January 20th, 2014
WETSUIT WEARHOUSE NAMED FINALIST FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Williamsport, Md. (January 17, 2014) – Wetsuit Wearhouse Inc., based in Williamsport, Md., is pleased to announce it has been named a Small Business of the Year Award finalist by the Washington County, Maryland Business Awards Committee.
“Being nominated for this award is a great honor and adds to our company’s excitement as we continue to expand our operations,” said Chris Moleskie, president and CEO of Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. “Whether you’re running a triathlon, surfing or scuba diving, our goal has always been to serve as the one-stop wetsuit shop.”
The largest wetsuit specialty shop in the world, Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc., retail and online stores carry a wide selection of triathlon, surfing and scuba wetsuits, as well as wetsuits for wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, water aerobics and more. Other product lines include neoprene boots, hoods and gloves.
Customers interested in current inventory can visit our full service website at wetsuitwearhouse.com, or stop by the Williamsport, Md., location Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Currently, Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. employs eight full-time employees and one part-time student.
All Washington County Business Awards nominees will be recognized Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Hager Hall Conference and Event Center in Hagerstown, Md. Criteria for the Small Business of the Year award include demonstrating any or all of the following: product or service quality, job creation, innovation, strong community involvement, high standard in business practice and commitment to the community.
About Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc.
Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. was established in 2002 in San Diego, Ca. and relocated to Hagerstown in 2006 to more closely align with our large east coast customer base. Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. operated a distribution warehouse in downtown Hagerstown for 6 years. Over the years, we have grown to be recognized as the largest wetsuit retailer in the world. A true specialty shop, WetsuitWearhouse.com now stocks over 25,000 wetsuits and accessories, every day of the year, for surf, scuba diving, triathlon, kayaking and even water aerobics. We serve individuals, organizations, public service agencies and the U.S. Government (including U.S. Special Forces). In the summer of 2012, Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. purchased and relocated to a 21,000 square foot warehouse in Williamsport, Md., furthering our commitment to our customers, employees and Washington County.
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November 14th, 2013
It seems like the holidays roll around faster every year, and here we are almost half way through November already! Crazy. So, maybe you’re stumped on what to get the watersports enthusiast in your family? Here are our top five picks for this holiday buying season.
Hangair Wetsuit Dryer – $59.99
This thing is awesome to get you into a dry wetsuit way faster than plain old hang drying. It is especially handy in the colder months if you’re doing multiple sessions a day or going out on back-to-back days, as the heavy winter suits can take a while to dry. Plus, the car adapter makes it perfect for those trips down to Baja. No one wants to crawl into an ice cold wet wetsuit!
Gorilla Wetsuit & Accessory Hangers – $13 – 19.99
These hangers are TOUGH and can handle any wetsuit. If they are tough enough for the Special Forces, they should be tough enough for you! Rated to support up to 50 pounds, these are perfect for long term winter wetsuit storage or drying between sessions. The accessory hanger is perfect for getting those gloves and boots to dry out quickly. Hanging your accessories helps reduce odor, as hanging promotes more airflow and allows water to drip out. That keeps all that sweat and sea water from making a nauseating fermented concoction!
Hyperflex Cyclone-2 3/2mm Fullsuit – $99.99
Got an aspiring surfer in the family? The Cyclone-2 suits are insane for the money. Yet again, Hyperflex has changed the market as to what you get for a sub $100 suit. These suits are made from a crazy soft 100% stretch neoprene throughout (no cheap rubber in the lower body on this suit!) But not only that, the suit is loaded with features: flatlock seams, durable YKK zipper, and Duratex knee pads. Women’s version available here.
7mm XCEL Infiniti Drylock Wetsuit Boots – $74.95
Xcel makes some of the best accessories on the market, and the Drylock boots are no exception. These have been the best pair of winter surfing boots we sell for years. The Drylock seals keep cold water out and any water or sweat that does get inside is soaked up by the super absorbent poly fleece to keep your skin as dry as possible. Give the gift of the best winter surfing boots for under 75 bucks.
2.5mm Neosport Wetsuit Vest w/ Front Zipper – Starting at $50
Know someone cold in their heated swimming pool? Heck, maybe you’re cold in the pool and want to get a gift for yourself. These vests are perfect for a little extra insulation in a chilly pool and they are super easy to get on and off with the full front zipper. Help keep granny a little warmer in the coming cold weather months!
By Dave Mentzer
November 11th, 2013
It’s been a busy past month here at our retail location with people preparing for the fall season of Tough Mudder events. The whole Tough Mudder phenomenon is something we didn’t foresee just a few years ago, but has since exploded. Who would have known that trudging through a course filled with mud, fire, heights, and a few ice baths would create a worldwide sensation? Actually, it’s become pretty funny when we have the unsuspecting customer carefully describe the “crazy adventure race they are doing”, worried that we won’t have a clue!
If you are new to the Tough Mudders and you’re unsure what to expect, we’ll help you out! Let’s start here with the below image; the top shows a man in the water without a wetsuit. He is cold. Below he is wearing the Neosport Wetsuit Vest and Hyperflex Beanie Cap. He is toasty.
As you can see, the wetsuit products help keep you more comfortable in the water and mud! But don’t take our word for it – Alicia and her husband ran the Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder. They both used the Neosport wetsuit vest and it worked perfectly for them. We interviewed Alicia about her experience at the event:
What made you decide to register for the Tough Mudder?
My husband and I started promoting a 90 day health and fitness challenge and we are working on our own peak performance so we thought,” lets train for the Tough Mudder!” He did it in April and with me this Saturday.
How was it different than what you envisioned?
I have to say it was different than I thought because I was expecting it to be worse than it was. I was happy to see that our training had me relatively prepared. I am just very happy that we decided to get wetsuits for the event because in April my husband and his team did not enjoy themselves that much due to the cold weather conditions. Not an issue this time.
Which wetsuit product did you choose for the event?
We choose the Neosport vest (You can find the product here) to keep our core warm and still allow us complete range of motion. It was the perfect fit for this type if event. I even trained in mine before the event just to make sure that I could run and the fit was good.
If you had to do it over again, would you prepare for the event differently in any way?
When I do this event again I will be doing more strength training just to see how many obstacles I can do alone for personal satisfaction!
Did your wetsuit make it though the event undamaged?
I wore my wetsuit over my compression shirt and only had one issue with the mud during the army crawl under barbed wire. The zipper came down a bit and mud caked in the threads but the suit was still comfortable and it did not compromise the fit or function. My husband wore his under his shirt and had no issues at all!
The Neosport vest worked perfectly for Alicia and her husband because of the weather condition on the day of their event. Your event conditions may vary and require different wetsuit items. On the day of the Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder the air temps were in the low 60’s. For colder events during winter months, Tough Mudder’s website actually recommends hooded full suits. These types of suits would be great when the air temperatures drop into the 30’s and 40’s.
For the World’s Toughest Mudder events where you are running the course for 24 hours, you will likely need more than one wetsuit to make it through the grueling event. A wetsuit top and bottoms like Alicia and her husband wore would be great for mild weather and during the daylight. But when the night comes (or you’re doing a very cold regular Tough Mudder) you will need a heavier full wetsuit to fight off hypothermia.
Whatever your needs may be, we are here to help. Call us at (866)906-7848 or email email@example.com with any questions!
By Dave Mentzer
October 22nd, 2013
As the water starts to cool down here at our HQ in Maryland and across the country, the first suit most of us grab when the water gets chilly is a 3/2mm full. Over the past few years, we’ve seen tremendous improvements not only in high-end wetsuit technology, but also at the entry level suits. We get a lot of questions about the different price points for 3/2 suits – so here’s a refresher on the basics:
3/2 suits, as far as insulation is concerned, can be divided into three categories based on their seam types:
Flatlock stitched seams (unsealed sewing machine stitch), for moderate water about 65°F and up.
Sealed seams, for water about 60°F and up
Sealed and taped seams, semi-dry, for water about 55°F and up
If you need a refresher on seam types, check out this video that Pappy shot back when he was a young man. Note that his name is “Dave” in the video. He was in denial about being Pappy in those days, now he has a credit card with Pappy on it. Anyway…..
Let’s take a quick look at some of our staff favorites and proven best sellers covering each seam type. The suits covered here are general watersports suits, so they’ll be great surfing wetsuits , wakeboarding, PWC’s, and paddlesports. These suits are not ideal for SCUBA or Triathlon.
Quiksilver and Roxy 3/2mm Syncro w/ Flatlock Stitched Seams – $119.95
The Syncro products are a proven wetsuit line for value, quality, and performance. For only $119.95, you get a suit that is 100% stretch neoprene (Quiksilver’s Hyperstretch 3.0 rubber), which is pretty crazy for the price point. Since the suit is flatlock stitched, you’ll be looking at about 65°F+ for the water temps, as the flatlock seams will allow for some water exchange.
O’Neill 3/2mm Epic w/ Sealed Seams – $149.95
O’Neill has a solid wetsuit line from entry level to high end. The Epic line is our best selling line from ONeill, and for good reason. Just like the Syncro, the Epics are 100% super stretch neoprene (O’Neill calls their equivalent rubber Ultraflex Neoprene). The seams on this suit are glued and blindstitched (sealed), which will keep most of the water out, resulting in a bit more insulation over flatlock wetsuits. A great investment for those in water about 60°F and up.
O’Neill 3/2mm Heat w/ Sealed & Liquid Taped Seams – $269.95
We’ll stick with O’Neill to cover our sealed and taped seam selection. The Heat line has been around for years and is always a really popular suit. This suit is my personal favorite and has been for years. If a customer calls looking for a really warm suit at the $250ish pricetag, the Heat is on. O’Neill uses Fluid Seam Weld technology on the Heat, which is a liquid taping on the inside AND outside of the suit. This leads to an even dryer experience and some extra durability over time.
Combine those seams with O’Neill’s Firewall lining and the water resistant zipper, and you have a suit that can take you easily to 55°F (think San Diego at XMAS). Of course all suits at this price point are made of super stretch – and stuff that is stretchier than the Syncro’s Hyperstretch 3.0 and the Epic’s Ultraflex – the Heat is made from gooey Ultraflex DS rubber.
Rip Curl 3/2mm Flash Bomb Plus w/ Sealed and Taped seams
For the demanding and uncompromising user, the high-end wetsuit lines may be the answer. Suits like the Flash Bomb Plus are insanely buttery soft, warm, and light. The Flash Bomb Plus features neoprene that contais large air cells, (they call it Air-Loc) which reduces the weight of the suit and increases the suit’s insulation properties. A Flash Dry poly fleece lining covers nearly the entire inside of this suit for insane warmth and a semi-dry experience. To work with the poly fleece lining, seams are actually “welded” together and then taped. In fact, these seams are stitchless (no needles thru the neoprene). These seams stretch more and are lighter weight than a traditional seam.
Remember, this is a basic overview of different classes of 3/2 suits. Many of the suits featured here are available in different seam options and thicknesses (2mm spring, 4/3 , 5/4/3, and hooded).
If you need more specific information or advice, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone, 866-906-SUIT or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org . The water is getting cold, Wetsuit Wearhouse can help!
By Chris Moleskie
June 4th, 2012
Summer is here, save 10% on your new gear! Use coupon code “goodsummer12″ for 10% off + FREE USA shipping on ANY order over $75. No restrictions apply. Enjoy
November 18th, 2011
Wetsuit Wearhouse is the exclusive importer of the Canadian 6/4mm Dawn Patrol fullsuit by RipCurl. Priced at $200 this winter wetsuit is a no-brainer!
November 16th, 2011
The Tough Mudder events have generated a lot of calls and emails with adventurers looking to stay warm during the grueling obstacles of the event. Since many events have water obstacles and mud, and are held during the cold weather months, many participants are struggling to stay warm during the event. This is where we can help. There are many options in the wetsuit world for types of tough mudder wet suits, but we think separates are the best way to go. With a thicker fullsuit, you risk becoming restricted and overheated. The NeoSport XSPAN jackets, shorts, and pants have been extremely popular for tough mudder events because they are soft, stretchy, and easy to maneuver in. Some vests and tops are available in font-zip models for easier in and out.
You can check out our entire selection of tough mudder wetsuit tops by clicking the links below.
Don’t forget your BodyGlide anti-chafe stick! Great for reducing irritation at the neck, armpits, crotch, and feet.
—–>UPDATE: Check out Dave’s November 2013 interview with Tough Mudder Athletes
December 20th, 2010
There’s nothing like a heated wetsuit vest to warm you up this winter. Get ‘em while they’re hot! Now available in vest, hooded vest, and short john configurations.
December 8th, 2010
The incredibly gooey O’neill GOORU fullsuit is on sale for only $195 out the door! (Free shipping and no tax outside of Maryland). Brand new 2010 model in a variety of colors.
November 25th, 2010
Patagonia Wetsuits and accessories now in stock at Wetsuit Wearhouse! Check out some of the nicest suits in our shop; featuring windblock neoprene, merino wool lining, and a lifetime warranty. The 5/4/3 winter suit performs like a 6/5/4 without the bulk.