Get the Right Wetsuit
|Having the right cold weather gear can make the difference between getting in some amazing sessions and progressing, or making excuses and cutting sessions short. It is amazing how much suits have progressed in the past 5 years. Super stretchy, warm, and amazingly light weight. Our advice, don't skimp, the better more expensive suits are warmer, more flexible and will let you ride longer without feeling cold. It is one if not the only item you will buy that will be used for the next 5 years or more. Staying comfortably warm and being able to move makes it so much more fun. With today's wetsuit technology you truly can ride in extremely cold weather for hours and have a blast.
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Cool Water Wetsuits
|These suits are super stretchy and are normally in the 3/2mm thickness. If you live in the Southern US this will be the only suit you really need unless you plan on riding in those few days when the air temperature drops into the low 50's or below. Ankle vents were introduced a couple years ago to keep water from building up in your ankles from the constant spray while kiteboarding and they are great for keeping this annoying problem from happening. The 3-quarter leg suits really solve this problem by cutting the leg off right below the knee. If you really don't plan on kiteboarding much after the air drops below 60 degrees or so, less expensive suits will work fine. Spending more means features such as fully glued and sealed seams that will keep you warmer longer so the suit can be used in a bigger range of conditions. Also be sure and grab a beanie, gloves, and booties, they really do make a big difference.|
Cold Water Wetsuits
|Cold water wetsuits just keep getting better. The main thing when purchasing a suit for truly cold water and air temperatures is to make sure you get something good with fully glued and sealed seams to keep the cold water and wind out. These suits will start off at a price of at least $250. If you plan on riding in some seriously cold conditions it is well worth paying extra to get a good high quality suit. These suits are way warmer and more stretchy which gets more important as temperatures drop and thicknesses increase. While it may be tempting to get the cheapest super-thick wetsuit you can find, having super cold water rush through un-sealed seams is no ones idea of fun. You want a suit you can rely on even if you end up having to make a swim. Features such as a front zip can really help keep the water out and make the suit that much warmer. Also having a attachable hood makes the suit more versatile and a full hood makes a huge difference once air temps get into the low 40's or below.|