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March 27, 2020 3 min read

Importance of choosing a neoprene wetsuit that fits you well

Choosing a neoprene wetsuit is not an easy task.

A wetsuit is an essential garment if we want to carry out an aquatic activity in cold waters and maintain our body heat thanks to this thermal insulator.

When it comes to choosing a wetsuit, adjusting and adapting to your body, the shape is essential.

A suit that is low in quality but conforms to the anatomy will always work much better than high quality but poorly fitted wetsuit. 

Therefore, feeling that we fit correctly is very important, especially in the torso and the length of the arms and legs.

The wetsuit must be adjusted entirely to the body to be effective, without any wrinkle or crease, but it must also be comfortable and easy to put on and take off.

Before buying it, try several sizes until you find one that you feel comfortable with, and that fits well with your body.

 

How can you tell if a wetsuit fits you?

When trying on a wetsuit, try doing a few stretches and squats to see if it suits your body contour.

If you notice that it is too loose in the lower back, it means that it does not fit well to the shape of your body so that the water will enter and you will not be able to keep yourself warm.

Another factor to consider is the fit around the neck.

 

We don't need to feel that the suit is drowning us, but it does have to prevent us from getting into the water when we have to dive completely, like duck diving.

There is a wide variety of closure systems according to the different brands of neoprene, such as the back zip with velcro or the front zip. Most people have to try on several outfits until they find one that fits them.

It should be very elastic and flexible, especially on the arms and shoulders.

This way, we will avoid overloads and excess fatigue that can occur when swimming with the wetsuit.

In the chest and thigh part, it is advisable to be thicker, since that will make us float more and swim with our legs more horizontal.

It should be easy to remove since when you get out of the water, you want to remove it as soon as possible.

To put it on, since you have time, the only thing you have to try is to have the patience to put it on carefully.

It must be adjusted to the body, without getting too tight.

It must fit perfectly on the neck (be careful with chafing!), Wrists and ankles. Water can enter it, but it cannot circulate continuously.


Which Wetsuit Size Do I Need?

For a suitable neoprene size choice, we must know our exact weight and height.

Each brand has a size, so do not trust the neoprene size you wear if you are going to buy one from another brand.

Always check the size guide and, when in doubt, prioritize by weight.

It is better for a suit to be a little short or a bit longer than to be wrong about the weight.

In wetsuits, each manufacturer designs your suits differently. Distribute and call their sizes as they want. And so they are all different.

Most brands of wetsuits assign their sizes in tables according to your weight and height. Besides, some take into account your chest contour or other dimensions.

This makes the selection of your suit much more precise and safe.

Therefore, you will have to be as accurate as possible when taking your measurements.

It will depend on that your suit fits you well.

Once you have all the results listed, go to the table to choose your wetsuit size.

Also, remember to note that the size charts separate neoprene suits for women and men.

Make sure you are looking at the correct one.

Assuming you already have your chosen wetsuit, go to that manufacturer's size chart:

With the localized table and your exact measurements noted, you already have everything you need to select your neoprene size:

The most important and most decisive criterion when choosing the size of your new neoprene wetsuit is weight.

 

Liz H.
Liz H.


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