What to consider when buying a women shorty wetsuit. A short arm and leg wetsuit is called a shorty. Mostly in the thickness of 2-3mm.
What is a women shorty wetsuit
A wetsuit is made of neoprene. In technical fields, neoprene is known as chloroprene rubber or polychloroprene. At the molecular level, the material consists mainly of chlorine and hydrogen atoms. Production begins with a chemical reaction between chloroprene and other solutions.
The result of this reaction is flakes. These flakes can be further processed. In order to transform the solid synthetic rubber flakes into elastic rubber, it needs vulcanization. After the vulcanization the molecules can no longer move, the end result is elastic and will always spring back to its original shape.
In order to be able to sell neoprene as a fabric, the right and left side of a neoprene sheet are covered with fabrics, these can also be printed with colors or patterns.
Difference between men and women neoprene wetsuit
In many Scuba Diving Equipment Parts there is no difference between Men and Women however there is a big one in Neoprene Wetsuit cuts. Women feel usually much faster cold than men so it’s a better Idea to buy a thicker wetsuit if you are a frosty.
The cut of a women neoprene wetsuit differs from that of men. Women’s wetsuits are cut tighter at the shoulders and narrower at the waist and fuller at the hips. The chest area is also further shaped in the style of women neoprene wetsuit.
Color and Style
For many women, the color and style of a women shorty wetsuit does also play a major role.
Sensation of cold
“It’s not a myth that women feel the cold faster than men. And this even though the heat transport works basically the same for men and women, namely via the blood. If the outside temperature drops, the blood vessels in the arms and legs constrict in order to better supply the core of the body with its vital organs with blood and thereby protect it. However, the temperature range at which this phenomenon takes effect is different: in women it is already from around 15 degrees Celsius, in men at lower temperatures.
The higher muscle percentage in men is also essential for the different perception of cold by men and women, because muscles produce heat that is distributed throughout the body. In men, it makes up about 40 percent of the body, in women, however, only about 25 percent. Men therefore carry around a small stove, so to speak, that warms them internally.
The different skin thicknesses in men and women also make women shiver more quickly, because thick skin prevents additional heat radiation in men. Women are literally thinner and give off more heat.
Check out the top 10 wetsuits for men. You don’t want to miss any of my diving equipment guides? Then subscribe to our free newsletter!
Insulation ability of neoprene wetsuit
First of all, we have to know that water dissipates body heat 25 times faster than air, so you cannot survive forever even in water at 25° C and the colder the water, the faster you lose your body heat.
|Water temperature||Time to exhaustion|
|Theoretically possible survival time|
|0,3 °C||< 15 min||up to 45 min|
|4,5 °C||30 min||up to 90 min|
|10 °C||1 h||3 h|
|15 °C||2 h||6 h|
|21 °C||7 h||40 h|
|26 °C||12 h||> 40 h|
Neoprene has excellent insulation properties that is due to the fact that a lot of air is trapped in the neoprene, which, as we know, has very good insulation.
Thickness of a women shorty wetsuit
The thicker the neoprene fabric, the better the insulation from the cold water.
Mostly for very cold water with 12° C and colder or for ice diving and long dives in such cold water, you’d use a dry suit.
Women Neoprene wetsuits from approx. 7mm thickness can be used for cold water diving (12° C and colder), but dry suits are recommended. This also includes neoprene gloves, hoods and shoes (booties).
Long women neoprene wetsuits in 3-5mm thickness are usually used for waters with a water temperature of more than 18° C.
Women shorty wetsuits with short arms and half-length legs, are mostly between 2-3mm thick and they are used for water temperatures from 25° C upwards.
Buoyancy and thickness of women neoprene wetsuits
The neoprene thickness of the suit affects the buoyancy control, as thicker material creates more static buoyancy. This buoyancy has to be compensated with lead weights. To make matters worse, the neoprene itself is compressed by the water pressure increasing with depth, so that the buoyancy decreases with increasing ambient pressure – i.e. increasing water depth. Since the weight of the lead remains constant, the downforce increases with increasing depth, which has to be compensated for by a buoyancy compensator (BCD).
How does a Women shorty wetsuit work?
Many believe that you don’t get wet in a neoprene wetsuit. This is only true in a dry suit.
In all other diving suits you do get wet. The water that has entered the wetsuit remains in the suit for a while because the ends of a neoprene wetsuit are provided with cuffs and the thin layer of water is thus heated up by the body heat.
That is why it is so important to have a neoprene wetsuit that is skin-tight because the less water penetrates, the less the body has to heat the water entered up and the longer you stay warm. Depending on the suit and your movements, this water layer is exchanged faster or slower (water circulation).
Types of Women shorty wetsuit
Women shorty wetsuit
Is the simplest version of the women neoprene wetsuit. As the word shorty suggests, they have short arms and legs and are only effective in protecting the core temperature of the body.
This can be worn in tropical areas with water temperatures of 25° C and more. Mostly in the common thicknesses of 1.5-3mm available and also obviously the cheapest version of all of them.
Women Neoprene Wetsuit
Is a Neoprene wetsuit with long arms and legs where cuffs are sewn on so that the water stays in the suit longer and is not exchanged as quickly. Usually comes in thicknesses between 3-7mm
Semi-Dry women Neopren Wetsuit
These suits don’t just get you “half-wet”. These neoprene wetsuits have smooth neoprene sealing lips on the arms, legs and neck. With the higher quality semi-dry neoprene wetsuits, the zipper is also underlaid with a cuff or sealing lip. Which causes the water to run into the suit but stays in the wetsuite much longer Water Circulation is relatively slow depending on e.g. Movement while scuba diving or getting in and out of the water. This makes the suit very comfortable for colder waters for long or several dives per day. Most semi-dry wetsuits come in thicknesses between 5-7mm.
There are several types of drysuits and the topic is very large as buoyancy control is not only done with the BCD but also has to be done with the suit itself. I’m not going to go into this type of suit too much, though.
Even if you have successfully completed a diving course and buy a dry suit, you should try it out in the swimming pool or in shallow water or even better take a course. Most international diving organizations offer dry suit diving courses. Because there are certain things with this suit that you have to pay attention to and practice in order not to get yourself in danger underwater!
Some will still remember: When James Bond in “Goldfinger” takes off his wetsuit (dry suit) and wears a tuxedo underneath, that is completely dry and yes it would work.
Dry suits are designed for diving in very cold water, for commercial underwater work, and for sewage diving.
The dry suit, is a one-piece suit made of water- and gas-tight material. Today these are made from trilaminate membranes of synthetic plastics or neoprene.
The advantage of the dry suit is that the diver hardly ever comes into contact with water and, when properly filled with an insulating gas, like air it is better protected from the cold than in any other diving suits. The dry suit is usually sealed with a cuff at the neck and wrist and the boots are permantly attached. It has a water and gas-tight zipper on the back or chest for getting in and out. In addition, textile protective clothing against the cold is worn under the suit.
The main zipper on a women neoprene wetsuit can be on the back as well as on the front, vertical, horizontal or diagonal. For the shorties and neoprene wetsuits, these are normal coarse zippers mostly made of plastic because they don’t rust. In the case of a dry suit, this must be zipper which is gas and waterproof so that no water penetrates. The semi-dry women neoprene wetsuits have both wet and dry zipper versions.
All zippers on the Women shorty wetsuit are underlaid with a smooth neoprene sealing lip as this is more comfortable and the pure zipper does not cause irritation of the skin.
Thicker long wet and semi dry neoprene wetsuits with zippers on the arms and legs make it easier to get into the suit.
If the neoprene wetsuit has no zippers and it is very difficult for you to put the suit on, you can put a plastic bag over your hand and foot before getting into the suit. The neoprene slides much better then. The alternative is to mix a little dish washing liquid and water and spray it on the arm or leg.
Protection against injury and nettles
Women shorty wetsuits are not only worn to protect against cooling down of the body temperature, but also to protect against injuries such as jellyfish and their nettles.
Or if you accidentally roam along a rock face. Shipwrecks are also a good example with their sharp edges.
One piece or two piece
A one-piece is a neoprene diving suit that consists of one part. Here different thicknesses of neoprene can be sewn together so that the one-piece is, for example, a 3mm thick wetsuit on the arms and legs and a 5mm thick neoprene wetsuit on the core of the body.
A two-piece is two separate pieces of clothing, a high-cut or bib shorts (called “Long John”) and a long-sleeved jacket, usually with an attached hood, so you have a thick double suit at the core of your body.
Some two-piece neoprene wetsuits only consist of pants and a vest, but they are also much less warm.
Ice vest for long wetsuits
One-piece suits sometimes come with a separate ice vest to be able to dive with this suit in very cold waters.
This ice vest is worn over the normal suit.
But you can also buy them individually.
Care and cleaning
After a dive in salt water, fresh water or swimming pool, you should always rinse the neoprene suits with fresh water and then dry them. However, getting these dry inside can take time. Turning it onto the left and right works wonders.
The zips of the neoprene suits should be creamed with candle wax every now and then, as this extends the service life and makes it easier to close and open.
Theoretically, Women shorty wetsuit can also be cleaned in a washing machine, but you must ensure that you select a gentle program, such as a wool program. The temperature should not be higher than 30°C. Neoprene should never be spun or dried in a tumble dryer.
List of my best top Women shorty wetsuit 2021
Hyperflex Women shorty wetsuit Cyclone2 2.5mm
- 100% 4-Way Stretch Quantum Foam construction
- Flat lock construction
- Ultra soft and comfortable low profile adjustable collar
- Chillbreaker mesh skin chest/back
- Water resistant #10 YKK zipper with corrosion resistant metal slider
Bare Womens 2mm Elate Shorty
- 100% Stretch
- Back Zip
- Suitable for 72 Degrees & Up
ScubaPro Women’s Hybrid 2mm Front Zip Sleeveless Shorty
- Can be worn as a fashion twin set when combined with a Hybrid long or short sleeve rash guard.
- Black and White color with Pink printed accents make them trendy, fashionable and completely unique in diving.
- Available in 4 sizes.
Henderson Women shorty wetsuit 3mm
- Super soft, 250% stretch neoprene provides a “melt in your hand” feel.
- Double glued and double sewn seams (interior & exterior) provide longevity, durability and performance in the most demanding conditions.
- Every Thermoprene Pro wetsuit style is designed, patterned, cut, sewn, fitted and tested in the USA, prior to any production manufacturing.
- Velcro-resistant outer fabric.
- Full length front-opening YKK zipper with colored teeth and Stainless zipper slider.
Cressi Women shorty wetsuit 2mm
- Short wetsuit for ladies made in quality Neoprene material that keeps warm, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, diving, and other water activities. Made in double-lined Neoprene thick 2 mm for durability and warmth. Excellent Core-Warming capability.
- Quality YKK zipper for durability. The front zip entry makes the donning and doffing of the suit easy. Due to the anatomic cuts, it is always a comfortable fit.
- The wetsuit should fit adherent, like a second skin, to allow a small amount of water to keep you warm in the water.
- Refer to the size chart to get approximately the most suitable size for you. If the purchased size does not dress properly, it is possible to change it. The wetsuit becomes softer when wet.
Aqua Lung Women Shorty Wetsuit 3mm HydroFlex
- Provides Ultimate in Comfort and Quality
- Heavy duty #10 back zipper
- Flat lock stitched seams for comfort
- Skin Out Chest for Wind Resistance
- 3mm Thickness, Super Stretch Neoprene
SEAC Women Shorty Wetsuit Sense 2.5mm
- Should fit snug, but not too tight
- One-piece 2, 5mm Shorty wetsuit for women designed for warm water diving, snorkeling, swimming, water skiing, and more
- Super-stretchy, new-generation Extra flex Neoprene; pre-formed anatomical cut closely adheres to your body shape
- Standard zippers with metal slider on the back for easy entrance and exit
- Sport type: Diving – Snorkeling – Water sports
- This Seaskin Women Shorty Wetsuit 3mm is specially designed for water sports and aqua aerobics
- UV protection
- Heavy duty YKK front zipper
- Flat-Lock Stitched Seams with excellent durability and fantastic comfort
- For canoeing, sea kayaking, snorkeling, diving and other water activities
- Highly elastic and durable
Hevto Women Shorty Wetsuit 3mm
- Environment-Friendly & High-Quality Material: Neoprene SBR + Nylon Fabrics(Two Layers: Surface/Lining).
- Back zipper closure. 3/2MM thickness, short sleeves, short legs
- Flat lock stitching contribute to increasing the warmth performance of the wetsuit.
- Flexible fabrics give you a free and comfortable feeling. Stretch arms and legs without constraint.
- The women wetsuit has an especially lengthen nylon belt to ensure you are easy to put on and take off the wetsuit even though the zipper is on the back
- If you don’t like too rich colors, Hevto X-Women Shorty Wetsuit will very work for you.
Micosuza Women’s Shorty
- Made of 2mm thick highly stretch neoprene;
- Comfortable Flatstitch Construction gives you a soft and comfortable fit
- Excellent stretch, form-fitting design reduces drag in water provides you a free movement without restriction
- Premium lightweight neoprene with more air cells increases warmth and decrease weight
- Great for any watersports provides UPF50+ UV
Additional Women shorty wetsuit Equipment
5mm Hood Neopren
- NO AIR IN THE HOOD: Thanks to the air release system, the Seac Tekno hood allows air to escape into the open air, thus avoiding annoying air bubbles in the hood.
- PERFECT FIT: The collar made of smooth neoprene lies close to the neck cuff of the diving suit and thus minimizes the ingress of water.
- 5mm THERMO-NEOPRENE: The Seac Tekno hood is made from 5mm ultra-flexible neoprene, which prevents the head from cooling down.
- EASY TO PUT ON: The Ultraflex neoprene of the Seac Tekno hood is extremely elastic and therefore very light and easy to put on with optimum wearing comfort.
- ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES: The Seac Tekno diving hood fits perfectly with all diving suits, for women and men, and is available in 5 sizes.
Rash Vest or Rashguard Long Sleeve can be worn under the neoprene wetsuit for additional protection against the cold.
- Other Fibers
- Skin Cancer Foundation Recommended Product; UPF 50+ Ultraviolet Protection
- Perfect For Surfing, Swimming, Paddle Sports, Boating, And Beach Days
- Comfortable Yet Durable 6oz Polyester/Spandex Construction
- Minimal Seam Placement For Maximum Rash Protection
- Performance Fit: Form-Fitting Tight Layer Fits Like A Second Skin
- Many colors available
Cressi High Stretch Neopren Gloves
Gloves are only against the cold and not for touching anything underwater!
- Highly comfortable flatlock stitched gloves
- Five fingered gloves made from single lined high-stretch neoprene
- Suitable for many applications- surfing/bodyboarding to snorkelling and diving Ideal sports accessory for protecting your hands
This has been my equipment guide and the list of the Women shorty wetsuit 2021! I hope you enjoyed it and if so, please share it or leave us a comment.
If you don’t want to miss any of my next equipment guides, sign up for the newsletter here.
You might also be interested in
Interested to join us as a Marine Life Conservation Volunteer?
Check it out here
Another way to help us is with your donation or buy one of our merchandise items. All income from the Items sold goes to our Marine Life Conservation Projects.
Are you interested in Scuba Diving? Come Join us at Poseidon Dive Center and do a Dive Course or Join us for a FunDive as a certified Diver.