Suit Styles, Designs and Fabric Colors

The style of suit you buy has a definite bearing on your warmth and the thickness needed.
Styles of wet suits include a one-piece jumpsuit, two-piece farmer john (farmer jane for women), long sleeve shorty, and short sleeve shorty.


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This is a one-piece suit. It covers the torso and limbs. The head, hands and feet are the only parts exposed. This suit offers the greatest amount of protect from the elements encountered while diving. It is available in front or rear zipper.

Farmer John / Jane

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This covers the torso and lower body. the top resembles coveralls worn by farmers (hence the name) and leaves the head, arms, and upper neck exposed, as well as the arm pits, a primary heat loss area. A jacket or shorty is usually worn over it, which can double the insulation over the critical torso area.

A farmer John provides greater protection to the torso than pants (see below) since it covers the entire torso.

One or both shoulder tabs will have velcro as the fastener. Zippered versions are also available.


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These cover the lower body, ranging up past the waist to the midriff region. They are worn with a jacket or shorty over them.

Rear zippered Neptune model shown

Long Sleeve Shorty

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A shorty leaves the legs exposed, as when wearing shorts. A long sleeve shorty covers the torso and arms, fully covering them.

It protects the main heat loss areas except for the head and can be worn alone or over pants of a farmer john/jane.

Short Sleeve Shorty

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Similar to above with the exception of short sleeves, a short sleeve shorty is a good choice for those who need minimal thermal protection as it protects the torso and core temperature. A good fit around the arms is especially important as one of the primary heat loss areas (the arm pits) is just inches / centimeters from the sleeve opening and can allow the pumping of water in and out of the suit if it does not fit well.

It can be worn alone or over a jumpsuit to provide additional thermal protection.

Beaver Tail Jacket

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This style does not cover the legs at all. It covers the arms and chest and comes down to about the hips. A flap in the rear (the beaver tail) passes forward between the legs and attaches to the inside bottom front of the jacket. Two twist locks and grommets, one on either side of the zipper, were once common fasteners. They have been largely replaced by velcro tabs.

These are typically worn over pants or a farmer John.

Short (Farmer) John

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This suit is primarily used for above water sports or over a jumpsuit for additional warmth. This suit worn alone offers minimal thermal protection as it covers only the torso and groin. The short john may be purchased with an attached hood for cold water diving.

One or both shoulder tabs will have velcro as the fastener. Zippered versions are also available.

Combination Suit

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A jumpsuit and a short sleeve shorty or short john combination offer more versatility. This combination allows the diver to dive warm water in the jumpsuit and colder water in combination with the short sleeve shorty or short john. The short sleeve shorty or short john may also be used alone for above water sports such as water skiing, wave running and wind surfing.

The edge has been outlined in blue to show where the shorty ends.



Men’s Suits

Accents on sleeves and collar, also bust panel on women's' suits. Raglan sleeves, crotch gusset, full edge finishing and knee-pads. Glued and blind stitched suits are available in 2, 3, 5, and 7mm nylon two side. All seams are double glued, assembled by hand and sewn using blind stitches on the inside and outside of seamsAvailable in 2mm or 3mm nylon two side. Two or three color accents on sleeves, collar, slash on torso and ankles, also bust panel on women's' suits. Raglan sleeves, crotch gusset, full edge finishing and knee-pads.

Women’s Suits

Our women's only design with a French high V look and other feminine accents
Some divers wear a 3 or 5mm short sleeve shorty over a 2 or 3mm one piece jumpsuit, giving them the greatest protection in the torso area, while affording a great deal of flexibility in the arms and legs. You will probably want to wear a hood as 60 percent of your heat loss in water is from your head and neck. You can choose from a standard hood, a cold water hood ( a hood with an extended bib), and a warm water hood, which cover the head but not the neck. These are sometimes referred to as Snoopy hoods.

You can even get some suits, particularly jumpsuits, with the hood attached for minimal water flow in the region of your neck. Other options include vests, and hooded vests, which if thin enough, may be worn underneath a wetsuit jacket. Consider a spine pad to fill in that space along your spine to prevent cold water from flowing down it.

There are other factors to be sure. However, these used in conjunction with your knowledge of self and the water temperature/suit thickness guide should enable you to pick the right suit for yourself.


We usually stock the following colors in the materials listed below Please check for current availability in the thickness you desire.

Actual colors may vary due to a number of factors, including your graphics card and monitor settings. We will be adding photographic images of actual material to give the best representation of color possible.

Wetwear NCN  (nitrogen composed neoprene)

Excellent for sport diving to depths of 130 feet


royal blue


neon yellow

neon green

Nylon two