It’s that time of year again—fall, and for most of you that means the riding season is over.  Now some of  you have legitimate reasons for cutting the season short; school, sports, work, etc. We get it, there’s no getting around these things. However, for those of you staring out the window onto the glassy, untouched water, wishing the weather would warm up again, we’ll let you in on a little secret…mother nature’s not gonna let that happen.

But don’t fret. We here at AWS have that ability to artificially manufacture heat, keeping your riding season going strong into the later fall months (we’re talking November). How do we do it you ask? One word—wetsuits. Read below, and get a little insight on how to extend your season, and capitalize on the best riding conditions of the year as far as we’re concerned.

action water sports wetsuit buying guide liquid force slingshot


Let’s start with the basics. There are roughly three types of wetsuits we have to offer. They include Full Wetsuits, Shorty/Spring Wetsuits and Neoprene Tops. Each offers different advantages to different parts of the season. We’ll explain below.


Staying warm isn’t just about the thickness, or category of wetsuit you buy. How the suit is stitched has tremendous impact on how warm your wetsuit keeps you. Check out the three ways your neoprene can be put together.


We recommend a wetsuit with an overlock stitch for those riding in water temps over 65 degrees. An overlock stitch is sewn on the inside of the suit, giving a seamless appearance on the outside. This process does not eliminate water from flowing in, but is the most cost effective way for the manufacturer to produce a wetsuit, thus making them the most affordable type of wetsuit we offer.

action water sports wetsuit buying guide overlock stitch


The flatlock stitch can be found on wetsuits designed for water temps exceeding 55 degrees. A flatlock is designed by layering one panel edge over another, then stitching through the neoprene. The end result looks like railroad tracks running down the seam. Just like an overlock stitch, a flatlock stitch will not prevent water penetration, but it does create a much more comfortable fit than the overlock stitch.

action water sports wetsuit buying guide flatlock stitch


The holy grail of warmth. We recommend the blind stitch to the die-hard riding in temperatures 55 degrees and below. A blind stitch takes the edges of the neoprene, places them end-on-end and then glues them together. From there, they are then stitched on the inside. However, the stitching does not go all the way through to the outside. The result is watertight, flexible seams. This is the ideal seam for cold water temps and often found in our highest quality suits.

action water sports wetsuit buying guide blind stitch

There you have it. The basics of purchasing your new wetsuit. It wasn’t that hard now was it? So stop staring at that glassy water, and get out there enjoy it. We promise you, fall riding is hands-down the best conditions you’ll get all season.



Growing up on the lakes of Brooklyn, MI, water sports have always, and will continue to, run through my blood.

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