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How to Choose a Wetsuit Size

   January 28th, 2016   Posted In: How-To  

Selecting the correct wetsuit size can be tough, especially for first time wetsuit buyers. Wetsuits fit tighter than clothing, and the wetsuit size will usually be one or two sizes bigger than clothing. Even a perfect fitting wetsuit will be a bit tough to get on and off; it has to be that way, since wetsuits work by trapping water between the suit and skin, creating an insulating layer of water warmed by body heat.


How to find your wesuit size

Use these following tips to make sure you buy the right wetsuit size:


Selecting a wetsuit size based on weight alone is unreliable. We highly recommend using body measurements whenever possible.

Sizing for Full Wetsuits and Springsuits:

  • Height and chest are the most important measurements.
  • Measure your chest at the widest point, with the tape gently snug.
  • Regarding length, it’s generally OK if the suit is a little on the long side. It’s generally NOT OK if the suit is too short. It will likely be uncomfortable in the crotch and neck.
  • If in between two sizes, take the larger size.

Sizing for Wetsuit Tops:

  • The chest measurement is most important.
  • Height is less important for tops, so as long as it’s close the fit should work.

Sizing for Wetsuit Shorts:

  • Waist measurement is most important.
  • Height is irrelevant for short sizing.

Sizing for Boots:

  • Order your regular shoe size. If you are a half size, round DOWN to the nearest whole size.
  • Wetsuit boots are not made in half sizes. Neoprene (wetsuit material) is stretchy and will stretch a half size.
  • Wetsuit boots should fit slightly tighter than regular shoes.

Sizing for Gloves:

  • Measure around your palm.
  • If in between sizes, round down to the smaller size.

Need help figuring out your size? Call (866-906-7848), E-mail (, or chat with one of our wetsuit experts for sizing advice. We’re happy to help!


Lauren Belt

Merchandiser at Wetsuit Wearhouse
Lauren (LoLo) has been picking out the latest and greatest wetsuits and being the social media queen for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, practicing yoga, studying holistic nutrition or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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  • Avatar Megan McGovern says:

    Hi lauren! i’m 5’9, 135 pounds and wear a 32 cup size what size should i get?

  • Avatar Kylie Williams says:

    Hi Lauren,

    I am really struggling to find out what size suit to get. I am 5ft 5, with similar sizing to Alice above – (jumping on the bandwagon here – but you seem to give good advice 🙂 ) I think my chest size is 39 inches

    Many thanks,


    • Avatar Lauren Belt says:

      Hey Kylie!

      Thanks for reaching out. What water sport do you plan on using the wetsuit for? My best suggestion is to definitely go off of your bust measurement first and then your height and weight. Each product on our website has a size chart (per the manufacturer) that you can base those measurements off of to help you figure out a size. Hope that little bit of info helps, let me know!

  • Avatar Alice shickle says:

    Hi Lauren,

    I am 5ft 4 and need a wetsuit for one week surfing in Cornwall. I am 77 kg and size 14 on chest and size 16 in waist (29inch). What size will you suggest please.

    • Avatar Lauren Belt says:

      Hey Alice,

      Thanks for reaching out! What is your chest measurement in inches? I see that you wrote size 14 but I just want to make sure I get this right. Also, what will the water temperatures be like for surfing in Cornwall?


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