This blog post will help you determine your wetsuit size so that you can be comfortable and enjoy your time in the water.
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How to Measure Your Wetsuit
When you are diving, a good fitting wetsuit is essential for your comfort and safety. If your wetsuit is too big, you will have a lot of water flushing in and out, which will make you cold. If your wetsuit is too small, it will restrict your movement and be very uncomfortable. That is why it is important to choose the right wetsuit size. In this article, we will show you how to measure yourself for a wetsuit.
Your height is the first measurement you will need to determine your wetsuit size. Using a tape measure, stand with your back against a wall and feet together. Raise your arms so they are parallel to the floor and measure from the floor to the top of your head. Make sure the tape measure is level – do not tilt your head forward or arch your back. If you are between two heights, we recommend choosing the longer height.
Note: If you are taller than 6’4″, you may need to purchase a custom wetsuit.
Heavier individuals usually require a larger wetsuit. Wetsuits are designed to trap a layer of water against your body, which acts as insulation against the cold water outside. More body mass means more water needs to be warmed, so a larger wetsuit is necessary.
To measure your chest, wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your chest and record the measurement. For men, this will usually be just below the armpits. For women, it will typically be just under the bust.
To measure your waist, wrap the measuring tape around the smallest part of your waist. This is typically just above your belly button. Make sure the tape is level and snug, but not too tight.
How to Find Your Wetsuit Size
Wearing the right wetsuit size is important for comfort and performance. To find your wetsuit size, you’ll need to take a few measurements. Once you have your measurements, you can consult a wetsuit size chart to find the right size for you. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of finding your wetsuit size.
Use a Wetsuit Size Chart
To find your proper wetsuit size, use a tape measure to determine your height, weight, chest, and waist circumference. Once you have these measurements, consult a wetsuit size chart (like the one below) to find the closest fit.
When looking at a wetsuit size chart, you’ll notice that most brands group their sizes by men’s and women’s. This is because women’s bodies are generally shorter and curvier than men’s, so they require a different cut to fit properly. In general, women should size down one from their men’s wetsuit size for a snug but comfortable fit.
If you’re between sizes or on the cusp of two sizes, it’s usually best to go with the larger size. Wetsuits should fit snugly against your skin to provide the most insulation possible, but they shouldn’t be so tight that they restrict movement or make it difficult to breathe. If you have any doubts about what size will work best for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to the customer service team at your chosen brand. They should be able to help you make the right decision.
Use a Wetsuit Size Calculator
There are a few ways that you can find your wetsuit size. The most accurate way is to use a wetsuit size calculator. You can also use your height and weight to find a general wetsuit size, and then use the wetsuit sizing chart to find the specific size within that range.
If you’re using a wetsuit size calculator, you’ll need to know your height, weight, and waist measurement. Once you have those numbers, the calculator will do the rest.
If you’re using your height and weight to find your wetsuit size, you can use the following table as a general guide. Keep in mind that this is just a starting point, and you may need to adjust up or down based on the specific wetsuit brand and style that you’re looking at.
WETSUIT SIZE CHART:
HEIGHTWEIGHTWAISTXSS/TP<5'3"100-120 lbs24-26"5'3"-5'7"115-135 lbs26-28"5'7"-6'0"130-155 lbs28-30"MS/JM5'3"-5'7"135-155 lbs28-30"5'7"-6'0"150-170 lbs30-32"LS/JLT5'7"-6'0"165-185 lbs32-34">6’0″>185 lbs>34″
Consider Wetsuit Styles
When you’re shopping for a wetsuit, it’s important to keep in mind the type of surfing you want to do. Different strokes for different folks, as they say. Choosing the right style will help you stay comfortable in the water and perform at your best. There are three main types of wetsuits on the market:
Fullsuits: These provide the most coverage and warmth, making them ideal for cold water surfing or extended sessions in chilly weather. Most fullsuits have a back zipper, although some models have a front zip for easy entry and exit.
Spring suits: These offer more mobility than fullsuits, while still providing some warmth and protection. They’re great for spring and fall surfing, or warm water conditions. Spring suits come in shorty (short-sleeved/short-legged) or steamer (long-sleeved/long-legged) styles.
Rashguards: These are lightweight tops that shield your skin from the sun and offer a bit of warmth without sacrificing mobility. They’re perfect for summer surfing or any time the water is warm.
How to Buy a Wetsuit
A wetsuit should fit snugly and comfortably without being too tight. You don’t want any bagginess in the suit as it will cause drag when you’re swimming. The suit should also cover your entire body so that you’re protected from the elements. With that said, let’s find out what size wetsuit you need.
Try on Different Wetsuits
When you are trying on wetsuits, make sure that you are in a well-lit area so that you can see the true color of the neoprene. There is nothing worse than buying a black wetsuit only to find out in dim light that it is actually navy blue. Also, be sure to look at the stitching to make sure that it is even and tight. If the stitches are loose, it is likely that the wetsuit will fall apart after a few wears. Finally, make sure that the seams are double stitched and glued for extra reinforcement.
Consider Wetsuit Accessories
When you’re ready to purchase a wetsuit, you may want to buy some wetsuit accessories to go along with it. Wetsuit gloves and hoods can keep you warm in colder water, while wetsuit boots and fins can help you move more easily through the water. You may also want to purchase a wetsuit bag to help you carry your wetsuit and keep it in good condition when you’re not using it.
Get the Right Fit
A wetsuit should fit snugly against your skin without being uncomfortable. To get the right fit, you’ll need to take a few measurements. First, measure your chest circumference at the widest point. Next, measure your waist circumference at the narrowest point. Finally, measure your height and weight. Use these measurements to find the right size wetsuit for you.