Which diving suit do I need? Which wetsuit is best for me?

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Which diving suit do I need? Which wetsuit is best for me? - Which wetsuit is best for me? Which diving suit do I need?
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The best wetsuit for you is one that fits comfortably, keeps you warm and lasts a long time

Therefore, do not rely solely on advice, advertisements, offers, and recommendations; instead, try on, compare, and make your own decision to acquire a diving suit that offers the best thermal protection, long lifespan, and high comfort.

Which diving suit manufacturer is the best?

There are many good neoprene suppliers. You don't have to find the very best, but the one that suits you best

As every diver will give you a different answer, each recommending the suit with which they are satisfied. At scubaonline, however, we don't rely solely on our own experiences but also on the thousands of feedback from our large customer base.

Even so, we cannot tell you which wetsuit manufacturer is the best, but we do know which are good and which are not as good. For our shop, we have selected a range of wetsuit manufacturers with which we, our customers, our students, and also our diving instructors and experts have had positive experiences in terms of quality, durability, reliability, and reasonable value for money.

 

You won't find every good wetsuit in our scubaonline dive shop, but you will certainly find one of the largest selections of wetsuits in Europe. Our collection is thoughtfully curated and well-organised, available in various neoprene thicknesses, so suitable for all possible water temperatures, in many different fits, and across different price ranges to ensure everyone finds their favourite wetsuit with us. We can confidently recommend all the suits in our dive shop - you just need to find the one that suits you best. 

Your diving suit must fit perfectly for you to be happy with it in the long term

Pay attention to an optimal fit as this is actually the most important criterion for a good diving suit

Neither the brand nor the design of your diving suit will satisfy you in the long run, but primarily the fit. You must feel comfortable in your suit, it must be snug and comfortable, and you must be able to move well in it. We are also happy to advise you on the optimal fit and size of your diving suit in our FAQs on the topics ‘How tight should a diving suit fit?’, ‘What size wetsuit do I need?’, and ‘How do I try on a diving suit?’

 

The best wetsuit for you is the one that keeps you the warmest

Find the right wetsuit neoprene thickness and CE warmth class so you don't freeze while diving

Choose your diving suit based on the water temperature in which you plan to dive. For this particular topic, there is actually a CE certification that assigns a thermal class to each diving suit. In our dive shop, you can filter the diving suits by thermal class to make your selection easier. You can find comprehensive advice on this in our FAQs under the topic ‘How thick should a diving suit be?’.

 

Do I need more than one wetsuit?

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to diving suits, so no suit is suitable for all water temperatures

If you plan to dive in various waters and regions with significantly different water temperatures, you will probably need more than one diving suit. Alternatively, you can choose a medium-thickness suit, for example, 5mm, which can be worn in warm regions and, in colder waters, can be layered with neoprene undersuits or neoprene ice vests. Additionally, in cold water, you can wear neoprene gloves and a neoprene hood.

 

How much do I have to spend on a good diving suit?

Higher quality comes at a higher price, but it's worth it for intensive diving - more comfort, more warmth, longer durability

You can also find detailed advice on this topic in our FAQs under ‘What does a good diving suit cost?’. Generally speaking, due to the competition on the market, there are hardly any unreasonably overpriced diving suits available. A suit that is more expensive than most others is, for example, significantly more elaborately crafted, made from very high-quality materials, or equipped with more practical features than a basic diving suit. We have compiled more information on this in the section ‘What is the difference between an expensive and a cheap wetsuit?’.

 

Therefore, you need to decide how much you want to invest in your diving suit, and you should base this on the frequency of your dives while adjusting your expectations and demands to the chosen price category.

Our conclusion

Conclusion – your diving suit does not necessarily have to match your fins or be the most expensive on the market. It does not have to be the suit that your diving instructor swears by or the one that is most heavily advertised. Choose the right thermal class wisely and try on several suits until you find the one that fits like a second skin and does not restrict your freedom of movement. 

Match the suit to your budget and keep in mind that the higher the quality, the longer the suit is likely to last. Inform yourself, compare, and try on different suits. If you have any further questions – we are also available by phone!

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