When it comes to wetsuits, it is undeniably important that everything fits correctly. Whether you have just purchased your first ever wetsuit or you’ve decided to change brands, this wetsuit fitting guide will help you to make sure that you have the best wetsuit fit to restrict any intake of water and increase your mobility in and on the water.
How Height Impacts A Wetsuit
You should always feel comfortable from the waist down to your ankles, around the waist and around the crotch and height can often be where this goes wrong. Your wetsuit shouldn’t be pulling anywhere on your body and making your movement restricted and ensuring you follow our will help to guarantee that this is the case.
How Tight Should A Wetsuit Be?
Your wetsuit fit will also need to be relatively tight when you first put it on and should be rather snug on your body, but not cutting off any circulation. A closer fit is better than a loose fit - if you are in any doubt between two sizes, opt for a tighter option providing that it is still comfortable and moveable, as this will help to keep out the water and ensure that you remain warm.
To truly have the best wetsuit fit, check that there isn’t too much room in the crotch area - it should be quite snug, though not restrictive.
Arms, Legs And Torso
The length on your arm and legs isn’t too important when it comes to your wetsuit fit; as you can trim the length if they are too long. However, when you fit your wetsuit, you need to ensure that you can lift your arms above your head, touch the floor, bend forward and move side to side. If you can do all of these at your normal capacity, then it’s likely a good fit and you are ready to tackle the waves.
You then need to ensure that it fits from the waist upwards. You can check this by pulling the neoprene material away from your body to see if it sits in the right place when it returns. It is also important that you check that the wetsuit isn’t pulling against your neck or chest and that there isn’t any bunching of material under your armpits. This could limit movement when you paddle. Too much room could allow water to seep in and cause irritation.
The ideal fit for your back should see the suit follow the curve of your spine closely and not allow for too much space between the neoprene and your skin. Reducing this will help you to remain streamlined in the water and increase your ability to swim with less resistance. This is crucial when surfing or boogie boarding, as this will help you to move efficiently through the water.
Neck And Collar
The collar of your wetsuit must fit comfortably around your neck; if it is too tight, then it can restrict movement, as well as cause issues for your breathing. If you typically struggle to find a collar that feels comfortable or you simply have a bigger neck, then look for a brand that has a low cut collar. These offer the same protection for the rest of your body without the risk of restricted head movement while you’re out in the water.
Is There Anything Else To Consider?
Lastly, you need to know your body type. Different wetsuit brands have different cuts, but having a base understanding of what you may need from a wetsuit could benefit you hugely.
If you are very broad-shouldered or barrel-chested, then it is recommended that you go up from your usual clothing size to accommodate. Those with a thinner body type, go down a size.
It can be especially difficult for women to get the right fit with wetsuits, so don’t be afraid to send your wetsuit back and exchange it for a better size. Alternatively, if there is a wetsuit you’ve found online that you like, try on another similar type in-store to get an idea of how it will fit first, before ordering online.
For more information regarding how your wetsuit should fit and the different styles and brands that we have available, don’t hesitate to contact our helpful team, today.