Can you stretch a wetsuit?

How do you know if a wetsuit is too small?

If it’s too tight, your swimming experience won’t be pleasant. When trying on in a shop, the suit should feel tight but not restrictive. Once it’s on correctly (not bunched up around the crotch or under the arms), there should be no air pockets or creases in the neoprene.

Is it possible to stretch neoprene?

Neoprene is a stretchy material. Wetsuits can stretch five to six times their original length, which is why neoprene is used for this purpose.

Do wetsuits get looser in water?

Try on your wetsuit before your first swim or surf session, just to make sure you are fairly comfortable. It will always feel tighter when you are out of the water. Remember that it will feel a little bit looser once it fills with water.

How can I stretch my neoprene wetsuit?

You can try putting the neoprene clothing or wet suit on and using your hands to stretch the fabric by pulling on it. But this may not get you a universal stretch or an even one. One thing you do not do is put the wet suit or neoprene fabric in the sun. The sun will dry them out and have the items shrink a little.

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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Why do surfers wear black wetsuits?

Black is the first color to absorb photons, which is responsible for the UV resistant properties of your wetsuit and aids in the absorption of heat. With the water trapped, you want all the thermal support you can get. Carbon black added to raw neoprene supplies exactly that in terms of both heat and structure.