This article will provide you with a number of things that you need to consider before buying a steamer wetsuit.
When thinking whether to take a cold or warm bath, you must consider the time of year and location where you want to practice bodyboarding or surfing. You should choose a neoprene with a bigger or lesser thickness based on this. When purchasing a wetsuit, you should also consider the size you need as well as the wetsuit’s construction (zippers and sealing).
Steaming SEASON OF THE YEAR AND TYPE OF WETSUIT FOR A STEAMER
- 2/2mm neoprene for the spring and summer. Recommended for waters between 18°C and 20°C, and the arms and legs may be short-sleeved.
- Neoprene 3/2 mm. Water between 12°C and 17°C is recommended.
- Neoprene is 4/3mm long for fall and winter. suggested for water between 10 and 17 degrees Celsius.
- Neoprene that is 5/4/3mm in length. Water between 8°C and 11°C is recommended.
The latest generation of steamer wetsuits come with a variety of closures. the chest zipper system, the rear zipper system (which is the most typical), and no zipper. The latter involves donning the suit by passing the body through the neck of the neoprene, which is constructed of an extremely flexible material that expands sufficiently to allow it to pass without issue. The benefit of this design is that less water enters since there is no zipper on the back; however, the disadvantage is that it may be challenging to put on and take off.
How to choose the right size steamer wetsuit?
Whether you’re trying on a steamer wetsuit, do a few stretches and squats to evaluate if it fits your body. If you notice that it is particularly slack in the lower back, it does not suit your body shape well and will allow water to enter, impairing your ability to move quickly through the water and preventing you from staying warm.
Generally, while trying on a new steamer wetsuit for the first time, you must consider that it must be challenging to put on and very tight to the body without producing creases. You should be aware that if you try anything on dry and it doesn’t overwhelm you or cost you anything to put on, it’s not your size. The wetsuit gives somewhat as you enter the water, which is why it needs to be tight.
The centimeter measures may vary somewhat from brand to brand. Here, we provide you with some rough generic measurements.
Structure, quality, and types of sealing in neoprene
Finally, it’s crucial to emphasize the neoprene’s construction. When it comes to suiting reaction, this is crucial.
Nowadays, brands aim to have the fewest possible elements that make up a suit. Thus, the fewest possible elements may be used to create a steamboat wetsuit, which lowers the number of sealing sites.
The method used to create seams on a steamer wetsuit also affects how much it costs:
- Flat seams are used in the construction of low-end steamer wetsuits, which allow a lot of water to travel through the garment.
- The high-end suits also have seams sealed with a special rubber, which provides even more water tightness.
- Mid-high range steamer wetsuits are made with a gluing system and blind seams, which means that first the sides of the neoprene sheets have adhered and then they are sewn on one of the sides without the seams going through the sheet of neoprene. The neoprene is kept from absorbing water and coming into touch with the body thanks to the seam sealing.