Picking the best spearfishing wetsuits doesn’t have to be a challenge.
Here’s a brief video on how to choose a spearfishing wetsuit. Use this as a primer to know how we ranked our wetsuit selections.
Best Spearfishing Wetsuits
Best Spearfishing Wetsuits for 2021 Reviewed
1. Polo Sub
Best Spearfishing Wetsuit
Polo Sub makes high-end spearfishing wetsuits.
It’s not uncommon to see some of the top spearos with the Polo Sub logo branded on their chests. The real secret however is that they offer custom spearfishing suits tailored to your body. All you need to do is give them your measurements and after a few weeks you’ll be sent a suit you’ll love.
Custom spearfishing suits aren’t for everyone and they can be a bit pricy. However, if you’re going to be wearing a thicker suit, like 7mm or higher, then it’s worth going custom so you don’t feel constricted.
The nice thing about Polo Sub is that the neoprene is a little thicker and it’s Italian made.
The Epsealon Tactical Stealth is Jon’s wetsuit of choice. The 5mm is super flexible and comfortable even when diving for long days in decently cold water.
We’d say that this wetsuit isn’t the warmest on the market, but is one of the more comfortable ones out there. If you’re used to rocking a 3mm then go up to a 5mm for a little extra warmth but not enough that makes you flush out your suit like mad.
The cuffs are also sown well and the overall durability of the suit is mid-level. You’ll need to baby the suit a bit, but it’s all for comfort, right?!
- Open-cell neoprene, titanium inside and camouflage jersey...
- Top-of-the-line preforming (as for the Elite model) - Long...
- Long "Supratex" reinforcements on the chest, from the elbows...
Beauchat makes great suits especially if you’re on the taller side. It’s comparable to an Epsealon in that it could easily have been our number two spot. Their quality is roughly the same, however we do find that the comfort factor of the Epsealon makes us like it just a tad bit more.
The orange competition style jacket of the Beuchat does make it easier for your spotter to know where you’re at in your dive. This is a big plus if you’re not using colored weights or a bright colored snorkel.
Best Value Wetsuit
SpearPro is a newer brand that’s bringing durable spearfishing wetsuits at moderate cost.
This brand has been gaining a following with divers here in Southern California because of the influence Spear America has in the community.
These suits are perfect for those who are hard on their gear and SpearPro knows that. Divers here like to hunt spiny lobsters and crawl around rocks during winter, hit shore dives, and hole hunt in Baja.
What you gain in durability you lose a bit in comfort. Overall, if you’re hard on gear, then get this suit.
Most Durable Wetsuit
- The MAKO Spearguns Green Camo Wetsuit shirt is perfect for...
- The shirt is made of stretchy Lycra material with a layer of...
- Perfect for warm water diving to protect against sunburns,...
Jay Riffe was a pioneer in the spearfishing community. Riffe is best known for their euro wood guns and travel pole spears, yet they also make a killer spearfishing wetsuit.
What’s nice is that they offer a closed-cell spearfishing suit which isn’t as common. You’d know closed cell because they are similar to surfing wetsuits.
Depending on the conditions, it’s helpful to not deal with the lubing up of a wetsuit. Plus, the durability of closed-cell is not to be taken lightly.
If you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of warmth and comfort, then this is a suit that will last a long time without the need for lube.
Best on a Budget
- Picasso Shadow 3mm Wetsuit
- Picasso Shadow 3mm Wetsuit
- Made from Yamamoto Top Quality Neoprene
Picasso is another brand that’s been making spearfishing gear for a long time. They use Yamamoto 39 quality neoprene, black lycra on the outside and open cell on the inside.
They use long john trousers and have a new and improved preformed cut which give you solid comfort at a low price.
Built-in hooded jacket (don’t worry, it won’t get in the way of your low volume freediving mask), elbow reinforcements and ample stern support for rifle loading. Inguinal closure with hanging hooks.
Best for Night Spearfishing
- Yamamoto #39 Neoprene: The finest neoprene material in the...
- 3D Reef Camo pattern makes you completely stealth underwater
- Integrated Ergonomic Hood: Ensures maximum warmth.
Mako has made a name for itself when it comes to getting your gear at near factory prices. Dano works directly with manufacturers and has a great direct-to-consumer model where he passes the saving on to you.
It uses the same Yamamoto neoprene and he even had it certified by Tomizo Yamamoto, the president of the Yamamoto Corp to ensure its quality.
Being 5mm and the farmer john style, this suit will help you stay warm. Don’t wear this suit in warm water otherwise, you’ll get fatigued from the heat. Use this in cool to cold water and especially at night when you’re going for lobsters!
How to Pick a Spearfishing Wetsuit
I’d love it if there was a silver bullet that helped you pick your dream wetsuit instantly…but that would require magic. There’s no hocus-pocus here, all I can give you is as much information as possible to help you make the best decision.
If you’re like me, you’ll be overwhelmed with the options of picking a wetsuit. I grew up surfing, which left me with the impression that all wetsuits were easy to get on type with a zipper in the back.
That’s just ONE TYPE!
There’s closed-cell neoprene, open-cell, hybrids, Farmer John’s, high waisted, hoods, a plethora of thicknesses, protection pads, knife holders…the list goes on and on.
Your main concern is the proper fit. From there, everything else is just an added bonus.
After researching through countless forums, YouTube videos, and talking with spearos in my community, I’ve compiled a list of spearfishing wetsuits that you should try.
Let’s dive in!
Spearfishing Wetsuit Features
Freediving and scuba diving wetsuits may seem complicated, but once you know the special terminology and the different model features, you’ll realize they’re simple.
The main features include how much protection the suit provides, the quality of the material, the comfort, and the appearance.
The main feature of a spearfishing wetsuit is the loading pad on the chest. Trust us, after a few days of diving, you’ll wish you had a comfortable pad.
Let’s dive into all of these topics to help you inform your decision.
When you choose the best spearfishing wetsuit, you’ll want one that fits properly and keeps your body temperature warm with the best flexibility for your application.
As a spearo, having an open-cell interior suit is important because it adheres to your skin with no water flow. This means it’s warmer than the same thickness of a closed-cell neoprene suit, which has the nylon-lined inside.
Let’s dive in a bit more to the different types of neoprene.
Open-Cell vs. Closed-Cell Neoprene
Open-cell neoprene refers to the fact that the interior of the two-piece wetsuit is not lined with Lycra or Nylon like your typical scuba suit.
Calling it open cell does not reflect at all on the type of neoprene used. Although neoprene for manufacturing wetsuits varies greatly in quality.
In closed-cell neoprene, the microcells are sealed from each other, if the walls of one break air or water will not pass through the cells adjacent to it and the material remains impermeable.
If you choose the best spearfishing wetsuits most won’t have a lining (Nylon or Lycra) attached to the interior surfaces. What we’ve come to know as open-cell neoprene suits have a lining (Nylon or Lycra) attached to the exterior surface and raw smooth neoprene as the interior.
This raw smooth neoprene interior is a product of the cutting process that reduces the neoprene to the required thickness; 3mm, 5mm, etc. The exterior neoprene surface under the Lycra lining is actually the same as the interior.
Use a lycra suit when you’re diving in the warm water and just want added protection from the sun or little critters that might be drifting in the current. Make sure you get one with a loading pad otherwise you’re going to be left with bruises from loading your gun.
Thermals provide extra warmth while you’re in the water. They tend to have a fleece liner or a titanium lining. If the thickness isn’t an issue go with the fleece liner, but if you need something thinner, but still warm, pay the premium and go for the titanium.
Spearfishing Wetsuit Thickness Guide
Wetsuit thickness is one of the most important features because it dictates how warm the suit will be for the diver.
Wetsuits come in a variety of thicknesses from as thin as 1 millimeter all the way to 7 millimeters. The most common sizes are 1.5mm, 2mm, thickness 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm and open cell.
If you live in a place where the water fluctuates temperature drastically, it’s best to have a few different suits with different thicknesses. But, wetsuits can be expensive so if you can’t buy more than one, pick one in the middle and dress up or down depending on the conditions.
Here are some basic rules of thumb for wetsuits:
- 1mm-2mm: Use in warmer water. These will also provide protection from the wind and the sun.
- Thickness 3mm-5mm: Use in cooler water. Thickness 3mm will also help keep you in the water longer even if the water doesn’t feel super cold. Being in the water cooler than your blood’s temperature will make your body expend energy to keep the body warm…this means less spearo time.
- 7mm thicker wetsuit for spearfishing: Use this for really cold water. The thickness will likely make the suit less comfortable and feel more restrictive, but it’s worth not getting hypothermia.
Spearfishing Wetsuit Color Guide
When it comes to spearfishing wetsuit colors, it’s all about choice. There’s not much research stating that specific color or pattern makes you invisible to fish, so until that happens, pick whichever one you like.
A lot of suits are now camouflage wetsuit inspired that look sweet for camouflage spearfishing!
Some spearos recommend that if you are diving in blue water then you should get a blue wetsuit for spearfishing. If you’re spending more of your time near rocks then go for a brown suit and if you’re by a reef, get a green one.
If you have the money, get one of each and test it out.
Best Spearfishing Wetsuit Brands?
Custom Spearfishing Wetsuit Brands
The efficiency of a wetsuit is mostly determined by the perfect adhesion of neoprene to your body’s shape…That’s why Polosub firmly believes in made to measure wetsuits.
These guys started in 1994 in Rome and focus on freedivers and spearfishers.
If you’re in need of wetsuit for your unique body size, solid knee pads, and shape, try these guys.
Elios Sub has been making tailored diving suits since 1977. They are in Italy, but ship all across the globe. They pride themselves on being one of the most innovative piece wetsuit companies around.
If you’ve got the money and want not an off the shelf wetsuit, spend it here.
These guys are based in British Columbia and have put their suits through the test in the Canadian West Coast.
Their suits are built with strength and style in mind. They can hold up under extreme conditions and be that they are used up in Canada, then they must be pretty warm!
Other Spearfishing Wetsuit Brands
Yazbeck is known for its uncompromising adherence to quality wetsuits. Roger Yazbeck has been breaking the mold for decades. His love for conservation and making products that don’t harm the environment is another big reason to buy from them.
Omer is based in Italy and those in the know will tell you that their products are great. I was recently at a spearfishing auction and some of the highest bidding products were OMER spearfishing wetsuits…maybe that means something!
Rob Allen has made a name for themselves with their spearguns and now they are doing it with their wetsuits.
Many spearos tout about them. They have a solid size chest pad too, which is important especially when you’re loading the big guns during your bluewater sessions.
Another great company that makes comfortable spearfishing wetsuits. Their name was dropped many times by the spearos in Spearboard.
How to Take Care of Your Spearfishing Wetsuit
Taking care of your spearfishing wetsuit is important for the longevity of the suit. It’s better to take care of them quickly after each outing, rather than waiting for a big issue to arise making you need to get a new suit.
How to Put On Your Spearfishing Wetsuit
If you are using a close-cell style suit, putting on the spearfishing wetsuit is straightforward, just throw it on. If it’s tight for any reason or hard to get on, try putting your hands and feet in a plastic bag to reduce some of the friction.
For open-cell neoprene two-piece suits, it’s a little trickier. You’ll need to use lubrication. My favorite choice is liquid baby soap. Just put a few tablespoons in a shakable water bottle, add some water and shake it until there are foam suds. Then put the soapy water mixture inside the suit and make sure it’s fully lined with the suds.
Put your arms and legs though and watch it slide right on.
How to Take Off Your Spearfishing Wetsuit
Taking off a one-piece suit is as simple as unzipping and pulling out your arms and legs. I recommend standing on a spearfishing wetsuit mat so that you don’t get any tar or debris from the parking lot on your suit.
Taking off a two-piece suit is a little trickier. Unclasp the buckles near the crotch, then pull the bottom of the jacket top over your head and pull out your head and arms. Take off the bottoms like normal pants.
How to Wash Your Spearfishing Wetsuit
Washing your wetsuit doesn’t have to be complicated. I recommend after taking it off that you rinse it good with fresh water and let it dry in a warm place outside of direct sunlight.
If you need to use soap to get off tar or other grime, make sure you use one that’s not going to damage your neoprene.
- Naturally green formula
- Works on all water sports wear
- Contains NO harmful chemicals
How to Remove Smells from Your Spearfishing Wetsuits
Sometimes if you aren’t diligent about cleaning your wetsuit after each dive, your suit will begin to develop an odor. This is more common in closed-cell suits due to the extra nylon material.
Just pick up a good wetsuit shampoo and after a few treatments, your suit should smell good again.
Spearfishing Wetsuit Buyer’s Checklist
- Determine the average and high/low of the water you’ll be diving the most.
- Pick the thickness you’re searching for.
- Determine if you want to a tailor-made suit or off the shelf.
- Do you want open-cell neoprene or closed-cell?
- Farmer John style or high-waisted?
- Browse the different brands.
- Measure your various body parts to help you navigate size charts.
- Pick the color and pattern for your conditions. When in doubt, just go black.
- Get a wetsuit shampoo for the occasional cleanings.
- Keep your suit out of the sun when not in use.
- Don’t store it on a hanger as it might overstretch the shoulder area.
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