Is there an explanation of what makes a wetsuit a canyoning wetsuit?
There are different types of wetsuits, all of which are used in different situations and different activities/sports. The most commonly used types of wetsuits:
- Shorty: covers the torso and has short sleeves and short legs.
- Shortarm: A shortarm has short sleeves and long legs.
- Full suit or steamer: covers the torso and the entire length of the arms and legs
Thickness of the wetsuit:
The thickness of the wetsuit determines to a large extent how warm the wetsuit keeps the body. The thickness of the wetsuit is indicated by two numbers, separated by a /. The number before the / indicates the thickness in millimeters of the part that covers the torso. This number is generally lower than the second number, which indicates the thickness in millimeters that cover the limbs. The first number is often thicker, because it largely determines the base temperature of the body. The area around the limbs is often thinner, because more flexibility and freedom of movement is required.
Example: The number 3/2 indicates that the part covering the torso is 3 millimeters thick, while the parts covering the limbs are 2 millimeters thick.
We have included an extensive(er) description in the Canyonzone Knowledge Base, see: How to choose a good canyoning wetsuit / canyoning suit?
Don't forget accessories:
Hood: a “hood” (headgear) serves to keep your head warm in (very) cold water. Your body cools down faster when you don't cover your head, so wearing a hoodie in cold water is definitely recommended.
Boots and Socks: Choosing the best canyoning shoes is not an exact science, but given the environmental variables we encounter while canyoning, there are a few things to consider. We look at some variables:
-How good the grip and adhesion is
-The durability of the shoe
-How comfortable are the shoes during approaches and descents
Socks: Canyoning socks in neoprene provide insulation for the feet.
Gloves: gloves are, of course, to keep your fingers and hands warm during cold conditions.
Neoprene shirt. You have them with both short and long sleeves. Neoprene shirts are generally worn when the water is too cold for just a wetsuit. Sometimes also single and mainly serves to protect the skin on the chest and against burns.
Overview Canyoning knowledge base: Go back.