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Every surfer knows the importance of a quality wetsuit, and if you’re new to the sport, you’ll quickly learn what all the fuss is about. As one of the original surf brands, Quiksilver has a long history of designing and innovating products that perform to the highest standards in the water. Our life revolves around surfing, and the passion we have for the sport translates into the ideas we have for improving our designs year after year. We aim to always offer a selection of the best steamers on the market, and in order to do so we have to maintain our expert status when it comes to advancements not only in the sport, but also in the technologies available to create better products for men. Quiksilver steamers are in a league of their own, and are considered to be the best by many professionals. Try one of our neoprene wetsuits out for yourself and see what all the fuss is about, we promise you won’t ever want to wear anything else in the water again.
Even the most seasoned surfers can benefit from a refresher on how to choose a wetsuit. There are a lot of different elements when it comes to choosing the right steamer, and wearing the right one in the water can make a big difference to your performance. So what are some of the elements to think about when figuring out how to buy men’s wetsuits? First of all, it is helpful to consult a steamer guide and understand that there are various styles of surfing wetsuits and they are all suitable for different types of weather and water conditions. Full body wetsuits are often the best choice when the water is expected to be cold because they offer full coverage for your arms and legs. Cold water wetsuits will always be full body, they will just vary in thickness which we will cover shortly, but right away if you know that you are going to be surfing in an area where the water is typically colder you know you will need a full body one. Another type is the shorty. A men’s shorty wetsuit, also commonly referred to as a spring suit, has short sleeves and short legs and is more suitable to warmer water conditions. If you’re looking for full body coverage but want to give your arms full range of motion, you can choose to wear a long john which is a type of sleeveless wetsuit also commonly referred to as a farmer john. The long john style offers full length protection for your legs and a sleeveless top. Another type of sleeveless style is the short john which has short length bottoms and sleeveless top. Now that you know a little bit about the different styles of neoprene wetsuits that are available, you can learn more about sizing and thickness in the steamer temperature guide below.
When it comes to thickness and sizing, there is a lot to keep track of and it may seem like the numbers are not important, but trust us, they are! Being able to decipher what the number references for your steamer represent is key to understanding how your steamer will keep you protected in the water. Here are some general guidelines for you to understand when it comes to selecting the right neoprene wetsuit. First, thickness is measured in millimeters and can range from 1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 5mm, 7mm and more. However, you won’t ever see a wetsuit listed simply as a 3mm. Why is this? Because the thickness of the steamer often varies between the body, arms and sometimes even the legs. This allows to for the steamer to keep the core of your body warm, while allowing easy range of motion for your limbs. Swimming with a neoprene wetsuit can become challenging with increased thickness, so suits that have less thickness in the arms are often more comfortable. A thickness guide can be a good thing to reference when trying to decide which combination is best for you, but for now here are some common thickness combinations. A 4/3 steamer is a very common type that works for a variety of cold water conditions. The thickness means that it is a 4mm in the body and a 3mm wetsuit in the arms. A 3/2 is another common type of neoprene wetsuit and is typically worn in average to mild water temperatures. For people who are surfing in much colder water temperatures and want to up the warmth of their core, winter wetsuits like 5/4/3 are the perfect combination to keep you warm and mobile in the water. There are also heated steamers that employ heating technologies to keep surfers warm in extreme cold water conditions for those days when glacier surfing is calling your name.
It used to be that all neoprene wetsuits were black. Everyone looked the same and there was no variation. With advancements in technology have come advancements in being able to design colorful steamers that have their own style. These days, surfers can choose from a range of colorful styles including red and other colors that speak to their personal style. Some surfers even like to go bold with a pattern like camo just to keep things interesting. Dressing for your next surfing session doesn’t have to be boring, choose a steamer with a bit of a kick and enjoy standing out in the line up.
Don’t surf in anything less than the best. Buy a Quiksilver neoprene wetsuit today and enjoy the high quality design that will enhance your time in the water. Our collection is shoppable through our online store and our free customer service help line is readily available to answer any and all questions you may have while trying to pick the best steamer for your next surf session.
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