Posted Aug 13, 2017
Over the years we have been receiving many requests from kitesurfers and windsurfers to build custom wetsuits out of Yamamoto limestone neoprene for a wind-resistant wetsuit.
Windsurfers and kitesurfers spend time above the water rather than in the water. This makes it crucial for wetsuits to be water resistant and keep the body dry and free of moisture. The correct materials and fit are required to get maximum insulation and movement out of your wetsuit.
So what type of materials have windsurfers and kiteboarders request?
#39 limestone neoprene from Yamamoto and here is why.
If you haven't heard of Yamamoto before it might be because it is very limited to production. Most wetsuit companies use mass produced materials that are very common amongst all the big brands. Yamamoto creates neoprene that is very specific to the type of activity done in a wetsuit and creates very small batches of neoprene. We luckily formed a relationship with the Japanese manufacturer and have access to their best materials.
#39 Yamamoto Qualities
99.7% water impermeable rubber. Most companies (major brands) will market water impermeable "materials," and what they are referring to is the fabric lined over the rubber that is water impermeable, their rubber is not water impermeable and probably the reason why big brand wetsuits feel so heavy in the water. Yamamoto is, in fact, referring to the rubber that is water impermeable. This creates many benefits for the wetsuit made of Yamamoto shared below:
- Extremely light weight (approximately 30% lighter than your conventional rubber and wetsuit)
- Quick dry materials (the rubber has nearly 0% water penetration creating a good seal around the body absorbing little to no water.)
- Durability (Yamamoto is in fact made from limestones, the rubber is in fact 100% limestone creating a very stable compound for extreme durability. These wetsuits can last twice as long as your conventional petroleum based materials see the factory tour)
- Softness (Yamamoto rubber is extremely soft but has incredible bounce back characteristics. This is why the rubber when worn feels molded to your body instead of stretched and constricted. We like to call it Japanese memory foam)
So what do all these benefits mean for kitesurfers and windsurfers?
You get a lightweight wetsuit that will keep the wind off our body. The drying times are extremely fast almost instant reducing the amount of chill time. This is the biggest advantage to kitesurfers and windsurfers especially on days when there is cloud coverage.
Backed by the 7TILL8 guarantee 7TILL8 will repair any custom wetsuit to make sure you get the most use out of every Yamamoto made wetsuit even years after purchase. This is how strongly we believe in Yamamoto materials and will make sure that every customer is happy as can be with their wetsuit.
The best and most popular wetsuit we offer for kitesurfers and windsurfers is the SAFA chest zip wetsuit made of limestone Yamamoto neoprene.
So, why is custom fit so important for kitesurfers and windsurfers?
Getting the perfect fit in a wetsuit is the most important feature to have in the water. For maximum results, you want a wetsuit that won't bunch up under pressure or fill with water when you take a spill. Also, if a wetsuit is fitted too tight to your body you not only restrict movement but the neoprene also thins decreasing insulating abilities.
7TILL8 wetsuits are built specifically to the body to maximize the qualities of the materials and for a long lasting durable build.
Our kiteboarding and windsurfing customers always say that staying warm and comfortable is key to having a good session. Our goal is to create perfectly fitting high-quality wetsuits.
Contact us at (310)283-9440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with a wetsuit expert for advice on the best wetsuit for you to wear.
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