Any spearfishing enthusiast knows that to have a great spearfishing experience it is very important to ensure that the equipment at your disposal is not only the best that you can afford but also one that is suitable for all of your needs. This means that you must have the right type of speargun for your style, ensure that your diving mask fits right and that your wetsuit has been chosen correctly. While most people do pay a lot of attention choosing the speargun and the mask, the wetsuits however often remain neglected by many of us. This is also coz many people do not understand the importance of a wetsuit when spearfishing.
What is the purpose of spearfishing wetsuits?
Wetsuits are made out of a rubbery organic chemical name neoprene, which is an extremely efficient heat insulator. When you’re spearfishing a wetsuit keeps your body warm by preserving your body heat within the wetsuit. On the other hand, diving without a wetsuit can make your body very cold especially if you live in areas where the weather is generally towards the colder side. In really cold weather, diving without a wetsuit can even cause hypothermia.
How to select the right wetsuit?
The wetsuit that you choose to buy can depend entirely upon your personal preferences however the area where you intend to go spearfishing and the temperature around it must have a big say in this decision. Basically wetsuits come in three different variations- full body suits, wetsuits that cover three fourths of the leg and short wetsuits (with short sleeves). As mentioned earlier the weather where you’ll be spearfishing dictates your choice.
For instance if the sea or the lake where you’ll be spearfishing is in a cold area then you definitely want to buy a wetsuit which completely covers the body as leaving any part uncovered would make you cold and uncomfortable. On the other hand if you’re spearfishing in tropical weather then a short wetsuit will suffice coz in such weather, a full body suit will only make you feel hotter and restrict your natural movement. While comfort is also an important factor when deciding to buy a wetsuit, the weather is the first and foremost factor that you should keep in mind.
Chest zip or back zip entry?
Whether you choose from a chest zip entry style wetsuit or a bag zip style suite depends entirely on you. For instance some people like the back zip style as they can instantly ‘climb’ into the wetsuit and many feel that this makes getting into and getting out of a wetsuit very easy. To make back zipping a bit more convenient there is also a cord attached to the zipper to make zipping and unzipping very easy.
There are others who favor the chest zip entry style as not only are these wetsuits easy to zip up and down, they also have an extra neoprene padding across the shoulder area which allows for smooth physical movements. The only other minor difference between these two kinds of suits is that chest zip entry style suits are packed airtight and do not allow any water leakage when compared with the back zip style. To counter this many back zip style wetsuits now come with an additional layer of neoprene that protects against any water seeping into the wetsuit via the back zip.
But if you would ask me I will recommend you to go with spearfishing wetsuit without any zip at all as it let some water flow inside a suit.
How to choose the right fit?
While it may look otherwise in any picture that you see, the idea is not to wear the wetsuit exactly like a second skin (although many spearos refer to it that way). When buying a wetsuit we’re not looking for an airtight insulation. We are looking for a snug fit that leaves the spearo feeling comfortable and protected at the same time. If the wetsuit is too tight then you will have difficulty breathing easy and we all know how important correct breathing is when you go diving and spearfishing.
This is exactly why it is very crucial to try a few wetsuits before you settle for one. Let your body be your guide, select only a wetsuit that feels comfortable and is appropriate for you whether conditions.
If you want to protect yourself a bit better than it’s also a good idea to go and buy wetsuit gloves and socks (boots) so that your hands and feet can also be protected from the cold water. After all, aiming correctly is a big part of spearfishing successfully and if your hands feel too cold then you probably will not be able to aim as well as you otherwise would have.
A wetsuit is not something that you buy everyday and this is why if you are in the market for a wetsuit, then take your time and make sure that you make the correct choice.