How to choose the right diving suit (Part 1)
The first selection criterion when choosing a surfing diving suit is the water temperature. Water temperature varies according to the location and the time of the year. Systematically make sure that the water temperature at your spot corresponds to the recommended temperature range: Warm water above 20°C. Temperate water between 17°C and 22°C. Cold water between 12°C and 17°C. Very cold water between 7°C and 12°C. Visit the site seatemperature.org to find out the temperature of your spot.
How to choose the right diving suit (Part 2)
The 2nd criterion to take into account is the length of your sessions. If your sessions last less than an hour, the 100 models will be suitable. For up to 2 hours, opt for the 500 models and for up to 3 hours, the 900 models.
Compared to the 100 models, the 500 models will be warmer (and more watertight) and more efficient at reducing fatigue (more freedom of movement) and irritation. The same is true for the 900 models compared with the 500 models.
NOTE: the 900 models are easier to put on.
Choose the right size
To make the most of the features of your diving suit, it is necessary to choose the correct size. A surfing diving suit should be a very tight fit and there should be no visible folds. When dry, it is perfectly normal to feel like it is too tight, this discomfort disappears as soon as the diving suit gets wet. If you choose a diving suit that is too big, folds will appear, you will experience irritation and thermal comfort will be reduced (letting in water).
Try it on before you buy it!
This OLAIAN 900 shorty is made from 100% ultra-stretch neoprene for guaranteed improved comfort during use and freedom of movement
The neoprene is lined with synthetic fabric for increased resistance to wear.
Neoprene thickness: 2 mm.
The neoprene is made from an elastomer foam with insulating properties.
We test and guarantee the quality of our neoprene materials. The flexibility of the 900 range is provided by the stretch properties of the foam and the textiles.
The neck finish has been developed to limit irritation. According to the sensitivity of the wearer, a UV top can be worn under the diving suit to reduce the risk of irritation. The application of grease (e.g. Vaseline) in friction areas (neck, underarms) is also recommended if wearing the diving suit for long periods.
Maximum freedom of movement
The 900 OLAIAN Junior diving suit range offers a style and material specifically chosen to facilitate paddling and fully ease movement.
The entire diving suit is made from ultra-stretch neoprene.
All the seams are stretch seams.
The opening without a chest zip gives you freedom of movement and is more watertight than a traditional back zip. There is a drawstring to adjust the fastening.
To keep the shorty suit firmly in place during sports activities, silicone patches have been placed on the inside of the sleeves and at the bottom of the legs.
Stay warm for longer thanks to our thermal accessories! Each temperature range has its own outfit.
When we are in the water, we lose more than half of our body heat through our extremities (feet, hands, head).
Consequently, here are the recommended accessories:
- in warm water and temperate water (>17°C) => low neoprene shoes.
- in cold water (12 - 17°C): High boots and gloves.
- in very cold water (7 - 12°C): High booties (boots), gloves, hood and hooded top.
Find our entire range of neoprene accessories on the Decathlon website
Multi-watersports diving suits
Our diving suits are designed to meet the needs of the most demanding surfers.
Our design choices also make them compatible with other water sports such as kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing, sea wading or SUP (stand-up paddleboarding).
There is a key pocket in the front panel under the zip.
What is the OLAIAN brand?
OLAIAN, DECATHLON'S SURFING BRAND
Based in Hendaye, in South West France, OLAIAN is Decathlon's surfing brand. In our offices at the water's edge, we can design a shorty suit and then on the same day test it directly in real surfing conditions
Our 900 range of diving suits are made from Limestone, a limestone-based neoprene. The black colour of the neoprene, called Eco Carbon Black, is obtained by recycling used tyres. The glue used to assemble the textile and neoprene, called Aquaglue, is water-based and solvent-free. The dope-dyed yarn process used for the black colour is very water-efficient and environmentally friendly.