How a Wetsuit Can Help You Stay Warm


Wetsuits have been designed in a way to keep you warm but have you ever wondered how a wetsuit can help you stay warm? Many people ponder this and to tell you the truth, it is all about the material and the thickness of your suit. It also has a lot to do with the type of material you are wearing. If you think of it, a regular wetsuit is almost the same as ordinary clothing - shielding your body. This is why it's a good idea to get a quality suit and pay a bit more besides getting one that is bound to fall apart. It will save you more in the long run. Always look at the materials, construction of the suit, and it's thickness before purchasing.

Let's take the law of thermodynamics into mind before we go into further detail. Once heat is given, it will move from a hotter object to much cooler ones. This is referred to as the science of how heat flows. For example, if you stand in the cold during a rough winter, your body temperature may be at 98.3 F while air surrounding your body is only 46 F. This means that the heat will begin to leave your body, traveling to cooler places and your body will begin to cool.

If you were to venture into freezing waters without a wetsuit, you could easily face something called hypothermia which could in fact kill you from your inner body becoming too cool. Now, if you put on your handy wetsuit, you know that it is made from a type of rubber which is referred to as "neoprene". It fits you in a very snug way and once you go into the sea, water will go seep between the neoprene material and your skin. Now, you have a layer of water between you and the suit, which is warmed by your body. This lining of warm water is the only thing between you and the sea, keeping you safe from cold areas. Also, keep in mind that the majority of wetsuits have metal lining like copper. This was done to reflect the body heat inside of your suit, keeping you much warmer than usual. Before you go out and pick up a wetsuit, inspecting the seams are the most important part because if these seams can easily be ripped, cold water can seep in - constantly replacing the warm water which defeats the whole purpose.

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