Do you know how the right wakeboard can up your game on the water? Well, what you’re wearing matters too! In our lineup of water gear, we've got your back with the best wetsuits in the wetsuit market. From full wetsuits (steamers) to spring suits, wetsuit jackets, and tops we've got your body covered.
Our gear isn't just about looking good (although it does), it's about maintaining your body heat regardless of the water temperature you find yourself in, and a comfortable, flexible fit for all those hours in the water. So, if you're keen on upgrading how you look and feel on the water, check out our range.
Let us take you through which wetsuit you want for what you’re doing in (or on) the water no matter where you are in Australia.
There are stacks of wetsuits on the market which one to choose? Here’s a breakdown:
- Understanding the types of wetsuits
- How should a wetsuit fit?
- Full wetsuits (Steamers)
- Spring wetsuits (springys)
- Spray jackets
- Wetsuit tops
- Wetsuit Bottoms
- Important Features to Consider in a Wetsuit
Best wetsuits for wakeboarding - a buyers guide
Understanding the types of wetsuits
Do you want the best wetsuit for cold water? Or something light for warm water? There are a lot of different styles out there and many have specific uses. For example, the best wetsuit for swimming differs from the best wetsuit for surfing. We’re going to break it down so you know what you’re after. Firstly, have a look at the chart below to help determine the right wetsuit for you.
Here’s a quick guide to the best wetsuit thickness for different water temps:
2mm springsuit or 1mm full suit
3mm full wetsuit
5mm full wetsuit
7mm full wetsuit or 8/7mm
(fortunately, in Australia we don’t need to worry about much colder than that)
Not sure what the water temperature is like near you? Check out seatemperature.org for Australia Sea Water Temperatures.
Got it? Next, when looking at the wetsuit descriptions you may notice something like this: 3/2mm, this simply refers to the wetsuit's thickness. In this case, the main panels that make up the suit are 3mm and 2mm thick. Normally, the chest and back panels are made out of thicker neoprene foam for extra warmth. Arms, shoulders, and legs are usually thinner for more flexibility.
You may see some 1mm full wetsuits on the market, these are typically for swimming and triathlon events as they are intended for warmer water or while you’re constantly moving.
Thinner neoprene means more flexibility and a greater range of motion but may not provide enough warmth in colder conditions. Thicker neoprene provides better insulation but may restrict movement.
So weigh up what your needs are - most watersports people have at least two wetsuits to cover all bases from Winter to Summer. For example a steamer (full wetsuit) for winter, a springy for summer, and often a wetsuit top for warmer water days with a bit of wind chill.
How should a wetsuit fit?
Now, let’s talk about the fit which is really important when choosing a wetsuit, they are meant to be skin tight, literally a second skin. Body heat warms the layer of trapped water between your skin and the wetsuit and helps keep the wearer warm.
If a wetsuit is too loose at the neck, wrist, or ankles, that critical warm-water layer your body has heated will be constantly flushed by cold water, thereby eliminating the benefits of the wetsuit. This is especially important in watersports where you are hitting the water at speed (potentially). You want to make sure the fit is nice and snug.
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1. Full wetsuits (Steamers)
Now, I’m sure you’ve all either seen or experienced the wake wedgie and that’s what we want to avoid. Rest assured that won't be happening in a steamer. Avoid bikinis or anything that is going to flap around or come loose - aim for coverage! From neck to ankle, the full wetsuit comes in different thicknesses. A full wetsuit also adds a bit of padding for if/and or when you hit the water at speed. Look for additional features like sealed seams and thermal lining which can help keep you warm in colder waters.
Steamers are a great option to stay warm while wakeboarding, surfing, and even diving. If you get cold easily this is for you, they’re also unbeatable for sun protection. If you are a beginner wakeboarder, chances are you are going to be spending a lot of time submerged hanging onto the rope, trying to get up. A bonus is their extra buoyancy!
Refer to the water temp chart above and find out what will suit your local conditions best.
2. Spring wetsuits (Springys)
A spring suit wetsuit typically covers the torso and upper thighs, with either short or full arms and lower legs exposed. This type of wetsuit is suitable for cooler and warmer water temperatures as it keeps the core warm but also provides greater freedom of movement.
Spring suits are the most popular wetsuit for wakeboarding as they provide the best combination of flexibility and warmth. These are a great all-rounder, all the important bits stay warm without the risk of getting too warm while you’re waiting for your turn on or in the water.
If you are on the fence between a full wetsuit and a spring suit, opt for a thicker spring suit or keep it thin for a full wetsuit. For example a 3/2mm full wetsuit or a 4/3mm spring suit.
3. Spray jackets
Spray jackets, also known as tour coats, are perfect for the cooler months on your Jetski or boat. A marine-grade spray jacket that is completely wind/waterproof and lined with breathable fabric for superior comfort and condensation control can be the difference between a miserable day on the boat and a great one.
4. Wetsuit tops
Great for both in the water and on the boat due to added protection from wind chill. Wetsuit tops are super flexible, great for sun protection, and are an awesome all-rounder. Add a wetsuit top to your watersports repertoire due to its versatile uses! Not only for wakeboarding, wear it in the surf, for a triathlon, or to do laps.
The only difference between a wetsuit jacket and a wetsuit top is the zip! A wetsuit jacket is a hell of a lot easier to get on and off! This is purely down to your preference!
5. Wetsuit Bottoms
Great to have, especially when skiing/wakeboarding at speed! Wetsuit bottoms act as a protective barrier, reducing the impact, and as a thermal layer to help maintain body heat. This is particularly beneficial for enthusiasts who engage in tricks, jumps, or slides. Something durable and skin-tight is a must on the lower half! A favourite among women, there are plenty of styles/lengths/designs on the market, pair wetsuit bottoms with a wetsuit top for ease of wear!
Important Features to Consider in a Wetsuit
Choosing the right thickness for a wetsuit is crucial as it directly affects its insulation properties. Thicker wetsuits are better suited for colder waters, providing more warmth and protection against the elements.
On the other hand, thinner wetsuits are more appropriate for warmer conditions, offering increased flexibility and comfort. Assessing the water temperature of your intended activities will guide you in selecting the optimal thickness for your wetsuit, ensuring a comfortable experience.
Seams significantly influence the durability and water-tightness of a wetsuit. There are various seam types, such as flatlock, glued and blind stitched (GBS), and sealed seams. Flatlock seams are suitable for warmer waters but may allow some water penetration.
GBS seams are more effective in preventing water entry, enhancing the wetsuit's insulation capabilities. Sealed seams take it further by using seam tape or liquid sealant, ensuring minimal water infiltration. Consider the intended use and water conditions when evaluating the seam construction of a wetsuit.
Neoprene's insulating properties make it ideal for wetsuit production, and advancements have led to variations like super-stretch neoprene for enhanced flexibility.
Additionally, some wetsuits incorporate materials like thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for increased durability and resistance to abrasions. Understanding the materials used in a wetsuit will help you assess its performance, durability, and suitability for your water sports.
Back zippers are the most common and easy to use, while chest zippers provide a more secure seal and prevent flushing. The quality of the zipper, including its size and design, impacts the wetsuit's overall functionality. Opt for a durable and rust/corrosion-resistant zipper to ensure longevity, and consider additional features like zipper covers or flaps to minimise water entry.
When seeking a top-rated wetsuit, consider customer reviews and brand reputation. Pay attention to features that align with your specific requirements, such as the wetsuit's intended use.
Try these 5 from Elite Ski Boats Range:
- The 2023 JETPILOT VENTURE MENS JOHN - BLACK is a great option for something that won't impact the mobility of your shoulders but keeps your core and legs warm.
- The 2024 FOLLOW LADIES BASICS WETTY SHORTS is a popular choice in the warmer months, great for mobility but a much ‘safer’ option than your average bikini bottoms!
- Rather a bit more coverage? 2024 JETPILOT FLIGHT 3X2 WOMENS BZ STEAMER
- Something for the kids - you can’t go past a spring suit, easy to get on and off in a hurry, a favourite is the PEAK BOYS ENERGY SPRINGSUIT
- Stuck on the boat? Then this is what you need: 2024 JETPILOT 2MM FLIGHT TOUR COAT
Spending a few more bucks for a good wetsuit will make all the difference. A wetsuit that will last the test of time and have you feeling great in the water is well worth it.
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Best wetsuits for wakeboarding - FAQs
What is the best wetsuit thickness in Australia?
The ideal wetsuit thickness in Australia depends on various factors, including the water temperature and the season. In general, the following guidelines can be helpful:
25°C-27°C 2mm springsuit or 1mm full suit
22°C-24°C 3mm full wetsuit
17°C-21°C 5mm full wetsuit
10°C-16°C 7mm full wetsuit or 8/7mm
How can I determine the best wetsuit size for me?
Finding the right wetsuit size is crucial for both comfort and performance. Here's a guide to help you determine the best fit:
Measure Yourself: Start with your height and weight. Measure your chest, waist, and hips. Use a soft measuring tape and measure the fullest part of each area.
Check the Size Chart:
Each wetsuit brand typically provides a size chart. Refer to the brand-specific chart using your measurements to identify the corresponding size. Keep in mind that sizes may vary between brands. Thicker wetsuits may feel tighter than thinner ones.
What is the best wetsuit to keep you warm for wakeboarding? Why?
In colder conditions, opt for a thicker wetsuit, such as a 4/3mm or 5/4mm, to provide better insulation. Thicker neoprene traps more body heat, keeping you warmer in chilly waters. Look for wetsuits with high-quality neoprene, sealed seams, and taped or liquid-sealed seams to help minimise water entry.
A proper fit is essential for thermal efficiency. A wetsuit should fit snugly but not too tight, creating a barrier between your body and the water. Pay attention to the fit around the neck, wrists, and ankles to prevent cold water from flushing in.