BARE wetsuits awarded top thermal rating

Three suits offer protection in water as cold as 7 degrees

Author: Pat
19th December 2013
 

The BARE Sport, Velocity and Elastek wetsuits have all been awarded an A class CE thermal rating.

This makes them suitable for use in water at cold temperatures as low as 7 degrees Celsius.

suitable for use in cold water

Granted, most UK divers will opt for a drysuit year-round, but if you’re new to the sport or prefer doing it ‘old school’, a wetsuit may figure in your kit config.

All three of the one-piece BARE suits given the top CE rating are available in 7mm or 5mm neoprene – and the A class standard relates to both.

BARE points out that most of its competitors sold within the UK market are rated in the lower B and C categories.

CE thermal ratings

Thermal performance of wetsuit material Water temperature ranges °C
A 7 to 12
B 10 to 18
C 16 to 24
D 22 to 30
 
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