It used to be that a wetsuit was a wetsuit, and if you were a girl diving with a bunch of guys, well, you were wearing a wetsuit that was designed for a man. It might seem silly, but a woman wearing a wetsuit cut for a man is obviously going to encounter some sizing issues that not only affect the appearance, but the effectiveness of the wetsuit as well. Big gaps and areas of dead space are not what you want in an exposure protection suit, especially in colder temperatures. Fortunately, gear manufacturers are spending more design time creating wetsuits that will better fit a woman’s structure and actually have a little feminine flair. Here are our favorite picks from LeisurePro’s huge selection of women’s wetsuits.
Oceanic is a well-known name in the SCUBA industry, and it has earned the respect of its fans by focusing on innovation and creating a better product for the last 40 years. With innovation comes improved tailoring in women’s gear, and Oceanic has produced a lightweight, efficient model in the Pioneer. This sleek, stylish wetsuit is lined with Oceanic’s Lavaskin, a material that retains water and enhances thermal protection using its revolutionary non-compressible Cross Rib Knit. The wrist, ankle, and neck seals are all skin-in to prevent water transference during the dive, and another skin along the back zipper protects that entry point from taking in water while providing padding for the spine. Pre-bent elbows and knees ensure comfort during extended wear, and reinforced shoulders keep your BCD straps from slipping. BONUS! Every Oceanic Pioneer women’s wetsuit purchase includes a free Oceanic Pioneer Mask, a $100 value! Available in 3/2mm, 5mm, and 7mm models.
Camaro had a woman’s features in mind when they created the Omega 5/4/3mm wetsuit, a combination of thicknesses for comfort and warmth in areas that are specific to women. The torso, where you’ll want your body heat to stay the most, is 5mm, 4mm on the shoulders, and the lower arms and legs are 3mm, giving you just the right amount of exposure protection in each area. This super stretchy jumpsuit also features Flow-Cut side panels for a wide range of mobility, and the rear zip utilizes Camaro’s patented G-Lock system that’s guaranteed to lock out 97 percent of water to keep you warm. The lining is also Camaro’s own superelastic terry stretch material, which is not only soft but quick-drying, making putting a wetsuit back on after a surface interval less of an exercise in torture. A pad along the back zipper protects your spine, and both wrist and ankle cuffs are zippered for easy donning and doffing. This is a suit that performs just as good as it looks.
Waterproof is another great brand of wetsuits that have continuously been putting out quality gear, and the fact that this model is now 2 models behind their latest doesn’t make it any less of an outstanding wetsuit. There are so many features of this wetsuit that address common issues of women divers that it’s incredible they kept improving on it! First of all, the front zipper just makes everything easier, right from the start. Then you consider the glide skin seals at the wrists and ankles, as well as the neck dam that work beautifully at keeping warm water in and cold water out. The elbows and knees are pre-formed for comfort, and vulcanized rubber adorns the knees for superior abrasion protection, and a grippy material covers the seat to keep you firmly planted on the often wet benches of the dive boat. A really cool feature is the integrated strap anchor on the sleeve to keep your dive computer in place on your arm. And finally, the interior of the W1 is lined with Waterproof‘s revolutionary Hex-Tex Core Insulation Protection, a soft honeycomb fabric that keeps heat close to the body. An 11mm spine pad boosts that warmth in addition to providing ample protection for your back. At 5mm, this is one sharp-looking wetsuit that will be versatile for years to come.
Ladies, does your wetsuit fit you in all the right places?