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Apparel & Clothing - Wetsuits & Accessories

Marine apparel and clothing is a broad category that includes a wide variety of items, from wetsuits to board shorts to rash guards. The specific types of clothing that fall into this category will vary depending on the specific watersport activity, but some common items include:

  • Wetsuits: Wetsuits are a type of watertight, insulated garment that is worn to protect the wearer from the cold water. They are typically made of neoprene, a type of synthetic rubber that is both flexible and buoyant. Wetsuits come in a variety of thicknesses, depending on the water temperature, and can be full-body suits or just shorts or tops.
  • Board shorts: Board shorts are a type of short-leg swimsuit that is typically made of a lightweight, quick-drying fabric. They are often worn for surfing, kayaking, and other watersports.
  • Rash guards: Rash guards are a type of long-sleeved shirt that is worn to protect the wearer from the sun and from chafing. They are typically made of a synthetic fabric that is both quick-drying and UPF-rated.
  • Hoodies: Hoodies are a type of sweatshirt with a hood that is often worn for warmth in cold weather. They can also be worn for sun protection in warm weather.
  • Jackets: Jackets are a type of outerwear that is worn to protect the wearer from the elements. They can be made of a variety of materials, including waterproof, windproof, and insulated materials.

In addition to these specific items, marine apparel and clothing can also include a variety of other items, such as hats, gloves, socks, and shoes. The specific items that are needed will vary depending on the specific watersport activity and the climate.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when choosing marine apparel and clothing:

  • Fit: The clothing should fit snugly but not too tightly. It should be comfortable to move around in and should not restrict your range of motion.
  • Material: The material of the clothing should be appropriate for the watersport activity and the climate. For example, you would not want to wear a cotton shirt in cold water, as it would absorb water and become heavy.
  • Sun protection: The clothing should provide sun protection, especially if you will be spending time in the sun. Look for clothing that is UPF-rated or that is made of a fabric that is naturally sun-protective.
  • Warmth: The clothing should be warm enough to keep you comfortable in the water. If you will be in cold water, you will need a thicker wetsuit or other type of insulated clothing.

By following these tips, you can choose the right marine apparel and clothing to keep you comfortable and safe while enjoying your favorite watersports.

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