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Choosing a Kitesurf or Wingfoil Wetsuit

Kitesurfing and wing foiling are two exhilarating water sports that require proper equipment to keep you safe and comfortable in the water. One of the most crucial pieces of gear you’ll need is a wetsuit. A good wetsuit can keep you warm and protected from the elements, while also allowing for maximum mobility and flexibility. But with so many options available, how do you choose the right wetsuit for kitesurfing and wing foiling? In this blog by Kite Wing and Foil, we’ll discuss the different types of wetsuits available, the key factors to consider when choosing a wetsuit, and some tips on how to care for your wetsuit.

Types of Wetsuits

There are several types of wetsuits available, but the two most popular types for kitesurfing and wing foiling are the full wetsuit and the shorty wetsuit. The full wetsuit covers your entire body, while the shorty wetsuit covers only your torso and arms, leaving your legs exposed. The type of wetsuit you choose will depend on the water temperature and your personal preference.

Factors to Consider when Choosing a Wetsuit

When choosing a wetsuit for kitesurfing and wing foiling, there are several factors to consider, including:

  1. Thickness: Wetsuits come in different thicknesses, usually ranging from 1mm to 5mm. The thicker the wetsuit, the warmer it will be. Consider the water temperature and the duration of your session when choosing the right thickness.
  2. Fit: A wetsuit that fits properly is essential. A wetsuit that is too loose will let water in, while one that is too tight can restrict movement and cause discomfort. Try on different sizes and brands to find the perfect fit.
  3. Mobility: Kitesurfing and wing foiling require a lot of movement, so a wetsuit that allows for maximum mobility and flexibility is crucial. Look for wetsuits with stretchy neoprene material and minimal seams.
  4. Durability: A good wetsuit should be durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of kitesurfing and wing foiling. Look for wetsuits made from high-quality materials such as neoprene and reinforced with Kevlar.
  5. Style: While style is not the most important factor, it’s still worth considering. Choose a wetsuit that you feel comfortable and confident wearing.

Tips on Caring for Your Wetsuit

Proper care and maintenance of your wetsuit can extend its lifespan and ensure that it remains in good condition. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Rinse your wetsuit with fresh water after every use to remove salt and sand.
  2. Hang your wetsuit to dry in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight.
  3. Avoid leaving your wetsuit in a hot car or exposing it to extreme temperatures.
  4. Store your wetsuit in a dry place, away from moisture or humidity.
  5. Avoid using harsh detergents or bleach when washing your wetsuit.

Conclusion

Choosing the right wetsuit for kitesurfing and wing foiling can make all the difference in your overall experience. Consider the water temperature, fit, mobility, durability, and style when choosing a wetsuit. With proper care and maintenance, your wetsuit can provide years of reliable use and keep you comfortable and protected during your water adventures. At Kite Wing and Foil we supply wetsuits at different thickness, specifically chest zip wetsuits as these tend to keep you dryer than back zips. We supply Dakine Mens Renegade Wind Chest Zip 5/4/3mm, specifically designed for wind-sports and the Dakine Mens Mission Chest Zip Wetsuit 5/4/3mm in a number of thicknesses for men. For women we stock the Dakine Womens Mission Chest Zip Hooded Wetsuit 5/4/3mm and a non-hooded version.