Mahulu Buyers GUIDE
Key Aspects when buying a wetsuit
When buying a wetsuit for kite-surfing, there are several important factors to consider:
1. Thickness: The thickness of the wetsuit is important to keep in mind as it determines how warm you will be. The thickness required will depend on the water temperature and the duration of your sessions. Generally, kite-surfers prefer wetsuits that are between 3/2mm and 5/4mm thick.
2. Material: The material of the wetsuit affects how stretchy it is and how much it will resist water. Kite-surfers usually prefer wetsuits made of neoprene, which is a stretchy, insulating material that can keep you warm even in cold water.
3. Seams: The seams of a wetsuit are important as they affect how much water can get into the suit. Blind-stitched seams and glued and blind-stitched seams are both popular options for kite-surfing wetsuits, as they are designed to minimize water entry.
4. Fit: The fit of the wetsuit is crucial for comfort and warmth. A properly fitting wetsuit should be snug without being too tight, and should allow for full range of motion in the arms and legs.
5. Mobility: Kite-surfing requires a lot of arm and leg movement, so a wetsuit that allows for easy mobility is important. Consider wetsuits with flexible panels and strategic seam placement to ensure maximum range of motion.
6. Design and Style: Although not as important as the functional features, design and style of the wetsuit can also be important for many kite-surfers. Look for a design that you like and that will make you feel confident while out on the water.
Overall, when buying a wetsuit for kite-surfing, it’s important to prioritize functionality and fit over style. Choosing a high-quality wetsuit that fits well and is appropriate for the conditions you’ll be surfing in can greatly enhance your experience on the water.
|Better seal around the neck and shoulders, which helps keep water out and keeps you warmer.||Can be more difficult to put on and take off, particularly if the wetsuit is tight-fitting or if you have limited mobility in your upper body.|
|Greater flexibility and range of motion due to the tighter fit.||The entry point can press against the chest or collarbone, which can be uncomfortable for some people.|
|Can provide a more streamlined and aerodynamic fit.||May not be as suitable for people with larger chests or breasts.|
|The tighter fit may reduce water drag and increase buoyancy.||May not be as suitable for people with broader shoulders or muscular upper bodies.|
|Less likely to shift or move around during activities like surfing or swimming.||May not be as easy to get in and out of quickly, which could be a disadvantage in certain situations (e.g. in an emergency).|
It’s important to note that these advantages and disadvantages are not universal and can vary based on the specific brand, design, and fit of the wetsuit, as well as the individual wearing it.