21 Best Scuba Wetsuits in 2022 (For Cold and Warm water)

Have you ever had a wetsuit that fits you like a glove? That was easy to put on, fast drying, and all the seams stayed together year after year?

That’s the gold standard of wetsuits and we think everyone deserves a scuba diving wetsuit like that.

For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of the top wetsuits.

All are from well-known brands renowned for their high-quality scuba diving equipment.

So, let’s take a look at the wetsuits themselves, and at the bottom of the article, you’ll find a few considerations that will help you with your purchase.

The Top 10 Scuba Wetsuits in 2022

All Scuba Wetsuits We've tested

Best Warm Water Shortie

This thin wetsuit means the wearer retains a lot of flexibility. The material is light and easy to get on and take off. A hook-and-loop fastening collar sits high for added comfort and protection from the elements.x

The Cressi Tortuga is ideal for diving in tropical waters.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 2.5 mm
  • Suitable for: 75 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 24 – 29.4 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Sewn
  • Designed for: Men

Our Overall Review

4.4

Things we like:

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    Allows for great flexibility.
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    High collar.
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    Stylish.

Things we don't like:

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Cressi Tortuga 2.5mm Men’s

Warm Water Shortie for Woman

This popular wetsuit is anatomically cut specifically for women. Sturdy and high-quality flatlock stitching helps to prevent chafing on the skin. Lycra-trimmed leg and wrist seals ensure trapped water won’t weigh you down.

An internal, zippered pocket is a great idea for keeping essentials secure while you dive.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 3 mm
  • Suitable for: 75 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 24 – 29.4 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued and sewn
  • Designed for: Women

Our Overall Review

4.4

Things we like:

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    Zippered inside pocket.
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    Flatlock stitching.
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    Great value for money.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markLoose fitting in the armpit and shoulder area.
  • check-markSizes come up small. Some customers recommend buying one size larger.
  • check-markThe suit is very buoyant.
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NeoSport 3mm Neoprene Women’s

Great for Movement

Both the Revel and Elate are super flexy which makes moving around in and on the water really easy. The anatomically correct design, low-profile collar, and range of sizes offer a great fit.

Although the seals are simple, the cuffs fit snug against the skin, keeping the water out and the body warm. And the stylish design looks good too. We think these are a great choice for warm water diving, ocean swimming, surfing, and other watersports. And at the price point, loads of customers are bound to agree!

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 3/2mm full-body and 2mm shorty + 5mm full-body and 7mm full-body
  • Material: Neoprene and laminate
  • Anatomically correct 3D pattern design
  • Low-profile collar tab with velcro
  • Integrated suit saver

Our Overall Review

4.6

Things we like:

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    Paper-thin and flexible kneepads on the full-body wetsuits
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    Stylish and sleek design
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    Comfortable and snug fit
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    Strong, durable seams
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    Very stretchy material that allows for great flexibility and range of motion

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe wetsuit is so stretchy that you may need to consider buying one size smaller
  • check-markIf you have skinny wrists or ankles, the seals may not sit perfectly snug against the skin or remain watertight
  • check-markAlthough the design is great, it would be nice to have a couple of different color options
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BARE Revel and Elate

Like the women’s NeoSport shortie, the men’s version is anatomically designed to feel like a second skin. Not only will this wetsuit provide warmth, but it will also protect wearers from UV rays, jellyfish stings, and other irritants.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 3 mm
  • Suitable for: 75 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 24 – 29.4 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued and sewn
  • Designed for: Men

Our Overall Review

4.4

Things we like:

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    Full range of sizes.
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    Soft and comfortable neoprene with flatlock stitching.
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    Zippered inside pocket.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markVery long in the arms.
  • check-markThe wetsuit is more buoyant than some full-length, 3-mm suits.
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NeoSport 3mm Neoprene Men’s

The Northern Diver 7mm Rear Entry Dry Wetsuit is a semi-dry wetsuit made with Northern Diver’s unique super-stretch DFN-Ultragrade neoprene making it comfortable and easy to move in. The inner Ti-Ax Thermacote Titanium lining adds extra warmth and even includes an anti-bacterial coating.

With an included hood and integrated side pocket, this suit is designed to serve scuba divers at a particular time of year, and aims to be a durable addition to avid divers or windsurfers (not to mention paddlers too).

With a double layer and semi-drysuit profile, it’s very warm, ideal for colder water temperatures and has enough stretch for good maneuverability.

 

Specs & Features

  • Suitable for: 45-60℉ (7-15℃)
  • Material: super-stretch DFN-Ultragrade neoprene with a Ti-Ax Thermacote Titanium lining
  • Zip location: Back
  • Boots or socks: N
  • Hood: Yes

Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

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    Double layer for extra warmth
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    Wrap-around hook and loop zipper - more comfortable than a simple back zipper
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    Super stretchy and flexible material means application for other water sports
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    Easy to get into and out
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    Comfortable and effective seals

Things we don't like:

  • check-markRear-entry zipper strap is too short to open/close without a buddy
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Northern Diver 7mm Rear Entry

Cold water Wetsuit

The Bare Reactive 7mm is a Nylon -2 Neoprene wetsuit with rear entry zipper is a premium option designed for cold water recreational diving.

Lined using the ultra-warm Graphene Omnired infrared technology fabric, this wetsuit is intended to keep you warm on deeper dives.

In addition to the warmth in colder water, and because of the 7mm of thickness, the Reactive 7 also gives its bearer more buoyancy.

What’s also unique about this wetsuit is the amount of zippers: 1 on each ankle, on each wrist and on the front and back at the collar.

This wetsuit is a rear entry model. We took it for a dive to see how well it stands up to an everyday recreational experience.

Specs & Features

  • Material: : Elastek full-stretch neoprene combined with Graphene omnired infrared fabric
  • Zip location: : Back
  • Boots or socks: : No
  • Hood: : No
  • Pockets: : No

Our Overall Review

4.7

Things we like:

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    Comfortable, flexible and durable
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    Easy to put on and take off
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    Keeps you warm for longer
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    Quality

Things we don't like:

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Bare Reactive 7mm

Like the previous Everflex wetsuit, the ScubaPro Everflex Steamer is made from X-Foam neoprene. It comes double layered which provides improved stretch and protection from cold water. There is a diagonal back zipper for easy donning. Great for flexibility, warmth and saving our oceans!

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 5/4 mm
  • Suitable for: 60 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 15.5 – 24 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued and blind stitched with liquid rubber seal
  • Designed for: Women

Our Overall Review

4.2

Things we like:

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    A wide range of sizes.
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    Size medium comes is available in a tall version.
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    Stylish and flattering design.
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    Environmentally friendly.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markRubber cuffs can be difficult to get out of when the suit is wet.
  • check-markArms and legs are long.
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ScubaPro Everflex Steamer Womens

This is the first wetsuit we’ve looked at with a zipper located on the front. Although not for everyone, front zippers can make life easier when getting the wetsuit on and off. For those who will be diving in colder climes, the Cressi Lido shortie is suitable for wearing beneath thicker suits for added warmth.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 2 mm
  • Suitable for: 75 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 24 – 29.4 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Front
  • Seams: Glued and sewn
  • Designed for: Women

Our Overall Review

4.2

Things we like:

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    Choice of trim color.
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    Flattering cut.
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    Front zipper.

Things we don't like:

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Cressi 2mm Front Zipper Lido Women’s

This ScubaPro wetsuit is made from X-Foam neoprene which is more hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly than other neoprene. Also friendly to the environment is the water-based, solvent-free glue which is used to assemble the suit.

On the inside are chest and back panels with thermal loop laminate to provide additional warmth. The legs and arms are pre-bent for better movement and comfort. One great feature is the silicone traction pad on the left sleeve. This will keep your dive computer from moving and rotating when the neoprene compresses at depth.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 3 mm
  • Suitable for: 75 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 24 – 29.4 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued and blind stitched with liquid rubber seal
  • Designed for: Men

Our Overall Review

4.1

Things we like:

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    Environmentally friendly material and adhesive.
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    Padded back panel
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    Silicone traction pad on the sleeve.

Things we don't like:

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  • check-markVery long in the arms.
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Scubapro Everflex Mens 3mm

This super stretchy wetsuit is made from 100 percent Quantum Stretch, nylon-2 neoprene. This makes the Aqua Lung shortie 200 percent stretchier than standard neoprene. The velcro collar is adjustable which helps to keep out the cold. Smooth chest and back panels dry out quickly and provide better warmth when on the surface.

Final notes from our reviewer: This suit does have more stretch than others which makes it comfortable and minimizes water exchange. It has held up well. I like that it’s comfortable, it’s soft and flexible so it doesn’t restrict movement. All the openings have a softer rubbery coating that ensures a good seal. It’s also easy to get into and out of.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 3 mm
  • Suitable for: 75 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 24 – 29.4 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued and sewn
  • Designed for: Men

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    The glued and sewn seams mean extra strength and durability.
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    Quantum Stretch, nylon-2 neoprene allows good freedom of movement.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe velcro on the collar will stick to the inside of the suit when you are not wearing it. Be extra careful and fasten the velcro properly when storing the wetsuit.
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Aqua Lung Men’s 3mm

Same specs as the women’s version but designed for men. Zippers on the wrists and ankles make getting into and out of the wetsuit easier. There is also a zipper at the neck which is great for when you are between dives. Extra padding on the knees, shoulders, and elbows offers protection from the elements. The design has fewer seams than usual which increases flexibility.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 5/4 mm
  • Suitable for: 60 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 15.5 – 24 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued and blind stitched with liquid rubber seal
  • Designed for: Men

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    Zippered neck.
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    Safe-straps on both of the sleeves to secure computer, compass or depth gauge.
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    Zippers at the wrists and ankles.
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    Available in a huge range of sizes.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markAlthough we like the wrist zippers for comfort, they do put some restriction on hand movement.
  • check-markWhen bending over, the suit pulls to the left due to the diagonal back zipper.
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ScubaPro Everflex Steamer Mens

Bare has used three different types of stretch material in their Velocity Ultra suit. Basically, this provides an excellent fit, performance, and feel. The underarms are seamless and the collar is contoured for extra comfort. Embossed rear knee panels provide additional maneuverability when kicking. Heavy duty zips and double-glued seams make this wetsuit highly durable.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 5 mm
  • Suitable for: 60 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 15.5 – 24 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Double-glued with secure-lock construction
  • Designed for: Men

Our Overall Review

5

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    Available in long and short lengths.
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    Ankle zippers.
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    Easy to get on and off.
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    Form-fitting.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markIt’s a little thick around the ankles.
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Bare 5mm Velocity Ultra Men’s

The Cressi Castoro Jumpsuit is double-lined with durable but soft neoprene. It provides great heat retention when diving at depth. Pre-shaped legs help with flexibility when kicking and an under-zip lining prevents water infiltration.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 5 mm
  • Suitable for: 60 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 15.5 – 24 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued and sewn
  • Designed for: Men

Our Overall Review

4.7

Things we like:

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    Comfortable and non-restrictive
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    Rubberrized neoprene chest panel
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    Knee and shin patches

Things we don't like:

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Cressi Castoro Men’s 5mm

Made from Ultraspan neoprene, the Cressi Morea is amazingly flexible. With a rubberized neoprene chest panel, you have a non-slip contact area for BCD straps that is resistant to abrasion. Padded knee and shin patches prevent your knees from getting scratched if you need to kneel. The stitching is done with an anti-fraying thread making the Cressi Morea a wetsuit that lasts.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 3 mm
  • Suitable for: 75 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 24 – 29.4 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seam: Glued and sewn
  • Designed for: Women

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    The cut is great for women of all shapes and sizes.
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    Durability.

Things we don't like:

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Cressi Morea 3mm Men’s

This suit is exactly the same quality and spec as the men’s version. The cut is designed for women and the suit is flexible enough to fit most female forms. The Cressi Morea is comfortable, provides excellent protection, and really exceeds expectations.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 3 mm
  • Suitable for: 75 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit / 24 – 29.4 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seam: Glued and sewn
  • Designed for: Women

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    The cut is great for women of all shapes and sizes.
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    Durability.

Things we don't like:

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Cressi Morea 3mm Women’s

The Henderson Thermoprene for women is tailored for the female form and has the same specs as the men’s version. High-quality seams which are GBS-glued and blind-stitched prevent water seeping in and extends the life of this wetsuit. Knee pads are sturdy yet flexible.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 7 mm
  • Suitable for: 45 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit / 7 to 15.5 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued and blind-stitched
  • Designed for: Women

Our Overall Review

4.7

Things we like:

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    Very flexible.
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    Easy to get in and out of.
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    Value for money.

Things we don't like:

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Henderson Thermoprene 7mm Women’s

Thermoprene is another neoprene that has more stretch than the standard. Its contoured design coupled with a higher grade of neoprene ensures water exchange is kept to a minimum while retaining maximum heat. The exterior lining stands up well to the friction caused by weight belts and BCD straps. Lycra-trimmed cuffs, an adjustable collar, and a spine pad all come as standard. A wide selection of sizes means there is a Henderson Thermoprene 7mm Jumpsuit to fit all male divers.

A wide selection of sizes means there is a Henderson Thermoprene 7mm Jumpsuit to fit all male divers.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 7 mm
  • Suitable for: 45 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit / 7 to 15.5 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued and blind-stitched
  • Designed for: Men

Our Overall Review

4.3

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    Great range of sizes.
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    Spinal pad.
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    Value for money.

Things we don't like:

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Henderson Thermoprene 7mm Men’s

A semi-dry suit offers you the best of both worlds—the flexibility of a wetsuit with the warmth of a drysuit. ScubaPro’s Pure Design Concept uses fewer panels and seams for greater maneuverability. Stress discs are installed at stitch intersections to help protect seams for durability.

Both sleeves have non-slip pads for securing wrist gadgets. There’s also a handy zippered pocket to keep accessories. The Nova Scotia semi-dry is a snug fitting and comfortable suit.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 7.5 mm
  • Suitable for: 45 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit / 7 to 15.5 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued and blind-stitched
  • Designed for: Men

Our Overall Review

5

Things we like:

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    Zippered pocket.
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    Good quality.
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    More flexible option than a drysuit.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markOdd sizing and can be tight fit across the shoulders.
  • check-markDoes not come with a hood.
  • check-markNeed help to do up the back zipper.
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ScubaPro Nova Scotia Men’s 7.5mm

This wetsuit offers maximum stretch for amazing comfort and a perfect fit. Super soft neoprene makes it easy to get into and the interior lining feels great against the skin. ScubaPro calls the design the Triathlon Cut because it allows for lots of movement in the arms and shoulders.

Although they may look good, the purple panels at the ankles and wrists are also practical. The undersides seal against your skin to keep water out. If you are buying your first wetsuit, the ScubaPro Sport 7mm is a great option.

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 7 mm
  • Suitable for: 45 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit / 7 to 15.5 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued and blind-stitched
  • Designed for: Women

Our Overall Review

4

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    The seal from the purple wrist and ankle panels.
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    Soft inner layer.
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    Good range of movement in the arms and shoulders.

Things we don't like:

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ScubaPro Sport 7mm Women’s

The O’Neill Dive Sector 7mm is possibly one of the best super-stretch wetsuits on the market. Made from UltraFlex DS neoprene, it allows you total freedom of motion. An External Single Fluid Seam Weld uses a silicone-based urethane that is applied to the outside of the glued and blind-stitched seams. What this means is that water is completely blocked out and the seams are made to last.

The O’Neill Dive Sector 7mm may well have everything you need and will make you the envy of your fellow divers!

Specs & Features

  • Thickness: 7 mm
  • Suitable for: 45 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit / 7 to 15.5 degrees Celsius
  • Zip: Back
  • Seams: Glued, blind-stitched with External Fluid Seam Weld
  • Designed for: Men

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    Welding over the seams makes the wetsuit super sturdy.
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    Easier to put on than previous O’Neill wetsuits.
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    The range of movement is unrestricted.
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    Interior chest and back panels remove moisture and increase body warmth.

Things we don't like:

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  • check-markChest region comes up small in some of the sizes.
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O’Neill Men’s Dive Sector 7mm

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What to Look for in a Scuba Diving Wetsuit

It’s easy to get tempted by the first sleek black wetsuit you set eyes on. But rushing into a purchase may mean you end up with an inappropriate suit for the kind of diving you do, or worse, a suit that doesn’t fit you at all. Here’s what you need to think about:

Fit

Fit is one of the most important considerations. A poorly fitted, loose wetsuit allows water to move in and out of the suit. A well-fitting wetsuit, on the other hand, traps a layer of water between the suit and your body. This layer of water is then heated up and keeps you warm.

Wetsuits should fit snugly on your body. Too loose and you’ll get cold fast, too tight and you’ll feel like a piece of shrink-wrapped sausage and suffer from restricted movement. A note on that last point: A lot of people think their wetsuit is way too tight but fail to remember that it will loosen up when it’s in the water.

Check the individual manufacturer’s size guidelines carefully if you’re buying online. For the most part, wetsuit sizes are based on height and weight. Most wetsuits are made in male and female specific versions—stick to these because women’s wetsuits have been cut for the female body and the same holds true for men’s suits.

Comfort

Before you buy, take a quick look at the online reviews, are people complaining about how uncomfortable a wetsuit is or are they singing its praises? Comfort matters because you’ll probably spend a fair amount of time in your wetsuit when you’re on a dive holiday. Plus, if you’re anything like us, you’re occasionally too lazy to take your suit off during surface intervals!

As a general rule, if you buy the right size, a wetsuit should be comfortable. But if comfort is top on your list of priorities, look for a wetsuit with super flexible panels of neoprene around the hips, knees, elbows, and crutch. Many manufacturers combine thicker neoprene on the torso with thinner neoprene in key areas to make the suit more comfortable.

Thickness / Warmth

The thickness of a wetsuit is always measured in millimeters (mm). Warm water suits range from 1.5 mm – 4 mm thick. Temperate water wetsuits from 4 mm – 6 mm. And cold water suits are generally 7 mm thick. Some suits come in two parts, this means the diver has a double layer of neoprene over the chest and torso area.

The thickness of a suit is directly related to how warm it will be. Choose a suit that’s suitable for the waters you’ll be diving in. It would be silly to sit on the boat sweating in a 7 mm suit when a skin suit would have sufficed. Likewise, a 3 mm suit will not keep you warm enough in cold waters. For each of the wetsuits we’ve listed here, we have indicated which temperature range it’s suitable for.

Consider any water temperature changes that can occur at the location you’re diving in. For example, if a diver goes for a dive off the coast of Croatia, that diver should expect a sudden drop in temperature once they pass the thermocline. It’s not all places where the water gets colder with depth, but in some places, it needs to be taken into account.

Remember too that neoprene compresses with depth. This is because of all the tiny air bubbles inside the material. As you get deeper, your suit compresses and you lose both buoyancy and warmth.

Extra warmth can be added by using neoprene vests or thermal rash vests. The latter option is great because it provides warmth but without adding extra buoyancy like additional neoprene will. We can’t get enough of these O’Neill Thermo X vests.

Seals

This is more of a concern with cold water wetsuits where it’s important that the suit allows for as little water movement as possible. Look for wetsuits that have double seals at the ankles and the wrists.

You may have heard about sealed suits and unsealed suits. A sealed suit is one in which all the seams have been glued together with a special kind of tape to prevent any water seeping in at these points. The better a wetsuit has been sealed, the more expensive it is.

Do I Need a Wetsuit Designed For Scuba Diving?

Technically, no. You don’t need a purpose-built wetsuit for scuba diving. But many divers prefer them anyway because they’ve been made specifically for this sport.

Manufacturers have taken into consideration how divers move in the water and the best ways to keep those divers warm. There are no other watersports where people stay underwater for such lengthy periods of time—for that reason, purpose-built wetsuits for scuba diving are usually the best option.

Best Scuba Diving Wetsuit For Kids

If you’ve ever assisted a 10-year-old child getting into or out of a wetsuit, you’ll know that it’s not always the easiest task. But children tend to get cold a lot faster than adults so wetsuits are absolutely essential for small scuba divers.

If you’re shopping for a wetsuit for children, look for a suit that’s designed to be easy to get on and off. You want a wetsuit constructed with stretch neoprene and with a minimal number of panels.

We like the Aqua Lung Quantum Stretch. It comes in a wide range of children’s sizes, stretches really well, and the smooth seals mean you’ll avoid a 30-minute struggle hauling your littlest divers into their wetsuits!

Now that we’ve looked at the things you’ll need to take into consideration, let’s dive into the suits themselves, beginning with a few shorties.

 

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