Wetsuits use your own bodyheat to keep you warm, the air trapped in the neoprene acts as an insulator for your body heat. It is a common myth that you need to be wet for the wetsuit to function correctly however, when water gets in the suit your body heat warms the water to protect against heat loss. Its essential to get a good fit with a wetsuit. The better the fit the warmer and more comfortable the wearer will be. Wetsuits are generally heavier than drysuits but modern advancement in materials means they are lighter and more flexible than ever.
Winter Suits - The neoprene is generally 5mm thick with some thinner panels for increased flexibility. They are all blindstitched which is a form of stitching that doesn't penetrate the neoprene so no water can leak through the seams. They all have full length legs and arms, and all have back entry zips.
Summer Suits - The neoprene is generally 3mm thick with some thinner panels for increased flexibility. Most summersuits have flatlock stitching which is a form of stitching which lets some water through the joints of the suit but is comfortable against the skin, some are blindstitched so you can stay in the water longer, and they can be used well into the spring and autumn. Summer suits can have long legs and arms which is known as a summer steamer, they can have detachable arms which is known as convertible or combi or they can have short arms and legs which is known as a shortie.