min read✏️ Updated on 2nd September 2022
✏️ Updated on 2nd September 2022
Welcome friends, in today’s post we’ll be tackling the ‘Brand New vs Second-Hand Wetsuit’ dilemma.
We’ll go through the pro’s and con’s of both whilst exploring a few scenarios for both and end with some top tips. Here’s a rundown of the content…
1. Buying a Brand New Wetsuit
2. Advantages of Brand New
3. Disadvantages of Brand New
4. Scenarios Where Brand New Makes Sense
5. Buying a Second-Hand Wetsuit
6. Advantages of Second-Hand
7. Disadvantages of Second-Hand
8. Scenarios Where Second-Hand Makes Sense
9. Tips When Buying Second-Hand
10. Which Option Should I Choose?
If you’re looking for a more in depth wetsuit guide check out my ‘Wetsuit Buying Guide’ – let’s get started.
So, let’s start with the brand new shiny wetsuits and the advantages and disadvantages of going brand new…
So, there are a few good reasons why buying a brand new wetsuit makes sense. If you fall into any of these brackets buying a brand new wetsuit may be for you…
Yes, the rewarding surfer is a thing and yes it was exactly what I did.
For those looking to make surfing their weekend hobby, buying a brand new wetsuit is a great choice. As long as it gets used a brand new wetsuit will prove value for money more times than not.
From my experience of spending a summer in rental wetsuits, I can honestly say buying a brand new suit made surfing a whole lot more enjoyable.
For those of you unfortunate enough to damage your wetsuit in an irreparable way, a brand new wetsuit might be the best thing to cheer you up.
Sounded like you needed a new one anyway.
For those of you who are completely entrenched in surfing and only want to be wearing the latest wetsuit technology, buying a brand new wetsuit every season might not even be that special. Of course, this would require a fair amount of cash moneys but hey, who needs a savings account – right?
If I ever get to this stage in my surfing career, I’ll have made it in life.
This is the funniest one on the list and hygiene is very important to some so thought it was well worth a mention.
Obviously wetsuits put up with certain bodily fluids, so buying a brand new wetsuit removes any chances of cross contamination, if you know what I mean.
Now, onto the next bit – buying a second-hand wetsuit.
Believe it or not there is a growing market worldwide for second-hand wetsuits. Some of the most popular and well known places to get them are eBay, Gumtree and Craigslist.
Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of buying a second-hand wetsuit…
Despite the disadvantages, here are some great reasons to get a second-hand wetsuit…
For those looking for a cheap wetsuit but don’t want to rent one for every surfing sesh, a second hand wetsuit makes a lot of sense. Much cheaper than buying a brand new wetsuit and you can still get out there.
If you don’t want the stress of looking after a wetsuit properly but don’t want to rent one either, a second-hand wetsuit is the one for you. Don’t worry too much about bumps and scrapes or even cleaning it – just good to have it there for whenever.
For those who know a thing or two about wetsuit specs, a second-hand wetsuit can be a great purchase.
There are some great high spec wetsuits out there in the second-hand marketplace. You can find better specced second-hand wetsuits for the same amount of money as an entry model brand new wetsuit.
If you’re planning on getting a second-hand wetsuit there are a few things worth doing before buying…
Well, like most things – your decision is influenced by your own situation.
My journey was quite simple, I spent a summer learning to surf with rented equipment. Once I was confident enough at surfing I figured I’d reward my hard work with a brand new wetsuit. I remember putting the order in on magicseaweed.com and couldn’t have been more excited for the delivery.
Since purchasing that brand new wetsuit I’ve never looked back, it fits perfectly, it performs really well in the water and should last a long time.
The other thing that helped my decision to buy a brand new one was because I had spent so long in rented wetsuits that were basically second-hand, I wanted one that was mine. One that I knew met my specifications and worked for me, which is exactly what I got.
So that is it guys – my surfing equipment guide to ‘Brand New vs Second-Hand Wetsuit’.
I hope it has helped you in furthering your decision if you’re in the same predicament. Be great to here in the comments how you made your decision or if you’re still trying to make it!
If you’ve also got the same predicament with surfboards check out my ‘Brand New vs Second-Hand Surfboards’ guide.
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