Quick Answer: What do wetsuit sizes mean?


How do I know what size wetsuit I need?

Sizing for Full Wetsuits and Springsuits:

  1. Height and chest are the most important measurements.
  2. Measure your chest at the widest point, with the tape gently snug.
  3. Regarding length, it’s generally OK if the suit is a little on the long side. …
  4. If in between two sizes, take the larger size.

What does 5 4 mm mean on a wetsuit?

5/4/3mm Wetsuits

Ideal for winter surfing and cold water temperatures. The 5/4/3 is a fullsuit/steamer wetsuit with 5mm neoprene around the torso, 4mm neoprene around the legs and 3mm neoprene around the arms.

What do wetsuit numbers mean?

The larger number, usually the first number (the number on the left), gives the thickness of the torso. The second (and sometimes third) number gives the thickness of the neoprene on the limbs. Here are some example product descriptions of O’Neill brand wetsuits from our wetsuit product pages.

Is 3mm wetsuit OK for winter?

The most obvious difference is a thicker wetsuit will keep you warmer, as thicker neoprene means more tiny bubbles trapping in air to insulate you. … So for a winter wetsuit you’ll be looking for a 4/3mm or more, and for summer opt for just 2 or 3mm of neoprene.

What does wetsuit 3 2mm mean?

3/2 mm means, for example, that the neoprene has a thickness of 3 mm on the torso and 2 mm on the legs and arms. Most wetsuits have a difference of 1-2 mm, because the warmth effect is more important on the body and the flexibility on the arms and legs.

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What is a size 8 wetsuit?

Women’s O’Neill Wetsuit Size Chart

Size Height Weight
8 5′5″-5′7″ 120-135 lbs
8T 5′6.5″-5′8.5″ 125-140 lbs
10S 5′4.5″-5′6.5″ 125-145 lbs
10 5′6″-5′8″ 130-150 lbs

What is a good wetsuit for cold water?

Water temperature and wetsuit thickness.

Water Temperature Wetsuit thickness Recommended wetsuit type
65°-75℉ / 18°-23℃ 0.5mm – 2/1mm Sleeveless
62°-68℉ / 16°-20℃ 2mm – 3/2mm Sleeveless / Fullsuit
58°-63℉ / 14°-17℃ 3/2mm – 4/3mm Fullsuit
52°-58℉ / 11°-14℃ 4/3mm – 5/4/3mm Fullsuit