Looking for a new wetsuit? Then you have come to the right place. At St Vedas Surf Shop we stock a wide range of ladies wetsuits offering a range of technologies and features to suit all levels of surfers and budgets. We have mens wetsuits from trusted sports brands such as Xcel, Rip Curl, Billabong and Sola, at fantastic prices.
Performance & Price
Because wetsuits are technology and performance driven, the price of wetsuits will often reflect relative performance levels – the cheaper the wetsuit, the less advanced its features and technologies will be – and the more expensive a wetsuit the more feature packed and cutting-edge performance you can expect. So it is worth considering the water temperature and time of year your surfing when looking to buy a wetsuit.
Buy according to your needs: you probably do not need top-end performance if you are learning to surf and will be mostly in the white water and you will be worn out before you get cold. Conversely you might want a high-performance wetsuit if you’ve been surfing for a while and looking to push your wave riding skills, where flexibility and lightness of suit will play a big part in your surfing.
So please review the technologies and features offered with each garment as wetsuits vary considerably and you probably want to weigh up cost and performance to ensure value for money. At StVedas we try and bring you the best prices we can, but high-performance is not cheap and you do tend to get what you pay for so budget accordingly. Below we outline some wetsuit information and performance characteristics you may want to consider:
Glued and Blind Stitched: (GBS) Wetsuit panels are glued together then blind stitched, which is where the stitching only penetrates the top part of the neoprene forming a water tight barrier.
Flatlock Stitched: wetsuit panels are butted up together not glued and the stitching penetrates through the neoprene, normally this type of stitching is used on basic 3/2mm wetsuits.
6-5-4mm wetsuit: thickness of neoprene in the wetsuit 6/5/4 would normally be 6mm in the chest panels front and back, 5mm through the side chest/body panes and legs and 4mm in the shoulders and arms.
5-4mm wetsuit: thickness of neoprene in the wetsuit 5/4mm would normally be 5mm through the chest, body and legs with 4mm in the shoulders and arms.
5-3mm wetsuit: thickness of neoprene in the wetsuit 5/3mm would normally be 5mm through the chest, body and legs with 3mm in the shoulders and arms.
3-2mm wetsuit: thickness of neoprene in the wetsuit 3/2mm would normally be 3mm through the chest, body and legs with 2mm in the shoulders and arms.
2-2mm wetsuit: thickness of neoprene in the wetsuit normally 2/2mm is used in shortie wetsuits, with 2mm through all the wetsuit.
Fireskin: is a flees hollow fibre lining usually found in the chest panels to help wick away water from the chest area and the hollow fibres help keep some extra warmth.
FlashDry: is a new weave technology with 2-engineered layers – the first layer is designed so water passes through it directly into the 2nd Layer. The 2nd Layer then funnels the water rapidly out of the suit once it is hung up. As well as the rapid dry time the Flash Lining also works the same as Fireskin.
Single lined neoprene: is normally used in the chest panels to help reduce wind chill on the wetsuit, triathlon wetsuits are normally all single lined.
Liquid Tape: normally used on the outside of wetsuits covering the stitching to add extra strength to the seams and also to help stop any water penetration through the seams.
Steamer: Steamer is a full-length wetsuit (long arms and legs) ideal for cooler waters.
Shortie: Shortie wetsuit is a wetsuit with short arm and legs, ideal for warmer waters.
Surfing is all about body position, stance and flexibility. So it makes sense that freedom of movement and ergonomics play a vital role in how you surf. Stretchy wetsuits give surfers less restricted movement, allowing you to surf more freely and concentrate on your technique rather than struggle with movement.
As well as stretchy neoprene, other ergonomic considerations regarding functional design that need thinking about are: Do I need a wetsuit with a built on hood? Which is best for me front zip or back zip wetsuit? Will I need a 6/5/4mm, 4/3mm or a 3/2mm wetsuit? Am I better with a steamer or shortie wetsuit? Will I need more than one wetsuit?
Wetsuits work best in the water if you’re standing around out the water with your wetsuit on you will find one of two things will happen you will either start overheating on a sunny day or start and get very cold on overcast days.
When in water the wetsuit will start and work as it should as long as your wetsuit fits correctly, if the suit is to tight it will squeeze your muscles reducing the blood flow which in turn reduces your natural body heat reaching the extremities, you can also find your muscles are starved of oxygen reducing your bodies performance and your free movement will be greatly reduced.
If your wetsuit is to big then at worst water will flush into through the arms, legs and around neck, once the water has entered the wetsuit it has no way of being squeezed out reducing the ability of keeping you warm.
A correctly fitted wetsuit will allow some water penetration but not flushing; you shouldn’t notice any water entering the suit and with the wetsuits snug fit this will allow for a damp membrane, which will form a warm barrier between you and you wetsuit.
Some surfing areas are colder than others, and certain times of year will also be colder too. So winter and spring surfing in northern hemisphere will generally be colder than summer autumn surfing in southern hemisphere. If you know you will be surfing in very cold conditions think about thicker, more insulated wetsuits, or if you prefer lighter flexible wetsuits, then look at thinner wetsuits with built in Fireskin or Flashday materials.
If your surfing in warmer waters 3/2mm wetsuits will usually be good enough to keep you warm.