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Around the Southwest of the UK, a 5mm suit is known as a winter suit, and will suit water temps from October-June.
A 3mm Suit will keep you warm from late May-late October
If you're just going to own one suit, a 4mm 'mid-season' suit does the job for the majority of the year, and would pair up with a thermal rashvert to get you through the bite of a February session.
You will notice suits have two thicknesses, e.g. '3/2' or a '5/3'. This is because a suit will have thinner neoprene on the shoulders/arms allowing for easier movement/paddling.
As a general rule, as the price of a suit increases, so too will the stretch of the neoprene. A stretchier suit will be more comfortable, allow for easier movement, fit your figure more tightly and subsequently, keep you warmer.
Flatlock: The seams are stitched right through the neoprene. Whilst this is a durable method, it does create pinholes allowing for water to penetrate the suit and tends to be on suits at the lower end of the price range.
GBS: 'Glued and blind stitched' seams are stitched halfway through the neoprene, then sealed from the other side with glue. This method does not create pinholes that go all the way throught the suit and is subsequently more waterproof and warmer .
Traditionally, wetsuits have a zip on the back allowing you to get in and out.
Some suits also have an extra panel of neoprene inside the zip. This stops any water which comes through the zip from flushing down your back. This panel may be called a 'bat wing' or 'zen zip' closure.
Other modern suits have chest zip entry. Instead of
having a zip at the back of the suit, the neoprene is pulled
over your head and zipped at the front. This is a more
efficient barrier to water flushing and the smaller zip
increases the wetsuits overall stretch.
Wetsuit buying guide
Top end suits can also be further sealed, either by a neoprene tape or a rubber fluid weld
The most important thing to consider when buying a suit. It must be a tight fit! Wetsuits will hold a small amount of water next to your skin which will warm and keep you warm. If this layer is continuously flushed out, as it will with a suit which is too big, the suit will be ineffective at keeping you warm.