How To Buy Wet Suits For Kids
Leaning how to buy wet suits for kids isn't difficult. But before you start your search you will want to do your homework to make sure you get the best fit for the best value. Asking yourself a few simple questions will make the process easier.
- Who will wear it? Fit is very important when buying a wet suit for a kid. You want a wet suit that is snug, but not tight. This allows the suit to give the protection it was designed for without constricting movement, which can tire a kid out. There are even wet suits specifically designed for infants.
- Where will it be used? The temperature of the water your kid will be swimming in will determine both the thickness and style of the wet suit you buy. Thicknesses range from 2 mm for water temperatures above 85 degrees, to 6.5 mm for water temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees. Water temperature may also determine your style choice. A full wet suit is usually the best choice for cold water while a "shorty" (with short legs and sleeves), or a "farmer John" (without sleeves) may serve be better in warmer water. Some high-end wet suits even offer UV and jellyfish protection, so knowing your environment can really aid you in your choice of a kid's wet suit.
- How much will it be used? If your child will outgrow their wet suit or is going to use it very little, buying a used suit may be a good idea. You can even buy them online. This route may not really save you much though, as you can't know for sure that the wet suit will fit until after you've purchased it. For that reason, buying a new wet suit, or a used wet suit from an online shop with a return policy, may be the best idea. If the suit we see heavy wear you will want to make sure it is made from gas blown neoprene. This type is more durable than chemical blown neoprene. No matter how much the wet suit will be used, you will want to make sure the seams are strong.
- How will it be used? A full suit, while wonderful for keeping a child warm, will not allow enough movement for active water sports. So if the kid you are buying the wet suit for is really into swimming and water sports, you may want to invest a bit more for better materials, or consider a "shorty" or "farmer John."
All wet suits are not made alike. It can save you a lot of time and trouble to answer these four questions before hitting the Internet or stores. Choosing the right wet suit can help both you and your child to have fun in the surf and sun.