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Spearfishing Wetsuits

Spearfishing Wetsuits are slightly different from those for scuba diving. The main concern when it comes to Spearfishing Wetsuits is mobility. You should to be able to move quickly and with no restrains. Another important distinction is the styling and color. Most Spearfishing Wetsuits have camouflage on them to help you blend in with the background and be unnoticed by your prey while hunting. Finally, you should consider some additional elements, such as a chest pad, built-in hood, back support, etc. Choose the option that works for you from the selection at Dip ‘N Dive.

Just like the wetsuits for scuba diving or freediving, spearfishing suits come in either one or two piece design. Most spearfishermen prefer the two piece suits, because they provide more mobility and some additional warmth at the core. Many spearfishing specific suits also have an added loading pad on the chest, as well as some knee pads.

As for the material options, you can select between closed cell neoprene, open cell neoprene, and Lycra. Closed cell neoprene suits are very popular thanks to their durability and affordable price. However, they are also somewhat constrictive and less efficient at insulating. Open cell neoprene wetsuits are much softer and more flexible than closed cell suits. They also have greater insulating efficiency and provide excellent range of motion. The downside is that open cell suits are generally more fragile. Lycra suits or, as they are also called, skins are only useful in very warm water as they do not provide any form of thermal protection. They do, however, shield the diver from the sun and stinging organisms. Some skins come with loading pads for protection when loading a speargun.

Finally, you need to consider the thickness of the wetsuit. Commonly, 1-1.5mm suits are used in warm water, 3-5mm are suitable for moderate water, whereas those who will dive in cold water need a 7mm plus wetsuit. Remember though, thicker suits decrease mobility, which is so important for spearfishermen. You may want to choose a suit that utilizes a mixture of thicknesses in order to increase insulating ability without or with minimal impact on your freedom of movement in the water.

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