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NRS Men's WaveLite Union Suit - Polartec

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The battle between North and South in Long Underwear Land is over. Our WaveLite™ Shirt and WaveLite Pants have joined forces, and the state of the NRS WaveLite Union Suit is exceedingly comfy and warm.
  • Polartec® Power Stretch® fleece, the industry leader, provides outstanding warmth, wicking and comfort.
  • 4-way stretch fabric follows your movements without restricting mobility, then springs back to hold its original shape.
  • Form-fitting design allows layering without the added bulk of other mid-weight thermals.
  • "Touch points" on the fabric inner surface draw off the sweat. Then it's quickly wicked to the outer surface where it spreads and evaporates rapidly, to keep you warm and comfortable.
  • Double-stitched seams will withstand years of use and abuse.
  • Double-pull zipper for easy entry and convenient relief.

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Fabric: 7.1 oz Polartec® Power Stretch® Fleece 49% polyester-velour, 38% nylon, 13% spandex
Collar: Mock
Fit: Form fit
Gender Sizing: Men
Features:
  • Wicks moisture away
  • Double-pull zipper with protective inner flap
Size Height Weight (lbs) Chest Waist
XXS 4'9"-5-1" 80-100 24"-28" 23"-26"
XS 4'11"-5'3" 90-125 28"-32" 26"-29"
S 5'2"-5'6" 115-140 32"-36" 28"-31"
M 5'5"-5'8" 130-165 36"-40" 30"-33"
L 5'7"-6'0" 150-195 39"-43" 32"-35"
XL 5'10"-6'2" 185-225 42"-46" 34"-37"
XXL 6'1"-6'4" 215-245 46"-50" 36"-42"
3XL 6'3"-6'5" 230-255 49"-52" 36"-44"
4XL 6'4"-6'6" 245+ 51"-53" 43"-46"

How to measure:How to measure

  1. Chest/Bust: With arms down at your sides, measure around the largest part of the chest, generally across the nipples.
  2. Waist: Measure around natural waistline, allowing tape measure to sit comfortably.
  3. Head: Measure above brow, around the fullest part of the head.

Measurement Tips

Form Fit
Next-to-skin fit for easy layering and efficient performance.

Semi-Form Fit
Fits close but not tight for comfort and layering ease.

Relaxed Fit
Full cut for freedom of motion and layering underneath.

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NRS Wavelite Apparel Video (1:51)

The mid-weight NRS WaveLite is the ideal addition to your cold-weather layering system. Soft and amazingly warm, it will keep you toasty inside your drytop, ski jacket or sleeping bag.

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An overview of how Polartec Power Stretch fleece works.

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  • NRS Men's WaveLite Union Suit - Polartec

    Q:

    will this be warm enough for 45 degree air and 50 degree water temps - give or take a few? under a kokatat gore-tex Meridian dry suit? I figure everyone will be different,but is this good happy med? worn just over swim trunks?

    thanks
    jb
    Asked on 1/30/2013 by jb from toledo ohio

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I do find this warm enough in 45 air, 50 water temps. I often times have a
      layer of underall underneath.
      BUT need extra with air temp in 20's!!
      Fun kayaking in Jan Feb with snow falling

      Answered on 1/30/2013 by Tom from Merrick, NY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes , I am comfortable in below freezing air temps and lower 40 degree water temps in a Kokatat Meridian while whitewater kayaking . If you are a active sea kayak'er (paddling all the time) you might over-heat.

      Answered on 1/31/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      jb,
      I've worn this on the Rogue in Feb. 40 degree high temp air, 40 degree water.
      Also for SRT class on the Sandy in Nov. Worn under dry suit with only sports
      dry underwear, t-shirt and good wool socks.
      Plenty warm both swimming (SRT) and rowing.
      jeff

      Answered on 1/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      For me it's plenty warm enough at those temps. I wear it over a poly t-shirt or bare skin with exoffico briefs, and under an NRS inversion kayak drysuit. My winter immersion wear test was 45 degree air with 35 degree water and I was comfortable. For a comparison I'm 5'8", 160, and live in central Pa, my immersion test was done on the susquehanna river and at a state park lake near Exton.My wife also uses the wavelite union suit, she is much thinner and smaller than I am and for the same immersion test needed lightweight base layer of thermal pants and long sleeve top.

      Answered on 1/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Shouldn't be a Prob Man. As a white water junky we boat till freeze up even around ice chunks. We stopped this year at Christmas and was in the water the 3rd week of march to start last season. hoping to be on the water as early or earlier. Before this suit I would layer under my kokatat dry top and pants and be so bulky it was hard to manoeuvre and even roll some times. With this suit I can cut down on my layering. If you are in really cold water just throw a light layer over the suit and you will have no problem

      Answered on 1/30/2013 by Weston from New Brunswick, Canada
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Pretty much. You might wear an additional light fleece jacket over it or
      a midweight shirt under it. Also, if you're a hardsheller or rafter it
      will do better. I'm an inflatable kayaker, and we get submerged a bit
      more, and it's still plenty warm for me.

      Answered on 1/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, I use the unionsuit under a Meridian drysuit. I'm super comfortable in
      all conditions even down to 40 F air and 40 F water (I haven't been out in
      colder yet). I thought I might need a second layer under the suit for
      really cold days but that hasn't been the case so far. Good luck!

      Answered on 1/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have found that the NRS Men's WaveLite Union Suit is more than enough to keep me warm under my kokatat meridian drysuit in similar conditions. However, I usually carry a zip up (so you don’t have to take off the neck gasket of the drysuit to put it on) fleece jacket with me in a small drybag in case I get cold. Wool socks and good booties are a must as well.

      Answered on 1/31/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Men's WaveLite Union Suit - Polartec

    Q:

    What about a rear flap?
    Asked on 10/17/2012 by John from Salt Lake City, UT

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      There is no rear flap. I have never really wanted or needed one. It's a
      pretty comfortable garment and keeps you warm. I bought 2 of them!

      Answered on 10/17/2012 by RLSTARR from Montague, MI
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No rear flap. This is a typical union suit made of stretchy Polartech
      fleece with a two way zipper instead of buttons.

      Answered on 10/17/2012 by Bb from Eastern PA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Sorry John, the men's WL union suit doesn't have a rear flap, it has the same style two way zipper that the wet suit has.

      Answered on 10/17/2012 by Anonymous
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NRS Men's WaveLite Union Suit - Polartec
 
4.1

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Retains body heat (14)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Breathable (7)
  • Dries quickly (7)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Sizing:
        • Feels full size too small

           

          Feels half size too small

           

          Feels true to size

           

          53% 

          (8 reviews)

          Feels half size too big

           

          Feels full size too big

           
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Advanced (3), Intermediate (3)
        • Gear Usage:
        • Winter sports (5), Cold weather living (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      best suit so far

      I own all the competitors suits as well and this one is by far the best and most versatile. I bought it 3 years ago for whitewater canoeing here in the Rockies and ended...Read complete review

      I own all the competitors suits as well and this one is by far the best and most versatile. I bought it 3 years ago for whitewater canoeing here in the Rockies and ended up using it for downhill skiing as well. It is also great as base layer in winter construction work! Not really more expensive than good long johns and long base shirt- but without the potential cold spot on your back. The first one I bought got used and washed about 100 times during its first year. Only sign of wear and tear was a lose thread on a shoulder seam. No big deal. I find the sizing perfect. I am 5.6 , 32 waist, 30 inseam at 145 lbs. Only thing I've learned to pay attention to is the two way zipper when taking a leak: inside flap could be a bit wider for safety reasons if you know what I mean....

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      No flat seams under arms, chafes

      Got a Wavelite union suit a couple of years ago and loved it. I use it as insulation layer underneath a drysuit for winter sea kayaking. I recently got a second one of these...Read complete review

      Got a Wavelite union suit a couple of years ago and loved it. I use it as insulation layer underneath a drysuit for winter sea kayaking. I recently got a second one of these thinking it will be just as good, but got a bit of a surprise when I discovered that the ergonomic panel design in the armpit area had been replaced by ordinary seams; the diamond-shaped panel with its flat seams in the older design prevents chafing during paddling, and should be standard in any piece of clothing meant for vigoruous activities. As is, this suit is only good for snuggling in front of the fireplace on a winter night, not as an underlayer for kayaking or anything requiring your arms to move around at any rate. This thing will chafe you raw. To top it off, the flap underneath the zipper -a really nice feature in my old suit- was also replaced in the new suit with a narrower, bulkier flap which makes the whole thing very uncomfortable against the skin. The old suit was made in Thailand, the new one in China. Change in suppliers, perhaps? NRS may want to do some quality control every now and then...

      Reviewed by 15 customers

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      5.0

      perfect for waterfowl

      By kc

      from alabama

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Perfect Under Waders
      • Retains Body Heat
      • Very warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Under Clothes

        Comments about NRS Men's WaveLite Union Suit - Polartec:

        my wife bought these for me for our anniversary. didnt know a "fleece" union suit even existed. this is my favorite piece of cold weather gear. long days standing in waist deep water when the temp is 25 degrees. wading thru waist deep water breaking ice to put out 100 decoys 2 hours before sunrise. NO PROBLEM!!I've told everyone I know about these. LOVE 'EM!! Very comfortable. fit perfect.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Gear Usage:
        • Duck hunting, Winter Sports
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        No flat seams under arms, chafes

        By KayakME

        from Rhode Island

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Retains Body Heat

        Cons

        • Ordinary Seams Chafe

        Best Uses

          Comments about NRS Men's WaveLite Union Suit - Polartec:

          Got a Wavelite union suit a couple of years ago and loved it. I use it as insulation layer underneath a drysuit for winter sea kayaking. I recently got a second one of these thinking it will be just as good, but got a bit of a surprise when I discovered that the ergonomic panel design in the armpit area had been replaced by ordinary seams; the diamond-shaped panel with its flat seams in the older design prevents chafing during paddling, and should be standard in any piece of clothing meant for vigoruous activities. As is, this suit is only good for snuggling in front of the fireplace on a winter night, not as an underlayer for kayaking or anything requiring your arms to move around at any rate. This thing will chafe you raw. To top it off, the flap underneath the zipper -a really nice feature in my old suit- was also replaced in the new suit with a narrower, bulkier flap which makes the whole thing very uncomfortable against the skin. The old suit was made in Thailand, the new one in China. Change in suppliers, perhaps? NRS may want to do some quality control every now and then...

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Gear Usage:
          • Kayaking
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Warm, fits well - zipper uncomfortable

          By Black Flag

          from DC

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Dries Quickly
          • Lightweight
          • Retains Body Heat

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Under Clothes

            Comments about NRS Men's WaveLite Union Suit - Polartec:

            Purchased for under-layer for my drysuit.

            Warm, fits well, easy to put on and take off. The zipper is high quality and zips two ways - great for an easy bathroom break.

            The only issue I have with this suit is that when I zip it all the way up, the zipper bulge digs into my neck/throat. I usually keep it zipped down a couple of inches to avoid the irritation.

            The union suit is a great addition to my drysuit. Not as cumbersome as multiple layers that can move and bunch up as the day progress. WW SUP/Surfing throws you around a lot and this stays put.

            If the zipper issue was not an issue, I would have given this 5 stars.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Gear Usage:
            • Cold Weather Living, Winter Sports
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            too tight for me

            By JB

            from OHIO

            About Me Intermediate

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about NRS Men's WaveLite Union Suit - Polartec:

                  Ended up sending it back for a two piece.. and it seams to fit better..

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels full size too small
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  All I need under my drysuit.

                  By t4murp

                  from Columbia, TN

                  About Me Intermediate

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Dries Quickly
                  • Lightweight
                  • Retains Body Heat

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about NRS Men's WaveLite Union Suit - Polartec:

                      I was worried about the sizing since I usually go with Large but X-Lg was recommended by the chart and it was dead on. I am 5'11" and 200 lbs. I use this suit under my NRS Aegis Drysuit when kayaking in the cold. I have immersed my whole body into 40 degree water and found it very tolerable with only this suit under the drysuit. Of coarse I would recommend more layering for colder temps in the 30's. I have used this a couple times under my Aegis Drysuit and it was all I needed for 40-50 degrees air temp and water in the 40's. I could have gone out in 30 degree temp range since I was plenty warm in the high 40's along with 10-15 mph winds. The Aegis drysuit I use is nonbreathable so thank God this suit did a great job wicking away body moisture.

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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