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!)
Mole here with two solid wetsuit picks for this week. Here we go!
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.
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!
Don’t forget to check in next week!
Posted by: Chris Moleskie 09/05/2014
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
July 7th, 2014
WETSUIT WEARHOUSE TO RECEIVE AN ENERGY MAKEOVER!
Specialty shop will upgrade its lighting with an energy grant funded by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).
Williamsport, Md. (July 7, 2014) – Wetsuit Wearhouse Inc., based in Williamsport, Md., is pleased to announce that it is one of twenty-three recipients to receive an energy efficiency grant through the EmPOWER Maryland Commercial & Industrial Grant Program.
“I was surprised and honored to have been selected,” said Chris Moleskie, President and CEO of Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. “Due to our facility residing in the Town of Williamsport, we were not otherwise eligible for any energy efficiency rebates/incentives. Without the Governor’s grant through the Maryland Energy Administration, we would not have been able to afford the upgrades.”
As the only grant recipient in Washington County, Wetsuit Wearhouse plans to start upgrading to energy efficient fixtures and bulbs this summer, and have it completed shortly after. This will ultimately allow the business to save around $2,000 in energy expenses per year and about 20,000 kWh of electricity.
This grant provides updated lighting throughout the building and assists the business with its current and future environmentally-friendly efforts. “We’ve already cut our consumption dramatically through insulating our building and replacing our old boiler heater with two energy saving heat pumps,” said Moleskie. “Once our energy usage is dialed in, we’ll be ready to proceed with our planned 19.8 kW rooftop solar array. With the addition of the efficient lights, we should be able to produce 100% of our energy needs.”
The MEA energy efficiency grant will cover 40% of the lighting upgrade expenses for Wetsuit Wearhouse.
For additional information, contact Lauren Belt, at 301.223.1982 x243 or email@example.com
Posted by: Chris Moleskie 07/07/2014
May 14th, 2014
Williamsport, Md. (May 15, 2014) – Wetsuit Wearhouse Inc., based in Williamsport, Md., is pleased to announce it has been selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program.
To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service.
When visiting the Wetsuit Wearhouse website, shoppers can hover over the Google Trusted Store badge and see metrics on the store’s shipping and customer service performance. Wetsuit Wearhouse is pleased to showcase a 100% rating for excellent service and 90+% rating for on-time shipping.
“Customer service and satisfaction have been our top priorities since we opened in 2001,” said Chris Moleskie, President and CEO of Wetsuit Wearhouse, Inc. “Inclusion in the Google Trusted Stores program is a great honor, and will help us grow our business.”
As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with Wetsuit Wearhouse and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases. Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like Wetsuit Wearhouse attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.
Wetsuit Wearhouse, the largest wetsuit specialty shop in the world, stocks 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 rash guards, boots, hoods, gloves and repair products.
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., and select Saturdays.
Posted by: Chris Moleskie
April 28th, 2014
Finally! It’s warmed up enough across the States to put away the parkas and break out the watersports gear. As the mercury keeps rising, your wetsuit needs may soon take you to a springsuit cut wetsuit. Springsuit wetsuits often cause some confusion, but we are here to cover all the basics!
A springsuit style wetsuit simply refers to any one piece suit that does not provide full coverage. The styles vary:
- Shorty: A wetsuit with short arms and short legs, called a shorty, is the most common springsuit style. The shorty cut works well for a wide range of climates and water conditions.
- Long Sleeve Shorty: This wetsuit has long arms with short legs and works well for those in conditions where the water is warm, but the air temperature is cool. A morning sessions is a perfect example. Some also like the added sun protection of the long sleeves.
- Short Sleeve Fullsuits: Suits with long legs and short arms work well in conditions of cooler water but warm air temperatures. The short sleeves help regulate body temperature, while still having the insulating neoprene covering the lower body while you wait to catch a wave.
- Short/Long Johns: “John” style suits (or “Jane” for ladies) are sleeveless options available with either long or short legs. These cuts work well for those that want full range of motion in their shoulders (or those with shoulder injuries) and are OK giving up a bit of sun protection and insulation from sleeves.
Note: Most springsuit style wetsuits will have a thickness around 1.5 – 2.5mm. As far as thickness is concerned, don’t sweat it too much; anything in the 1.5 – 2.5mm range will do the job and have a very similar insulation value.
Other than cut, the other big decision is your desired price point. There are three price points to consider:
Entry level suits, $50-70: These suits are great for individuals needing a wetsuit only a few times a season or for a once-in-a-lifetime trip. These suits are made of durable grades of neoprene and the flatlock stitched seams will last forever.
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Mid level suits, $70-100: Suits in this price range are great for frequent users or those in high performance sports. These suits are made of a soft grade of super stretch neoprene to ensure a better fit and ease of movement.
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High performance/competition suits, $125+: Suits in this category are made to be as light and stretchy as possible. Expect buttery soft super stretch neoprene that is especially lightweight. Suits in this category are for the discerning performance sports enthusiast/professional that needs high-end stretch and lightweight materials.
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Should you have a specific question about springsuits or need a recommendation, we’re here to help! Give us a call, (866) 906-7848 or email us, firstname.lastname@example.org with whatever is on your mind.
Posted by: Dave Mentzer 4/28/2014
March 27th, 2014
Wetsuit Warehouse Coupon Code
Shop our warehouse superstore of over 25,000 wetsuits today and save 10% + FREE USA Shipping! Use coupon code SPRING14 at checkout, by phone, or at our retail location in MD to receive 10% off orders over $50. Hurry, this offer expires as soon as the water warms up!
Posted by: Chris Moleskie 3/27/2014
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