SKINFOX - wetsuits: quality clothing for water sports
If you have dedicated yourself to water sports, the right equipment should not be missing. Skinfox neoprene clothing is suitable for all water sports. Whether you are out as a stand-up paddler, as a surfer, wakeboarder, kite surfer or with a kayak - with the right protective clothing you can tackle your sport even in cooler temperatures. An early start to the season is possible with a full body wetsuit. Shortys are intended for summer and long stays on the beach. They offer you a comfortable warmth and do not hinder your movements. Skinfox neoprene wear is characterized by high quality workmanship and flexible material properties.
Neoprene clothing - material properties: this is how protection works!
Neoprene is also called chloroprene rubber. It is made by polymerizing chloroprene (2-chloro-1,3-butadiene). The polymer was synthesized for the first time in 1930. It has been on the market since 1938 under the name neoprene. Wetsuits have been around since 1950. Neoprene is a pressure-resistant foam. The foaming creates many small gas bubbles that are evenly distributed in the material. This gives the clothing its insulating properties. The thicker the material, the better the suits protect against the cold.
The properties of neoprene include elasticity, opacity and flexibility. Often, neoprene is processed or coated with nylon or polyester, which improves the properties. In addition, neoprene is extremely robust and has a cushioning effect, so it also protects against minor wounds in the event of an impact or impact. Neoprene can withstand changes in the weather and weather conditions perfectly without becoming porous.
Wetsuits are available in different thicknesses and densities. While suits up to 2 mm thick are suitable for temperatures from 20 degrees Celsius, for temperatures below 20 degrees you need somewhat thicker versions with better insulating properties. In general, the suits in the torso area should be a little thicker in the material or contain additional protective mechanisms to protect the sensitive areas of the body from getting too cold.
Shortys - wetsuits that are designed for warmer climates anyway - are generally a bit thinner so that no heat build-up occurs at high temperatures. Shortys offer you more flexibility and freedom of movement. When surfing, swimming or diving in colder waters, however, you shouldn't do without a full-body suit with a thicker fabric. But it is not just the strength of the material that matters, the processing also plays a decisive role.
The wetsuit: criteria for purchase
A wetsuit should fit like a second skin. The material must fit snugly against the body to ensure the necessary insulating properties. If the collar or sleeves are too wide, water penetrates and gets between the suit and the surface of the body. Despite the tight fit, the suit must not hinder your freedom of movement. You must be able to move your shoulders, arms and legs freely without creating tension in your clothing.
In addition to the right size, the fit is also important. When buying neoprene wear, make sure that the reinforcements on your elbows, knees or torso are in the right places when you try the suit on for the first time. Use the manufacturer's size chart to find the right suit for you. Reviews from other buyers are also useful sources of information as they tell you how the suits are going.
To make it easier for you to put on and take off a neoprene suit, zips on the chest, back, legs or on the side are helpful. However, if you want to make sure that no water can penetrate, you should use a suit without a zipper or choose a variant that has very well-sealed closures.
Neoprene suit and water temperature
Which suit you need depends on what you want to use it for and where. If you mainly travel to the North Sea, you should choose models that have been designed for colder waters. They are thicker and denser in material, have long arms and legs and often a hood. Through additional processing steps and special seam technologies, they also have a windproof effect.
If you spend a long time in the water, you will need neoprene protection even in warmer waters. Even with water temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius, the body cools down over time. Neoprene shortys, leggings, shorts, tops or vests offer you thermal protection plus flexibility.
In waters above 20 degrees and tropical ambient temperatures, neoprene is not absolutely necessary. However, neoprene clothing also offers good sun and UV protection. For warm regions, short two-piece suits or thinner shorties in combination with a waterproof sunscreen are an option.
If you are not yet sure how to find the right thickness for your neoprene clothing, pay attention to the millimeter information in the description. Often you will find one specification for the trunk area and one for the extremities. The numbers are separated by a slash. The specification 2.5 / 2.5 means that your suit has a material thickness of 2.5 mm on the torso and 2.5 mm on the legs and arms. At water temperatures below 9 degrees, thicknesses of 5/3 or even 6/4 are appropriate, at over 10 degrees you can handle 4/3 or 3/2, in the range around 20 degrees are full suits or shorties with up to 2 mm sufficient.
Seams and processing
The seams on wetsuits also contribute to waterproofness and wind protection. When buying your wetsuit, make sure that there are no seams in areas that require a high degree of flexibility and that are most stressed during movement. In the other places, double processing of the seams offers the best protection. The neoprene parts can, for example, be glued and then reinforced with a single seam or a double seam. Additional taping of the seams also increases the waterproofness.
Skinfox neoprene clothing - full suits, shortys and kids wear
The Skinfox suits made of neoprene impress with their high quality and excellent workmanship. They give you the freedom of movement you need for your sport and keep you optimally warm even in cooler ambient and water temperatures. Surf and swimsuits are available for men and children and can be selected in various colors. The new full flex neoprene offers extremely high elasticity in all four directions. Beach and board shoes, hats or vests made of neoprene complete the water sports equipment.
Wetsuits - full suits for optimal thermal protection
Leader full suit
The Leader Full Suit for men is intended as a surf suit for the warmer waters, but can also be used for stand-up paddling, kitesurfing or wakeboarding as well as for any other type of locomotion on the water. It is made of 2.5 mm thick neoprene. Thanks to the double processing of the seams, it also reliably keeps out wind. There are protective knee reinforcements in the knee area and the collar and sleeves are made of the pleasantly soft Glide-Skin material - for optimal wearing comfort. The chest and back area contain the unique carbon design. The suit is available in black and blue and is produced in sizes 46 to 58 (S-XXXL). Zippers are located on the calves of this suit, so that it is easier to get in and out of the suit.
The Scout is a neoprene swimsuit for children up to 16 years of age. The neoprene thickness is the same on the torso, arms and legs and is 2.5 mm. Additional insulation has been incorporated in the back area to protect the sensitive kidney region from heat loss. The neoprene swimsuit impresses with the same high-quality workmanship as the suit for adults. The flat seams offer a comfortable fit. Like all Skinfox suits, the Scout also has optimal UV protection. The robust suit is designed in black and blue and is available in the usual children's sizes.
The neoprene shorty: the perfect combination of thermal protection and freedom of movement
Leader and Leader II
The design of the Neoprene Shorty Leader for men is based on the Leader Full Suit. The typical carbon look can also be found here. In addition, the Leader Shorty offers you all the advantages and processing features of a full body suit. Due to its short shape, it provides a little more freedom of movement, but is therefore only suitable for the medium temperature range. For easy entry and exit, the shorty has an underlaid zipper on the back, which is provided with a strap for easy opening and closing. The Shorty Leader is available in black and blue. The sizes here range from 44 to 58 (XS to XXXXL).
With the Leader II, the choice of colors is a bit broader. Here you can choose between trendy white-orange, olive-orange, black-blue or black-green. Like the full suit, this suit is available in sizes 46 to 58 (S to 4XL). The Leader II is characterized by its close-fitting, optimal fit and the even more flexible Mesh Flex neoprene for a sporty performance.
Scout and Scout II
The Shortys Scout and Scout II for children up to 16 years are made of the new full flex neoprene. They are some of the best water sports suits on the market. The material is elastic in all directions and offers excellent freedom of movement for all activities. The Scouts are available in sizes up to 170 cm and in a wide variety of color combinations. The optimal fit can be selected using the size chart.
The youngster is a suit for the very little ones. Children from one year to six years old benefit from this suit. It reliably keeps you warm on the beach and in the water. The suit is made entirely of 2.5 mm thick neoprene with an additional water-repellent inner lining. High-quality workmanship, UV protection and a perfect wearing comfort offer even the youngest an untroubled water sports experience.
Skinfox-Neoprenwear: Further equipment and accessories
In addition to the suits, the Bavarian company supplies additional equipment made of high-quality neoprene. This includes gloves, booties, vests, shorts and hats. So you can put together your neoprene outfit yourself. You can find the right neoprene equipment for you and your family with all models at https://skinfox.com/de/. Due to the limited number of items per year, it makes sense to inquire early to ensure that you receive all items in the desired sizes. An excellent price-performance ratio is the hallmark of Skinfox neoprene wear.