Also, comfort plays a crucial role. Try on different suits to find the perfect fit and warmth level for your aquatic adventures!
Check out the main features of Brunotti wetsuits:
Hexagon Quick Dry
Hexagon Quick dry lining insulates heat and dries fast. Is it our latest and most advanced inner lining. It is ideal for multiple surf sessions throughout the day.
Motion X Neoprene
A flexible and soft-touch neoprene for the highest levels of comfort and movability. This is our midrange quality neoprene.
The lightest and warmest neoprene on the market; lightweight, stretchy and softer than most other suits, resulting in an easy to wear wetsuit.
3D Flex Pattern
The 3D Flex pattern in designed to maximize your freedom of movement. This is to ensure you will be comfortable while moving.
Glued Blind Stitched
The edges of the panels are placed end on end and glued together. They are then stitched on the inside, the stitching does not go all the way through to the outside of the panels, therefore giving hidden strength to the seams.
Flat-lock stitching involves laying one panel edge over the other, then stitching though the neoprene, resulting in flexible and strong seams.
Ultra Thin Taped Seams
Used on the inside of our most high-end wetsuits. It maximizes the warmth and stretch of the seams. This taping is made of the finest stretch neoprene available.
Brunotti wetsuits are slightly longer on the legs and arms which allows all northern Europeans to have warm ankles.
What else to consider?
Why buy a Brunotti wetsuit?
Brunotti wetsuits are made out of 100%Gravity Flexprene. This is the most flexible and warmest neoprene on the market. Besides, it is durable and lasts a lot longer than most other wetsuits. The lining of the Brunotti wetsuits is calledHexagon Quick Dry: the material resembles honeycomb. It insulates heat and dries fast. The wetsuits have 100% Ultra thin taped seams which don’t allow any cold wind to enter the wetsuit. The kneepads are reinforced into the material so have little to no chance of getting loose. The zip is closed by a magnet, which causes the zip to stay closed even when being washed by a huge wave. Other advantages are a keypocket, added ankle straps and fused cuffs to keep the water out.
The Brunotti wetsuits are slightly longer on the legs and arms which allows all northern Europeans to have warm ankles.
Shorty or full body suit?
Even in warmer destinations, the water can still leave you feeling chilly. That's where shorties come in handy! As the name suggests, these suits feature short sleeves and legs, providing warmth without sacrificing comfort. They primarily protect your core, the most crucial area for maintaining body heat. This makes them ideal when the water temperature dips below 23°C.
Like traditional wetsuits, shorties offer an additional layer of protection against harmful UV rays.
Full Body Wetsuits
Long wetsuits pack a punch when it comes to conquering chilly waters. With a range of thicknesses, sewing methods, wind protection, and linings to choose from, you can customize your comfort and warmth.
Remember, a full body wetsuit is essential for maintaining heat and enjoying water activities when temperatures drop. With the diverse options available, you can find the perfect suit to keep you comfortable and confident in colder waters.
Which thickness for which temperature?
23+°C: Lycra / Rash Guard
You only need protection against the sun and prevent skin irritations.
19-23 °C: Spring suit or shorty
Those are usually made out of thinner neoprene. An average shorty is 2 mm thick which is just perfect in temperatures between.
15-20 °C: 3/2
3/2 means that the neoprene around the core is 3 mm thick and the neoprene on the legs and arms is 2mm thick. The core heat is most important and losing thickness in arms and legs allows you to move freely.
12-17 °C: 4/3 steamer + neoprene surf shoes
4/3 means that the neoprene around the core is 4 mm thick and the neoprene on the legs and arms is 3 mm thick. Perfect for waters between 12-17 degrees. Heat escapes mostly from the end of your limbs like your head, hands and feet. In colder waters it is recommended to add neoprene accessories to insulate your body heat.
9 – 13 °C: 5/3 or 5/4 + neoprene surf shoes and cap
5/3 means that the neoprene around the core is 5 mm thick and the neoprene on the legs and arms is 3 mm thick. If you get cold easily, try a 5/4 wetsuit. With those temperatures, neoprene accessories are highly recommended.
13 - °C: 6/4 + neoprene surf shoes and cap
Those are for addicts. This wetsuit is suitable for waters lower than 13 degrees. Additional neoprene accessories are a must in these conditions to maintain your body temperature and stay safe.
What is the perfect fit?
Why is tightness so crucial for a wetsuit to function properly?
Wetsuits only do their job if they’re tight enough to trap a thin layer of water between your body and the suit. This layer of water is warmed by your body, which prevents you from losing too much heat while being in the water. For a wetsuit to work properly, any water that seeps in has to stay inside and stay warm. If a wetsuit is too loose at the neck, wrist, or ankles, that critical warm-water layer your body has heated will be constantly flushed by cold water, thereby eliminating the benefits of the wetsuit (translation: you’ll freeze your ass off in a loose wetsuit that’s constantly flushing).
How tight does a wetsuit need to be?
A properly fitting wetsuit should be very snug against your entire body with no bagginess or gaps. The wetsuit should feel like a second skin with little to no wrinkles across the major areas of the suit (torso, length of arms, thighs) and little to no gathers in the underarms or crotch areas. Any pockets of air or water sloshing around will eliminate the heat-trapping insulation properties of the wetsuit.
Is there such a thing as a wetsuit being too tight?
Absolutely! Wearing a wetsuit that is too tight can be a big bummer for several reasons:
- Struggle City:
Getting in and out of the suit becomes a wrestling match, straining both you and the neoprene material.
- Circulation Concerns:
A tight fit can restrict blood flow, leading to quicker fatigue and even compromised coordination. Remember, warm and well-circulated arms and legs are key to staying warm overall.
- Comfort Compromise:
Let's face it, a constricting suit just isn't fun to wear. You deserve to move freely and enjoy your water activities!
However, wetsuits tend to loosen up slightly when wet. So, the key is finding the sweet spot: snug but not suffocating.
Aim for a fit that feels close-fitting without restricting your breathing or movement. Think of it like a second skin, not a straitjacket! Remember,the perfect fit is key to staying comfortable,warm,and having a blast in the water!
Wetsuit care instructions
To keep your wetsuit in top condition and prolong its life, it is important to maintain it properly after each use. Here are some tips:
1. Rinse with Fresh Water
Rinse your wetsuit thoroughly with cold or lukewarm fresh water after each session. This removes salt, sand and dirt that can corrode the neoprene.
Turn the suit inside out to clean all surfaces.
Do not use soap or other cleaners unless they are specifically designed for wetsuits.
2. Dry in the Shade
Hang your wetsuit to dry in the shade, on a wide hanger with the zippers open.
Avoid direct sunlight, heat sources and dryers, which can damage and discolor the neoprene.
Make sure the suit is completely dry before storing it.
3. Store in a Cool, Dry Place
Store your wetsuit in a cool, dry place with good ventilation.
Do not fold the suit too tightly to prevent creases and tears.
Use a wide hanger to hang the suit, or fold it in half lengthwise.
4. Repair Damage
Repair small tears or holes in your wetsuit immediately with a special wetsuit repair kit.
This prevents the damage from getting bigger and extends the life of your suit.
5. Regular Washing
If necessary, wash your wetsuit with a mild, special wetsuit cleaner.
Follow the instructions on the detergent package.
After washing, rinse the suit thoroughly with fresh water.
Do not use harsh chemicals such as gasoline or acetone to clean your wetsuit.
Do not wear jewelry or other sharp objects that can damage the suit.
Invest in a good wetsuit hanger that will maintain the shape of your suit.
Take your wetsuit to a professional wetsuit service for periodic inspection and maintenance.
By following these tips, you can keep your wetsuit in top condition and enjoy it for years to come!