All you need to know about Neoprene and Care Instructions

Surfing is an adrenaline - packed sport that requires the right gear to perform comfortably and safely. Wetsuits are instrumental in surfing as they keep the body warm, protect it from abrasion and UV rays and provide buoyancy. This is why choosing a wetsuit is critical and more so for women, who have unique body types. 

Depending on how well you take care of it and how often you surf, wetsuits should last you longer than a season; a good suit should last you a few years.

Wetsuits varies in thickness from 2 to 6 mm, and some are flat-locked stitched while others are bonded and blind sewn.
Womens surf wetsuits are made with neoprene, which is a synthetic rubber polymer that is insulating and flexible. Neoprene has tiny bubbles or air pockets that trap a layer of water between the skin and the suit, which then warms up and keeps the body insulated from the cold.
Neoprene is cut into two panels that are then glued, taped, stitched or welded together.
Neoprene comes in a variety of forms with varying stretch and durability characteristics. 

A wetsuit should fit snugly, like a second skin but not so tight that your range of motion is limited. The sleeves should sit at the wrist bone and the legs just above the ankle bone. The fit should have no rolls of neoprene that will leave your suit to stretch and fall loosely. 

To break in your wetsuit, you can do stretches or a warm up. Give this a few time before your wetsuit moulds to your figure. Your wetsuit should feel fitted and tight but not tight enough to stop your circulation or range of movement. You will find your wetsuit will loosen up as time goes bye.

Ms Lex wetsuits has internal taping for when the glue on the seams starts to deteriorate and leak. Once this happens the internal tape acts as a backup seal, thus keeping the suit from leaking, and keeping you warmer.

How to look after your garment

Rinse in fresh water

Hang out to dry, out of direct sunlight

Do not use Neoprene in chlorinated water

Do not dry clean or tumble dry

Wash gently and squeeze out the dirt water

Can be soaked in a bucket for 30 minutes with solution. Avoid using any harsh chemicals that may cause the material to degrade.

A few things you can use to clean your neoprene wetsuits effectively. Firstly, you can use mild soap. such as baby shampoo or dishwashing soap, to remove the dirt and sweat from the wetsuit. These are gentle on the neoprene material and do not leave any residue. Avoid using bleach, fabric softeners, or harsh detergents as they can damage the wetsuit material.


March 09, 2023 — Melanie Socratous