How to choose the right spearfishing suit

How to choose the right spearfishing suit


You’ll need a spearfishing suit to protect you from the cold during your long spearfishing outings. Wearing neoprene trousers and a camouflage jacket adapted to your spot, you’ll go unnoticed thus enabling you to get close to your prey more easily…

Shapes, colours, performance: let Tribord help you discover the main features of a spearfishing suit and learn all the tricks of the trade to ensure you catch your prey the next time you go hunting underwater!


Stage 1: choose the thickness of your spearfishing suit


Essential factor when choosing a spearfishing suit, the thickness of the neoprene depends on the water temperature of your spot.


- Go for a 7mm thick suit in cold water with the temperature varying between 10 and 18°C;

- Best choose a 5mm thick spearfishing suit for water with temperatures ranging from 16 to 24°C;

- You’re off to enjoy tropical water? Lucky you! You’re best buying a 3mm (and less!) thick spearfishing suit.


Other criteria regarding choice: the cut and size of your suit must be well adjusted in order to limit the circulation of water inside your suit and reinforce your thermal insulation. 

Are you undecided about two thicknesses? Try both models and get the one that fits best!

There’s nothing to stop you from mixing and matching with a made-to-measure spearfishing outfit: combine a 5mm spearfishing trousers for flexibility and a 7mm jacket for thermal comfort!


Stage 2: choose the type of neoprene you want for your spearfishing suit

For spearfishing suits, there are two types of neoprene:

- plush neoprene: very hard-wearing and easy to put on (even dry!), it’s excellent for novice spearfishers;

- open cell: it’s smooth feel makes it stick to your skin more easily.

Spearfishing suits with an inside open cell stand out for their flexibility and their excellent thermal protection. Attractive features worth paying for even though they’re rather fragile and you’ll need soapy water or oil to help you put your suit on…

But once you’re in it, you’ll feel so comfy you won’t want to take it off! These models are recommended for divers who spend a long time in the water.

Some suits are also smooth on the outside to help you move more fluidly and glide as much as possible. Very warm and comfortable, they are however extremely delicate. They’re better kept for situations where you spot your prey, descend to get as close to it as possible and then shoot.  


Stage 3: choose the specific features of your spearfishing

Reinforcing spearfishing wetsuits

Reinforcements combination of spearfishing

The reinforcements are particularly important as they protect your suit, and your body! Reloading your speargun will hurt your chest, without mentioning the repeated rubbing of the handle on the neoprene.

That’s why all spearfishing jackets are reinforced with a loading pad so you can do this sport without any risk of a tear or other injuries. A welcome bonus for spearfishers who like waiting in ambush often lying on the seabed!

What’s more, whatever your spearfishing technique, you’re bound to love the reinforced knees and elbows designed to protect your suit and your joints when diving from the edge or in rocky areas.


Freedom of movement in a spearfishing wetsuit

Freedom of movement and flexibility are some of the qualities expected from a spearfishing suit.

When you go spearfishing you swim a lot and your arms work a great deal - you need to aim often, bring back fish, reload…That why neoprene is chosen for its flexibility: some jackets even feature pre-bent arms to ensure an anatomical fit around the elbows and consequently make moving easier starting with putting them on!

It’s your call when it comes to choosing the degree of flexibility of your outfit. But don’t forget that the more flexible it is, the more fragile it is!


Spearfishing camouflage long johns

Popular for the ambush method and also moving slowly from kelp to kelp before suddenly shooting, the camouflage pattern is very often used on spearfishing jackets and long johns.

If you wear these you’ll fit in harmoniously with the surroundings. There are several camouflage shades: blue, green, brown, grey, etc. Choose the one that blends in best with your hunting ground! And if you’re not into khaki, black will do the job just as well!

Did you know? Some of today’s wetsuits are adorned with digitally printed photos of seabed scenery! Both incredible and magnificent!


Stage 4: looking after your spearfishing neoprene suit

Your neoprene trousers/jacket outfit, even in plush need to be looked after very carefully. Soak it carefully in fresh water after each time you’ve used it.

Dry it in the shade, then store it folded and in a flat position, in a dry place away from light.

Have you chosen your spearfishing outfit? Before heading for the depths, discover the Tribord tips that will help you get into your suit suit and take it off like an old pro!



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