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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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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
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Retains body heat (17)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Dries quickly (10)
  • Breathable (9)
  • Durable (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Sizing:
        • Feels full size too small

           

          Feels half size too small

           

          Feels true to size

           

          50% 

          (9 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 (16)

      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....

      VS

      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 18 customers

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      5.0

      Great base layer

      By Christopher

      from Atlanta, GA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Dries Quickly
      • Lightweight
      • Retains Body Heat

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I use this under a dry suit and can stay warm down to 50 degrees- any colder and I add another layer. I bought the large and I am 6'0 and 185 lbs- the fit is tight especially across the mid section. Lengthwise it is ok, so I did not size up to the XL. Two way zipper works well for when nature calls. Being one piece is really a plus as it won't bunch up anywhere. If you need a base layer, you cannot go wrong with this.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels half size too small
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Really warm, real comfy

          By Jimi

          from Columbus OH

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Dries Quickly
          • Lightweight
          • Retains Body Heat
          • Soft

          Cons

          • Retains Odor
          • Tight Fit

          Best Uses

          • Pajamas On Freezing Day
          • Undergarment For Drysuit
          • Under Garment For Drysuit

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

          As an undergarment to my drysuit. It sized a bit smaller than I expected, but still fit OK. It stretches, so that works out OK. It's very comfy, and while boating a 45 degree river on a 35 degree day, I actually had to dunk myself a few times to cool off. That leads to: If you sweat in it, you'll smell it. On the other hand that all dries real quick, so it's tolerable to wear it home so you can keep it on at the takeout.

          Service and delivery comments:

          It arrived on time and in great condition. The packaging was easy to open and was not "Rage" packaging.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels half size too small
          • Gear Usage:
          • Undergarment For Drysuit
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Very, very nice.

          By J

          from Western Europe

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfort
          • Dries Quickly
          • Durable
          • Retains Body Heat

          Cons

          • None yet

          Best Uses

          • Thermal

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

          So far, it's magnificent. Warmth without bulk; breathable, fairly quick-drying. Very, very comfortable.

          Initially, it feels a tad tight but after it's on for a few minutes and with some movement it loosens up nicely and feels true to size. I am 5'10.5 inches and about 183lbs; I purchased size: Large.

          I cannot yet speak to its durability but it looks the business.

          Service and delivery comments:

          I live in Europe. Shipping hurt me on price, as did VAT but I could not find this product over here and there was no suitable competitor. Shipping was prompt and the general transaction very smooth. Overall, well worth it.

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

            (4 of 4 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

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