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Do You Put On A Wetsuit Wet Or Dry?

   January 23rd, 2024   Posted In: Articles  

Do You Put On A Wetsuit Wet Or Dry?

Over the years, we’ve answered a plethora of questions pertaining to wetsuits, watersports, and more. But never have we ever actually answered the question ‘Do you put on a wetsuit wet or dry?’. So, there’s just a little fun fact of the day. Now back to our regularly scheduled program. 

There are many reasons why you’d wear a wetsuit and what activity you’d be wearing it for. And just like most of the decisions you make in life, you’d have to make the decision of if you put a wetsuit on wet or on dry. Continue reading to find out more!

Is It Easier to Put on a Wetsuit Wet or Dry?

There is really no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The answer is that it’s based simply on your personal preference. That said, you came here for answers, and we’re going to give you our professional opinion on the subject. You can take it from there. 

It’s worlds easier when you put a wet wetsuit on when you’re wet. Same goes for putting a dry wetsuit on when you’re dry. Now, if you want to be a daredevil and try tackling a wet or damp suit when you’re dry – and vice versa – be our guest. But it won’t be a pretty sight or experience.

Do You Wet a Wetsuit Before Putting It On?

Googlers asked, therefore we’re answering this question too. Just like above, we’d highly recommend that if you want to wet a wetsuit before putting it on, then make sure you’re wet too. If you’re wet and the suit is dry, that could lead to tears or damage to the suit because you’re trying to finagle your way in something that’s just not working. 

But if you insist on putting a wet wetsuit on while dry or a dry wetsuit on while wet here’s a little hack from us to you: use plastic bags. Wetsuit socks are also a great option. Through trial and error, we’ve found that the most stubborn section when getting into a suit is the feet. That’s where a plastic baggie or wetsuit socks come in. Try it out. You’ll thank us later.

To Sum It Up

So, do you put on a wetsuit wet or dry? Totally up to you. But we hope that by the time you’ve finished reading this post, you’ll know that in order to save yourself time and grief, it’s simply easier to get into a wetsuit when you’re wet and to get into a dry wetsuit when you’re dry. Opposites just don’t attract in this case, so don’t force it.

Editor’s Note

This article was originally published in 2022 and has since been reviewed and updated.

Lauren (LoLo) has been turning words into blog posts for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, gardening, tending to her animals, or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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