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3/2 diving surfing wet suit | 3/2 full wetsuit

A 3/2 full wetsuit is the thinnest full wetsuit available for surfing. Actually there are 2mm full wetsuits but these fall more under that spring diving surfing wet suits since they are still used in warmer waters. Like the name tells you a 3/2 full diving surfing wet suit – full wetsuit covers your whole body except your head, hands and feet. The numbers 3/2 represent the thickness of neoprene used in this diving surfing wet suit. 3 stands for 3 millimeters and 2 stands for 2 millimeters. This means that a 3/2 diving surfing wet suit is made from neoprene of two different thicknesses, the thicker one 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.

How to check for diving surfing wet suit thickness?The numbers 3/2 are written on the sleeve just above the wrist or just below the shoulder.

A 3/2 diving surfing wet suit is already made for colder water. If you combine it with diving surfing wet suit boots you can use it anywhere down to 57F (14C). 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.

3/2 diving surfing wet suit is still not considered a winter diving surfing wet suit, it's somewhere in between. But a good 3/2 already has all the features you need in a winter diving surfing wet suit, so if you are buying a good 3/2 diving surfing wet suit look for:

1. 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.
2. Sealed seams –look for liquid taped, liquid sealed (there are different names for this) seam. These seams are sealed with liquid rubber and are therefore “100%” waterproof. A diving surfing wet suit with sealed seams will be warmer than one without them.
3. Extra insulation – look for some sort of thermal lining on the inside of the diving surfing wet suit.
4. 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.

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