing colors of the leaves, fall is only days away. Time to put away the short sleeves and the shorts and get the sweaters, boots, and well, warmer wetsuits out!

Coming in with fresh staff product picks this week is our customer service rep, Kim.

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Hey everyone, Kim here (a.k.a. JoJo) with my picks for the week!

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O’Neill Men’s Heat Suits

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O’Neill Women’s D’LUX Suits

O’Neill is the pioneer of warm wetsuit technology and it’s no surprise that they make some of the best suits on the market. I’ve always been a big fan of the Heat and D’Lux wetsuits. It’s priced in the mid-range market, but the suit is packed with high-end technology. If you’re looking for lot’s of warmth, bring the Heat (as well as the D’Lux).

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3mm Billabong FOIL Split-Toe Boots

These boots are my favorite booties and the price is right. They have everything you need for surfing moderate water temps without any bulky frills. They’re are easy to get in and out of, have seamed seals, and the split-toe is great for board control!

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Posted by: Lauren Belt 09/19/2014

Staff Product Picks – Part 2

September 12th, 2014

That’s right, everyone! It’s Friday which can only mean two things: 1) You are so very close to the weekend, and 2) We have a new staff product pick for you!

Without further ado, this week’s pick comes from our Customer Service Rep, Lindsay. And here’s what she had to say:

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Hey guys, Lindsay here with my pick for this week! Enjoy!

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Women’s Xcel Calf Length Tights

As one of my favorite products we sell, these tights are super versatile and can be worn for virtually any water sport. They are made from a light and flexible poly fleece which is perfect for evening wake boarding sessions. They are comfortable enough to even wear jogging and working out at the gym! If you’re looking for an addition to your water sport(s) collection; these Xcel tights are an essential!

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Psssst! Don’t forget to check in next Friday for a new staff product picks post!

Posted by: Lauren Belt 09/12/2014

Staff Product Picks – Part 1

September 5th, 2014

What’s new in the world of Wetsuit Wearhouse? Well, a lot, but in the blog-o-sphere, we will be doing weekly Staff Picks posts! We know what you’re thinking… best. news. ever, right?! Well, maybe not exactly what you were thinking, maybe more like why in the world are we doing this?

As it is our sworn wetsuit duty to help our customers on a daily basis with their quest for the best wetsuit, we also find it imperative to share our knowledge of the products. What better way to do so than to get top picks from our helpful and awesome staff?

Look out for these posts weekly throughout September!

Up first is Chris AKA Mole, as the hat says (see below!)

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Mole here with two solid wetsuit picks for this week. Here we go!

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2.5mm NeoSport XSPAN Vest – Front Zip

I love the versatility of this $60 front zip vest. It’s made of the stretchiest neoprene on the market, low profile, and has an easy front zipper. I always recommend this to divers, paddlers, swimmers, and water aerobics customers.

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Men’s 5/4/3mm Billabong Foil Fullsuit w/ Free Hood

Billabong started a revolution when they came out with this sub $200 winter weight fullsuit. Talk about bang for your buck! You get serious warmth, serious stretch, an easy back zipper, and a free bibbed hood to boot. This is one of our all-time best sellers!

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Don’t forget to check in next week!

 Posted by: Chris Moleskie 09/05/2014

All About Rashguards and Watershirts

August 1st, 2014

This year, soak up some rays and play in the waves safely by rocking a rashguard! Rashguards, Lycra shirts, rashie, water shirts – whatever you might call them – come in all styles, sizes, colors and sleeve lengths.

So what is a rash guard? What purpose do these functional tops serve? Let’s get down to the basics:

What it’s all about.

Whether you’re surfing or body boarding, or just want some extra protection in the water, a rash guard is worn (under a wetsuit or alone) to protect your upper body from rashes, abrasions, and chafing. Because let’s face it, rashes don’t look or feel good! That was one of the major reasons why surfers invented rash guards. Their surf board wax would hold sand and the sand would then dig into their chest and armpits creating some serious discomfort.

High sun protection and quick drying properties make these tops great for any water activity. With a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) Rating of 40+, rashguards help prevent the unpleasant experience of sunburn by blocking almost 98% of harmful sun rays. Sunscreen is a great way to prevent burning, but add a rashguard on top of that and your skin will seriously be thanking you! Plus it won’t wash off or need reapplied which is why kid’s rashguards are so popular.

Most rashguards contain anti-microbial properties which help to combat not-so-nice smells.  These tops also take minimal time to dry thanks to quick dry technology and fabric. Oh, did we mention the fabric?! Rashguards are composed of fabric that creates a breathable as well as lightweight top.

Loose vs. Regular Fit. You may notice that websites or shops selling rashguards mention a loose fit, regular fit, or even a tight fit. What’s the difference between these fits?

A loose fit rashguard is similar to a t-shirt and offers a comfortable and non-restricting feel while still providing rash and UV protection.

A regular fit rashguard is tighter and clingier than a loose fit but is still super soft and comfy. Regular fits are great for water performance or as a base layer because they prevent any riding up!

Made of soft and stretchy Lycra spandex, rash guards are great for all ages with tons of options. Shop for men’s rashguards, women’s rashguards, and kid’s rashguards!

Oh, and we couldn’t finish this post without adding some of our rash guard suggestions!

Women’s O’Neill BASIC S/S Rashguard

Women’s O’Neill BASIC L/S Rashguard

Men’s Body Glove Regular Fit Rashguard

Men’s O’Neill BASIC S/S Rashguard (also available in long sleeve)

 

Posted by: Lauren Belt 08/01/2014

 
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