Buying a wetsuit can often be a little confusing. Especially when you’re buying one for the first time. Generally, it’s the thickness of the wetsuit that is on the top of your mind – which is fair enough as you want to ensure you’re kept warm, so you can stay in the water longer.
As your surfing progresses, things like stretch, stitching and entry-systems become important. However, this article isn’t about the thickness or design of the wetsuit. It’s about measuring yourself, so you can ensure you’re purchasing something that is going to fit you comfortably.
Getting the right fit for your wetsuit is so important, as it will affect how comfortable you are, how well the suit can do its job, and how long it will last until you need a new one. Wetsuits are a worthwhile investment for anyone having a go at watersports, but we know it can be a little baffling to choose between all the options available.
To make the process as easy as possible for you, we’ve put together this guide explaining how to measure yourself properly, so that you’ll be able to easily pick out the perfect size for you, even if you’re shopping online.
When you’re wearing a wetsuit, you want it to fit snugly to your body in order to trap a thin layer of water against your skin, as the water is key in providing insulation. If your suit is too big you’ll just have cold water flushing through the suit, too small and it won’t be comfortable and will restrict your movement.
Below are all of the important measurements you’ll need to get the right size wetsuit, and how to get the most accurate measurements. It’s worth jotting them down on a piece of paper as you go, as it’ll make it much easier to compare them against the sizing charts later on.
Now you can use these measurements to find the right wetsuit size for you. Each wetsuit will have a size chart on the product page, so you can always check the specific fit. We also have an overview of the wetsuit size charts for our most popular brands.
Follow along with our resident neoprene expert Wetsuit Will as he demonstrates these key measurements in the video below, wearing a Rip Curl E-Bomb.
Each brand will have a size chart that differs from another. Therefore it’s important to know your measurements – as you don’t want to get caught out when shifting brands.
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