Drysuit Guide

Ask any scholastic sailor about their favorite piece of cold weather gear and the response will be something along the lines of "I LOVE MY DRYSUIT!" If you're serious about extending your season, participating in a frostbite series, or sailing for a scholastic program, keep reading. Our Drysuit Guide is just for you!

Wetsuits vs Drysuits

The primary difference between a wetsuit and a drysuit is in the name . Wetsuits are designed to keep you warm once wet by trapping a thin layer of water next to the skin. A drysuit keeps you warm by providing 100% waterproof protection and room for layers underneath. Both are great options but have several differences. Check out the handy chart below.

Drysuit Wetsuit Comparison


What are my drysuit options?

We carry a great selection of drysuits designed for the needs of the active dinghy sailor. Each of these drysuits performs well, fits great and is extremely durable, without breaking the bank. Let's take a look at three of our most popular.

Gill Pro Drysuit


The Gill Pro Drysuit 4820 is our most popular drysuit, and for good reason. It's a favorite among scholastic and frostbite sailors for fit, fabric, and durability. Here are a few product specs:

-Gill 5 Dot Fabric: Fully waterproof and breathable

-Durability: Reinforced seat and knees

-Fit: Internal shoulder straps, elastic waist, over the shoulder zipper

Available in Graphite - View In Our Store

Gill Women's Pro Drysuit


Identical to the Gill Pro Drysuit 4820 but designed with the female sailor in mind. The back zip means there is no cumbersome zipper over the chest and gives a more flattering fit. Ladies - this drysuit is for you!

-Gill 5 Dot Fabric: Fully waterproof and breathable

-Durability: Reinforced seat and knees

-Fit: Internal shoulder straps, elastic waist, back zipper

Available in Graphite - View In Our Store

NeilPryde Elite Curve 3D Drysuit


The Elite Curve 3D is an innovate dinghy sailing drysuit. The key feature is the unique wrap around zipper which cuts down on bulk across the chest.

-Waterproof Protection: Fully waterproof and breathable

-3D Curve Zipper: Pre-bent zipper track wraps around waist with outer zipper cover

-Fit: Body mapping for athletic fit with comfortable wrist, ankle, and neck adjustments

Available in Black - View In Our Store

Don't Forget To Layer!

A proper layering system has three components. The base layer helps wick moisture from the skin. The mid layer provides warmth. The outer layer, in this case the drysuit, provides water and wind protection. Match any of the drysuits above with a set of Helly Hansen base layers and Gill i3 mid layers.

Drysuit Layering Guide

Final Thoughts...

You can view our entire collection of drysuits on our webstore.

Drysuits are eligible for our Scholastic Sailing Discount (ICSA & ISSA).

Team Purchases - 20% discount on orders of 3 drysuits or more with no discount code required!