Does a wetsuit have to be tight?

Is it better to have a tight or loose wetsuit?

A wetsuit needs to fit snugly: if it’s too loose it’ll allow water into the suit that’ll seriously slow you down. 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.

How loose is too loose for a wetsuit?

A wetsuit should fit like a second skin, it should not be too loose or too tight. Like Cinderella’s glass slipper, it must fit just right. When a wetsuit is too tight it can feel like you are being suffocated or squeezed into a sausage casing.

How tight should an open water wetsuit be?

Wetsuits should be snug, but not constricting.

Can you wear a loose wetsuit?

A wetsuit should fit snug, but not be restrictive.

Wetsuits keep you warm by allowing water into the fabric and trapping it there against your skin. … The gaps and folds will allow water through them, defeating the purpose of wearing the wetsuit. A too loose wetsuit also creates drag.

How tight should a wetsuit be around your neck?

The fit around the neck should feel comfortable but tight. Ideally, you should be able to fit one finger in-between your neck and the suit. The secure neck stops excess water falling into the suit. Extra tip: Fastening the neck properly is also vital to stop any wetsuit rub and sore skin!

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Why does my wetsuit fill up with water?

Sounds like the wetsuit may be too big. A swimmers wetsuit should fit like second skin with no bagginess anywhere in the suit. If water is getting in and filling the legs then there is too much water coming into the suit and the suit is not tight enough that water can gather in the legs.

How do you know if a wetsuit is too big?

A simple test is to check whether a wetsuit is too big, is to see if you can reach around and zip it up easily yourself. If you can, then the chances are it is too large for your frame. Another method is to tug gently on the lower back, if there is no give then the fit is correct.

How do you wear a wetsuit for the first time?

Place a plastic grocery bag around your foot before sliding it into your wetsuit. Once your foot is through the wetsuit leg, remove the bag and repeat the process with the other foot, and then each hand. The plastic bag helps the neoprene to slide easily over your skin. This trick requires a willing dive buddy.