Wetsuit?

3335

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I've been sailing for my whole life, but just switched to racing our laser last fall. Since laser sailing is much wetter than most boats, my old foul weather gear strategies aren't much of a help! I'm thinking about getting a wetsuit, but don't know what type would really be best. I'm thinking that one of those "Farmer John" (sleeveless, with long legs... sorta like overalls) style wetsuits sounds like what I'd wear. This style sounds right because I dislike the knee length legs and elbow length sleeves, even though they seem to be one of the most common styles. I think that long-legged pants and long sleeves would be more than what I would need, and I would overheat. So this is what has had me thinking about the "Farmer Johns".
Am I making a good decision? If anyone has any info supporting or discouraging this decision, I'd like to know!
What about the weight of the material? I know nothing about that either!
 

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in the uk, ( and i suppose most places ) wetsuits come in different thicneses,
3mm -is good for summer Laser sailing, its warm enuf and isn't too bulky to restrict movement

5mm- is deffo 4 winter, is more restrictive but much warmer,

i ware a 3mm shorty, hikers, spray top and of course bouncey aid, in the summer

and in winter (october - march/april) Drysuit
 
#3
I recently just got mine. It is your "farmer john" type wet suit. Long legs sleevless arms...i think these are perfect...you can always just throw a wind breaker jacket or similar jacket on over top on those cold days and it allows for more movement. I would say go for it.
 
#4
Hi,

I'd go with hiking pants, wetsuit material, and below the knee style. These keep your butt, and legs warm, then choose a top, and layer up. For cool days/water, I like a paddling top, with neopreme waist. This sort-of seals, and is fine for spray. The hiking pants have battens and pads for the deck edge, and help a lot, plus suspenders, and are almost never too hot to wear.

I have Camet brand, but others are good.

Al Russell 164308
 
#5
I wear a full wetsuit that I originally had for surfing but then switched over to the laser. It works just fine for me in most all conditions, it's 3mm so when it gets really, really cold it can be a problem. But from what I've noticed so long as the suit is wet, and I'm moving around (average breezy day), I tend to stay nice and warm.

One thing I would reccomend is buying a chepo pair of boardshorts or swimming trunks to wear over the wetsuit. This way they take all the damage and the wetsuit will last much much longer without getting holes in it.

-Eric
 

Merrily

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3335 said:
"Farmer John" What about the weight of the material? I know nothing about that either!
Farmer Johns are good. You get a good range of motion through the shoulders.

But what water temperature do you think you'll be sailing in? If it's very cold you might think about a drysuit. If it's just a little chilly :rolleyes:, neprene hiking pants with a layer or two of polyester fleece and a smock would work. For that matter, I've fallen in 60 degree water with just fleece top and bottom and was fine.

Merrily
 
#9
I have a few differant styles of wetsuits, some for surfing, some for sailing. the least warmest is a pair of 3mm neopreame shorts which are great on an overcast summer day, next up I have a 3mm shortie with reinforced seat (a must for laser sailing) that works well on warm spring/fall days, and a really windy summer day. then comes the 4mm convertable, legs and arms zip on and off, has reinforced knees, seat and elbows, great for spring/fall sailing, then I have a full sized 5mm long suit for spring/fall surfing, and a drysuit for winter sailing
 
#10
all i have is a 3mm wetsuit because i used to surf before i got into lasers and i dont really wear it that ofter, well last year atleast but thats because it was too small, it was so tight i got blisters on my finger tips from my hands pulling and slipping off so much the rifst time i put it on but then i learned the bag trick :) most of the time i wear a bathing suit, a rash guard, and a pfd. But if its a little cold i will wear my spray top that has a neoprene strap to make a seal. I sometimes wear my booties but i forget sometimes but as a replacement i just go in my converse high tops and those work suprisingly well
 

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What about zippers? I've seen some wetsuits of stretchy material that is supposively stretchy enough to enter through the neck hole. Has anyone ever worn one of these? Or are the old fashioned zipped ones better?
 
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Since a wetsuit isn't built to function like a drysuit, or even a spray top, I wouldn't worry to much if the neck lets a little water in.

That said, my wetsuit has the zipper and I find it adjustable just enough to be comfortable.

You can always throw a good dinghy smock over the wetsuit to ward off any spray. The wetsuit isn't designed to keep you dry though, obviously.

just what I know
 

3335

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Yes, that's like what I'm talking about. We saw one in another cataloug that you can enter through the neck hole, but it doesn't have shoulder snaps. It's supposed to be stretchy enough to enter without any extra fasteners. But that sounds pretty difficult in my oppinion. Does anyone have experience with this style? Is it practical or is it a gimmick?
 

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WestCoast said:
Since a wetsuit isn't built to function like a drysuit, or even a spray top, I wouldn't worry to much if the neck lets a little water in.

That said, my wetsuit has the zipper and I find it adjustable just enough to be comfortable.

You can always throw a good dinghy smock over the wetsuit to ward off any spray. The wetsuit isn't designed to keep you dry though, obviously.

just what I know
Yes, I understand that. My question is mostly about how easy/difficult it is to get into.
 

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nsc1120 said:
all i have is a 3mm wetsuit because i used to surf before i got into lasers and i dont really wear it that ofter, well last year atleast but thats because it was too small, it was so tight i got blisters on my finger tips from my hands pulling and slipping off so much the rifst time i put it on but then i learned the bag trick :) most of the time i wear a bathing suit, a rash guard, and a pfd. But if its a little cold i will wear my spray top that has a neoprene strap to make a seal. I sometimes wear my booties but i forget sometimes but as a replacement i just go in my converse high tops and those work suprisingly well
Bag Trick? And, yup... Converse high tops are the best shoes ever! At least around here, us sailors have been wearing them since before they were stylish! lol
 
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I've found the zipless ones are fine to get into. They are stretchy enough and the neck is generally fairly big (eg, think of wearing a singlet).

I find those the best as you don't have restricted arm movement.

Also, I like not having a zip as they can tend to get jammed or uncomfortable, especially when you're wearing stuff like a pfd (and in my case a trapeze harness) over it.
 
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3335 said:

Bag Trick? And, yup... Converse high tops are the best shoes ever! At least around here, us sailors have been wearing them since before they were stylish! lol
the bagtrick is to put a plastic bag on your foot as you put it through the leg hole, and then do it for your arms too. once you put the bag on and push your leg through you just pull it out the opening. this makes the wetsuit almost slide on instead of pulling it a lot.
 
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