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Dive Deep Into Comfort: Open-Cell vs. Closed-Cell Wetsuits Explained

As divers, we’re always seeking that perfect blend of comfort and function when we plunge into the depths. Wetsuits are our second skin underwater, and choosing between an open-cell and closed-cell wetsuit can greatly affect your diving experience. Let’s unravel the differences and explore how Waihana wetsuits exemplify the best of both worlds.

Open-Cell Wetsuits: The Skin-Like Embrace

Open-cell wetsuits are made from rubber with tiny micro-bubbles or cells that are “open” to the skin, which creates a suction effect. This design provides excellent insulation because it allows for a very thin layer of water to be trapped between the suit and your skin, which is then warmed by your body heat.


  • Superior Warmth: Open-cell suits offer unmatched warmth due to their snug fit.
  • Increased Flexibility: The material in open-cell suits, like the Waihana Goliath, Tropicam, and Kajiki, is more flexible, allowing for greater freedom of movement.
  • High Comfort Level: They tend to be softer against the skin, making them comfortable for longer dives.


  • Challenging To Put On: They can be tricky to put on without a lubricant because of the suction to the skin.
  • Durability Concerns: Open cells can be more susceptible to tears and punctures if not handled carefully.
  • Higher Maintenance: These suits require thorough rinsing and careful storage to maintain their integrity.

Closed-Cell Wetsuits: The Robust Companion

Closed-cell wetsuits, on the other hand, have cells that are sealed off. Think of it like a series of tiny balloons that are filled with gas and not interconnected. The Waihana Essential Line and Apnea Line wetsuits are prime examples of closed-cell technology.


  • Ease of Use: They are easier to put on and take off, with no need for lubricant.
  • Durability: Closed-cell suits are more resistant to tears and punctures.
  • Low Maintenance: They require less aftercare and are generally more robust in various diving conditions.


  • Reduced Flexibility: They can be less flexible than their open-cell counterparts.
  • Fit Sensitivity: If not fitted properly, they can allow for more water circulation, which reduces warmth.
  • Potential for Less Comfort: The fit is less “custom” and may be less comfortable for extended periods.

SAVAGE DIVING & Waihana Wetsuits: Your Trusted Allies Underwater

Waihana has mastered the art of wetsuit design with both open-cell and closed-cell offerings. Their open-cell suits, like the Goliath, Tropicam, and Kajiki, are for the diver who wants the closest connection to their underwater environment with a second-skin fit. Meanwhile, the Essential Line and Apnea Line from Waihana offer the practicality and resilience needed for divers who prioritize ease and longevity in their gear.

Your Dive, Your Suit, Your Choice

Choosing between an open-cell or closed-cell wetsuit ultimately comes down to personal preference, dive conditions, and the type of diving you plan to do. Consider the water temperature, your activity level, and how much value you place on durability versus flexibility.

Ready to Make a Splash?

At SAVAGE DIVING, we offer an extensive selection of Waihana wetsuits to suit your diving needs. Whether you’re after the warmth and snug fit of an open-cell suit or the durability and ease of a closed-cell suit, we have you covered. Dive into comfort and order your Waihana wetsuit today, where your next underwater adventure awaits with the assurance of the perfect suit for your dive!