Shorty wetsuit, or springsuit as some people call it, is a wetsuit that covers the torso and has short legs and sleeves. The basic function of a shorty wetsuit, or any wetsuit for that matter, is to provide warmth and buoyancy. It will also protect you from sea hazards like jellyfish stings, sharp corals, sunburn, and more. The thickness of shorty wetsuits is usually between 1 and 3mm, most of them are 2mm thick. The torso area is usually a bit thicker than the sleeves.
Uses Of Shorty Wetsuits
Shorty wetsuits or springsuits are made from neoprene or similar material that provides both insulation and elasticity. They are designed for use in warmer waters and are very suitable for water sports like surfing, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, diving, and more. Scuba divers can also wear short wetsuits, but only in tropical waters or shallower, shorter dives.
Because springsuits are less restrictive and more comfortable to wear than full body wetsuits, they are ideal for water recreational activities. They are flexible and offer more natural freedom of movement.
What to look for when buying
When buying a shorty wetsuit you should always go for quality. Cheaper products are generally made of lower quality neoprene and won’t last very long. In general, the higher the price, the better the quality.
Choose the thickness of the springsuit based on the temperature of the water it will be used in. The colder the water, the thicker you want your wetsuit. Another important factor is fit. If it's too loose, you will be cold, if it's too tight, it will constrict your movement or even breathing. You want a snug fit.