Wet Suit - Mens WetSuit - Tri Suit
Wet Suit the Basics
A wet suit is usually made from a neoprene material and work
best when they fit tightly. The tight fit traps water between
the wet suit and the body, this trapped water is then warmed by
the body and helps provide insulation. If the wet suit fit is to
loose, the water between body and suit is continually washed out
and the body keeps trying to re-warm the newly entered cold
A wet suit comes in a large variety of design and thickness.
Thickness will vary from 2mm to 9mm, and styles include shorties
(short arms and legs, popular in warm water and amongst
surfers), one piece full body and two piece full body. The two
piece full body styles, which generally include farmer john long
johns with a covering jacket, are very popular with the thicker
suits. The two piece styles are easier to get into and provide 2
layers of neoprene over the torso of the body.
Higher quality suits quite often come with toughtex neoprene,
which is basically a checkered or square pattern on the neoprene
material that will stop tears or rips from spreading. This is
quite helpful in case you accidentally catch yourself on a piece
of coral or wreck, which will cut the neoprene material.
Dry Suit Basics
Dry suits work by trapping air between the body and the
waterproof outer shell, this air is warmed by the body, thus
providing insulation from the cold. Dry Suits can be either
tight fitting or loose fitting. Loose fitting dry suits are
generally used with undergarments under the waterproof shell.
These undergarments can be tracksuits, polar fleece woolies or a
thinsulate material (this material is hard to clean but retains
warmth when wet, which can happen with a dry suit).
The air trapped inside a dry suit is compressed as a diver
descends, therefore it may be necessary to add air, this is
usually done with a low pressure inflater from your gas supply
(done in the same manner as a BCD inflator). Like a BCD, dry
suits will also need to dump gas to control buoyancy as you
surface. Although a dry suit does take a bit more skill and
thought to use, it is the only way to dive in cold conditions. A
dive is much more enjoyable when you are warm.