How to choose your winter wetsuit
The freezing winter is slowly setting in and you still want to surf? Awesome! The secret is that there is no secret to surfing during the colder months; you simply need a suit that’ll keep you warm.
Below is our guide to choosing the perfect winter wetsuit, helping you stay in the water for longer.
To ensure maximum warmth during your winter surfing sessions, we have integrated a stretchy and light...
1) Get the right wetsuit size
It sounds obvious, but it's essential. A poorly fitting wetsuit will let water in, meaning you’ll get colder faster. Your wetsuit should fit comfortably and reach your wrists and ankles, without accumulating too many folds along the arms and legs (it is normal to have a few folds, and also to feel a little tight, especially around your neck.) Neoprene tends to stretch a little over time, but it’s far better to wear a suit that feels slightly too small, as opposed to too big. The Wildsuits neoprene also has a ‘memory’ and will mould to your shape over time, so no stress if it feels a bit tight at first. After a session or two we aim for our wetsuits to feel as comfy as your pyjamas!
To make sure you order the correct size make sure you consult our simple and efficient Sizing Chart that uses your measurements to help you choose the right suit.
If you still have any doubts about which size to order, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our stockists or simply send us direct message. We know our wetsuits like the backs of our hands and would be more than happy to help you select the right size.
2) Say "no" to infiltration
Wetsuits aren’t waterproof. Your suit keeps you warm during cold sessions by limiting the entry and exit of the water. Through friction, your movements warm the thin layer of water that covers your skin between wetsuit and body, therefore keeping you warm. The quality of the neoprene is also crucial in protecting you from the wind and water surrounding you, therefore Wildsuits uses the best limestone neoprene available on the market.
The Flush Lock
All Wildsuits wetsuits are equipped with the Flush Lock system; it allows the cuffs of the suit to be tightened at the wrists and ankles, preventing cold water from entering the suit via these points after a good wipe out! This system also keeps you warm despite the big, cold winter swells.
Waterproof seams, stitched, glued + lining tape
All our seams are waterproof, stitched and glued, as it’s very important that the water doesn’t leak through the seams, or you won’t stay warm for long! To guarantee even greater strength and to ensure that the seams are waterproof, we also cover 100% of the seams with waterproof and super-elastic lining tape. This will not effect the elasticity of the wetsuit, unlike external sealing that reduces the flexibility of the wetsuit.
After all, you wouldn’t want to miss the turn of your life due to a lack of elasticity in your wetsuit!
3) Choose the right thickness for your wetsuit
Limiting water infiltration and allowing for maximum flexibility is good, but if you wear a 2mm shorty, surfing in winter will be challenging!
When surfing in temperatures around 10 degrees you should use a 5/4mm, guaranteeing you’ll have a warm and comfortable session.
If the temperature of your spot rarely drops below 13 degrees in winter, a 4/3mm wetsuit will be fine (the favourite suit of our pro riders in winter!).
4) In winter, never go surfing without your fleece
The inner fleece of your wetsuit will allow you to stay warm even before the forces of friction warm you up. The Wildsuits fleece will also helps to dry your suit more quickly between sessions ("How to extend the life of your wetsuit").
To ensure maximum warmth during your winter surfing sessions, we have integrated a stretchy and light fleece inside our 5/4mm and 4/3mm suits. The Wildsuits fleece is present from the torso to the knees.
5) Stay warm without warming the planet
Fighting the cold must not be done at the expense of the environment. It is important to choose a wetsuit brand with eco-responsible materials. Find out how our suits are eco-friendly below:
- Solvent-free adhesives: very resistant, in addition to avoiding any chemical product in contact with your skin or the ocean.
- Use of Limestone neoprene: made from a mixture of limestone rocks and recycled tyres, it is both lighter and more waterproof than conventional neoprene.
- Recycled polyester: the majority of the polyester fabrics we use come from recycled plastic bottles.
- Find all the technical information in detail on our website.