Skin neoprene, also referred to as mesh, glideskin or smoothskin, can be used as an outside finish of a wetsuit panel. These are the types of single lined neoprene that have a heat sealed outside skin surface which seal the neoprene foam to make it durable and water repellant. This creates a fine mesh texture on the surface. The finer the mesh, the smoother and shinier the skin. Mesh is often less flexible and has a matt textured finish, while glideskin and smoothskin have a more shiny and smooth surface. These types of neoprene are often used on the chest and back panels of a wetsuit to keep you warmer in windy and cold conditions. The sealed surface makes the water droplets run down faster without being absorbed by the lining. This protects you against windchill and makes it warmer than double lined neoprene. The inside of single lined panels are lined with a nylon or polyester knitted lining for comfort to the skin. This lining can be plush or quickdry lining on more high-end wetsuits.
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