How should a surf wetsuit fit?

Is it better to size up or down 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.

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.

Will my new wetsuit 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.

What size am I in a wetsuit?

Men’s O’Neill Wetsuit & Rashguard Size Chart

Sizes Height Weight (lbs)
MS 5’6.5″ – 5’8.5″ 145 – 165
MT 6’1″ – 6’3″ 160 – 180
L 5’10” – 6′ 170 – 190
LS 5’7.5″ – 5’9.5″ 160 – 180

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.

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Do wetsuits shrink?

Well the truth is, you might still have your so-called “winter coat” but the cold hard fact is that most wetsuits do shrink. In fact, some of them will shrink up to 14%.