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January 28th, 2016
Posted In: How-to
Tags: Kayak, SCUBA, Surf, Triathlon
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.
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:
Sizing for Tops:
Sizing for Shorts:
Sizing for Boots:
Sizing for Gloves:
Need help figuring out your wetsuit size? Call, E-mail, or chat with one of our wetsuit experts for sizing advice. We’re happy to help!
I live in western Washington. Just starting kayaking. 62 y/o, 180lbs., 6′ tall, 32/32 pants size, 42 inch chest. Need help buying my first wetsuit.
Thanks for reaching out about this and that’s awesome that you’re starting kayaking! Please send an email to our customer service, firstname.lastname@example.org, or give our service team a call at 866-906-7848 and they will help you find exactly what you’re looking for! Thank you!
I’m looking to add a second shorty (original is 2 mm and no stretch), I’m looking at 2.5 mm with stretch. I am on chemo maintenance and dexamethasone tends to shift excess weight from arms, legs and butt to waist and underarms. Kidney Dr. has me cancelling water loss pill so some fluid weight tends to stay in belly area. Hence shape is pear/apple! Height is 5.9 and chest size is 44+
The one you highlight has sizes jumping from 1xl to 2 xl but skips the xls size which would appear to best match my needs.
I am willing to skip the sale price if there is another xls which would match my needs.
Thank you for asking! Based on your needs and chest sizing, I think that the 2.5mm HyperFlex Cyclone-2 would be your best bet. We even have the size XLS in stock! Here it is: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/PROD/XD625MB.html#.V1HQq-S1KFU.
If you are maybe looking for another suggestion or for more help on finding the best suit, please contact our customer service team. Email is email@example.com or call at 866-906-7848. All the best with everything going on and hope you have a great weekend!
I have a 41″ chest, 35″ waist, I’m 71″ tall,
I ocean swim on Long Island Ny and water gets as cold as 60 degrees when I swim, what full suit do you recommend?
Thank you for reaching out and asking! Based on what you said, we have a lot of fullsuit options for you and two different routes you could take. IF the suit will be for multiple sports, I would recommend a 3/2mm fullsuit and because of your chest, waist and height, I would recommend looking at size LS. Remember that fullsuits are supposed to fit tight and like a second skin. There are also a lot of other personal factors that need to be included such as price range and zipper type. Here is a full list general use 3/2mm men’s fullsuits that we have in stock in a size LS for you to choose from: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/search.html#/?_=1&filter.gender=Men%27s&page=1&filter.suit_type=Fullsuits&filter.sizes=LS&filter.thickness=3%2F2mm
If this suit is ONLY going to be used for swimming, you should consider a triathlon wetsuit. Triathlon wetsuits are standard 5/3mm thickness, and for your water temps, you could either go with a full sleeve or sleeveless. Your triathlon wetsuit size should be large.
Hope that helps! And if you have any more questions, please reach out to our customer service via email or phone. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone is 866-906-7848.
What size would 5’9″ height and 37/38″ chest get for a 4/3 fullsuit used for surfing?
Based on your measurements and needs, you could get away with either a size MS or a Medium. Here’s a link to all of our 4/3mm Men’s surfing wetsuits that are available in those two sizes: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/search.html#/?_=1&filter.gender=Men%27s&page=1&filter.sports_combined=Surf&filter.thickness=4%2F3mm&filter.sizes=MS
Hope that helps, and if you are still unsure or have any questions, please reach out to our customer service team. Their email is email@example.com or call at 866-906-7848.
I’m 6’9″, 230 lbs — any wetsuit out there that’s going to fit me? Thanks!
Thanks for asking! I think you’ll have the most success with a custom wetsuit: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/wetsuits/category/custom-wetsuits.html. The closet thing we have in stock to meet your height would be an XCEL suit but it only goes up to 6’6″ and due to your weight, that suit might not fit you the best. Feel free to contact our customer service team and they can assist you – 866-906-7848 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Thanks for the quick delivery. However, this suit was just to small in the bust, so I am returning. (neosport shorty spring suit, 2mm) , I am 5’1″ and have a 42 top and size 12 bottom/short waisted. I need a spring 1mm suit for Arizona swimming/aerobics in winter in outdoor pool. 2mm I feel will be to thick for what I need. Any suggestions appreciated…so I can re-order something that will work.
Sorry that the suit ended up being on the smaller side. Unfortunately we do not have anything that’s 1mm thick that will provide you with the best fit right now. Based on your measurements and your needs, we recommend a front zip vest and a pair of shorts. The vest is 2mm thick, but your arms have that free range of motion while keeping your core warm and the shorts will add some additional warmth/coverage. We suggest this vest in a size 14: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/PROD/SX125WF.html#.V9_wqjVWX2s and these shorts: https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/PROD/SX210UN.html#.V9_ySjVWX2s. Please feel free to reach out to our customer service as they can better help you find just what you need, our phone is 866-906-7848 and our email is email@example.com. Thank you!
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