Under layers for cold water wetsuit?

Discussion in 'Northeast' started by Caroline Campbell, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. Caroline Campbell

    Caroline Campbell Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2014
    or wetsuite**

    I picked up a 5/4 & some 5 mil booties today, the owner let me borrow these socks to wear under the boots which I've never seen but they worked like a charm when taking them off after. He also mentioned they have them same thing but for under your suit that he suggested to me.

    They didn't sell any at the shop so I was wondering if anyone uses any kind of under layers for their thicker wetsuits?
  2. Hawky

    Hawky Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2014
    Long sleeve rashguards. I have a 0.5 mm so it does give a little extra warmth.

    thin socks are good for booties (bodyboarders wear thick 5mm ones with no boots)

    idk about legs? you wouldnt really need anything on your lower body (besides feet), or head for that matter.

  3. Gnarbutter

    Gnarbutter Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2014
    Oh, Caroline, I'm sick of wetsuiites aren't you? Soon enough we'll be shedding some layers of that thick rubber anyways.

    But, I do agree with hawkheart. I normally wear a long sleeve rash guard under mine as well.

    The bikinis can't come soon enough, in my humble opinion.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2015
  4. Agabinet

    Agabinet Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    I have one of those insulating inner suites that is like the lava core socks. Tried it once. Just too much material, made it that much harder to paddle. If you have the cash, buy a Quiksilver Cypher heated vest or Thermalution heated shirt. My $.02
  5. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    A full Lycra suit. You can find them in "Diving Stores". They do help to wick the water away from your skin but they need to be tight not loose. They will and a little extra weight, but I agree- let's put these things away already and try it next year.
  6. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    some of us wear stuff under our suit; some of us don't. don't know which is warmer
    but i think a pair of thin socks helps with bootie/foot warmth.
  7. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I've been surfing all this winter (water temps in the mid-upper 30s) in an xcel 4/3 with lightweight merino wool underwear amd socks. makes the xcel 4/3 as warm as the xcel 5/4s that I've in the past but seems a lot lighter/drier/more flexible.
  8. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    Good ole pair of tube socks and .5mm long sleeve. I will have to try the wool underwear!!!
  9. Caroline Campbell

    Caroline Campbell Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2014
    Yes! This is what he mentioned, I couldn't remember the name of the material but I knew he said they were used more for diving. Thank you!

    I agree with you all, I'm ready to ditch the suites!
  10. mookieo2

    mookieo2 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2013
    I wear a long sleeve rash guard and under armor shorts under mine. I have a Hyper flex 6/5/4 and although warm as hell the fleece lining makes it almost impossible to get off without wearing them. Not something you want to get stuck in when your trying to change in a parking lot in 15 degree temps.
  11. Hawky

    Hawky Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2014
    Oh yeah! completely forgot about them despite seeing them around. Never thought about wearing them under your suit tho, good thinking.
  12. JawnDoeski

    JawnDoeski Well-Known Member

    Aug 11, 2014
    As Mitchell already stated wool..merino wool..
    I know a dude who rocks a 3/2 in jerz through the winter..he uses merino wool..
    I wouldn't go that route but hey it works..
  13. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    i recently punched myself in the cheek when pulling on the forearm part of the suite.
  14. OldSoul

    OldSoul Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    I wear some under armor pants- and I cant really say if it adds any warmth but I only wear it to make getting the suit off easier. Don't have to wear a towel while i pull the suit down either, no fighting to keep the towel up in the cold with your wetsuite around your ankles getting all nasty on the ground.

    The socks I haven't tried but I'm using Patagonia R4 booties with the merino wool and they come off easy and are very warm.
  15. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    ...hook up a changing mat. I keep a lightweight door mat to stand on when changing...helps with keeping the suit from getting all gnarled up while changing.
  16. OldSoul

    OldSoul Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Not bad- I actually use a large trash bag. Ill go down to my waist in the suit- then I pull off one bootie at a time and step into the bag with out my feet hitting the sand/parking lot. Then I pull off the rest of the suit and its ready to go into the truck lol. I use the same bag until it starts to rip, then it gets used for garbage.
  17. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    Good one...I used to stand inside a rubbermade box but it took up to much room.
  18. Sleazeside's Finest

    Sleazeside's Finest Active Member

    Apr 5, 2012
    Mookie - Rash guard helps get the hyperflex off that well? My 6/5/4 voodoo has the fleece lining which is amazingly warm but taking it off is beyond a struggle.

    Does the rash guard add much warmth?? The suit (suite) is so toasty as it is I couldnt imagine being any warmer

    this isn't mookie from wavejammer is it?
  19. SkegLegs

    SkegLegs Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2009
    I duct tape a chain of the breakable hand warmers and wear them like a bandoleer.
  20. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    i actually tried that.
    results predictable.