If you are someone like me (who does not dive), you would never consider purchasing a wetsuit. In my mind, I always imagine wetsuits like something totally uncomfortable, heavy and movement restricting. How many of you have seen divers coming out of the water seemingly suffocating in their unflattering thick neoprene suits, looking like whales? I do not want to sound vein, but seriously- I had never seen anyone looking good in a wet or drysuit for that matter, unless of course you are Agent 007 or his gorgeous other half.
While back in the day, the dry/wet suits were used predominantly by divers, nowadays they became extremely popular amongst everyone keen on water sports – surfing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, even snorkeling, fly-boarding, kayaking, etc. Not only they became lighter and a better quality of neoprene, but also much more flattering and designer like. Finally, I gave in- I could not resist to try a wet suit and appreciate the advantages of keeping me warm and prolong my time in the water. While I do not dive, I indulge in almost all other water sports and getting cold sooner rather than later was always a big deal breaker for me. The myth that the diving gear was always super heavy was another reason I did not care for it, but the modern wet suits are extremely light and take minimal space in the luggage.
I did my research and decided that my favorite brands are Roxy and Billabong. I now own two wetsuits – a 2mm Short John Wet suit and a 2 mm Springsuit and both have been excellent- not only they keep me warmer in the water, but they are so comfy, I do not feel the urge to get out of them as soon as possible. Of course, if you are a professional diver or a surfer, you may consider a more serious gear, like a full drysuit, which does not allow water to get between you and the suite and will preserve the body temperature better, but if you are an amateur water sports enthusiast, then a Short John ora Springsuite are just fine.