10 Best Wetsuits for Diving

10 Best Wetsuits for Diving

Wetsuits may all look the same—save for the different styles and colors—but the ones that are specifically made for scuba diving are usually thicker and better at retaining body heat so you can feel comfortable and stay longer underwater. This thermal feature is especially crucial when diving in colder waters or when you dive to depths where the warmth of the sun can no longer penetrate.

Aside from keeping you warm, wetsuits protect you from harmful UV rays, cuts, abrasions, and stings from jellyfish and other marine life forms. So if you’re shopping for your scuba diving gear, consider choosing any of the following high-rated and best-selling diving wetsuits on the market today.

Best Scuba Wetsuits

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It can be overwhelming to choose from so many brands and models of scuba diving wetsuits. To help you out, we’ve narrowed down our list to just 10 of the most outstanding wetsuits from the biggest manufacturers of diving equipment.

Scubapro EverFlex

LeisurePro Price: $443.00

Scubapro EverFlex best wetsuits for diving

Scubapro’s Everflex is designed for divers who want a super warm and comfortable wetsuit that allows a full range of motion, thanks to its stretchable yet sturdy material. Another notable feature of the Everflex is its diagonal back zipper, which runs from the left hip up to the right shoulder, to make it easy for the wearer to put it on and take it off without needing assistance.

This high-end 5/4mm-thick full wetsuit is suitable for both men and women, plus it provides UPF 50 sun protection and significant thermal protection for colder waters.

It comes in black-gray and is available in a variety of sizes (up to 5X-Large).

Key Specifications:

  • Type: Full Wetsuit for Men and Women
  • Thickness: 5/4mm
  • Material: Nylon 2 Neoprene
  • Seams: Glued, Single Blind-Stitched, & Double Blind-Stitched
  • Closure: Diagonal Rear Zipper

NeoSport Neoprene

LeisurePro Price: $82.95

NeoSport Neoprene best wetsuits for diving

The NeoSport Premium wetsuit is comfortable, durable, warm, and most of all, affordably priced—making it perfect for beginners and divers on a budget. It’s just the right blend of warmth and mobility so you can comfortably dive in both warm and cold waters.

We particularly love its adjustable collar, which makes donning the suit a quick and easy feat, and flexible knee pads to ensure extra protection.

Despite its low price, this 3/2mm full wetsuit certainly does the job. It is available in a variety of sizes (from X-Small to 3X-Large) and two colors: aqua/blue and black.

Key Specifications:

  • Type: Full Wetsuit for Men
  • Thickness: 3/2mm
  • Material: Nylon 2 Neoprene Rubber
  • Seams: Flat-Lock Stitched & Spot-Taped
  • Closure: Back Zipper with Pull Tab Leash, Hook, and Loop Collar Fastener

Henderson Thermoprene

LeisurePro Price: $214.95

Henderson Thermoprene best wetsuits for diving

The Henderson Thermoprene is undoubtedly one of the most popular and best-selling wetsuits on the market today. Like most high-quality suits, it is made of Nylon 2 Neoprene to provide up to 75% more stretch than standard neoprene fabrics. At 7mm thickness, this diving suit is sure to keep the body extra warm and comfortable while being durable enough to withstand friction from your other diving gear. It also offers a contoured fit and GBS-glued and blind-stitched seams to help control heat loss and maintain a comfortable body temperature underwater.

If you need an affordable suit that’s thick enough for cold water dives but don’t want to skimp on the quality, the Henderson Thermoprene 7mm full suit is a great choice.

Key Specifications:

  • Type: Full Wetsuit for Men
  • Thickness: 7mm
  • Material: Nylon 2 Neoprene
  • Seams: Glued and Blind-Stitched
  • Closure: #10 YKK Back Zipper with Pull Tab Leash

Mares Flexa

LeisurePro Price: $229.95

Mares Flexa best wetsuits for diving

Specifically tailored for women, the Mares Flexa was created with a lot of attention to detail to suit a woman’s delicate curves. It incorporates high-quality neoprene material of varying thicknesses for different areas of the body, allowing a snug fit (which helps ensure optimum heat retention) while remaining comfortably flexible.

The 5/4/3mm thickness is great for providing warmth in deep and cool waters (especially with its soft, internal thermo plush lining) while being thin enough to keep you comfortable and protected in warmer waters.

Key Specifications:

  • Type: Full Wetsuit for Women
  • Thickness: 5/4/3mm
  • Material: Nylon 2 Neoprene Rubber
  • Seams: Triple Glued and Double Blind-Stitched
  • Closure: Back Zipper Closure with Pull Tab Leash

Bare Velocity

LeisurePro Price: $174.95

Bare Velocity best wetsuits for diving

The Bare Velocity is another scuba diving wetsuit that is ergonomically designed to provide a great fit, which helps avoid bunching or movement restriction while being extremely comfortable to wear. It also rates well in terms of performance, thanks to its durable and quick-drying fabric with varying degrees of full-stretch panels.

This reasonably priced 3mm suit features a heavy-duty back zipper (with a loop at the base) and ankle zippers for easy donning and doffing; a 2mm Glide-Skin collar (with a 360-degree hook and loop closure seal) and rolled ankle and wrist seals to help keep water out; and PROTEK knee protection for better resistance to wear and tear.

It comes in black-red, in case you’re tired of the same all-black suit.

Key Specifications:

  • Type: Full Wetsuit for Men
  • Thickness: 3mm
  • Material: Nylon 2 Neoprene
  • Seams: Flat-Stitched
  • Closure: Back Zipper with Pull Tab Leash

Hollis NeoTek Semi-Dry

LeisurePro Price: $449.95

Hollis NeoTek Semi-Dry best wetsuits for diving

One of the warmest suits on this list, the Hollis NeoTek Semi-Dry is the ideal choice for cold water diving. The suit’s design features compression-resistant 8/7/6mm neoprene fabric, the brand’s signature LavaSkin inner lining, and a hood for maximum warmth. It also features left and right gusseted thigh pockets for storing important accessories (like your dive knife) and a block horizontal front zipper closure for easy access and extra protection against water entry.

The Hollis NeoTek is understandably pricier due to its quality thermal performance, but it’s your best option for staying warm if you’re going to be doing a lot of diving in waters 50 degrees and below.

This diving suit is available in a wide range of sizes, from small to 3X-large.

Key Specifications:

  • Type: Full Semi-Dry Wetsuit for Men
  • Thickness: Nylon 2 Neoprene
  • Material: 8/7/6mm
  • Seams: Quadruple Glued, Blind-Stitched, Liquid Glued
  • Closure: Horizontal Front G-Lock Zipper

Cressi Playa

LeisurePro Price: $54.95

Cressi Playa best wetsuits for diving

The Cressi Playa may be a shorty (with short sleeves and legs), but it’s one of the most popular wetsuits on the market for women. Its cut and thickness of 2.5mm make it a no-brainer choice for tropical dives. It’s also designed to have a snug, anatomical fit, with high-stretch, ultra-span neoprene seals to help make it super comfortable and warm.

With the Playa, you can conveniently lounge on the beach, go snorkeling, and freedive. And in case you ever want to go diving in colder waters, the Playa does great as an additional layer underneath a full-length suit for even more warmth.

Key Specifications:

  • Type: Shorty Wetsuit for Women
  • Thickness: 2.5mm
  • Material: Nylon 2 Neoprene
  • Seams: Glued and Sewn
  • Closure: Front Zip

Fourth Element Proteus

LeisurePro Price: $499.00

Fourth Element Proteus best wetsuits for diving

The Fourth Element Proteus is an all-around, high-quality wetsuit that’s regarded for its durability and versatility. It uses super stretchy neoprene fabric on the arms and legs to provide mobility and features long-lasting Dura Wear patches on the shoulders and hips to help resist abrasion from BCDs and weight belts.

Featuring Glide-Skin wrist seals, a Hydrolock inner neck seal, and watertight (double-glued, blind-stitched, and taped) seams, this suit is excellent at preventing water entry and keeping your body warm. To further enhance its thermal performance, the suit has Thermoflex and Hex-Core linings to keep the entire body—especially the core—nice and warm.

As with nearly any dive suit in its price range, the Proteus ensures durability and exceptional body heat retention to give you more than your money’s worth.

Key Specifications:

  • Type: Full Wetsuit for Men
  • Thickness: 5mm
  • Material: Nylon 2 Neoprene
  • Seams: Double Glued, Blind-Stitched, and Taped
  • Closure: Back Zipper with Pull Tab Leash

O’Neill Explore

LeisurePro Price: $134.95

O'Neill Explore best wetsuits for diving

Coming from a popular brand of wetsuits, the Explore by O’Neill boasts of an engineered fit, maximum flexibility, and superior protection thanks to its 100% Ultra-Flex DS neoprene construction, FLX Lumbar Flex Panel, Plasma Knee Padz, and strategic Flex Zones. It has a heavy duty #10 zipper with pull tab leash to make the suit easy to wear and take off, plus it features a super neck seal and Glide-Skin O-ring cuffs to help reduce flushing.

For added warmth, the Explore suit features an insulating firewall chest panel that keeps your front warm and comfortable throughout your dives. Its 3/2mm thickness is also just enough to offer protection and insulation in temperate waters, making this a truly versatile (and affordable) option from O’Neill.

Key Specifications:

  • Type: Full Wetsuit for Men
  • Thickness: 3/2mm
  • Material: Nylon 2 Neoprene Rubber
  • Seams: Flat-Lock Stitched
  • Closure: Back Zipper with Pull Tab Leash

Aqua Lung AquaFlex

LeisurePro Price: $184.95

Aqua Lung AquaFlex best wetsuits for diving

If you’re a diver, you’ve likely heard of Aqua Lung. In fact, you may even own one of their products! The legendary brand may be known for their breathing equipment, but they also carry high-quality dive wear that’s designed to ensure your warmth and comfort underwater.

One notable scuba suit from their line is the AquaFlex Wetsuit, which features super stretch neoprene for easy donning and doffing, as well as to allow you to move freely underwater. The glued and blind-stitched seams, watertight neck seal, Spandex edge-taped wrists and ankles, water-shielded back zipper, and 3mm-thick fabric all help shut water out for maximum heat retention.

By far one of the best wetsuits on the market today, the AquaFlex will not fail you in terms of quality and affordability.

The brand also carries 3mm Aquaflex wetsuits for men, although priced higher at $299.

Key Specifications:

  • Type: Full Wetsuit for Women
  • Thickness: 3mm
  • Material: Nylon 2 Neoprene and Spandex
  • Seams: Glued and Blind-Stitched
  • Closure: #10-YKK Back Zipper with Pull Tab Leash

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