Is a 3mm wetsuit warm enough 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.

Is 3mm wetsuit OK for UK?

So a 4/3mm wetsuit will serve you for surfing cold water throughout the autumn and winter months in the UK, November to April. With thicker 4mm of neoprene around the middle body to keep warmth locked in and 3mm neoprene on the arms and legs for greater flexibility.

How much weight should I add to a 3 mm wetsuit?

between 4 lbs – 7 lbs
Assuming your base weight came from a fresh water pool in a 3mm wetsuit, you would typically add between 4 lbs – 7 lbs of weight, if you’re wearing a 3mm wetsuit.

How buoyant is a 3mm wetsuit?

A 3mm wetsuit may only require 6 to 8% of your body weight in lead whereas a 7mm, wetsuit, or dry suit could require 10% of your body weight or more depending on your undergarments.

How warm does a 3mm wetsuit keep you?

The 4/3 wetsuit is 4mm thick on the torso and 3mm thick on the arms and legs. This is enough thickness to take a dive during the winter without suffering from the cold. It can protect you quite comfortably in temperatures between 53 to 60°F.

How much weight do I need for snorkelling?

The general rule of weights is: 5% of your body weight wearing a 3mm wetsuit when spearfishing, freediving and snorkeling. 10% of your body weight wearing a 5mm wetsuit when scuba diving.

What is buoyancy profile?

The buoyancy of a wetsuit has a huge bearing on how you swim in it, particularly the distribution of that buoyancy in different parts of the suit. We call this the “buoyancy profile” and broadly it relates to the buoyancy in the upper body versus the lower body of the suit.

Do wet suits keep you floating?

So does a wetsuit make you float? The short answer is yes, it does – but not as much as a life jacket. They might assist in flotation, but do not outright provide it. Whatever activity you use a wetsuit for, they’ll help you float – and keep you warm while doing it.

What type of wetsuit has sealed seams?

A suit with sealed seams (also called GBS, or, glued and blindstitched, seams) has interior sealing and lets very little water through. Another option is a mens 4/3 wetsuit with sealed and taped seams, with taping on the interior and exterior seam to provide reinforcement.

What are the best 3mm wetsuits?

Our last pick of the best 3mm wetsuits is from yet another manufacturer – O’Neill. This pick is a full wetsuit and it is actually a 3/2 rather than a straight 3mm. If you are not familiar with this term, a 3/2 wetsuit means it is made of 2 different densities of neoprene – 3mm and 2mm.

What is the best thickness for a diving wetsuit?

Diving wetsuits that are 3mm are perfect for those water temps 65 degrees and up. Ladies SCUBA wetsuits provide warmth and protection while diving. Diving wetsuits with this thickness and with durable seams help you to stay protected and warm when diving into these types of water temperatures.

Are your wetsuits worth the money?

We believe that if the vast majority of buyers give the wetsuit a high rating, chances are that it will work for you too. We spent many hours combing through websites and reviews to pick the ones we believe will be worth your hard earned money. The links will open in a new window to our partner’s website.