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May 23rd, 2019
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If you’re new to watersports, you may have heard people talking about spring suits and shorty wetsuits. As you tried to nod knowingly so people wouldn’t know you were a newbie to water activities or wetsuits, you probably realized you had some learning to do.
What is a spring suit anyway? And what good will it do you? Don’t worry – we’ll bring you up to speed so the next time someone mentions a shorty wetsuit you can wow them with your knowledge.
Top: Long Sleeve Springsuit & Bottom: Shorty Springsuit
Although this may be a new term to you, it’s quite simple. Spring suits are wetsuits that don’t provide full coverage.
That may lead you to your next question – what is a shorty wetsuit? A shorty wetsuit is another name sometimes used for spring suits. It has short legs and sleeves, and it’s great for watersports where you may need your knees and elbows as mobile as possible, so you’re ready for action.
There are different types of wetsuits though, and it will be helpful to know which ones you should use in what conditions. Let’s break down the basic types of wetsuits you might see:
Now that we’ve answered your questions about what is a spring suit wetsuit and the various types of wetsuits you may want to consider, let’s look at when you might need them and how to choose the one that will best work for you.
Spring suits are a great option for when you don’t need a fullsuit. If the water is on the warm side, you might not want to wrestle your way into a fullsuit, when a shorty wetsuit is easier and quicker to put on. Plus, you might find you get too warm in a fullsuit or that your range of motion is too limited when you are using them for watersports where you need more mobility.
Spring suits are great when used in warmer waters, such as 68 degrees or higher when you are participating in surface sports and water that is 72 degrees and higher when you are SCUBA diving.
You can use spring suits in all types of water sports, including kayaking, paddling, diving, surfing, triathlons, swimming, windsurfing, skiing, water aerobics, and more.
A short john like this is used for water activities like triathlons and recreational swimming!
With so many options, you can feel like you’re at a buffet and you only get one plate to fill. Everything looks good to you, but you’re not sure what to pick. And because springsuits are a fairly big investment, you want to feel confident in your new purchase and love how it looks and feels.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re selecting your springsuit:
Now that you know what a springsuit is, you can find one that works for you. With so many styles to choose from, you’re sure to find one you love. Just make sure you find one that is right for the elements you’ll face.
You’ll feel comfortable doing the activities you love, and, as a bonus, you may feel a bit like a superhero every time you zip that wetsuit up.
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