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Wetsuit Thickness Guide

   October 19th, 2016   Posted In: FAQs, How-To  

Wetsuit Thickness Guide

When it comes to staying warm and protected in the water, wetsuit thickness matters which is why we’ve created this helpful, easy-to-understand wetsuit thickness guide. This wetsuit thickness guide makes it easier for you to choose the right wetsuit for your unique watersport needs.

 

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40°+ 48°+ 52°+ 58°+ 60°+ 65°+ 72°+ 80°+
General Watersports
(Surf, Wake, Kite, Etc.)
6/5/4mm
Sealed
5/4/3mm
Sealed
4/3mm
Sealed
& Taped
4/3mm
Sealed
3/2mm
Sealed
3/2mm
Flatlock
Springsuit
Neoprene Top
Poly Top
Rash Guard
SCUBA
8/7mm Full
7mm John
& Jacket
7mm Full
7mm John
& Jacket
7mm Full
5mm John
& Jacket
5mm Full
3mm John
& Jacket
3mm Full
3mm John &
Jacket
3mm Full
Springsuit
Springsuit
Lycra
Bodysuit
Triathlon &
Lap Swimming
5/3mm Full 5/3mm John Neoprene Vest
Kayak &
Paddle
5/4/3mm
Sealed
4/3mm
Sealed
3/2mm
Sealed
3/2mm
Flatlock
Neoprene
Top
Neoprene
Vest
Rash
Guard
General
Watersports
(Surf, Wake, Kite, Etc.)
SCUBA Triathlon &
Lap Swimming
Kayak &
Paddle
40°+ 6/5/4mm
Sealed
8/7mm Full
7mm John
& Jacket
5/3mm
Full
5/4/3mm
Sealed
48°+ 5/4/3mm
Sealed
4/3mm
Sealed
52°+ 4/3mm
Sealed
& Taped
7mm Full
7mm John
& Jacket
3/2mm
Sealed
58°+ 4/3mm
Sealed
7mm Full
5mm John
& Jacket
5/3mm
John
3/2mm
Flatlock
60°+ 3/2mm
Sealed
5mm Full
3mm John
& Jacket
Neoprene
Top
65°+ 3/2mm
Flatlock
3mm Full
3mm John &
Jacket
72°+
Springsuit
Neoprene Top
3mm Full
Springsuit
Neoprene
Vest
80°+
Poly Top
Rash Guard
Springsuit
Lycra
Bodysuit
Neoprene
Vest
Rash
Guard

 

We’ve broken this wetsuit thickness guide into four major watersports and common wetsuit temperatures. If you’re planning on diving in 52°F & up water temps and aren’t sure what wetsuit you’ll need, simply use the guide to find the colored top column that says ‘52°+’ and find the side column labeled ‘SCUBA’ and you’ll see that we recommend wearing something in the 7mm wetsuit range such as a 7mm John/Jane and 7mm Jacket OR a 7mm 1-Piece Fullsuit depending on whether or not you want to wear layers.

 

Follow the same directions to find the perfect wetsuit regardless of whether you need a wetsuit for a triathlon or for lap swimming. Are you going to be in 72°F+ water temps? Based on the wetsuit thickness guide, we recommend going with a 5/3mm John or Jane. Easy enough, right?

 

If you need additional help on figuring out what to wear for your next watersport adventure, feel free to contact our customer service either via email (service@wetsuitwearhouse.com), live chat, or call us at 866-906-7848. With our large selection of wetsuits and accessories, Wetsuit Wearhouse has everything you need to enjoy your time in the water!

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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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