are made of a flexible and soft material called neoprene , which allows
a very thin layer of water between your skin and the suit . This water quickly
warms up and the insulation provided by the neoprene keeps you warm . Of
course, it is important that as little water as possible enters the suit
and is not being constantly replaced by cold water flushing through i.e.
the ingress of new water and loss of the warmed water. This is why wetsuits
are tailored to fit so tightly all over the body - a loose wetsuit simply
won't work .
Why wear a wetsuit ?
main advantage of a wetsuit is of course warmth. You can remain in the
water longer and be more comfortable whilst there. Surface sports such
as sailing and canoeing, which don't necessarily involve long spells of
immersion, can also be enjoyed more fully by the use of a suit as you are
afforded protection from wind and splashing. Another advantage is physical
protection from sharp rocks and equipment. The neoprene in wetsuits also
gives them buoyancy , making swimming and treading water much less exhausting.
This feature gives children in particular more confidence in the water.
A WETSUIT SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A LIFE JACKET.
A Wetsuit is a Wetsuit is a Wetsuit !
any more. Over the last few years there has been a large influx of suits
using what can only be described as an inferior grade of neoprene. These
suits are mainly for the holiday trade, mainly shortys and mainly sold
in ' beach shops ' and supermarkets. The problem with them is the neoprene has a
a proportion of rubber within it, close to 30% , this rubber does not have
the nitrogen bubbles in it to give the insulation . The suits often have
no warranty and are poorly constructed. The suits are usually less than 3mm
thick giving an equivalent warmth of about 1mm or less of 100% neoprene . Not warm enough
for any where other than the tropics or perhaps UK during a heat wave. The EEC
say, suits that have a rubber content of 30% or more should be labeled as
such..... So beware of imitation Wetsuits !
Your First Wetsuit
you first try on your wetsuit it may feel uncomfortable and restrictive
out of the water, particularly under the arms. This is normal as there
is extra material to allow for movement and lifting of the arms when windsurfing,
sailing and water skiing. If you are unused to wearing a collar and tie
then the neck of the suit may also feel tight. Again this is normal - the
neck has to be reasonably tight to prevent excessive water entering the
suit. The suit may feel generally tight and uncomfortable but remember
ordinary clothes only touch our bodies here and there, a wetsuit needs
to touch everywhere in order to work (see above How Wetsuits Work). Any
feeling of discomfort soon goes unnoticed as you use and enjoy the suit
in the water.
How to put on a Wetsuit
Sometimes people encounter difficulties whilst putting a wetsuit on. To understand why this happens, we need to look at the differences in the way a wetsuit and clothing varies. Our clothing hangs on our bodies and touches at certain points making casual contact at others. Shirts, blouses, and jackets hang from our neck and shoulders and usually hang away from our bodies in most other areas. Pants and skirts are drawn about our waist and often hang loose around our legs. There are a few exceptions and some people do wear tight clothing. Lycra is much like a very thin wetsuit. Wetsuits differ greatly from this loose hanging concept. A properly fitting wetsuit will make contact over most of the area it covers, leaving as little space as possible between it and your skin. The less space, the less room there is for water to enter and carry away your body heat. Water will find spaces where the wetsuit does not follow the contours of your body and this will cause the body to cool. You will then use energy warming these areas which will leave less energy to do your activity. Not every one can be a perfect "off the shelf" fit and children in particular will have a suit that may be a little loose here and there. These spaces can be filled in with clothing such as T or sweat shirts. Whilst not ideal, it is a solution. Water cannot enter a space that has already been filled.
closer fit and stretchiness of neoprene, makes it more resistant to sliding
on your arms and legs. This often results in people getting their suits
on but not pulled up in vital areas. This throws off the fit for the rest
of the body. This is the usual reason that most people believe their suit
does not fit. This problem is often worse for women as their different
proportions makes it harder for them to get comfortable unless the suit
is worn properly.
About our Suppliers
We at North Wales Wetsuits do our very best to provide the best possible equipment for the aqueous environment at the lowest possible price . We are very pleased to be retailing Alder wetsuits and equipment . Alder have been involved in the surfing business for many years , always producing high quality products but never partaking in the hype that can surround other brands.
apply the same philosophy to all our products and continue to increase
our range. Our new motto is " Sail ~ Wind ~ Surf ~ Ski - Not Just Suits "
so if you can't see what you want, drop us a line -
Alder have moved towards limestone based neoprene and now a large percentage of our wetsuits and neoprene accessories contain limestone based neoprene. This does not by any means make our products 100% green but it is helping with the reliance on oil based products within our industry. Future plans in the pipeline included the use of recycled resources in the construction of our boots, along side with suppliers we are working on a new sole unit for our boots that will contain at least 20% recycled materials whilst having no effect on the performance of our products."
Guarantee of Satisfaction
North Wales Wetsuits we take great pride in our level of customer satisfaction
and undertake to replace or refund the price of your purchase if you are
not entirely satisfied with the product and our service. All our wetsuits have a
years warranty against the seams splitting or the zips breaking !
Postage and Packing costs for sending goods out. It is now £12.for next day, £16 for Saturday morning, £6.50 for winter suits, £5.50 for summer suits and shorties £2.50 for wetsuit accessories. unless FREE UK POSTAGE is stated for that product. If the cost can be reduced then we will do so. Multiple items may have reduced costs. Other items are charged at cost. Nearly everything we send out arrives within one or two days so our service offers good value for money. We can quote for a guaranteed next day delivery if required. It is becoming increasingly common for couriers to charge for failed delivery and place a surcharge on domestic addresses, so a work address could be useful.
Where FREE UK POSTAGE is offered, 2nd or parcel post is usually used. If a faster or guaranteed service is required then the customer must pay all or part of it i.e. FREE POSTAGE will not apply.
When an item needs to be exchanged the customer is responsible for the cost of returning the item and for the cost of postage for the second and any subsequent items until the order has been fulfilled. standard delivery costs apply.
Many websites offer FREE postage but use a 4 - 5 working day service with an extra cost for 1 or 2 day service. So unless you upgrade and pay it could be 7 days before you receive your order.
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