When you go barefoot water skiing, you will be pulled at a very fast speed by a motorboat and you won’t have water skis on your feet. Barefooting, as such kind of water skiing is commonly called, is a very pleasurable activity. Without any contraption or device attached to your feet, you can freely perform numerous tricks and stunts. However, you will need a very good barefoot wetsuit. This article describes the features of the best barefoot suit for you.
- Material. The best material for a barefoot suit is neoprene (also known as polychloropene). It is a synthetic rubber that is widely used because of its strength, durability, and flexibility or elasticity. A barefoot suit made of neoprene is also a good choice because neoprene is a good insulator. Thus, it can effectively keep you warm when you waterski over very cold waters.
- Safety. Waterskiing requires you to perform stunts and tricks in a body of water. In waterskiing, you need to protect yourself from two major risks: drowning and extreme water friction. For your safety, you must wear a flotation device such a life jacket. The Coast Guard recommends a Type III flotation vest for use in waterskiing. Many barefoot suits, however, have a built-in flotation vest or padding. You should opt for the barefoot suit that has this built-in flotation padding so that the suit not only pads you but also gives you enough flexibility to perform your waterskiing tricks. For protection from extreme friction, choose a barefoot suit that includes protective layers for the vulnerable parts of your body such as your chest and ribs, back, hips, butt, and thigh.
- Durability. Find a barefoot suit that will not easily fall apart when worn at very high speeds. The thickness of the suit should be at least 10 millimeters. Suits that are thinner than 10 millimeters tend to break apart easily and tend to make you glide less smoothly on the water. Also opt for a wet suit that uses more than one layer of glue for attaching the flotation padding. Most durable barefoot suits use at least two layers of adhesive.
- Fit. This issue, of course, is a no-brainer. You should get a suit that fits your body size and shape. More than that, you should get a suit that fits or hugs your body snugly. It should not be too tight or too constricted that it restricts your movement.
- Return and refund policy. Before buying your barefoot wetsuit, check whether the provider has a sound and reliable return and refund policy. Companies that are not afraid to accept ill-performing products are usually reliable because they usually guarantee the quality of their products. Make sure that such policies and guarantees are published in a publicly accessible medium or channel such as the Internet.
- Product support. Find also a seller or company that provides after-sales support. The best kind of support that you can get for your product is one that is given by people who actually engage in waterskiing and who actually use barefoot wetsuits.
Your barefoot suit is not just a piece of clothing that you wear for better performance. It is also a protective covering for those areas of your body that are vulnerable when you water-ski. So, make sure you find the best suit for you.