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5/3 diving surfing wet suit | 5/3 fullsuit | Integrated hood?

A 5/3 fullsuit diving surfing wet suit is a full on winter cold water bring it on diving surfing wet suit. It can come in two variations – 5/3 and a 5/4/3 (some new models also have a 0.5mm thickness like 5.5/3.5). The numbers 5/3 and 5/4/3 represent the thickness of neoprene used in this diving surfing wet suit. 5 stands for 5 millimeters, 4 stands for 4 millimeters, and 3 stands for 3 millimeters. This means that a 5/4/3 diving surfing wet suit is made from neoprene of three different thicknesses and a 5/3 diving surfing wet suit is made out of neoprene of two different thicknesses. Thicker neoprene is usually used on the body and legs and the thinner is used on the arms and crotch area. The reason for this is improved flexibility of the diving surfing wet suit. Thicker neoprene keeps your core warmer while thinner neoprene allows for more flexibility where you need it. There is not much difference between 5/4/3 and a 5/3 diving surfing wet suit (newer models are usually 5/3) so get one that fits you best. This is a full diving surfing wet suit – a diving surfing wet suit that covers your whole body except your head, hands and feet.

If you combine your 5/3 with thick diving surfing wet suit boots (at least 5mm), diving surfing wet suit gloves and a neoprene hood you can use it anywhere down to 45F (7C). This is not a firm number though; there are many things that influence at what temperature a diving surfing wet suit can be used so check our diving surfing wet suit thickness and water temperature guide to find out more. Also if water so cold is the water temperature that you will mostly surf, you do not want a diving surfing wet suit that has its bottom limit at that temperature. Get a thicker one.

How to buy a 5/3 winter diving surfing wet suit?
Stretchy neoprene – 5 mm neoprene is quite thick and will slow you down while paddling, so get a diving surfing wet suit that is made out of stretchy elastic neoprene to make it more flexible.
Blind stitches – you want a blind stitched diving surfing wet suit – one that is sewn together using blind stitching technique. Using this type of sewing the needle never fully penetrates the neoprene which means there are no holes that go all the way through your diving surfing wet suit and no holes for the water to come in.
Sealed seams – seams need to be sealed by liquid taping, liquid sealing (there are different names for this)… Sealed seams are “100%” waterproof and a diving surfing wet suit with that kind of seams will be quite warmer than one without them. A must in winter diving surfing wet suits!
Extra insulation – look for some sort of thermal lining on the inside of the diving surfing wet suit.
Zipper – a specially designed zipper teeth that are better at stopping water or a shorter zipper means less water in your diving surfing wet suit through the zipper.
Batflap, batwing – a thin layer of neoprene under the zipper that stops any water that comes through the zipper and redirects it back out through the hole at the bottom of the zipper.
Integrated hood – read below

A 5/3 diving surfing wet suit (5/4/3) with integrated hood
When you get to thick winter diving surfing wet suit models you will find that some of them will have an integrated diving surfing wet suit hood. Integrated hood is a diving surfing wet suit hood that is already attached to the diving surfing wet suit and it can't be taken of. If you get a separate hood you can put it on or take it off at will. So why get a diving surfing wet suit with an integrated hood? Because it is warmer! You just have to decide if you will need the hood most of the times you will be using your diving surfing wet suit. If you will, then you can get one with an integrated hood.

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