Thick or thin? Full or spring? The shape and thickness of your wetsuit will depend on how warm or cold your choice-spot happens to be. This simple guide will help you get it right for the season and conditions you're planning on ripping.
Cold water armour for the courageaous
A 6/5/4 wetsuit combines three different neoprene thicknesses:
6mm torso - 5mm legs - 4mm arms
Your barrier for the bitter cold
A 5/4/3 wetsuit combines three different neoprene thicknesses:
5mm torso - 4mm legs - 3mm arms
A 4/3 wetsuit combines two different neoprene thicknesses:
4mm torso - 3mm arms and legs
Moderate mid-season warmth
A 3/2 wetsuit combines two different neoprene thicknesses:
3mm torso - 2mm arms and legs
Light and just right
A 2/2 wetsuit is made entirely of 2mm thick neoprene
Extra layer for better protection
Neoprene tops protect you from UV rays and provide extra insulation in waters of around 20°C and above.