Frequent question: How should your wetsuit fit?

Should wetsuits be skin tight?

Too small, and you’ll be uncomfortable with a restricted range of movement making whichever water sport your partaking in harder than it needs to be. The basic rule with wetsuits is to ensure they are skin-tight, but not uncomfortable.

How do you know if a wetsuit is too big?

A simple test is to check whether a wetsuit is too big, is to see if you can reach around and zip it up easily yourself. If you can, then the chances are it is too large for your frame. Another method is to tug gently on the lower back, if there is no give then the fit is correct.

How loose is too loose for a wetsuit?

A wetsuit should fit like a second skin, it should not be too loose or too tight. Like Cinderella’s glass slipper, it must fit just right. When a wetsuit is too tight it can feel like you are being suffocated or squeezed into a sausage casing.

Should you size up in wetsuits?

In short, no. You will find that it does not make too much difference whether you are buying a winter or summer wetsuit in terms of sizing. The only difference is the thickness – a winter wetsuit will feel tighter than a summer version, but the fit should be exactly the same.

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Can I make my wetsuit smaller?

Your wetsuit won’t shrink or lose its elasticity in just one season unless you use it incorrectly. Wetsuits come in varying thicknesses, and different cuts of suits are sold for diving and watersports.

What is a size 6 wetsuit?

Women’s O’Neill Wetsuit Size Chart

Size Height Waist
4 160-165 cm 61-66 cm
6S 158.5-164 cm 63.5-68.5 cm
6 162.5-167.5 cm 63.5-68.5 cm
8S 161.5-166.5 cm 66-71 cm

Do wetsuits stretch in the water?

Wetsuits are made from a neoprene material. … You wouldn’t want to wear a loose-fitting wetsuit as it would be difficult to move in and not keep you as comfortable in the water. Although all neoprene stretches a little, the higher the grade the neoprene, the more it will stretch.

How much is a dry suit?

A dry suit will be one of your largest investments as diver. You can get into a decent entry level suit for around $1500 (USD). This may not cover the cost of an undergarment, so make sure to ask your sales person what accessories are included with the suit and which ones you will need to add to the overall cost.