How do I soften my neoprene wetsuit?

How do you soften a stiff wetsuit?

Warm water is much more effective than cold for this. Personally I would not put any wetsuit in a top loader. A front loader would give it a good safe workout. You can find fans of Listerine, Softener, Simple Green, Woolite and even wetsuit shampoo.

Will a wetsuit loosen up?

Wetsuits should be snug, but shouldn’t be so tight that they interfere with breathing. They do tend to loosen up a little as they fill with water because when they are dry they tend to stick in some places and bunch in others.

How do you recondition neoprene?

For a rip or tear in your neoprene apply two thin coats of the Gear Aid Aquaseal+NEO Contact Cement to the edges of the tear. Wait 5–10 minutes, then press the edges together. If this is in a high-stress area, you’ll want to reinforce the repair with a patch.

Should a wetsuit be hard to put on?

How Tight Should Your Wetsuit Be? Wetsuits need to be snug to do their job, but you have to be able to move freely and breathe while wearing it. Think of them as needing to be more form-fitting than tight. Try on your wetsuit before your first swim or surf session, just to make sure you are fairly comfortable.

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How tight should a wetsuit be around the neck?

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.

Can you machine wash a wetsuit?

If you use your wetsuit frequently and replace it every year then you could use a washing machine to keep it clean, because your wetsuits are not going to last very long anyway. Washing machines damage neoprene so, if you must, do need to make sure you only use a slow spin cycle and a cool wash.

How much does neoprene stretch?

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