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How Much Does a Wetsuit Cost?

   July 14th, 2017   Posted In: Articles, FAQs  

Breaking it Down: How Much Does a Wetsuit Cost?

If you’ve spent any significant amount of time in the water, you’ve probably worn a wetsuit on numerous occasions. Perhaps you’ve borrowed one from a friend, or you just have an old one that doesn’t quite work the way it used to. In any case, the time has come for you to buy your own.

 

When looking for a wetsuit to buy, you’ll be faced with a significant number of options and price points. If this is your first time buying a wetsuit (and even if you’ve purchased one before), it can be overwhelming to try and figure out how much you should spend, and which one to go with.

General Wetsuit Price Points

Wetsuits can vary in price based on a number of factors. In general, the low end is typically around $50 for shorty springsuits, while fullsuits typically start around the $75 range. On the high end, prices typically top out around $500.

 

So how much does a wetsuit cost? The price can be determined by a number of factors, including the thickness of the wetsuit, the intended purpose, the flexibility and materials used, and the level of water tightness.

Price Breakdowns for Shorty Springsuits and Fullsuits

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Factors like thickness, neoprene type & seam type contribute to the cost of a wetsuit.

Breaking it down a little further, when purchasing an inexpensive shorty springsuit, you’ll typically be sacrificing material quality and thickness. All wetsuits are made from a blend of neoprene, and the standard neoprene (which has been around for decades) is the least. The more money you spend, the higher the quality of neoprene you can get.

 

With fullsuits, the factors above also apply. There are other considerations as well, and they can have a significant impact on the price of your fullsuit. In general, the thicker the suit, the more expensive it will be. If you’re planning to use the suit in relatively warm waters, thickness isn’t all that important. However, if you’re planning to spend any time in cold water, it’s a good idea to invest in a thicker suit.

 

Another serious difference between low-end and high-end full suits is the insulation. If you want or need the full warming effects of a wetsuit, you’ll be much better off spending the extra money up front for a highly insulated wetsuit. As a general rule, the more you pay for a wetsuit, the warmer, more watertight, and flexible it will be.

 

Ready to shop for a suit? Check out our selection of wetsuits at all price points!

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Lauren Belt

Merchandiser at Wetsuit Wearhouse
Lauren (LoLo) has been picking out the latest and greatest wetsuits and being the social media queen for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, practicing yoga, studying holistic nutrition or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.
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8 Comments

  • Avatar Debbie Wood says:

    I just asked on live chat about custom made wetsuit tops that zip up the front and I was told that you don’t make them, yet when I google custom made your warehouse comes up?? Wing have made me a top for the last 15 years and I will need a new one soon and they have shut up shop. I would need one in 2 mm for at least a size 18DD bust. Can you advise please.

    • Avatar Lauren Belt says:

      Hey Debbie,

      We do make custom wetsuit tops – sorry about that confusion. You can also add a full front zipper for $30 extra. Simply just fill in your measurements and the boxes on the product page correctly. However, I do want to note that custom wetsuit pieces can take 2 to 3 months to make.

  • Avatar Janet Willis says:

    To whom it may concern is there a wetsuit that hat that covers for cold Waters and warm Waters semi warm Waters would like to use one all seasons year-round

    • Avatar Lauren Belt says:

      Hey Janet,

      Well, unfortunately, there is not a one-season-fits-all wetsuit. Cold water temps require a wetsuit that’s 4/3mm or thicker, while warm waters require either a springsuit or a 3/2mm flatlock fullsuit. You may have to invest in a cold water wetsuit as well as a warm water wetsuit. Hope that helps and if you have any more questions, please feel free to reach out to our customer service team either via live chat, email (service@wetsuitwearhouse.com) or call 866-906-7848. Thank you!

  • Avatar Jane Louise Morrow says:

    How much is a good wetsuit?

  • Avatar Pam says:

    What can you tell me about the inexpensive Hydro Pro wet suit?

    • Avatar Lauren Belt says:

      Hey Pam,

      We actually don’t offer that brand. However, we offer a ton of other wetsuit brands. Feel free to browse our site: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/. And if you need any assistance with finding a wetsuit, reach out to our lovely customer service team either via live chat, email (service@wetsuitwearhouse.com) or call at 866-906-7848.

      Thank you!

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