We’ve already talked about 3/2mm, 4/3mm, and 5/4/3 or 5/4mm wetsuits. But with winter still in full force, we couldn’t go without explaining hooded fullsuits meant for super cold water temps, could we?!
You shouldn’t let cold temperatures get in the way of performing your favorite water sport, which is why a thick and hooded fullsuit is your best bet for staying warm! There are numerous brands and wetsuit thicknesses out there that can ease and even fend off the chill while in the water.
So what exactly should you look for in a wetsuit when water temps dive into 40 degrees and up?
- Poly Fleece Lining. This lining wicks moisture away from the skin and provides a thermal insulation in key areas such as the chest and back.
- Sealed or Sealed & Taped Seams. These durable seam types ensure that little to no cold flushes the suit, thus preventing cold water from seeping in!
- A Hood. It’s not much of a fancy feature, but it definitely helps to keep your head and ears warm in the cold water!
- And, one seriously awesome chest zipper. No, really. You want that freezing water to stay out? Make sure you’re getting or have a suit with a zip that will repel the water! Certain brands and brand lines even make cold water suits with a waterproof chest zip!
Looking for some recommendations? Well, to mix things up a little we made a video pointing out our favorites at all price points!
- Great price point
- Made of 100% stretch AX2 Airlite Neoprene
- Sealed seams
- Poly fleece thermal lining in chest
- 100% Superstretch Neoprene
- Less seams which creates more stretch
- Waterproof chest zipper
- External Liquid Taped Seams
- Anti-Flush Hood Gasket
- Poly Fleece Lining in Chest & Back
- 100% Superstretch and water repellant neoprene
- XCEL’s Exclusive TDC Technology Inner Lining(even in the hood!)
- Drylock gaskets at wrists, ankles, and neck
- Wind resistant chest panel
- Waterproof Drylock Chest Zip
Find all of our Hooded Fullsuits for cold water temps HERE!
Posted by: Lauren Belt on 1/30/2015