A wetsuit is an apparel made of either good quality neoprene or synthetic neoprene material. A wetsuit is used by surfers, windsurfers, and canoeists. Moreover, it is also utilized in water sports and activities to be done on or in water, such as scuba diving, fly board, jet skiing, rafting, rowing, canoeing, and body boarding. Wetsuits are more comfortable and useful if the water temperature is above 10 degree Celsius. However, dry suits help keep the human body warm. Hence, dry suits are more comfortable and feasible if water temperature is below 10 degree Celsius. There are four types of wetsuits: shorty wetsuit, full length steamer, wetsuits with layer system, and semi-dry suits. Layer system wetsuits have been replaced with semi dry suits in the last few years, as they offer more warmth and versatility. Semi-dry suits possess similar features to actual dry suits. However, semi-dry suits soak some water. Additionally, semi-dry suits are made of special material, especially around the neck, wrist, and ankle areas. it helps in reducing the flushing effect of warm water by entering cold water. Semi-dry suits are inexpensive and simple in design as compared to dry suits. Some semi-dry suits, made of thicker material, possess additional pads on the kidney and spine area. This additional material provides significant comfort, as it covers key heat loss areas.
The global semi dry suits market is primarily driven by leisure activities such as water sports, diving, scuba diving, and snorkeling. The market is also influenced by factors such as innovative products with new designs and fabrication. Key drivers that have boosted the popularity of semi-dry suits include increased demand for adventure & entertainment and healthy lifestyle. Additionally, more number of sport organizations are emphasizing on promoting many events that include water activities such as triathlon. Moreover, several schools and educational institutions are including outdoor sports in their curriculum. Increased participated of women in water sports is also expected to fuel the demand for semi-dry suits in the near future. However, seasonality of water sports is expected to be a major factor restraining the semi dry suits market. Nevertheless, rise in spending power of the population on fun and leisure activities, demand from navy services, and untapped geography are expected to create significant opportunities for the global semi dry suits market.
The global semi dry suits market can be classified based on product type, raw material, thickness, application, distribution channel, and region. Based on product type, the semi dry suits market can be classified into short suits and full suits. In terms of raw material, the market can be divided into neoprene, synthetic neoprene, and eco-friendly products, such as natural rubber. Based on thickness, the semi dry suits market can be split into 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm. In terms of application, the semi dry suits market can be bifurcated into personal & household and commercial. Based on distribution channel, the global semi dry suits market can be segregated into distributors, suppliers, and e-commerce retailers. In terms of region, the global semi dry suits market can be classified into North America (US and Canada), Europe (Germany and UK), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, and Australia), Middle East & Africa, and South America.
Major players and key vendors operating in semi dry suits market include O'Neill, Billabong International, Quiksilver, Patagonia, Rip Curl, Shieco Group, Carpace Wetsuits, Aqua Lung, Areana Italia, Bilabong, Pittasoft, Glidz Wetsuits, American Diving Corporation, BELL AVON: AVON DRY SUITS, Drivers’ Supply INDY, DIVING UNLIMITED INTERNATIONAL (DUI), Nokia Theirsuit, The Parkway System, Poseidon Industri Ab, Solent Divers, Typhoon International and Viking-Stavanger. Top companies are focusing on improving production and marketing techniques. Few players are manufacturing eco-friendly semi dry suits, such as natural rubber, for replacement of neoprene. Moreover, key players are expanding their reach by adopting new distribution channels such as e-commerce retailers.
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