The panel layout of a wetsuit refers to a combination of things, firstly the placement of the seams. Seams are strategically placed to avoid irritation or rash caused by the inside of the seams. The best seam placement is developed to avoid restriction while moving around. Secondly the panel layout is influenced by the neoprene thickness used in certain areas. Thinner neoprene is used in areas that need more flexibility, such as the armpits. Thicker neoprene is used on the chest, back and upper legs to keep the body warm. Thirdly, styling has a big impact on the panel layout, but if designed right, form follows function.
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