What is the best wetsuit for open water swimming?

Should I wear a wetsuit for open water swimming?

To be clear, you don’t need a wetsuit to go swimming outdoors. Many committed ‘skins’ swimmers would argue that swimming in open water without a wetsuit is a more natural experience. … Wetsuits are also buoyant and will stop you from sinking.

What wetsuits are good for swimming?

Best wetsuits for swimming in cold water by temperature range.

Wetsuit. Cold Water Temperature Range.
Roka Maverick Pro Thermal Wetsuit 42°-70°F/ 6°-21°C
Orca Openwater Smart Wetsuit 50°-75°F/ 10°-24°C.
Blueseventy Fusion Wetsuit 50°-80°F/ 10°-26°C
Synergy Triathlon Open Water Wetsuit 50°-80°F/ 10°-26°C.

Can I use a surf wetsuit for swimming?

If you have a surfing style wetsuit, it will do just fine. It will need to be between 3-5mm. However, it is likely to be very suitable for what we do; exploration swimming in places where there might be rocks to negotiate on entry or exit rather than gravel ponds or sandy beaches. The 5mm suits are warmer.

What do you wear for open water swimming?

Top five pieces of open water swimming kit

  • Silicone hats. It’s vital that whenever you go swimming in open water you wear a brightly coloured silicone hat. …
  • Wetsuits. Wetsuits help to keep you warm, even in summer. …
  • Boots, gloves and socks. …
  • Goggles. …
  • Lubricant or anti-chafe stick.
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How cold is too cold for a wetsuit?

Measured in millimeters, the thicker the wetsuit is, the colder temperatures it allows you to handle. A 7mm suit can withstand temperatures around 38 degrees. Have a suit that is less than 2mm, and you can only go into water around 70 degrees or better.

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.

What wetsuit do I need for 15 degree water?

Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, SUP wetsuit temperature guide & chart

Water temperature in °C/°F Wetsuit Thickness
15 – 20 °C 59 – 68 °F 3/2 mm fullsuit
12 – 15 °C 53,6 – 59 °F 4/3 mm or 5/3 mm fullsuit + 3 mm boots + 2 – 3 mm gloves + optional hood or cap