Debunking Wetsuit Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction with Aleeda

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Wetsuits are an essential piece of gear for anyone who enjoys spending time in the water. They provide warmth, insulation, and protection from the elements. However, there are a number of myths, misconceptions and folklore about wetsuits that can lead to people making poor choices when it comes to buying and using them.

Here are some of the most common wetsuit myths and misconceptions:


Myth: You need a wetsuit that is one size too big.

Fact: A wetsuit that is too big will not provide you with the warmth and insulation you need. It will also be more difficult to move around in. A wetsuit should fit snugly, but not too tightly. You should be able to move your arms and legs freely without feeling restricted.


Myth: You can pee in your wetsuit without it affecting the performance.

Fact: This one is perhaps the oldest myth out there. And it's the one that will likely live on past this blog. But simply peeing (or to be precise urinating) in your wettie can damage the neoprene in your wetsuit and make it less effective at keeping you warm. It can also create a breeding ground for bacteria and mould. If you need to pee, we'd suggest doing it before (or after) surfing.


Myth: Wetsuits Are Only Necessary in Cold Water

Fact: Contrary to popular belief, wetsuits are not limited to cold water use. While they excel at providing thermal insulation in chilly conditions, wetsuits offer benefits in various water temperatures. They also protect against sunburn, rashes, and stings, while also regulating body temperature. Whether you're in cold or warm waters, a wetsuit can enhance your comfort and extend your time in the water.


Myth: You can use a wetsuit in any water temperature.

Fact: Wetsuits are designed for specific water temperatures. If you are using a wetsuit in water that is too cold, it will not be able to keep you warm. If you are using a wetsuit in water that is too warm, it will likely be bloody uncomfortable.


Myth: Wetsuits are waterproof

Fact: While wetsuits provide a certain level of water resistance, they are not designed to make you completely waterproof (you’d need a drysuit for that). In fact a small amount of water enters the wetsuit, forming a thin layer that your body then warms up. This layer acts as an insulator, keeping you comfortable. Remember, the primary function of a wetsuit is to slow down heat loss, not to prevent water from entering altogether.


Myth: You can't wear a wetsuit if you have tattoos.

Fact: Not sure where this one came from but of course you can wear a wetsuit if you have tattoos. However, you may want to consider choosing a wetsuit with a full-length front zipper so that you can easily put it on and take it off without rubbing against your tattoos. And of course follow your Tattoo artists instructions for care of new ink!


Myth: Wetsuits Are Exclusive to Surfers

Fact: Although wetsuits are often used and associated with surfing, they are not limited to surfers alone. Wetsuits find applications in a wide range of water sports and activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and open-water swimming. Their versatility and protective qualities make them suitable for anyone engaging in water-based adventures.


Myth: Wetsuits Are Indestructible

While most wetsuits are durable, they are not indestructible or superhuman. Regular use, exposure to sunlight, saltwater, and chlorine can lead to wear and tear over time. Proper care is essential to prolong the lifespan of your wetsuit. Rinse it after each use, dry it away from direct sunlight, and avoid excessive stretching or folding. Eventually, even well-maintained wetsuits will need replacement for optimal performance. And of course  if you use your wetsuit more frequently, it’ll need to be replaced sooner. Signs that your wetsuit is no longer working as well include:

  • It is no longer as warm as it used to be.
  • It is starting to tear or rip.
  • It has developed a strong odor.
  • If you notice any of these signs, it is time to replace your wetsuit.

By separating wetsuit fact from fiction and avoiding the common myths, you can make sure that you choose the right wetsuit for your needs and that you take care of it properly so that it will last for years to come. And whilst we’re biased you should check out our Aleeda wetties whilst you’re here.

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