How do you shrink a wetsuit?

Does a wetsuit get tighter when wet?

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. 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.

Do wetsuits shrink or stretch?

Wetsuits are made from a neoprene material. … Although all neoprene stretches a little, the higher the grade the neoprene, the more it will stretch. Inexpensive, standard neoprene will stretch a bit.

Can you shorten a wetsuit?

I have cut my wetsuits down for years and never had any issues. Just use a sharp pair if scissors and cut straight. It’s neoprene so you won’t have fibers fraying like you would a pair of cut off shorts.

How do I 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.

What size wetsuit am I womens?

Billabong Womens Wetsuit Size Chart

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SIZE HEIGHT (cm/in) WAIST (cm/in)
10 165-170 5’5″-5’7″ 66-71 26-28
12 168-173 5’6″-5’8″ 68-73 27-29
14 170-175 5’7″-5’9″ 73-78 29-31
16 175-180 5’9″-5’11” 76-81 30-32

How does wetsuit sizing work?

Sizing for Full Wetsuits and Springsuits:

Height and chest are the most important measurements. Measure your chest at the widest point, with the tape gently snug. Regarding length, it’s generally OK if the suit is a little on the long side. It’s generally NOT OK if the suit is too short.

How can I alter my wetsuit?

The most effective is the blind stitch, which not only uses stitching, but also uses tape and glue as well. On some wetsuits, a sealant compound is also added, to give further strength to the seal between two pieces of neoprene.

How long does a wetsuit last?

On average, a good wetsuit from a quality manufacturer should last anywhere from 4 years to 10 years or more, depending on heavily you use it. A cheaper brand wetsuit that doesn’t have the same construction quality may only last for a season or two before things like zippers become issues.