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Wetsuit Care Tips
- Rinse out your wetsuit with fresh water as soon as possible as salt water is especially hard on neoprene.
- Don't neglect your zippers, buttons and other fasteners.
- Hang your wetsuit inside out to dry in the shade, as the suns UV rays will break down the lining of your suit.
- Every 1-2 months, totally soak your suit in fresh water with a couple of caps of disinfectant for 1-2 hours. This will kill any bad smells and bacteria.
- After a thorough cleansing, inspect your wetsuit for damage.
- Look for tears along the seams, reinforced knees and elbows, and zippers. Also, check the zippers for broken teeth. Check out Seventhwave Wetsuit Care for more tips.
- Repair any damage as soon as possible.
- Don't allow your wetsuit to get crushed or crumpled by folding it or placing heavy objects on top of it. Dents and creases can become permanent and result in a loss of insulation.
- The best way to store your wetsuit is lying flat or hanging from a sturdy plastic hanger out of direct sunlight.
- Wetsuits come in different thicknesses and types of neoprene. Check out O'Neill Wetsuits for more neoprene types.
- The colder the water, the thicker the wetsuit should be.
In summer and spring, a 3/2 mm wetsuit would be suitable, and in autumn and winter, a 4/3 mm wetsuit.
- Some wetsuits are lined with titanium, giving them up to 30% more warmth than normal wetsuits. Check out The Surfing Site's Wetsuit Guide for more info.