Shortie wetsuits offer the greatest freedom of movement and least amount of warmth to the diver or snorkeler. This wetsuit style covers the chest, upper arms, and upper legs. Shorty wetsuits protect from brushes with sharp coral and stinging sea life. Many snorkelers, surfers, and spearfishers wear shorties to protect themselves from sunburn while spending a day in the water, even when the temperature doesn't require thermal insulation. Shorty wetsuits typically zip in the back, allowing for easy suiting up and taking off. Finally, because they're both smaller and lighter than a full neoprene wetsuit
, shorty wetsuits are greatly preferred by travelers.