How many mm should a wetsuit be?

Is a 3mm wetsuit enough?

Thickness. The most obvious difference is a thicker wetsuit will keep you warmer, as thicker neoprene means more tiny bubbles trapping in air to insulate you. … A middle ground wetsuit would be a 3/2. So for a winter wetsuit you’ll be looking for a 4/3mm or more, and for summer opt for just 2 or 3mm of neoprene.

What water temp is a 3mm wetsuit good for?

The Perfect Wetsuit Thickness for Every Water Temp

80 to 84 Degrees (26-28 C) 2 mm shorty to dive sking
73 to 79 Degrees (22-25 C) 3 mm fullsuit to 2 mm shorty
66 to 72 Degrees (18-21 C) 5 mm to 3 mm fuillsuit
50 to 65 Degrees (10-17 C) 8/7 mm semidry to 7 mm wetsuit
Below 50 Degrees (Below 10 C) 8/7 mm semidry or drysuit

Is 3mm wetsuit OK for winter?

A 3mm or 2mm shorty for summer, a 3mm fullsuit with watertight seams for dawn patrols and general later spring and early Autumn surfing. A 4mm suit for early spring and late Autumn before the winter really kicks in. A 5mm wetsuit for winter in most locations is fine, especially when couple with boots gloves and a hood.

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What does 5 3mm wetsuit mean?

The numbers 5/3, 4/3 and 3/2, etc, refer to the thickness of the neoprene in millimetres and therefore describe how warm the wetsuit is. A 5/3 wetsuit will be 5 mm thick on the trunk and 3 mm thick on the arms and legs. The same logic applies to 4/3 and 3/2 wetsuits that use thinner rubber and therefore aren’t as warm.

How warm is a 2mm wetsuit?

Wetsuit Thickness & Temperature Guide

Water Temp Range (°F) Water Temp Range (°C) Wetsuit Thickness
65°- 75° 18° – 24° 0.5 mm – 2/1 mm
62°- 68° 16° – 20° 2 mm – 3/2 mm
58°- 63° 14° – 17° 3/2 mm – 4/3 mm
52°- 58° 11° – 14° 4/3 mm – 5/4/3 mm

What does 4 3 mean on a wetsuit?

A 4/3 wetsuit combines two different neoprene thicknesses: 4mm torso – 3mm arms and legs. 6/5/4 mm.

What temp is 3 2 wetsuit good for?

Wetsuit Water Temperature Guide

Water Temperature (Fahrenheit / Celsius) Wetsuit Type* Extras
60°F / 15°C 3/2 Sealed Neoprene Top
65°F / 18.5°C 3/2 Flatlock
72°F / 22°C Springsuit / Poly Top / Jacket
80+°F / 26+°C Rashguard, waterproof sunscreen

What is the difference between 4 3 and 3 2 wetsuits?

It’s fairly simple: the thicker the wetsuit, the warmer you will be. A 5/4/3 wetsuit will be much warmer than a 3/2 wetsuit. Thickness plays a small role in the durability of a wetsuit. Thicker suits, having more material, are less prone to getting tears all the way through the neoprene.

At what water temperature do you need a wetsuit?

The range of 50 to 78 degrees is therefore the ideal range for using a wetsuit. Any warmer, and the swimmer may actually overheat due to the wetsuit’s insulative qualities. Truth be told, we think it is pretty easy to get too warm inside a wetsuit even in the 74-77 degree range.

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Do you need a wetsuit in 60 degree water?

Fresh Getting in

For this reason, you will need a wetsuit to surf in 60°F water, as we’ll look at in more detail in a section below in this article. If you don’t have a wetsuit, you will struggle to last more than about 15 minutes surfing in water of this temperature, and even then it won’t be very pleasant.