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How to Choose a Wetsuit Size

   November 22nd, 2023   Posted In: How-To  

Selecting the correct wetsuit size can be tough, especially for first time buyers. Wetsuits should fit and feel tighter than clothing, and the wetsuit size you end up with may actually be one or two sizes bigger than your clothing size. Even a perfect fitting wetsuit may take some work to get on and off. 

Use these following tips to make sure you buy the right wetsuit size:

Selecting a wetsuit size based on height and weight alone is unreliable. We highly recommend using body measurements whenever possible.

How to size for Full Wetsuits and Springsuits:

  • Height and chest are the most important measurements, but it’s generally best to use height, weight, chest, and waist to get the best fit.
  • Make sure your body is relaxed while measuring. Do not suck in. 
  • You’ll want to measure your chest at the widest point, with the tape gently snug.
  • Your waist should be measured where it would generally curve inward, or near the belly button.
  • Regarding length, it’s OK if the suit is a little on the long side. It’s generally NOT OK if the suit is too short. It will likely be uncomfortable in the crotch and neck.
  • If in between two sizes, take the larger size.

Wetsuit Tops sizing tips:

  • The chest and waist measurements are most important.
  • Height is less important for tops, so as long as it’s close, the fit should work.

Wetsuit Shorts sizing tips: 

  • Waist measurement is most important.
  • Height is irrelevant for short sizing.

Sizing for Boots:

  • Order your regular shoe size. Since wetsuit boots are not typically made in half sizes and you are a half size, round UP to the nearest whole size for most brands. If you’re unsure, just reach out to one of our wetsuit experts and we’ll be happy to help.
  • Wetsuit boots should feel snug and fit tighter than regular shoes. 
  • You do not want your toes feeling crunched.

Sizing for Gloves:

  • If in between sizes, round down to the smaller size.

Need help figuring out your size? Call (866-906-7848), E-mail (service@wetsuitwearhouse.com), or chat with one of our wetsuit experts for sizing advice. We’re happy to help!

Editor’s Note:

This article was originally published in 2016 and has since been reviewed and updated.

Lauren (LoLo) has been turning words into blog posts for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, gardening, tending to her animals, or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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