Five Essential Wetsuit Accessories
You already know the many benefits of having a wetsuit but to get the most out of your purchase, you'll need to accessorize! There are lots of smaller accessories you can add to your wetsuit to ensure you get the most out of it. We've highlighted the five most essential below.
We've talked about the joys of neoprene before and those same benefits hold true when it comes to gloves. Neoprene gloves are designed to match your wetsuit and keep your hands warm, using the same principles as the neoprene in the wetsuit itself. But not only that, you can also get gloves with webbed fingers to turn your hands into paddles! You will tear up the ocean with those!
Yes, the name can be a little funny sounding, but actual Neoprene booties are anything but silly! Like neoprene in the wetsuit itself, the booties will keep your feet warm in even the most frigid of waters, but they can do so much more. They can act like mini-flipped to keep you swimming fast, and they can keep your feet safe from sharp rocks or anything else you might find under the water.
If you are going for a cold water swim, booties are a must!
Caps and Hoods
Like the gloves and booties, wetsuit caps and hoods are essential for cold water swims! If your wetsuit doesn't have one, but you find your head getting cold in the water too quickly, these can really help. They come in a variety of colors and sizes to suit your needs and match your wetsuit.
It sounds kind of gross, but in actuality, neoprene cement is an essential part of wetsuit care, especially if you are looking to keep your wetsuit long term. Able to repair minor tears and small holes, this cement will keep your wetsuit swimming ready for a long time to come! It's easy to use and will last, giving you a little extra breathing room if your suit gets snagged or goes through a lot of use.
Not so much an accessory but a necessity, a wetsuit hanger is the only way to hang a wetsuit! Using a traditional hanger can stretch the material and weaken it over time, while a hanger will keep your wetsuit in top shape for as long as possible. Ideally, you will store your wetsuit flat in a dark, well ventilated surface, but if you need to hang it, you can't go wrong with this hanger.
Get Out There!
Now that you know what accessories you need to really take your wetsuit experience to the next level, you are ready to handle anything that comes your way! Have fun!