Finding the best wetsuit for your activity is easy to do. With so many choices currently on the market, staying warm while enjoying swimming, surfing, kayaking, and surf skiing or boating is easy to do. In addition, advanced features --- such as special padding in the knee or seat areas --- add functionality to the overall comfort. What is more, there are now wetsuits that are manufactured with children in mind, and they make it possible for water-sports aficionados of all ages to enjoy varied activities on the water.
NRS Full-Body Steamer Wetsuit
The NRS full-body Steamer Wetsuit comes in sizes extra small all the way through XXXL. Priced at $150, it is an affordable full-body option. Made from 3 mm neoprene except in areas that move with the arms --- where the neoprene measures 2 mm thick --- you will appreciate the overall comfort of the fit. Blindstitched seams, which are initially glued and then sewn, enhance the overall cold weather construction. As an added plus, the knees are padded in this model, making it one of the best wetsuits for exploring reefs, rocky lake bottoms, or for any other diving needs that send you in the water during cold weather.
It is a good idea to properly accessorize this full-body wetsuit with gloves when making your purchase. Make sure your wetsuit has a tight but comfortable fit, and also propel your arms a few times while trying it on, to get a good feel for the range of motion provided by the thinner layers of neoprene.
Sleeveless Farmer John Wetsuit
The sleeveless Farmer John from NRS is one of the best wetsuits for kayaking, whitewater rafting and surf skiing. The lack of sleeves greatly increases the range of motion, while the padded knees protect the legs against kayak bumps, rafting bruises and of course the impact of being thrown from a surf ski in shallower water. The overall insulation is 3 mm thick, which is ideal even in colder weather. You will be delighted by the ankle zippers that make it easy to take off this wetsuit after spending time in the water.
If you are wearing it while rafting, make sure you wear appropriate rash guards to prevent your underarms from chafing against the material.
This Farmer John wetsuit comes in sizes small through XXXL and costs $135.
Youth Shorty Wetsuit for Kids
If you are concerned about keeping kids warm during a day of swimming fun or while getting in and out of the water while boating, the NRS Shorty wetsuit is an excellent choice. It fits boys and girls and is made from 2.5 mm neoprene. The long sleeves and legs help to insulate the child's body heat, so that no enjoyment is lost due to chattering teeth. Bright-color swatches on the wetsuit make it easy to see even in murky water, which is essential for the safety of the child while boating. The use of flat-lock stitching, which makes the seams fit snug against the child's body, enhances the comfort of this model.
Sizing a wetsuit properly for a child is crucial, and the Shorty is available in sizes extra small through large. The cost is $45.